mon 27/06/2016

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As You Like It, The Savill Garden, Windsor

Ismene Brown

How often are you charmed by one of Shakespeare’s sylvan romances while literally under a greenwood tree? Even if this summer is proving rather generous with the rough weather, it...

Opinion: Post-Brexit, we need theatre more than ever

Marianka Swain

In seeking to understand the historic, divisive and to some bewildering Brexit vote, I will turn to theatre. Through my regular exposure to it, I can number among my ever-widening...

Painters' Paintings, National Gallery

Marina Vaizey

The huge and gorgeous Titian, The Vendramin Family, c.1540-c.1560, displays a frieze of males of all ages, three or four generations – and an adorable lap dog held close by the...

theartsdesk in Reykjavík: Nocturnes for Midsummer

David Nice

After a grey start, there was a spectacular sunset around midnight on the second of my two days in Reykjavik. It's what brings one of Iceland's most brilliant younger-generation...

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, with Damon Albarn & Guests, RFH

Dylan Moore

Before playing a version of  “Out of Time”, the lead single from Blur’s 2003 album Think Tank, Damon Albarn explains that “at Glastonbury, it really was out of time: there...

First Person: Boys Will Be Boys

Melissa Bubnic

In the opening scene of Boys Will Be Boys, the lead character, Astrid, talks about how there’s a boys’ world and a girls’ world. Boys’ world is where you want to be. That’s where...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Wake Up You!

Kieron Tyler

It begins with “Never Never Let Me Down” by Formulars Dance Band. “You’re the only good thing I’ve got,” declares the singer...

CD: Drcarlsonalbion – Falling With a Thousand Stars & Other Wonders From the House of Albion

Guy Oddy

Around the Summer Solstice seems a fitting time for Dylan Carlson’s latest solo album to appear under his Drcarlsonalbion...

theartsdesk at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016

David Kettle

Even without any particular pomp or focus for celebration, the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival has felt like a...

Werther, Royal Opera

David Nice

All 23 of Massenet's mature operas boast memorably melodious quarters of an hour and fastidious orchestration, so why...

Macbeth, Shakespeare's Globe

Marianka Swain

It begins promisingly, a dark Gothic fairy tale – both Grimm and grim. The writhing witches (four, oddly) are summoned from...

Classical CDs Weekly: Aukai, Mahler, Shostakovich

Graham Rickson

Aukai Markus Seiber (Aukai Music)In a week where there’s been rather too much news to get one’s head round, a spot of...

CD: Paper Tiger - Blast Off

Joe Muggs

Around the turn of the millennium, two producers – the Californian Otis Jackson Jr aka Madlib, and the late James Yancey aka...

EU Referendum Results – BBC, ITV, Sky News

Barney Harsent

And so we come to the end of the most spiteful, divisive and downright deceitful political campaign in living memory. And...

Adult Life Skills

Katie Colombus

There are often times as adults, that we feel ill-prepared for dealing with situations that arise. There is no equivalent of...

Jenůfa, English National Opera

David Nice

ENO's new artistic director Daniel Kramer must regret having gone on BBC Radio 4's Start the Week to talk about suspending...

The Good Wife, Series 7 Finale, More4

Adam Sweeting

It's amazing that they've managed to sustain The Good Wife over seven series and 156 episodes which have, by and large,...

DVD/Blu-ray: Wim Wenders - The Road Trilogy

Graham Fuller

In the mid 1970s, the German director Wim Wenders quickly and cheaply made three road movies that, taken together, can be...

Henry V, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Marianka Swain

As we finally go to the polls, casting votes based on our view of national identity and Britain’s place in the world, here...

Idomeneo, Garsington Opera

David Nice

Natural disaster, in the shape of a metaphorical sea-monster ravaging classical Crete, might make a director's imagination...

The South Bank Show: Joyce DiDonato, Sky Arts

Marina Vaizey

Take Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, and add Handel and Mozart and the Frenchman Massenet, and you have the composers whose...

Elvis & Nixon

Adam Sweeting

Shamed and reviled, Richard Nixon had the misfortune (albeit self-authored) to be the star of one of the murkiest chapters...

Maggie and Pierre, Finborough Theatre

Miriam Gillinson

There's a one-man play inside every politician – and a one-woman play behind each male leader. Linda Griffiths's and Paul...

