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The Edge of Our Bodies, Gate Theatre

Heather Neill

Sixteen-year-old Bernadette is determined to write short stories. She's a promising writer, describing her own feelings, the strangers and friends who cross her path in telling...

Still the Enemy Within

Nick Hasted

You expect the tears, anger and pride, as NUM veterans relive Britain’s defining industrial dispute, 30 years later. The bafflement of a South Welsh ex-miner is more telling; the...

Dangerous Corner, Richmond Theatre

Marianka Swain

In his otherwise unremarkable 1932 debut play Dangerous Corner, JB Priestley employs a promising framing device that hints at the kind of metafictional experimentation found in...

Vance Joy, Institute, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

Vance Joy does not pull in the kind of crowd that you might imagine would be wowed by a ukulele or an acoustic guitar. In fact, at the Birmingham date of his sold out UK tour, the...

Ming: 50 Years That Changed China, British Museum

Marina Vaizey

Here be dragons, and plum blossoms in moonlight, model chariots, 15th-century paper money, weaponry and armour, embroidered robes, blue and white porcelain, vivid portraits of the...

Draft Day

Karen Krizanovich

Draft Day should have been a contenda. As it stands, it's a football film for people who like football but who hate film. Sure, you may like “movies”, but you sure as hell don’t...

10 Questions for Soprano Sandrine Piau

Sebastian Scotney

French soprano Sandrine Piau, born in 1965 in a south-western suburb of Paris, has an agile, supple voice. It soars, so...

Sahara Soul, Barbican

Heidi Goldsmith

Exoticisation, at an event named "Sahara Soul", was perhaps inevitable. With Tuareg jewellery and souvenirs in the foyer,...

Kylie, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse

Fisun Güner

Does Kylie exist without spectacle? Take away the 6ft headgear, the sparkly hotpants, the spangly corsets, the team of super...

theartsdesk in Bamberg: Top Town, Top Orchestra

David Nice

As a town of 70,000 or so people, Bamberg boxes dazzlingly above its weight in at least two spheres. The Bamberg Symphony...

Carthy Hardy Farrell Young + Newton, Cecil Sharp House

Tim Cumming

Each of them is a solo, duo or group artist of high renown, but together, something special happens. On record it’s called...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Black Widow

Kieron Tyler

Black Widow: SacrificeIt wasn’t John Lennon’s fault, but things weren’t the same after the “bigger than Jesus” scandal of...

Rudy's Rare Records, Hackney Empire

Naima Khan

This stage adaptation of Danny Robins' Radio 4 drama is a feel-good show packed with snappy one-liners from a gaggle of...

The James Plays, National Theatre

Demetrios Matheou

Rona Munro’s trilogy of plays about Scotland’s Stuart kings premiered at the Edinburgh Festival when Scottish independence...

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)

theartsdesk

He was not only a bracing conductor/harpsichordist pioneer in period-instrument authenticity, writes David Nice, but also a...

Manon, Royal Ballet

Hanna Weibye

In a moment of wild fantasy, I thought I might try and write a whole review of Manon without mentioning sex. After all,...

theartsdesk Q&A: Singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan

Joe Muggs

The story of Vashti Bunyan is a compelling one. The urbane Sixties would-be popstrel who gave it all up to ride up to a...

Flowers of the Forest, Jermyn Street Theatre

Caroline Crampton

As we arrive at the last few months of 2014, the temptation to say “Enough! No more!” to representations of the First World...

Classical CDs Weekly: Aho, Bartók, Zelenka

Graham Rickson

 Kalevi Aho: Theremin Concerto, Horn Concerto Carolina Eyck (theremin), Annu Salminen (horn), Lapland Chamber Orchestra...

Lee Evans, O2 Arena

Veronica Lee

Lee Evans is one of those comics people either love or can't stick, and the audience at the O2 Arena last night clearly fell...

Constable: The Making of a Master, Victoria & Albert Museum

Marina Vaizey

This revelatory exhibition goes in search of the revolutionary magnificence which infused Constable’s compelling landscapes...

DiDonato, Lyon Opera Orchestra, Minasi, Barbican Hall

Alexandra Coghlan

At the end of last night’s giddy, triumphant concert at the Barbican, Joyce DiDonato was presented with a bouquet by a...

Mary J Blige, iTunes Festival, Roundhouse

Adam Sweeting

Trailing a string of Grammys and multi-platinum albums, and now a successful actress and purveyor of her own "My Life"...

