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Alison Cole
Saturday, 25 March 2017
I have heard countless speeches advocating the importance of arts education, and making bold cross-curricular claims – from England’s cultural ministers and arts leaders, to the...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Politics certainly caught up with Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius. The Brazilian director and his cast appeared at their Cannes competition premiere last year with placards...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Eyvind Alnæs: Piano Concerto & Symphony Håvard Gimse (piano), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Eivind Aadland (Lawo Classics)Eyvind Alnæs’s C Minor Symphony, written in 1897 after...
Mark Sheerin
Saturday, 25 March 2017
Artist and curator Tyler Mallison has chosen the world’s most generic title for his current exhibition. It's called New Material, and the surprising thing one discovers is that...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 25 March 2017
One tries not to conflate the man and the music too much. Getting overly tangled up in questions of authenticity is a fool's errand, songs are ultimately public property, and in...
Hanna Weibye
Friday, 24 March 2017
Is English National Ballet's current predilection for acquiring European repertoire some kind of anti-Brexit statement, or just smart brand positioning? Last night's performance...
David Nice
Friday, 24 March 2017
It's a rare concert when nothing need be questioned about the orchestral playing. The usual nagging doubts – about whether...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 24 March 2017
The beauty of fiction is that its stories have both compelling shape and deep meaning – they are dramas where things feel...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 24 March 2017
Craig David’s two-hour show, in two parts, receives an ecstatic response in Brighton. The audience, dominated by women in...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 24 March 2017
“The following images are extremely graphic.” The words appeared in white lettering against a black background, two-thirds...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 24 March 2017
This is the Italian cinema Berlusconi suppressed. Elio Petri directed broadsides between the crossfire of the Sixties and...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 23 March 2017
In space, no-one can hear you say “hang on, haven’t I seen this before?” The sprawling, labyrinthine space ship full of...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Silver Eye is Goldfrapp’s seventh long-player in an 18-year career that has taken in electronica sounds of all stripes. It...
Jenny Gilbert
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
What’s in a yellow dress? Hope over experience? Reckless confidence? This is a legitimate question when the second big cross...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Tommy Sissons is a 21-year-old poet, originally from Brighton, now based in London. He has won a number of poetry slam...
Peter Quantrill
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Isn’t it funny? You wait ages for an opera by an eleven-year-old and then two turn up at once. The world’s feature...
Grayson Perry
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
I have always felt very lucky to have been working as an artist in London during the period when it transformed into the...
Russ Coffey
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
On Jethro Tull's classic "Songs from the Wood" Ian Anderson promised "all things refined". And refined the band certain has...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
What's in a name? Terence Rattigan’s Love in Idleness is a reworking of his 1944 play Less Than Kind (never staged at the...
Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Percy Fawcett: does the name ring a bell? He ought by rights to sit in the pantheon of boys’ own explorers alongside Cook...

★★★★ THE FIRST COMMANDMENT, ST JOHN'S SMITH SQUARE The miraculous maturity of the 11-year-old Mozart

10 QUESTIONS FOR POET TOMMY SISSONS Rising young poet talks war, grime, social media and... poetry

★★★★ AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Christopher Wheeldon's staging at the Dominion is the most glamorous escape in town

★★★ LIFE Is there life on Mars? It would appear so

CD: GOLDFRAP - SILVER EYE Hipster electro-poppers fall between two stools

LINE OF DUTY RETURNS Series 4 of Jed Mercurio's police thriller begins on BBC One on Sunday

FOURTH PLINTH: How London created the smallest sculpture park in the world

★★★★ CRYSTAL PITE, FLIGHT PATTERNS, ROYAL BALLET Extraordinary première by Canadia choreographer explores refugee experience through dance

disc of the day

CD: Take That - Wonderland

As middle age really kicks in, can pop's great survivors still cut it?

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Syria’s Disappeared review - 'must-watch can't-look record of Assad's atrocities'

Channel 4 documentary makes the case against Assad with indelible images and testimony

Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment – Natural World, BBC Two

Caribbean conservationists fight back against man-made mayhem

SS–GB, Series Finale, BBC One

It was the Germans wot won it


Aquarius review - 'the unease of contemporary Brazil'

Brazilian star Sonia Braga shines in unsettling portrayal of her country today

DVD/Blu-ray: Property Is No Longer a Theft

Elio Petri's grotesque thriller dissects Seventies Italy's rotten heart

Life review - 'knuckle-gnawing moments of panic'

Is there life on Mars? It would appear so

new music

CD: Take That - Wonderland

As middle age really kicks in, can pop's great survivors still cut it?

Craig David, Brighton Centre

UK garage pop comeback sensation sends Brighton doolally

CD: Goldfrapp – Silver Eye

Hipster electro-poppers fall between two stools


Classical CDs Weekly: Alnæs, Granados, Kelly, Mompou

Rediscoveries from Norway and Australia, plus a pair of poetic Spaniards

Buchbinder, Philharmonia, Hrůša, RFH

Ideal orchestral Brahms under an already great young Czech conductor

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Sibelius, Temple University Wind Symphony

Baroque violin music, rare Finnish songs, and a set of wind and brass concertos


The First Commandment, Classical Opera, St John’s Smith Square

The teenage Mozart's miraculous maturity

Partenope, English National Opera

Everyone in this Handel revival makes froth seem stylish and effortless

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Royal Opera

No joy or lightness in Kasper Holten's messy Wagner, despite high musical values


The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court, review – ‘sad, bad and sprawling’
Cut! Simon McBurney muddles the story of Hollywood mogul Robert Evans
An American in Paris review - 'stagecraft couldn't be slicker'
Christopher Wheeldon's staging at the Dominion is the most glamorous escape in town
The Best Musicals in London
We recommend the top shows in musical theatre


Pina Bausch's Rite of Spring, English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells

Dancers wow in iconic Stravinsky piece, but Forsythe and van Manen need more work

Crystal Pite, Flight Pattern, Royal Ballet

Extraordinary première by Canadian choreographer explores refugee experience through dance

Project Polunin, Sadler's Wells

Can ballet's bad boy live up to the hype?


Peter Kay's Dance for Life, Ricoh Arena Coventry

School disco with lots of laughs

Miles Jupp, London Palladium

A gentle meander through life's vicissitudes

The UK Pun Championships, Leicester Comedy Festival

Wordplay galore as jokesmiths battle for title


Horizon Zero Dawn

The sun shines brightly on this benchmark action RPG

Sniper Elite 4

Life through a long-range lens

The Best Games of 2016

theartsdesk's gamers choose their personal highlights of the year

visual arts

Artist Tyler Mallison: 'I don’t think about materials as being merely visible objects or things'

Technology as material, Madonna as muse: the artist talks about the themes shaping his current exhibition

Fourth Plinth: How London Created the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World

Celebrating Trafalgar Square's infamous empty plinth, and its role in changing attitudes to contemporary art

French Touch, Red Gallery

Ground-breaking exhibition digs into the history of French electronic music

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