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Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
In a rather clever wheeze, Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe – who therefore knows a thing or two about historically accurate stagings – has...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
You might expect a posthumous 90-minute documentary – and that’s before you insert the ad breaks – about one of the biggest stars in British pop music over the last 30 years to...
Peter Quantrill
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
The Royal Festival Hall rather belied its name for a visit to London on Saturday of France’s premier new-music ensemble. It can’t be helped that the more intimate space of the...
Owen Richards
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Director Dan Sickles has known Dina her entire life. He knows her engaging personality, and he knows her tragic past. It’s the former which he and co-director Antonio Santini feel...
Saskia Baron
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
It takes a while to get going, and doesn’t altogether evade sentimentality but overall this black comedy is hugely endearing. Rolf Lassgård (complete with bald cap) plays Ove. He'...
Jessica Duchen
Monday, 16 October 2017
Now we know who sent Jonas Kaufmann the Union Jack boxer shorts for the Last Night of the Proms. Whether the sender’s identity is the bigger surprise, or the hint of ambiguity...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 16 October 2017
How many dead female composers can you name? Tom Green, the composer of this stunning one-woman show, could initially only...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 16 October 2017
“He has something of Dillane about him.” Thus Patrick Marber on David Oakes. “I rate him very highly indeed. One of the very...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 16 October 2017
Mat Ewins comes on stage with a bullet belt slung across his chest. Indiana Jones he ain't, but what follows is a spoof on...
Howard Male
Monday, 16 October 2017
"I’m a person who, knock on wood, hasn’t suffered a lot of writer’s block," speaks/sings Kozelek in the song “Topo Gigio”....
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 15 October 2017
The controversial historian Niall Ferguson is the author of some dozen books, including substantial narratives of the...
Jasper Rees
Sunday, 15 October 2017
The first thing to say about Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera (BBC Two) is that it is laser-aimed at those who have not...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 15 October 2017
80 Aching Orphans ought to be hard work. A four-CD, 80-track, 274-minute overview chronicling 45 years of one of pop’s most...
Barney Harsent
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Singer Jessie Ware has long been considered a bastion of grown-up pop. A natural heir to the estate once tended by Sade; a...
Sam Marlowe
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Loneliness: in the age of the digital hook-up and the flaunting narcissism of social media, it’s become a strange sort of...
Hanna Weibye
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Northern Ballet do a challenging job really well: on a mid-scale touring company budget and doing all the things mid-scale...
Saskia Baron
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Screen biographies are tricky things to pull off when the person portrayed has left behind an indelible screen presence. It...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Dances of earth and songs of sea – the BBC Symphony Orchestra's latest programme offered an inspired coupling, where similar...
Ismene Brown
Saturday, 14 October 2017
The awful mother, the celebrity-obsessed teenager, the mediocre old writer who wants some young sex in his life – there are...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Bach: Keyboard Concertos, Italian Concerto Sonya Bach (piano), English Chamber Orchestra/John Mills and Stephanie Gonley (...
 

★★★★★ THE WORLD'S WIFE Stunning one-woman show telling male genius where it gets off

INTERVIEW - DAVID OAKES 'I haven’t done anything as bad as my characters'

★★★★ NIALL FERGUSON: THE SQUARE AND THE TOWER Of groups and power

★★★ A CELEBRATION OF SIR KENNETH MACMILLAN, NORTHERN BALLET An ambitious triple bill honouring the great British choreographer

★★★★ JONAS KAUFMAN: TENOR FOR THE AGES A musical megastar with sword and shortbread

★★★ BEGINNING, NATIONAL THEATRE Assured, intimate, but short of surprises

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: A Man Called Ove

Neither Scandi noir nor IKEA fantasia: an endearing Swedish black comedy about a grumpy old man

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tv

George Michael: Freedom, Channel 4 review - just a supersized commercial?

Much-anticipated official documentary fails to deliver

Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages, BBC Four review - a musical megastar with sword and shortbread

John Bridcut's portrait is beautifully made, but gives little away beyond the public laughter

David Oakes: 'I haven’t done anything as bad as my characters'

The actor stars opposite Natalie Dormer in Venus in Fur. Why is he always exploring the dark side?

film

Dina review - a poignant treat

Sundance documentary winner is a rewarding study of love and the human spirit

DVD/Blu-ray: A Man Called Ove

Neither Scandi noir nor IKEA fantasia: an endearing Swedish black comedy about a grumpy old man

Loving Vincent review - Van Gogh biopic of sorts lacks language to match its visuals

Artistry aplenty jostles cloth-eared writing in painstaking hagiography

new music

CD: Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye and Jim White

The cult American singer songwriter tackles the domestic and universal with equal panache

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Residents

'80 Aching Orphans': the ultimate entry point into the eyeball-headed musical nonconformists

CD: Jessie Ware - Glasshouse

A captivating voice struggles to overcome a surprisingly flat collection

classical

Ensemble InterContemporain, Pintscher, RFH review - a visit from the gentle ghost of Boulez

Two modernist masterpieces suspend the rules of time and space

Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages, BBC Four review - a musical megastar with sword and shortbread

John Bridcut's portrait is beautifully made, but gives little away beyond the public laughter

BBCSO, Brabbins, Barbican review - commanding vistas of earth and sea

Inspired coupling of works by Birwistle and Vaughan Williams, both superlatively done

opera

Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera, BBC Two review - there's anti-elitism, and there's infantilism

The poshies' art form explained by use of the dressing-up box and the toy box

Osud/Trouble in Tahiti, Opera North - swings and roundabouts in a surprising double-bill

Janáček sold short, Bernstein in a top-notch production with a star performance

theatre

A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville - Eve Best is superb as a woman scorned
Dominic Dromgoole's Oscar Wilde seasons opens with a winner
David Oakes: 'I haven’t done anything as bad as my characters'
The actor stars opposite Natalie Dormer in Venus in Fur. Why is he always exploring the dark side?
Beginning, National Theatre review - assured, intimate, but short of surprises
David Eldridge's wry-warm two-hander on the unsexy side of singledom

dance

A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Northern Ballet review - a brave and worthy tribute

An ambitious triple bill honouring great British choreographer

h.Club 100 Awards 2017: The Winners

News from The Hospital Club's annual awards for the creative industries, plus theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Ballet review - a feast of visual delights

Return of Wheeldon's shiny, crowd-pleasing version of Lewis Carroll's classic story

comedy

Mae Martin, Soho Theatre review - life is a drug

Dry storytelling about an obsessional life

gaming

h.Club 100 Awards 2017: The Winners

News from The Hospital Club's annual awards for the creative industries, plus theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year

FIFA 18 review - as polished as football silverware

Slicker and slower, the latest version of the football bestseller takes its time to shine

Destiny 2 review - a worthy follow-up to the biggest game of a generation

Bigger means better for this online sci-fi shooter

visual arts

h.Club 100 Awards 2017: The Winners

News from The Hospital Club's annual awards for the creative industries, plus theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year

Young Reviewer of the Year Award Winner: Katherine Waters on Marc Quinn

The winning entry of theartsdesk's award reviews Drawn from Life at Sir John Soane's Museum

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