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Jasper Rees
Monday, 24 July 2017
Olivia Williams’s first film was, (in)famously, seen by almost no one. The Postman, Kevin Costner’s expensive futuristic misfire, may have summoned her from the depths of chronic...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 24 July 2017
When a trail-blazing orchestra takes on a world-transforming work, it would be pointless to leave the staid old rules of concert etiquette intact. Not only did the Aurora...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 24 July 2017
10 years ago Brighton band 12 Stone Toddler burst onto the scene with two off-the-wall albums of madly inventive pop-rock. They then vamoosed back out of existence. Now they’re...
Robert Beale
Monday, 24 July 2017
Clonter Opera is a finishing school for young opera performers, with its own well appointed theatre and professional administration and artistic direction, based on a farm in...
Javi Fedrick
Monday, 24 July 2017
Mark E Smith’s wit and the ever-changing, ever-suffering line-up behind him have established The Fall as one of the most seminal post-punk bands in Britain. From their classic...
Jasper Rees
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Peter Høeg is still overwhelmingly known for a novel published a quarter of a century ago. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow featured a half-Inuit woman whose suspicion over a young...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Production gloss and deliberation are not notions immediately springing to mind while pondering the 1976-era Ramones. Even...
Graham Fuller
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Victim was released in 1961. Six years would pass before the passing of the Sexual Offences Act cautiously exempted from...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Lana Del Rey is hard to suss. Her cinematic plasticity is part of her appeal, yet it’s also what makes her difficult to love...
David Nice
Saturday, 22 July 2017
What a pity Beethoven never composed an appendage to Fidelio called The Sorrows of Young Marzelline. One crucial moment...
Sarah Kent
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Two performers rush down the stairs and sweep through the audience, their designer outfits splaying out as they speed...
Barney Harsent
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Duff McKagan is a survivor. He’s a bass player too, from the fledgling Seattle punk/proto-grunge outfit 10 Minute Warning to...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 22 July 2017
 Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Herbert Blomstedt (Accentus)There's already an excellent set of...
Guy Oddy
Saturday, 22 July 2017
The cover of Alice Cooper’s first album in six years shows the erstwhile Vincent Furnier with two heads. This, one assumes,...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 21 July 2017
When I say that Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado is revolutionary I’m not talking about the many textual updatings and rewritings...
Graham Rickson
Friday, 21 July 2017
Baron Munchausen’s exploits have been filmed before. Terry Gilliam’s star-studded 1988 version floundered thanks to a sub-...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 20 July 2017
What is the Dunkirk spirit? It has been so thoroughly internalised by the national psyche that, 77 years on, it’s as much a...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 20 July 2017
It’s at times like this that I give thanks for the Proms. Who else would (or could) have put together a programme pairing...
Howard Male
Thursday, 20 July 2017
If you consider the fanciful notion that Arcade Fire are a kind of Canadian art house Dexys Midnight Runners who have...
Gavin Dixon
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Nicola Benedetti was the star of this show, no doubt about that. She is a Proms regular and favourite, attracting a large...
 

★★★★ TRAJAL HARRELL: HOOCHIE KOOCHIE, BARBICAN Narcissism meets restraint in a fascinating hybrid of performance art and dance

CD: LANA DEL REY – LUST FOR LIFE The queen of doomed, widescreen melancholia returns with an overdose of sultry slow-burners

★★★ PROM 9: FIDELIO, BBCPO, MENA Classy prison drama rarely blazes

★★★★★ THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN One of the greatest fantasy films ever made, out on DVD/Blu-ray

★★★ PETER HØEG: THE SUSAN EFFECT Conspiracy thriller from the 'Miss Smilla' author mixes physics and superpowers

★★★★ MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Swaggering Shakespeare with a comic Spanish accent

disc of the day

CD: The Fall - New Facts Emerge

The original and eternal post-punk Mancunian rumpus-maker returns

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tv

Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'

The actress summoned to Hollywood who lived to tell the tale, wittily

It's So Easy and Other Lies, Sky Arts review - uneven rock bio outstays its welcome

Duff McKagan's excellent memoir is poorly rendered for TV

The best TV to watch this week

What to watch and where to find it

film

Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'

The actress summoned to Hollywood who lived to tell the tale, wittily

Victim review - timely re-release for attack on homophobia

A tense melodrama enfolding tragedy that did more than any other to decriminalise homosexuality in the UK

Coming soon: trailers to the next big films

Get a sneak preview of major forthcoming movies

new music

12 Stone Toddler, Green Door Store, Brighton review – experimentalism can still be pop

Brighton's premier odd-pop rock outfit reconvene with enjoyable results

CD: The Fall - New Facts Emerge

The original and eternal post-punk Mancunian rumpus-maker returns

Reissue CDs Weekly: Ramones

Repackaged ‘Leave Home’ reveals how New York’s finest approached recording

classical

Prom 10 review: Aurora Orchestra, Collon – a revolution taken to heart

Beethoven's breakthrough 'Eroica' Symphony swings and dances – all from memory

Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Louis Frémaux, Les Passions de l’Ame

Scintillating German symphonies, analogue treats from Birmingham, and a disc of baroque humour

Prom 7 review: Weilerstein, BBCSO, Weilerstein - new cello concerto enthrals

Controlled performances struggle to find their release in this striking programme

opera

Le nozze di Figaro, Clonter Opera review - a wedding full of future stars

Cheshire’s opera farm produces an enviable harvest

Prom 9 review: Fidelio, BBCPO, Mena - classy prison drama rarely blazes

Lively conducting and difficult roles well taken, but the supporting cast shines brightest

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, Royal Opera review - vocal promise, poor stagecraft

Four standouts in a fine line-up which needed help with movements and gestures

theatre

Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'
The actress summoned to Hollywood who lived to tell the tale, wittily
The Best Plays in London
From Angels in America to Harry Potter: theartsdesk's stage tips
Dessert, Southwark Playhouse review - undercooked and overwrought
Oliver Cotton's new play, directed by Trevor Nunn, begins well before succumbing to absurdity and hysteria

dance

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Scottish Ballet, Sadler's Wells review - striking and memorable dance

Crystal Pite's 'Emergence' is a smart pick for the company

Sergei Vikharev, master ballet-reconstructor, 1962-2017

Sudden death at 55 of bold seeker after 'authentic' classical ballet

comedy

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Russell Brand, Touring review - grandiloquent performer in reflective mood

Fatherhood prompts a look back at earlier misdemeanours

Jeremy Hardy, Brighton Festival review - expert raconteur shows political bite

Radio 4 regular's conversational style masks a passionate pin-sharp topicality

gaming

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Get Even review – good idea ineptly handled

The odds are stacked against you in this ambitious psychological thriller

Are video games an art form? Unquestionably

Ten proofs that games that can hold their own as works of art

visual arts

Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie, Barbican review - flamboyant and mesmerising

Narcissism meets restraint in a fascinating hybrid of performance art and dance

Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond, Modern Art Oxford review - revelation and delight

First posthumous show of an influential but little-known artist

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