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CD: Barry Adamson – Know Where To Run

Guy Oddy

 If these decisions were made on the back of quality and creativity rather than marketing muscle, Barry Adamson wouldn’t just be taking care of the next Bond theme tune, he’d...

The X-Files, Channel 5

Lisa-Marie Ferla

It’s 2016, and The X-Files is the most popular TV show in the world. The very idea that over 20 million people in the US would tune in to a new episode of the pioneering sci-fi...

War and Peace, Series Finale, BBC One

David Nice

At the end of Episode Five, Brian Cox's savvy old Field-Marshal Kutuzov gave the order to retreat and abandon Moscow, with hardly a hint of Tolstoy's council of war. That left the...

Bruegel in Black and White: Three Grisailles Reunited, Courtauld Gallery

Florence Hallett

Now that Renaissance altarpieces live for the most part in museums and not churches, our experience of them is, quite literally, flat. Once, the winged altarpieces so popular in...

We Made It: Stuntwoman Tracy Caudle

Florence Hallett

With a raft of high-quality digital effects available, real stunts might seem a little old-fashioned. In truth, the art of the stunt is alive and well: according to veteran...

CD: Wendy James - The Price of the Ticket

Thomas H Green

In the latter half of the 1980s, Wendy James’s band Transvision Vamp created quite a stir. Their music, including a chart-topping second album, was fizzing, bright-coloured, punky...

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Long Ryders

Kieron Tyler

For its 6 April 1985 issue, the NME chose The Long Ryders as its cover stars. The colour picture of the band was emblazoned...

CD: Basia Bulat - Good Advice

Kieron Tyler

Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat’s first three albums were recognisably folky. Her main instrument was the autoharp....

Battlefield, Young Vic Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Legendary director Peter Brook makes theatre that teaches audiences to be human. Now 90 years old, he brings his latest...

The Magic Flute, English National Opera

Alexandra Coghlan

“We are at a time of present crisis.” When Sarastro addressed his boardroom of business-suited acolytes last night, there...

Fleming, BBCSO, Oramo, Barbican

Gavin Dixon

Renée Fleming recently announced her imminent retirement from the opera stage. But she has no plans to stop performing, and...

Trumbo

Graham Fuller

Trumbo depicts the 13-year struggle by the screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) to break the blacklist imposed on him...

The Room 3

Stuart Houghton

The Room 3 is the latest in Fireproof Games' series of tactile puzzle games that invite you to twist, prod and rotate on-...

Classical CDs Weekly: Dutilleux, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Amy Dickson

Graham Rickson

Dutilleux: Le Loup, and other early works Vincent Le Texier (baritone), Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire/Pascal Rophé...

CD: Kula Shaker - K2.0

Russ Coffey

When Kula Shaker first tasted success in 1996, classic rock was at its least fashionable. That, however, wasn't the reason...

The Winter's Tale, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Alexandra Coghlan

For a play about silence – its uncanny ability to tell the truth, to “persuade when speaking fails” – The Winter’s Tale is...

The Devil Inside, Peacock Theatre

David Nice

"I wish I had money," exclaims the weak-willed hero of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and, hey presto, the devil appears...

Rabbit Hole, Hampstead Theatre

Marianka Swain

The death of a child is an unnatural loss. There’s no reassurance that the departed lived a full life, rather the jagged...

Cats v Dogs, BBC Two

Marina Vaizey

This slightly ludicrous programme is really a chance to see a charming range of dogs and cats, based on an assumption that...

Reeves & Mortimer, Leicester De Montfort Hall

Veronica Lee

Even if the evening had turned out to be rubbish, there was always going to be a warm welcome for Vic Reeves and Bob...

DVD: Bill

Graham Rickson

The jokes come thick and fast in this debut feature from the team behind the BBC’s Horrible Histories. Released theatrically...

The Master Builder, Old Vic

David Nice

Demons, trolls and dead souls have a habit of latching onto Ibsen's bourgeois Norwegians. Surely the best way for actors to...

White smoke at the CBSO: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla for Music Director

Richard Bratby

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's appointment of the Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla as its new Music...

CD: Snarky Puppy - Family Dinner Volume Two

Peter Quinn

With everything they touch seemingly transforming into artistic gold, shapeshifting US collective Snarky Puppy are currently...

