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Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Tom Lehrer famously declared satire dead when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Henry Kissinger not long after he'd bombed Cambodia back to the Middle Ages. Lehrer never wrote...
Clem Hitchcock
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
North London’s much loved Estorick Collection is reopening its doors after a five-month spruce up. The Georgian listed building that houses a 120-piece collection of modern...
Alexandra Coghlan
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
It takes some pretty special casting to spice up Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera regular, currently returning for its 14th revival (with a 15th on the cards later this year). And that’...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Let’s explain the peculiar title first: Operation Anthropoid was the code name given by the Czech Resistance for the planned assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague during...
David Kettle
Monday, 16 January 2017
You can tell it’s a big deal when even a handful of London critics abandon the capital for a Saturday evening in chilly Glasgow. And there were more besides in the capacity crowd...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 16 January 2017
Nick Mohammed doesn't do things by halves as his chatty airhead alter ego Mr Swallow. Forget the scholarly approach of finely researched biographies of Harry Houdini (“boring!”);...
Robert Beale
Monday, 16 January 2017
Colin Matthews’s arrangements for orchestra of the 24 Debussy Préludes (originally commissioned by the Hallé) have been...
Matthew Wright
Monday, 16 January 2017
The flaming pigtails say it all. More St Trinian’s than gangsta, the 23-year-old Croydon rapper Nadia Rose presents (mostly...
David Nice
Sunday, 15 January 2017
The Big Mac – as in Ligeti's music-theatre fantasia on the possible death of Death – is here to stay. Back in 1990...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 15 January 2017
In the heat of a Texas summer, Aaron Holland Broussard comes of age. It’s 1952:  the two world wars still cast their...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 15 January 2017
In 1942, Roy Acuff set up Acuff-Rose Music in partnership with Nashville-based songwriter and talent scout Fred Rose. The...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 15 January 2017
God knows we need originality in pop, and French singer Petite Meller delivers it. At least, she does visually, which, in...
Alexandra Coghlan
Saturday, 14 January 2017
There’s a passage in Martin Crimp’s impeccable libretto for Written on Skin that describes a page of illuminated manuscript...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 14 January 2017
La La Land needs no further introduction. A homage to the golden age of the movie musical, to Michel Legrand and The...
Marina Vaizey
Saturday, 14 January 2017
"Oh what a beautiful morning! Oh what a beautiful day!" Curly the cowboy sang in the opening scene of Oklahoma!, the first...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 14 January 2017
 Gavin Higgins: Dark Arteries and other works Tredegar Town Band/Ian Porthouse (Tredegar Town Band)The heavy industries...
Mark Kidel
Saturday, 14 January 2017
Eno pioneered ambient music way back in the 1970s, in collaborations with Robert Fripp, Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, and on his...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 13 January 2017
On screen, two hoodlums in macs and homburgs debate the best way to waste a victim. One of them, played by Peter Sellers,...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 13 January 2017
There is an event at the heart of Manchester by the Sea that cannot be spoken about, either here or by any character who is...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 13 January 2017
You could call it the Corbynisation of new writing. In the past couple of years, a series of plays have plumbed the lower...
 

LE GRAND MACABRE Sellars/Rattle semi-staging of Ligeti hits hard but misses wit and brio

FROM BRASS BANDS TO VIOLS Gavin Higgins, Christopher Simpson and Pina Napolitano on disc

THE BEST MOVIES OUT NOW Fantastic films and where to find (reviews of) them

NADIA ROSE: HIGHLY FLAMMABLE Croydon rapper's debut is fresh, funny and full of attitude

THE BEST EXHIBITIONS IN LONDON From Elton's collection to Australia's Impressionists, our favourite shows on now

SOUND OF MUSICALS WITH NEIL BRAND, BBC FOUR The magic swirling trip from the Edwardian musical to the Broadway blockbuster

SNOWDON ON SELLERS The Queen's brother-in-law on making comic home movies with a Goon

 

JAMES LEE BURKE – THE JEALOUS KIND The heavyweight champ returns to conclude his trilogy

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Anthropoid

Gruelling, gripping World War Two thriller

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tv

Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President, Channel 4

Donald Trump's dodgy morals were inherited from his forebears. Here's how

Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand, BBC Four

The magic swirling trip from the Edwardian musical to the Broadway blockbuster

Hospital, BBC Two

Unmissable insight into the inner workings of the biggest, sickest patient of them all

film

DVD/Blu-ray: Anthropoid

Gruelling, gripping World War Two thriller

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top films out now

Interview: Marius de Vries, musical director of La La Land

Everything you need to know about the creation of the music for an instant classic

new music

CD: Nadia Rose - Highly Flammable

Croydon rapper's debut is fresh, funny and full of attitude

Reissue CDs Weekly: Roy Acuff

Hefty box set dedicated to the King of Country Music is a lesson in the history of American music

CD: Petite Meller - Lil Empire

Lush Afro-pop and infantilised vocal stylings that are - eventually - persuasive

classical

The Last Supper, BBCSSO, Brabbins, City Halls, Glasgow

A thrilling renaissance for Birtwistle's ritualistic religious opera

Bavouzet, BBCPO, Collon, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

A new mirror on Ravel, left-hand piano virtuosity and subtle Shostakovich

Classical CDs Weekly: Gavin Higgins, Christopher Simpson, Pina Napolitano

Brass bands, viols and a pair of 20th-century piano concertos

opera

La Traviata, Royal Opera

Latest revival of Richard Eyre's war horse is full of youthful energy and passion

The Last Supper, BBCSSO, Brabbins, City Halls, Glasgow

A thrilling renaissance for Birtwistle's ritualistic religious opera

Le Grand Macabre, LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Demi-staging of Ligeti's apocalypse-maybe hits hard but misses the wit and brio

theatre

Wish List, Royal Court Theatre
New play about casual work is thinly written and lacks drama
The Kite Runner, Wyndhams Theatre
Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's bestseller is not built to soar
The Best Plays in London
Potter, Schiller and fish: theartsdesk's stage tips

dance

Giselle, English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Cojocaru and Hernández delicious in perfect heritage production

Best of 2016: Dance & Ballet

Tamara Rojo's ENB and Akram Khan trump Royal Ballet in theartsdesk's highlights

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Final, BBC One

Ore Oduba's win is evidence that light entertainment isn't just white entertainment

comedy

Mr Swallow - Houdini, Soho Theatre

Daft escapist fun from bumbling spoof performer

The Great Indoors, ITV2

Limp US inter-generational sitcom starring an out-of-place Stephen Fry

Scott Gibson, Soho Theatre

Award-winning show about a medical calamity

gaming

The Best Games of 2016

theartsdesk's gamers choose their personal highlights of the year

Time Locker

Is this top-down 2D endless run & gun game a timeless classic?

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Infinite warfare but finite fun

visual arts

War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection

Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Elton's collection to Australia's Impressionists, theartsdesk's favourite shows on now

Gavin Turk, Newport Street Gallery

He poses as Sid Vicious, Elvis, Warhol and Pollock. Will the real Gavin Turk stand up?

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