The Vertical Hour, Park Theatre

Aleks Sierz

In the context of recent events in Iraq and Syria, the spectre of the ill-fated Iraq War of 2003 looms large once more. What...

 

DRAFT DAY This American football drama is Ivan Reitman's off day

MING: 5O YEARS THAT CHANGED CHINA, BRITISH MUSEUM More than blue and white porcelain emerged from the 300-year dynasty

REMEMBERING CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (1941-2014) Tributes to the conductor, scholar and gentleman from musicians who worked with him

MANON, ROYAL BALLET MacMillan's moral maze still fascinates in its 40th year

SAHARA SOUL, BARBICAN This celebration of Saharan musicians is more showcase than soul

THE JAMES PLAYS, NATIONAL THEATRE Independence is lost, but there’s no stopping this stirring trilogy of Scottish histories flying its flag in London

disc of the day

DVD: Goltzius and the Pelican Company

First-class, fascinating director's interview accompanies Greenaway's DVD latest

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Six of the best: Theatre

Kings, kids and singing despots: a bit of everything in theartsdesk's tips

Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top movies out now

Six of the best: Art

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top exhibitions

film

Still the Enemy Within

Intimate and moving documentary shows the Miners' Strike's human cost

DVD: Goltzius and the Pelican Company

First-class, fascinating director's interview accompanies Greenaway's DVD latest

Draft Day

This American football drama is Ivan Reitman's off day

tv

Marvellous, BBC Two

Toby Jones shines in a fantasy football drama that happens to be true

Jungle Atlantis, BBC Two

New technology brings revelations from Cambodia's astounding mega-city

Scott & Bailey, Series 4, ITV

Manchester's detective duo are as disaster-prone as ever

new music

Vance Joy, Institute, Birmingham

Folk-popper turns up the volume for a sell-out tour

CD: Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

Radiohead frontman's second solo LP exudes a mournful electronic loveliness

Sahara Soul, Barbican

This celebration of Saharan musicians is more showcase than soul

classical

10 Questions for Soprano Sandrine Piau

The former harpist who became the connoisseur's soprano of choice for Baroque and early music

theartsdesk in Bamberg: Top Town, Top Orchestra

Conductor Jonathan Nott's world-class team is only one reason for visiting Germany's jewel

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)

Tributes to the conductor, scholar and gentleman from musicians who worked with him

opera

10 Questions for Soprano Sandrine Piau

The former harpist who became the connoisseur's soprano of choice for Baroque and early music

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)

Tributes to the conductor, scholar and gentleman from musicians who worked with him

DiDonato, Lyon Opera Orchestra, Minasi, Barbican Hall

This Artist Spotlight opens with a bel canto bang

theatre

The Edge of Our Bodies, Gate Theatre

American coming-of-age drama gets the Gate's 35th anniversary season off to a gripping start

Dangerous Corner, Richmond Theatre

Early JB Priestley thriller fails to provide any thrills

Six of the best: Theatre

Kings, kids and singing despots: a bit of everything in theartsdesk's tips

visual arts

Ming: 50 Years That Changed China, British Museum

More than blue and white porcelain emerged from the 300-year dynasty

theartsdesk in Bamberg: Top Town, Top Orchestra

Conductor Jonathan Nott's world-class team is only one reason for visiting Germany's jewel

Constable: The Making of a Master, Victoria & Albert Museum

The landscape artist revealed as a student not just of nature but also of the Old Masters

dance

Manon, Royal Ballet

MacMillan's moral maze still fascinates in its 40th year

The Murmuring/ Metheus/ Mesmerics, BalletBoyz, Linbury Studio Theatre

New works show all-male company on top form

KnowBody, Sadler's Wells

Older performers show dance is not just a young person's game

comedy

Lee Evans, O2 Arena

No amount of fart gags and racing about can hide the cobwebs on these jokes

Luisa Omielan, Soho Theatre

Joyous and raucous hymn to modern womanhood

Forbidden Broadway, Vaudeville Theatre

Fearless foursome spoofs the poker-faced and the overblown in magnificent Menier transfer

gaming

Wasteland 2

The post-apocalyptic role-playing game series emerges from the vault, after 25 years…

Goat Simulator

You'll believe a goat can sort of fly

Destiny

The biggest game of a generation leaves an empty hole in space

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