thu 27/10/2016, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

Thursday, 27 October 2016
Osmo Vänskä isn't by any means the only Finn who conducts magnificent Sibelius. Sakari Oramo is the BBC Symphony Orchestra's property, but the London Philharmonic could have gone...
James Woodall
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Theatre was not Lucy Bailey’s first target. At school she was a flautist, headed probably for music. Then, in her gap year, she took a job as a telephonist at Glyndebourne, and...
Sebastian Scotney
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has a wonderful, characterful voice, with apparently effortless and even tone production and control. She seems to be able to spin out a quiet...
Marina Vaizey
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Oh, those dogs: just a flick of the brush, and there they are, bursting with life. Pets, hunting dogs, companions, strays: romping on beaches, or in Dutch forests, living on farms...
Saskia Baron
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Aiming for the trippy qualities of The Matrix and Inception, Doctor Strange is possibly the most enjoyable Marvel foundation story since the first Iron Man, mixing wit with visual...
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
What’s incest got to do with a town in North Yorkshire? At first this seems a reasonable question to ask of Al Smith’s brilliantly written, if a little bit tricksy, play, which...
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Handel’s Alcina is about sex, certainly. But unlike Olivia Fuchs’s new production for the Royal Academy of Music, it’s about...
Monday, 24 October 2016
In the end, what makes a good drama series? It’s probably that you want more of it. This is the end of Cold Feet until a...
Monday, 24 October 2016
Television is not a medium we much associate with any sense of the "sacred". It grapples with "momentous" frequently enough...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 23 October 2016
To settle down on a darkening evening with a new volume of Alan Bennett is to be in the company of an old friend. Someone...
Harriet Walter
Sunday, 23 October 2016
A part we have played is like a person we once met, grew to know, became intimately enmeshed with and finally moved away...
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Although the reformed Undertones, with Paul McLoone replacing original singer Feargal Sharkey, have been a popular live draw...
Tim Cumming
Saturday, 22 October 2016
It was first released on 23 November 1979, comprising three 45rpm, 12in records housed in 16mm metal film cans, and then...
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Loudon Wainwright III, a going concern as a singer-songwriter since the start of the Seventies, has long since been occluded...
Marina Vaizey
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Compiled by an anonymous panel, the 15th edition of ArtReview magazine’s annual list of the most powerful and influential...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Leonardo Leo: Sacred Works Ensemble &cetera/Ulrike Hofbauer (soprano and direction) (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)Leonardo...
Friday, 21 October 2016
No-one can easily replace Mark Wigglesworth as Music Director of English National Opera: ask any of the musicians working...
Friday, 21 October 2016
Most of the crime Ken Loach investigates with compassion and humour happens off-screen right at the start. As the opening...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 21 October 2016
Some have responded to the very notion of a musical about cancer as if the idea itself were breaking some unwritten code of...
Friday, 21 October 2016
Even that most unpredictable of fantasists Nikolay Gogol might have been surprised to find his Nose, wandering far from the...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 21 October 2016
A prequel to Ouija (2014), Ouija: Origin of Evil zooms back to a mid-Sixties Los Angeles that's all miniskirts, white PVC...
Steve O'Rourke
Friday, 21 October 2016
Mafia III starts strong, really strong. You find yourself in the blood-stained boots of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam veteran,...
Alison Cole
Thursday, 20 October 2016
This is an inspired and beautifully curated exhibition. It is subtitled The Essence of Movement, but it could equally be...
Marcus Davey
Thursday, 20 October 2016
We've got a lot to celebrate in 2016: 50 years since the Roundhouse became an arts centre and 10 years of transforming young...

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES Drawing the Line, Hampstead Theatre, 2013: 'brilliantly staged'

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES The Cherry Orchard, National Theatre, 2011: 'admirable complexity'

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES Juno and the Paycock, National Theatre, 2011: 'clear-eyed'

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES 55 Days, Hampstead Theatre, 2012: 'resonant'

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES Temple, Donmar Warehouse, 2015: 'beautifully crafted'

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES The Silver Tassie, National Theatre, 2014: 'piercing'

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES An Enemy of the People, Chichester Festival Theatre, 2016: 'pacy'

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES 3 Winters, National Theatre, 2014: 'powerful'

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES Hapgood, Hampstead Theatre, 2015: 'sizzling'

REMEMBERING HOWARD DAVIES Hay Fever, Noël Coward Theatre, 2012: 'seriously good'


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Cold Feet, Series Finale, ITV

Midlife crisis comedy drama is moreish to the end

Aberfan: The Green Hollow, BBC Four

If British television makes anything better this year, it will be a surprise

Ordinary Lies, Series 2, BBC One

Cardiff is a new setting for dark stories of office workers' secrets


Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top films out now

Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch makes a promising debut on the Marvel production line

DVD/Blu-ray: Pioneers of African-American Cinema

A revelatory box-set of indie cinema between the wars

new music

CD: The Early Years – II

A decade-long synthesis proves a winning formula for the experimental rockers

CD: Madness - Can't Touch Us Now

Camden's well-loved and unstoppable six-piece are still well worth a listen

CD: LeAnn Rimes - Remnants

Country star switches genres with impressive results


Wallfisch, LPO, Vänskä, RFH

Sibelius' Fourth Symphony nears spare perfection in a mixed evening

Jamie Barton, Wigmore Hall

A wonderful Sibelius interpreter and canny programmer shows more than promise

Classical CDs Weekly: Leo, Martinů, Schubert

Neapolitan Baroque music, a witty Czech opera and a pair of piano trios


Alcina, RAM, Round Chapel, Hackney

Strong singing gets lost in this missed opportunity of a production

Martyn Brabbins: a safe pair of hands at ENO

Noble choice for new Music Director under difficult circumstances

The Nose, Royal Opera

Not quite as sharp as a pen, Kosky's Shostakovich has its funny moments


10 Questions for Director Lucy Bailey
Is Milton's rarity Comus such a far cry from her shocking Globe hit 'Titus Andronicus'?
Harrogate, Royal Court Theatre
Al Smith's play about love, perversion and memory is electrifying
Harriet Walter on Brutus and Other Heroines
The great actress introduces her new book about playing Shakespeare

visual arts

Adriaen van de Velde, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dutch Golden Age landscapes brought to life by a vivid cast of characters

Opinion: ArtReview Power 100

Hans Ulrich Obrist tops a list dominated by globetrotting gallerists, curators and museum directors

Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement, Courtauld Gallery

Inspiring show highlights experimental studies of the female form in motion


Shakespeare triple bill, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells

Creative renditions of the Bard's works in dance

The Sleeping Beauty, Australian Ballet, cinema broadcast

A sparky, faithful rendition of a classic

Carlos Acosta, The Classical Farewell, Royal Albert Hall

Serious quality in ballet star's last goodbye


Al Murray, Royal Albert Hall

Pub Landlord fails to capitalise on Brexit

James Acaster, Touring

Beautifully crafted show of offbeat observations

Tom Ballard

Australian comic with a pleasingly original take on modern life


Mafia III

An offer you can refuse

Mafia III

An offer you can refuse


A game of two halves in this reimagined annual instalment

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