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Joe Muggs
Thursday, 27 July 2017
The orchestral/electronic sounds which the Erased Tapes label epitomises exist balanced on a knife-edge of extreme tastefulness. Not quite fitting into either the classical or the...
Bella Todd
Wednesday, 26 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 quite musicals and not quite tribute shows. They...
David Benedict
Wednesday, 26 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...
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 come over all prematurely patriotic? Is Holst’s The...
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 in the story of Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani American...
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 of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito starting tonight, you...
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...
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...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 24 July 2017
Ten years ago Brighton band 12 Stone Toddler burst onto the scene with two off-the-wall albums of madly inventive pop-rock....
Robert Beale
Monday, 24 July 2017
Clonter Opera is a finishing school for young opera performers, with its own well appointed theatre and professional...
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...
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...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Production gloss and deliberation are not notions immediately springing to mind while pondering the 1976-era Ramones. Even...
 

★★★ PROM 13: RANA, BBCSO, DAVIS Historical recreation of 500th Prom short of sparkle until Britten finale

H.CLUB 100 AWARDS: PUBLISHING AND WRITING This year's nominees include some remarkable ventures in not-for-profit and diversity

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

★★★★ BLU-RAY: TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN Hollywood blacklist Western with contemporary resonance

★★★★ 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

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

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

disc of the day

CD: Ben Lukas Boysen & Sebastian Plano - Everything

Underneath a tasteful surface lies profundity if you immerse yourself

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tv

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

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

film

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

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Blu-ray: Terror in a Texas Town

Hollywood blacklist Western with contemporary resonance

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 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

Prom 13 review: Rana, BBCSO, Davis – Malcolm Sargent tribute lacks punch

Historical recreation of 500th Prom short of sparkle until Britten finale

opera

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

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

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

theatre

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
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre review - Sienna Miller lets rip
Starry cast lay bare body and soul in Tennessee Williams classic

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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