mon 27/02/2017, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

Jasper Rees
Monday, 27 February 2017
Gurinder Chadha is still best-known for directing a low-budget comedy set in Hounslow about two girls who just want to play football. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) introduced Keira...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 27 February 2017
Miles Jupp starts by telling he’s trying to fathom the kind of comic he should be, after he overheard a comment by an audience member at a show on his previous tour: he was nice,...
Graham Rickson
Monday, 27 February 2017
Opera North’s updated version of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel takes place in what looks like a down at heel Leeds housing estate, the titular siblings shown filming the story...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 27 February 2017
There's something to be said for encountering a playwright fresh out of the starting gate. Since his debut play Speech & Debate premiered Off Broadway almost a decade ago,...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 27 February 2017
Temples’ debut album, 2014’s Sun Structures, was an instant and surprise success. Within weeks of its release, the Brit-psych outfit were headlining major venues for the first...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Yiyun Li’s fiction comes garlanded in praise from authors and journals that don’t ladle it out carelessly, so it feels almost churlish to cavil over a memoir written during the...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 26 February 2017
In May 1956, the Texan label Starday issued a wild rockabilly single by Thumper Jones. Its top side, the kinetic “Rock It”,...
Matthew Wright
Sunday, 26 February 2017
There’s scarcity value in a Tanita Tikaram gig these days. Like seeing a rare bird, you feel special for simply having been...
Nick Hasted
Sunday, 26 February 2017
When Carrie White’s hand jumps out of the grave to drag Amy Irving’s character to hell, the shock is Psycho-intense. Carrie’...
Ralph Moore
Saturday, 25 February 2017
It’s a fairly big deal to be interviewing Stan Lee. Generations have been enthralled by his work, from the 1960s comics The...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Vinyl is not a cute, retro, style statement. Well, OK, it can be. But it’s also an analogue format that’s as current as its...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 25 February 2017
French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan leaves the time and place of It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 25 February 2017
 Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op.110 and Op.111, with music by András Szöllösy and Gyula Csapó Gábor Csalog (piano) (BMC)...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Sleaford Mods have had an amazing run. The duo are prized by their fans for their ultra-basic set-up – a guy with a can of...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 24 February 2017
“The nine men’s morris is filled up with mud, and the quaint mazes in the wanton green for lack of tread are...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 24 February 2017
Can something be gained in translation? From its title The Swingers promises much. Much more than the original Dutch title...
Gavin Dixon
Friday, 24 February 2017
Bruckner conductors improve with age: Haitink, Blomstedt, Gielen – octogenarians all. But Stanisław Skrowaczewski went...
Kieron Tyler
Friday, 24 February 2017
With its familiar scenario of massed zombies on the offensive against the living, South Korean blockbuster Train to Busan...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Everybody’s a little bit gay in Simon Godwin’s giddy new Twelfth Night at the National Theatre. From Andrew Aguecheek,...
Alison Cole
Thursday, 23 February 2017
It may be a cliché to say that this is a “timely” exhibition, but America After the Fall invites irresistible parallels with...

BEST FILMS AT 2017 OSCARS: MOONLIGHT A difficult journey of self-realisation

BEST FILMS AT 2017 OSCARS: HACKSAW RIDGE Mel Gibson is back with a cacophony of bangs

BEST FILMS AT 2017 OSCARS: HIDDEN FIGURES Feisty trio fight prejudice


BEST FILMS AT 2017 OSCARS: ARRIVAL Philosophical sci-fi

BEST FILMS AT 2017 OSCARS: LION Moving family drama set in India and Australia

BEST FILMS AT 2017 OSCARS: FENCES Acclaimed play makes awkward transition to film

BEST FILMS AT 2017 OSCARS: LA LA LAND You'll float out of the cinema on a cloud


disc of the day

CD: Temples - Volcano

Brit-psych sensations second album is defined by a lack of substance

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10 Questions for TV Producers Stan Lee and Gill Champion

The Marvel Comics legend and his production partner talk 'Lucky Man', London and longevity

The Swingers, Channel 4

In Dutch it was called 'The Neighbours'. Does the translated title deliver?

Roots, BBC Four

Kunta Kinte and his family rivet attention again in well-cast, finely filmed miniseries


10 Questions for Director Gurinder Chadha

Her new film Viceroy's House chronicles the partition of India. How did she get there from Bend It Like Beckham?

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

DVD: De Palma

We take a long look at the lurid, brilliant Movie Brat

new music

CD: Temples - Volcano

Brit-psych sensations second album is defined by a lack of substance

Reissue CDs Weekly: George Jones

Definitive box set dedicated to the early years of the country great

Tanita Tikaram, Barbican

Generous show balances onstage charm with songs full of barbs and doubts


Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Rasmussen, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky

Hungarian pianism, a Faroese symphony and two Russian violin concertos

Farewell, Stanisław Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

A tribute to the conductor and composer who has died at the age of 93

Mirjam Mesak, Kristiina Rokashevich, St Bartholomew the Great

Impeccable musicianship and stylish programming from two young Estonians


Hansel and Gretel, Opera North

Uneven update redeemed by superb singing

Juan Diego Flórez, Vincenzo Scalera, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Quiet smiles outweigh high Cs in a recital of two distinct halves

Le Vin herbé, Welsh National Opera

A 1930s Tristan opera, beautiful and sombre, brilliantly played and sung


Speech & Debate, Trafalgar Studios
Tony winner's first play couples awkwardness and charm
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic
Shakespeare's comedy gets bogged down in this messy production
The Best Plays in London
Wizards, devilry and Stoppard in Zurich: theartsdesk's stage tips


FLA.CO.MEN, Israel Galván, Sadler's Wells

Maverick dancer opens annual flamenco festival with a playful jam-session of a show

Masurca Fogo, Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells

Tanztheater Wuppertal in one of their founder's lightweight works

Giselle, English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Cojocaru and Hernández delicious in perfect heritage production


The UK Pun Championships, Leicester Comedy Festival

Wordplay galore as jokesmiths battle for title

Suzi Ruffell, Soho Theatre

Amusing take on how class defines us

Chris Gethard, Soho Theatre

US comic tackles his mental-health problems


Sniper Elite 4

Life through a long-range lens

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?

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

David Hockney, Depression-era America, the British in Italy: our favourite shows to see now

America After the Fall, Royal Academy

Revelatory portrayal of the artistic response to the Great Depression

Listed: How I Do Love Thee

Let theartsdesk count the ways with our romantic favourites from all over the arts

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