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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, vibrant in candy-coloured check, cuddling up to Sir Toby,...
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 Trump’s America of today. The exhibition showcases...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Why? That's the abiding question that hangs over The Girls, the sluggish and entirely pro forma Tim Firth-Gary Barlow musical that goes where Firth's film and stage play of...
David Nice
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Those of us who saw the first, 1977 TV adaptation of Alex Haley's Roots in our teens still remember the shock and horror at its handling of a subject about which we knew little,...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Patriots Day is a patriots’ film. It dramatises the grievous day on which American values were threatened on American soil like no other time since 9/11. Two bombs were detonated...
David Nice
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Treasure our young continental European musicians in London while you can. Only last week I learned that so many of the overseas students at London's Guildhall School had stories...
Liz Thomson
Thursday, 23 February 2017
An album to please old fans and make new ones, Windy City is a peach – even at first playing it feels like slipping in to a...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
After 27 years away, band leader Kevin Rowland (b 1953) successfully relaunched Dexys as a recording unit in 2012. The album...
Richard Bratby
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
“Who says Mozart is not like Rossini?” remarked Juan Diego Flórez, about a quarter of an hour into his debut recital at...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Pulling together a music documentary strikes me as a simple enough concept. Gather your talking heads in front of a nice...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
The 1980s were a great decade for British women playwrights. During those Thatcher-dominated years, Caryl Churchill produced...
Matthew Wright
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
At least you always get something different from José James. Originally sprung to fame for blending jazz and hip-hop, this...
Will Rathbone
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Hot on the heels of Katherine Soper's award-winning Wish List, about the UK benefits system in crisis, and John Godber's...
Mark Sanderson
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now…One of the many ironies...
Marianka Swain
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
The Other Palace’s housewarming party certainly lives up to its billing as a wild one – wet and wild, in fact, as the first...
Saskia Baron
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Slipped out in the Storyville slot without much fanfare, Life, Animated is the Oscar-nominated documentary which won a...
Gavin Dixon
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
A new work by Igor Stravinsky is always going to be a major event, so Sunday evening’s UK premiere of his rediscovered...
Saskia Baron
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Does a review of a 25-year-old film need a spoiler alert? Much of the success of The Crying Game – its 1992 release...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 20 February 2017
“What if the Germans had won the war?” has been a recurring theme in fiction, from Noel Coward’s Peace in Our Time to Philip...
David Nice
Monday, 20 February 2017
Polish composer Szymanowski's Ovid triptych Mythes achieved something like cult status thanks to an iridescent recording....
 

LOW LEVEL PANIC, ORANGE TREE Eighties feminist comedy is more curiosity than classic

 

STORYVILLE: LIFE ANIMATED, BBC FOUR Insightful documentary about an autistic young man connecting with the world through Disney animations

10 QUESTIONS FOR KEVIN ROWLAND Dexys main man talks songs, books and more

LOST IN FRANCE Nostalgic music documentary gets a hero's welcome at Glasgow Film Festival

THEARTSDESK RECOMMENDS: ALBUMS OF 2017 Our music critics pick their favourites of the year so far

THE HALCYON, SERIES FINALE In which some scores are settled and the Luftwaffe takes a hand 

JUAN DIEGO FLOREZ IN BIRMINGHAM Quiet smiles outweigh high Cs in a recital of two halves

disc of the day

CD: Alison Krauss - Windy City

First solo outing in 18 years reworks some country classics

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tv

Roots, BBC Four

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

The Halcyon, Series 1 Finale, ITV

In which some scores are settled and the Luftwaffe takes a hand

Storyville: Life, Animated, BBC Four

Insightful documentary about an autistic young man connecting with the world through Disney animations

film

Patriots Day

Mark Wahlberg stars in solid, pacy but unquestioning account of the Boston bombings

Lost in France

Nostalgic music documentary gets a hero's welcome at Glasgow Film Festival

DVD/Blu-ray: The Crying Game

Neil Jordan's film noir set against the backdrop of the Troubles is still powerful after 25 years

new music

The Best Albums of 2017

theartsdesk's music critics pick their favourites of the year

CD: Alison Krauss - Windy City

First solo outing in 18 years reworks some country classics

10 Questions for Musician Kevin Rowland

The Dexys main man talks songs, books, and much else - but not the 1980s

classical

Mirjam Mesak, Kristiina Rokashevich, St Bartholomew the Great

Impeccable musicianship and stylish programming from two young Estonians

Juan Diego Flórez, Vincenzo Scalera, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

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

Aimard, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

Unearthed Stravinsky is a revelation, while Ligeti and Ravel dazzle

opera

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

Listed: How I Do Love Thee

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

theatre

Twelfth Night, National Theatre
Tamsin Greig leads a superb cast in this giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedy
The Girls, Phoenix Theatre
The, ahem, ladies do what they can with a show at once overfamiliar and overlong
The Best Plays in London
Wizards, devilry and Stoppard in Zurich: theartsdesk's stage tips

dance

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

comedy

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

gaming

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

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

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932, Royal Academy

An exhibition of Russian art purged of the artists who promoted the revolution

latest comments

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