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Adam Sweeting
Friday, 28 July 2017
Movies which essentially consist of a central character trapped in a difficult predicament can be great (Tom Hardy in Locke), or more likely not so great (Colin Farrell in Phone...
David Nice
Friday, 28 July 2017
"Weary Death" - "Destiny", the English-language title, is weak by comparison - settles in a small German town, an impressive simulation constructed on a back lot of the Babelsburg...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 27 July 2017
In the riveting first series of Top of the Lake, it was personal for Down Under detective Robin Griffin. She headed to a hilly corner of New Zealand to be around for the death of...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 27 July 2017
There's enough plot for a dozen plays buzzing its way through Mosquitoes, Lucy Kirkwood's play that uses the backdrop of the Large Hadron Collidor (LHC) to chronicle the multiple...
David Benedict
Thursday, 27 July 2017
The thing almost no one remembers about the great Nora Ephron/Rob Reiner 1989 romcom When Harry Met Sally is that the love story is intercut with real couples talking to camera...
David Nice
Thursday, 27 July 2017
So much light in the Glyndebourne production of Brett Dean's Hamlet; so much darkness in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito according to director Claus Guth. Something is irredeemably...
Bella Todd
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Plays with songs in, or more precisely plays with famous songs in, can feel like the uncanny valley of theatre. They’re not...
Peter Quantrill
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Expectations ran high for this first performance of Julian Anderson’s piano concerto, and they weren’t disappointed. Taking...
Joe Muggs
Thursday, 27 July 2017
The orchestral-electronic sounds which the Erased Tapes label epitomises exist balanced on a knife-edge of extreme...
Alexandra Coghlan
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
A packed Royal Albert Hall on a Tuesday night for a programme of 20th-century English music. Have the nation’s concert-goers...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
The Big Sick is an enchanting film with a terrible title. Don’t be put off by it. There are two forms of sickness on display...
David Nice
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
When Glyndebourne's Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the new production...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
In media coverage of Woodstock, Santana always seems to be overshadowed by the oft-mentioned cultural significance of...
Hanna Weibye
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
One of the most Russian things you can do in ballet is dance Don Quixote, which is 100 percent set in Spain. Don't think too...
Liz Thomson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
For more than three decades I reported on the publishing industry as a business journalist. The books, the deals, the...
Matt Wolf
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
"Maggie the cat is alive: I am alive," or so remarks the feline, eternally frustrated heroine of Tennessee Williams's Cat on...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
The death of Princess Diana 20 years ago had an extraordinary emotional effect on millions of people who had never met her,...
Bernard Hughes
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Ten days ago I reviewed the First Night of the 2017 Proms. Last night I was back at the Royal Albert Hall to hear the First...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Many of the best Westerns, that quintessentially American genre, are rooted in a Christian view of the world: the dark...
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...
 

THEARTSESK Q&A: OLIVIA WILLIAMS 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'

★★★★ THE BIG SICK Kumail Nanjiani's romcom about his own marriage has stand-out roles for Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter

★★★★ CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, APOLLO THEATRE Starry cast lay bare body and soul in Tennessee Williams classic

★★★★ DIANA, OUR MOTHER: HER LIFE AND LEGACY, ITV The Princess's death still casts a painful shadow 20 years later

ENTER THE ARTS DESK'S YOUNG REVIEWER OF THE YEAR AWARD A new competition to find a brilliant young critic

★★★★ PROM 14: BBCSSO, WILSON An evening of English music without a field or cowpat in sight

ROBIN TICCIATI ON CONDUCTING MOZART 'I wanted to create a revolution in the minds of the players'

★★★ 12 STONE TODDLER, GREEN DOOR STORE, BRIGHTON Brighton's premier odd-pop rock outfit reconvene with enjoyable results

★★★★ DON QUIXOTE, MARIINSKY BALLET Tasteful design and perfectly poised dancers in classy first outing for Russians visiting the Royal Opera House

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-Ray: Der müde Tod

Stunning images and lavish detail in Fritz Lang's four interlinked fantasies

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tv

Top of the Lake: China Girl, BBC Two review - thrillingly murky

Elisabeth Moss is joined by Nicole Kidman in the return of Jane Campion's Down Under detective show

Against the Law, BBC Two review - uplifting and deeply moving

Daniel Mays is a revelation in factual drama about Peter Wildeblood's imprisonment for homosexuality

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, ITV review – intimate revelations from William and Harry

The Princess's death still casts a painful shadow 20 years later

film

The Wall review - action undercut by too much talk

'Bourne' director Doug Liman does his best with screenwriting newcomer

DVD/Blu-Ray: Der müde Tod

Stunning images and lavish detail in Fritz Lang's four interlinked fantasies

The Big Sick review - enchanting romcom about mixed marriages

Kumail Nanjiani's romcom about his own marriage has stand-out roles for Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter

new music

CD: Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano - Everything

Underneath a tasteful surface lies profundity if you immerse yourself

The Best Albums of 2017

theartsdesk's music critics pick their favourites of the year

CD: The Isley Brothers & Santana - Power of Peace

Guitar legends join forces for an underwhelming soul outing

classical

Prom 16 review: Osborne, BBCSSO, Volkov - scintillating piano concerto premiere

New Anderson and little-known Liszt make an unlikely, exotic pairing

Prom 14 review: BBCSSO, Wilson - illusion after illusion from musical conjurer

An evening of English music without a field or cowpat in sight

Robin Ticciati on conducting Mozart - 'I wanted to create a revolution in the minds of the players'

Glyndebourne and Scottish Chamber Orchestra MD on three great symphonies

opera

La clemenza di Tito, Glyndebourne review - fine musical manoeuvres in the dark

Meaningful one-to-ones and Mozartian excellence founder in the obscurity of this setting

Robin Ticciati on conducting Mozart - 'I wanted to create a revolution in the minds of the players'

Glyndebourne and Scottish Chamber Orchestra MD on three great symphonies

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

Cheshire’s opera farm produces an enviable harvest

theatre

Mosquitoes, National Theatre review - Olivias Colman and Williams dazzle amid dramatic excess
Lucy Kirkwood play fusing science and familial disarray is as exhausting as it is enlightening
Girl from the North Country, Old Vic review – Dylan songs hit home, the rest is weirdness
Conor McPherson meets Bob Dylan in the Depression-era dustbowl with disconnected results
The Best Plays in London
From Angels in America to Harry Potter: theartsdesk's stage tips

dance

Don Quixote, Mariinsky Ballet review - gentle charm, impressive principals

Tasteful design and perfectly poised dancers in classy first outing for Russians visiting the Royal Opera House

Enter theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year Award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club 100 Awards, we're launching a new competition to find a brilliant young critic

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

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

comedy

Enter theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year Award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club 100 Awards, we're launching a new competition to find a brilliant young critic

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

Enter theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year Award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club 100 Awards, we're launching a new competition to find a brilliant young critic

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

Enter theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year Award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club 100 Awards, we're launching a new competition to find a brilliant young critic

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