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Into the Storm

Matt Wolf

One isn't long into the latest weather-related doomsday movie before a nagging question occurs: did the script for this late-summer image of elemental Armageddon at some point...

Gnosis, Akram Khan, King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Hanna Weibye

In keeping with the trends of recent years, the Edinburgh International Festival is showcasing a small but eclectic dance programme, light on classical ballet and heavy on...

What If

Matt Wolf

For an actor whose post-Potter CV has been so wide-ranging - an Irish cripple on stage one minute, a young widowed lawyer in a period horror film or the poet Allen Ginsberg the...

Young Vets, BBC Two

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Britain, as Tamsin Greig’s soothing voiceover told us at the top of this hour, is a nation in love with its animals. Still, it’s unlikely that BBC Two is betting the house on this...

Prom 43: Skride, BBCSO, Gardner

Edward Seckerson

The Russians were coming - and the prospect of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, even without the added attraction of hearing it in Igor Buketoff’s questionable choral arrangement...

Two Days, One Night

Emma Simmonds

The positioning of Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard (one of the few actresses to have confidently made that tricky transition from French darling to Hollywood leading lady) at the...

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Chris Turner/ BEASTS/ Angela Barnes/ Show Pony

Veronica Lee

Chris Turner: Pretty Fly, Pleasance Courtyard ****This is Chris Turner's debut show as a stand-up, although his previous...

I, CULTURE Orchestra, Karabits, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Christopher Lambton

It is easy to be blinded by the sensational history of Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, the “Leningrad”. We cannot forget...

Charulata

Tom Birchenough

Calcutta director Satyajit Ray was a colossus of cinema whose work often bridged the gap between his native Indian –...

Cinderella, Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House

Hanna Weibye

It sure feels like longer than three weeks since the Mariinsky rolled into town – at least if you’re one of London’s ballet...

The Great War: The People's Story, ITV

Tom Birchenough

The best thing about The Great War: The People’s Story is the variety of intonations and accents that reveal the characters...

10 Questions for Horn Player Sarah Willis

Jasper Rees

Sarah Willis's day job is as a member of the horn section of the Berlin Philharmonic. In recent years she has also become a...

theartsdesk in Verbier: Festival with Fireworks

Alexandra Coghlan

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is dominated by the doleful clang of cowbells. They are an other-worldly intrusion into an otherwise...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Wire

Kieron Tyler

Wire: Document and EyewitnessEven when taking account of the elasticity brought by punk splintering into the myriads of left...

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Adam Riches/ Josie Long/ Loretta Maine/ Dane Baptiste/ Tom Allen

Veronica Lee

Adam of the Riches, Pleasance Dome ****No one is safe at an Adam Riches show from being grabbed to take part in his frantic...

theartsdesk in Helsinki: Flow Festival 2014

Kieron Tyler

An expectant audience isn’t the only thing which can be seen from the main stage of Helsinki’s Flow Festival. Janelle Monáe...

Lemper, SCO, Foster, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Christopher Lambton

Twenty years ago Ute Lemper came to the Usher Hall to sing Kurt Weill. The young pretender to the Lotte Lenya throne...

Neutral Milk Hotel, Forum

Jasper Rees

You could be forgiven if the name had slipped off your radar. Neutral Milk Hotel were indie contenders formed in Athens,...

Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse

Marianka Swain

It is no mean feat to turn an audience against idealistic, painfully young marines heading for the nightmarish hell of...

Edinburgh Art Festival: Scotland to outer space

Caroline Boyle

Like a canny political campaigner, the Edinburgh Art Festival offers “something for everyone”. In this singular year for...

Classical CDs Weekly: Louis Andriessen, Mozart, Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik

Graham Rickson

 Louis Andriessen: La Commedia – a film opera in five parts Dutch National Opera, Asko Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble/...

Jezebel, Soho Theatre

Marianka Swain

If comedy is tragedy plus time, either too much has elapsed since the fictional events of Jezebel, or not quite enough....

Frightfest 2014: Preview

Katherine McLaughlin

August bank holiday weekend is like Christmas day for horror fans thanks to Frightfest who deliver a sackful of disturbing...

