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Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Reading the Rocks has a provocative subtitle, “How Victorian Geologists Discovered the Secret of Life”, indicating the role of geology in paving the way to an understanding of the...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Considering Shelleyan Orphan, Melody Maker said “someone’s been smearing themselves in art…were they artists or did they just wallow in shit?” While the late Eighties’ British...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 25 June 2017
As Wonder Woman hits screens worldwide, the publication of a book that explores the myth and reality of the Amazon seems timely. The latest of John Man’s works of popular history...
Barney Harsent
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Those coming to Lifetime of Love expecting something – anything – approaching Moses Archuleta’s day job in Deerhunter will find those expectations confounded. With his Moon...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Isabelle Huppert isn’t just here for the nasty things in life. Her rape non-victim in Elle was one of the most iconoclastic performances even she’s given, enigmatic yet...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 24 June 2017
 Falla: Nights in the Garden of Spain, Ravel: Piano Concertos Steven Osborne (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ludovic Morlot (Hyperion)Steven Osborne's solo Ravel...
Peter Quinn
Saturday, 24 June 2017
Denys Baptiste's deep dive into the mid-1960s work of jazz icon, sax player and composer John Coltrane also...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 23 June 2017
As with life, so it is in art: in the same way that one can't predict the curve balls that get thrown our way, the American...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 23 June 2017
It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen a movie as staggeringly awful as The Book of Henry. If it was just a touch more...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 23 June 2017
Can the theatre be a courtroom? A good public place to debate morality and to arrive at profound decisions? You could answer...
Barney Harsent
Friday, 23 June 2017
Immigration…immigration… immigration… that’s what we need! Not the words of record-breaking, tap-dancing trumpeter Roy...
Graham Rickson
Friday, 23 June 2017
F Percy Smith was a maverick film-maker whose most important work was created in a house in suburban Southgate, North London...
Ismene Brown
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Recorded on disc, this cast would be extraordinary for much of the time — to look at, not so much. Royal Opera conductor...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Do the makers of the essentially unnecessary Hampstead have a secret vendetta against north London and its citizenry?...
Marina Vaizey
Thursday, 22 June 2017
The marvellous National Gallery of Ireland, founded in the 1860s, has opened its doors to its brilliantly revamped, updated...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Reviewed this month with the windows open, in weather hot enough to warp records, this month theartsdesk on Vinyl casts two...
Joe Muggs
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Gossip – the trio fronted by Beth Ditto from 1999 until last year – always felt a bit overshadowed by their 2006...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Opera-lovers coming to St Martin's Lane may feel confused to be confronted by an unrecognisable Coliseum, which now has huge...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Hugh Laurie, in his new role of forensic neuropsychiatrist Eldon Chance, tells us that he works with those who are “...
Gavin Dixon
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
The Paris-based Ensemble InterContemporain brought a wide-ranging programme to the Wigmore Hall. They are known as new music...
 

★★★ OTELLO, ROYAL OPERA New production of Verdi's tragedy is a trial to look at - and heaven to listen to

NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND REFURBISHED Dublin celebrates reopening with Vermeer

★ THE BOOK OF HENRY Dazzlingly inept movie starring Naomi Watts that doesn't know what genre it belongs in

★★★★ CD: BETH DITTO - FAKE SUGAR Can Beth Ditto still cut it now she's no longer the Gossip girl?

★★★ WHO SHOULD WE LET IN?, BBC TWO The Private Eye editor's eye-opening examination of our attitudes to immigration, past and present

★★★★ GLORIA, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Off Broadway hit makes a vibrant crossing to London starring Colin Morgan

disc of the day

CD: Moon Diagrams - Lifetime of Love

The Deerhunter drummer impresses with an assured and personal debut

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tv

The best TV to watch this week

What to watch and where to find it

Who Should We Let In? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row, review – how history repeats itself

The Private Eye editor's eye-opening examination of our attitudes to immigration, past and present

film

Souvenir review – Huppert does deadpan like Buster Keaton

Isabelle Huppert gives her tragicomic all to a Eurovision comeback

The Book of Henry review - staggeringly awful

Dazzlingly inept movie starring Naomi Watts that doesn't know what genre it belongs in

DVD/Blu-ray: Minute Bodies - The Intimate World of F Percy Smith

Offbeat BFI celebration of a pioneering cinematic miniaturist

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Shelleyan Orphan

Box set dedicated to arty British duo pays tribute to their recently lost Caroline Crawley

The Best Albums of 2017

theartsdesk's music critics pick their favourites of the year

CD: Moon Diagrams - Lifetime of Love

The Deerhunter drummer impresses with an assured and personal debut

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Falla, Ravel, Antoine Tamestit, The American Brass Quintet

French and Spanish piano music, plus seductive viola sounds and phenomenal brass playing

Ensemble InterContemporain, Wigmore Hall

Eccentricity inspires colour, nuance and slapstick from young composer Matteo Franceschini

Classical CDs Weekly: Antheil, Debussy, Hosokawa, Schmidt

Symphonies from a self-styled 'bad boy', plus music from Austria, France and Japan

opera

Otello, Royal Opera review — Kaufmann makes a pretty Moor

New production of Verdi's tragedy is a trial to look at - and heaven to listen to

Pelléas et Mélisande, Garsington Opera review - brilliant but frustrating

Masterpiece of communication failure beautifully played and designed but impassively staged

Der Rosenkavalier, Welsh National Opera review - hard to imagine a stronger cast

Music conquers all in Strauss masterpiece, but the director gets some things right

theatre

Gloria, Hampstead Theatre review – pretty glorious
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Off Broadway hit makes a vibrant crossing to London starring Colin Morgan
Terror, Lyric Hammersmith review – more gimmick than drama
Audience participation cannot save a trial that suffocates in abstraction
The Best Plays in London
From Anatomy of a Suicide to Tristan and Yseult: theartsdesk's stage tips

dance

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

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

Sergei Vikharev, master ballet-reconstructor, 1962-2017

Sudden death at 55 of bold seeker after 'authentic' classical ballet

Ashton triple bill, Royal Ballet review – fond farewell to Zenaida Yanowsky

The prima ballerina bows out in 'Marguerite and Armand' as Akane Takada makes a lovely debut in 'The Dream'

comedy

Jeremy Hardy, Brighton Festival review - expert raconteur shows political bite

Radio 4 regular's conversational style masks a passionate pin-sharp topicality

Ricky Gervais, Touring review - chatty and relaxed riffing

Some very personal material among the edgy content

Ayesha Hazarika, Soho Theatre review - 'politics is her patch'

Former Labour adviser finds the funny in politics

gaming

Injustice 2 review - the even better sequel

A superhero soap opera with more twists and turns than a Netflix 12-parter

Prey review - environmental puzzles steal the show

In space no one can hear you... ponder a puzzle

theartsdesk at The Hospital Club

Announcing a new partnership with the most creative club in London

visual arts

National Gallery of Ireland review - bigger and better

Dublin celebrates the reopening of its refurbished art gallery with Vermeer

Fahrelnissa Zeid, Tate Modern review - rediscovering a forgotten genius

How a major 20th century painter was erased from history

A Handful of Dust, Whitechapel Gallery review - grime does pay

From macro to micro, the seduction of dust knows no bounds

latest comments

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After wathing all 10 episodes of this mini-series...

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