Edinburgh celebrates British films

Demetrios Matheou

The Edinburgh film Festival’s signature prize, named after one of its most celebrated directors, is the Michael Powell Award...

 

ELVIS & NIXON Tricky Dicky meets the Pelvis in smart satirical fantasy

SIX OF THE BEST: FILM Off to the movies? Here's what you should see

WERTHER, ROYAL OPERA Massenet's lovers ill met by moonlight, but the conducting is consummate

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Little pomp but plenty of eclectic entertainment

EU REFERENDUM RESULTS - BBC, ITV, SKY NEWS In an evening of unexpected victories, Sky News did surprisingly well

disc of the day

CD: Drcarlsonalbion – Falling With a Thousand Stars & Other Wonders From the House of Albion

Scottish and English folk ballads are given the ambient drone treatment by the Earth mainman

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Brighton Festival

Brighton Festival: Brighton – Symphony of a City, Brighton Dome

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DVD: Pink String and Sealing Wax

Sub-texts galore in grade-A Ealing melodrama

tv

EU Referendum Results – BBC, ITV, Sky News

In an evening of unexpected victories, Sky News did surprisingly well

The Good Wife, Series 7 Finale, More4

Outstanding legal drama draws to a not-quite-perfect close

The South Bank Show: Joyce DiDonato, Sky Arts

Not in Kansas any more – the mezzo who conquered the world

film

theartsdesk at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016

Little pomp but plenty of eclectic entertainment at the EIFF's 70th edition

Adult Life Skills

Sweet, slightly predictable, quirky British dramedy veers from the norm

DVD/Blu-ray: Wim Wenders - The Road Trilogy

Beloved wanderers of the New German Cinema

new music

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians, with Damon Albarn & Guests, RFH

Music crosses borders in the shadow of war, with Bassekou Kouyaté and Paul Weller

Reissue CDs Weekly: Wake Up You!

Peculiarly packaged two-volume collection of essential Seventies Nigerian soul-rock

CD: Drcarlsonalbion – Falling With a Thousand Stars & Other Wonders From the House of Albion

Scottish and English folk ballads are given the ambient drone treatment by the Earth mainman

classical

theartsdesk in Reykjavík: Nocturnes for Midsummer

Pianist-curator Víkingur Ólafsson goes wandering with friends

Classical CDs Weekly: Aukai, Mahler, Shostakovich

German ambient music and two discs of 20th century symphonies

Hallé Children’s Choir and Orchestra, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Premiere of Jonathan Dove's 'A Brief History of Creation' enchants

opera

Werther, Royal Opera

Massenet's lovers ill met by moonlight, but the conducting is consummate

Jenůfa, English National Opera

Janáček's optimistic tragedy at its most powerful in electrifying revival

Idomeneo, Garsington Opera

Balance, but never neutrality, from fine singers and director in lacerating Mozart

theatre

As You Like It, The Savill Garden, Windsor

All the garden's a stage for an appealing Shakespeare staging of romance and spectacle

Opinion: Post-Brexit, we need theatre more than ever

The arts hold the key to our collective humanity

First Person: Boys Will Be Boys

Melissa Bubnic introduces her new play about women working in a man’s world

visual arts

Painters' Paintings, National Gallery

A glimpse inside artists' collections offers fresh insight into their own work

The Switch House, Tate Modern

Magnificent new extension has light and space enough for new art and new visitors

Alex Katz, Serpentine Gallery

An oh-so-cool response to the outpourings of Abstract Expressionism

dance

Betroffenheit, Sadler's Wells/Ballet BC, Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer du jour Crystal Pite heads up two impressive Canadian cultural offerings

The Invitation/Obsidian Tear/Within the Golden Hour, Royal Ballet

MacMillan revival in a different class to anodyne offerings from McGregor and Wheeldon

Jekyll & Hyde, Old Vic

Dance version is loud and brash with all the horror and none of the mystery

comedy

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, London Palladium

Terrific fun from an old favourite

David Baddiel - My Family: Not the Sitcom, Menier Chocolate Factory

Funny and challenging show about the comic's parents

Brighton Festival: Alexei Sayle, Corn Exchange

The Comedy Store legend reminisces, and sometimes sparks

gaming

Heroes of Loot 2

This fun take on the dungeon crawler is a blast in short bursts

Homefront: The Revolution

Home isn’t where the heart is in this overly ambitious shooter

Battleborn

Chaotic, cartoony, co-operative carnage

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