 

THE MAGIC FLUTE, ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA Mozart's opera rediscovers its magic in this revelatory revival

BATTLEFIELD, YOUNG VIC Peter Brook revisits 'The Mahabharata' with a perfection that ultimately feels chilly

THE MASTER BUILDER, OLD VIC False notes mar Ibsen's unsettling mix of the real and the supernatural

REISSUE CDS WEEKLY: THE LONG RYDERS The complete works of the ill-fated band which marked out Americana’s ground zero

RENÉE FLEMING, BARBICAN Star soprano shines in adventurous new works

TRUMBO Glib account of the blacklisted screenwriter's resisting of Hollywood's Red-baiters

disc of the day

CD: Barry Adamson – Know Where To Run

Ex-Bad Seed lays down some fine cinematic soul

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We Made It

We Made It: Stuntwoman Tracy Caudle

Forget Evel Knievel: a well-crafted stunt is more about precision than daring

We Made It: 'The Revenant' Production Designer Jack Fisk

How he stunningly recreated the authentic American frontier of 1823

We Made It: Double Bass Maker Laurence Dixon

Love at first sight, a six-day week and the satisfaction of a job well done

tv

The X-Files, Channel 5

Long-awaited sci-fi return gets off to a lacklustre start

War and Peace, Series Finale, BBC One

A clutch of great performances well filmed, but brevity sells Tolstoy short

Cats v Dogs, BBC Two

Which is faster, cleverer and stronger? And do our pets really love us?

film

Trumbo

Glib account of the blacklisted screenwriter's resisting of Hollywood's Red-baiters

DVD: Bill

An irreverent Shakespearean romp, not just for kids

Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top movies out now

new music

CD: Barry Adamson – Know Where To Run

Ex-Bad Seed lays down some fine cinematic soul

CD: Wendy James - The Price of the Ticket

Transvision Vamp's vamp makes a not entirely convincing stab at New York punk

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Long Ryders

The complete works of the ill-fated band which marked out Americana’s ground zero

classical

Fleming, BBCSO, Oramo, Barbican

Star soprano shines in adventurous new works

Classical CDs Weekly: Dutilleux, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Amy Dickson

Early works from a French 20th century giant, Russian piano concertos and Australian saxophone music

White smoke at the CBSO: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla for Music Director

29-year-old Lithuanian conductor follows Andris Nelsons in Birmingham

opera

The Magic Flute, English National Opera

Mozart's opera rediscovers its magic in this revelatory revival

The Devil Inside, Peacock Theatre

Compelling new Faustian-pact opera is small in scale but big on ideas

L'Étoile, Royal Opera

Chabrier's pretty music for an absurdist comedy needs more sparkle

theatre

Six of the best: Theatre

'The mother of the blues' leads theartsdesk's stage tips

Battlefield, Young Vic Theatre

Peter Brook revisits 'The Mahabharata' with a perfection that ultimately feels chilly

The Winter's Tale, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Shakespeare's tale is told quietly here but with tremendous charm and impact

visual arts

Bruegel in Black and White: Three Grisailles Reunited, Courtauld Gallery

Virtuoso works by the Netherlandish master dazzle and beguile

Painting the Modern Garden, Royal Academy

Monet triumphs in a celebration of nature tamed

Saul Leiter, Photographers' Gallery

The pioneer of colour photography you have yet to hear of

dance

The Return, Circa, Barbican

Exile-themed circus show is rather too serious

Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons, Royal Ballet

Too much sugar in Ashton double bill

Le Corsaire, English National Ballet, Coliseum

Spectacular dance fireworks make this hoariest and silliest of Russian classics worth seeing

comedy

Reeves & Mortimer, Leicester De Montfort Hall

The gloriously daft duo return

Dave Gorman, Touring

Likeable comic points out life's inanities

Eddie Izzard, Palace Theatre

Surreal comic kicks off his West End run

gaming

The Room 3

A tactile puzzle of ingenious construction

Life Is Strange Limited Edition

Acclaimed graphic adventure episodes finally gets the boxset treatment

Best of 2015: Games

Action replay! We select the top titles from a vintage year in games

Listed

Listed: Forget the Force
Star Wars wasn't the only groundbreaking film of 1977. We identify some others
The 11 Best Gigs on Film (after Stop Making Sense)
As Talking Heads' masterpiece is restored on disc, we hail the great screen concerts
Listed: The 100 Funniest Things about Downton Abbey
Julian Fellowes' juggernaut has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous in six series. Here's how he did it

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