Duet

Stuart Houghton

Geometric shapes move towards a coloured ball. You just have to move the ball and dodge the shapes. Easy. Were it not for...

 

EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL: SCOTLAND TO OUTER SPACE Anticipating the independence referendum, questions of Scottish identity fill the air

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2014: CHRIS TURNER / BEASTS / ANGELA BARNES / SHOW PONY More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

10 QUESTIONS FOR HORN PLAYER SARAH WILLIS A second album for Berlin Phil musician will expand the repertoire downwards

I, CULTURE ORCHESTRA, KARABITS, USHER HALL, EDINBURGH Music trumps politics in youthful, even joyous Shostakovich 'Leningrad' Symphony

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT The Dardennes triumph once again - this time by collaborating with Marion Cotillard

CINDERELLA, MARIINSKY BALLET, ROYAL OPERA HOUSE A brash, strident, but ultimately likeable close to the season

disc of the day

CD: Roni Size - Take Kontrol

Drum & bass don returns with an album whose quality improves as it progresses

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six of the best

Six of the best: Theatre

Let the right Mormons in: a bit of everything in theartsdesk's tips

Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top movies out now

Six of the best: Art

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top exhibitions

film

Into the Storm

Weather-related disaster movie loses its script to the elements

What If

Pallid Daniel Radcliffe rom-com suggests the limits of self-effacement

Two Days, One Night

The Dardennes triumph once again - this time by collaborating with Marion Cotillard

tv

Young Vets, BBC Two

Watchable docu-soap provides plenty of cuddly pets to coo over

The Great War: The People's Story, ITV

More first-person war testimonies from front line and home front

DVD: The Changes

Fantastic mid-Seventies dystopian children's drama from the BBC

new music

CD: Roni Size - Take Kontrol

Drum & bass don returns with an album whose quality improves as it progresses

CD: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Muscular blues-rock debut from Brighton duo

Reissue CDs Weekly: Wire

A still-challenging artefact from art-punk provocateurs

classical

Prom 43: Skride, BBCSO, Gardner

Cannonades all round as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture follows Rachmaninov and Stravinsky

I, CULTURE Orchestra, Karabits, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Music trumps politics in youthful, even joyous Shostakovich 'Leningrad' Symphony

10 Questions for Horn Player Sarah Willis

A second album for Berlin Phil musician will expand the repertoire downwards

opera

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Schoolboy humour transforms Handel's opera into a deliciously adult drama

Alright on the Night: at Glyndebourne with the OAE

The view from the pit as Handel's 'Rinaldo' returns to leafiest East Sussex

Prom 28: D'Orazio, Clayton, BBCSO, Oramo

A great Stravinskyan king and queen surpass mood music for electric violin and strings

theatre

Six of the best: Theatre

Let the right Mormons in: a bit of everything in theartsdesk's tips

Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse

This irresolute jarhead musical is a lover, not a fighter

Jezebel, Soho Theatre

Irish sex comedy plays it safe with cosy sitcom laughs

visual arts

Edinburgh Art Festival: Scotland to outer space

Anticipating the independence referendum, questions of Scottish identity fill the air

The Beauty of Anatomy, BBC Four

Adam Rutherford's exploration of Leonardo and the dark art of human dissection

Ryoji Ikeda: spectra, Victoria Tower Gardens

It's not a UFO – it's the most extraordinary artwork in London

dance

Gnosis, Akram Khan, King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Gorgeous rhythm from Kathak legend

Cinderella, Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House

A brash, strident, but ultimately likeable close to the season

Firebird/ Marguerite and Armand/ Concerto DSCH, Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House

Fonteyn and Nureyev must be spinning in their graves, but new Ratmansky is a delight

comedy

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Chris Turner/ BEASTS/ Angela Barnes/ Show Pony

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Bridget Christie/ Men in the Cities/ Lazy Susan/ Outings

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

gaming

Duet

A challenge that combines fast reactions with graceful movement

Wayward Souls

A fast-moving RPG with plenty of replay value

A Story About My Uncle

First-person without the shooting in this nonviolent platform game

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