sat 21/01/2017, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Strauss: Suites from Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck (Reference Recordings)Richard Strauss didn’t personally compile orchestral suites...
Peter Culshaw
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Another peripatetic global music update from theartsdesk's Peter Culshaw, hosted by Music Box Radio. This features forthcoming album releases from hard salsa revivalists La...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 20 January 2017
"This had better not be shite, Danny," was the warning delivered to director Danny Boyle from his cast, amazingly reunited from the original Trainspotting 21 years later. They had...
Peter Quantrill
Friday, 20 January 2017
Symphony is a word carrying heavy historical baggage. It’s understandable when composers dig for inspiration elsewhere. All the same, Mark-Anthony Turnage has grasped the...
Friday, 20 January 2017
These photographs of sand dunes were taken by Brian David Stevens in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, along a stretch of pristine Scottish coastline. The pictures themselves, while...
Markie Robsonscott
Friday, 20 January 2017
“A First Lady must always be ready to pack her suitcases,” remarks Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Melania Trump, take note. Jackie, the first English-language film by the...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 20 January 2017
A day or so after Theresa May’s keynote speech about Brexit the words Europe and European carry an electric charge. For...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 20 January 2017
Charles Burnett is one of the neglected pioneers of African-American film-making. He first won attention back in 1978 with...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 19 January 2017
The homecoming narrative is one of the most elemental ones we know, playing on the most primal human emotions. Stories of...
David Kettle
Thursday, 19 January 2017
We probably think we know the story. From Peter Weir’s cult 1975 film, or even from the original 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 19 January 2017
It may be five years since their last album, Celebration Rock, and the world may have turned several somersaults of late,...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Tom Lehrer famously declared satire dead when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Henry Kissinger not long after he'd...
David Nice
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Young Amadeus is growing up in real time with MOZART 250, Classical Opera's ambitious 26-year project following its hero's...
Joe Muggs
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
This seems a logical progression for The xx. The super-stripped-back sound of their first two albums has got them a very...
Clem Hitchcock
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
North London’s much loved Estorick Collection is reopening its doors after a five-month spruce up. The Georgian listed...
Alexandra Coghlan
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
It takes some pretty special casting to spice up Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera regular, currently returning for its 14th...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Let’s explain the peculiar title first: Operation Anthropoid was the code name given by the Czech Resistance for the planned...
David Kettle
Monday, 16 January 2017
You can tell it’s a big deal when even a handful of London critics abandon the capital for a Saturday evening in chilly...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 16 January 2017
Nick Mohammed doesn't do things by halves as his chatty airhead alter ego Mr Swallow. Forget the scholarly approach of...
Robert Beale
Monday, 16 January 2017
Colin Matthews’s arrangements for orchestra of the 24 Debussy Préludes (originally commissioned by the Hallé) have been...

MEET THE TRUMPS: FROM IMMIGRANT TO PRESIDENT The dodgy morals were in the genes

CONSPIRACY FILES: THE TRUMP DOSSIER How American politics became a stranger to the truth


YOU'VE BEEN TRUMPED 'If Trump didn't exist you suspect Martin Amis would invent him'

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: The Glass Shield

Reissue of underrated 1994 portrait of police corruption and racism in Los Angeles

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Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President, Channel 4

Donald Trump's dodgy morals were inherited from his forebears. Here's how

Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand, BBC Four

The magic swirling trip from the Edwardian musical to the Broadway blockbuster

Hospital, BBC Two

Unmissable insight into the inner workings of the biggest, sickest patient of them all


T2 Trainspotting

Danny Boyle and his reunited cast defy the curse of the sequel


One brief shining moment that was known as Camelot: how the Kennedy legacy was born

DVD/Blu-ray: The Glass Shield

Reissue of underrated 1994 portrait of police corruption and racism in Los Angeles

new music

theartsdesk Radio Show 17

Peter Culshaw's eclectic global music Radio Show with sizzling new tunes from Brazil, the Middle East and Africa

CD: Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life

A solid return for the Canadian power pop duo

CD: The xx - I See You

Southwest London trio return energised - but is that what they needed?


Classical CDs Weekly: Strauss, John Bullard, Tania Stavreva

Fruity opera suites, classical banjo and fiery pianism

LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Symphonies by Mahler and Turnage explode in an ecstasy of grieving

Summerfield, Jackson, Riches, Classical Opera, Page, Wigmore Hall

Three outstanding singers and an early Mozart revelation focus on 1767


Summerfield, Jackson, Riches, Classical Opera, Page, Wigmore Hall

Three outstanding singers and an early Mozart revelation focus on 1767

La Traviata, Royal Opera

Latest revival of Richard Eyre's war horse is full of youthful energy and passion

The Last Supper, BBCSSO, Brabbins, City Halls, Glasgow

A thrilling renaissance for Birtwistle's ritualistic religious opera


Winter Solstice, Orange Tree Theatre
New play about the cultivated face of fascism is fascinating if flawed
Picnic at Hanging Rock, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptation
Wish List, Royal Court Theatre
New play about casual work is thinly written and lacks drama


Giselle, English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Cojocaru and Hernández delicious in perfect heritage production

Best of 2016: Dance & Ballet

Tamara Rojo's ENB and Akram Khan trump Royal Ballet in theartsdesk's highlights

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Final, BBC One

Ore Oduba's win is evidence that light entertainment isn't just white entertainment


Mr Swallow - Houdini, Soho Theatre

Daft escapist fun from bumbling spoof performer

The Great Indoors, ITV2

Limp US inter-generational sitcom starring an out-of-place Stephen Fry

Scott Gibson, Soho Theatre

Award-winning show about a medical calamity


The Best Games of 2016

theartsdesk's gamers choose their personal highlights of the year

Time Locker

Is this top-down 2D endless run & gun game a timeless classic?

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Infinite warfare but finite fun

visual arts

Photo Gallery: Aberdeenshire Sand Dunes

These elegiac images of outstanding natural beauty have since been trumped

War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection

Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Elton's collection to Australia's Impressionists, theartsdesk's favourite shows on now

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