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David Nice
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
When Glyndebourne's Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the new production of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito starting tonight, you...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
In media coverage of Woodstock, Santana always seems to be overshadowed by the oft-mentioned cultural significance of Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner”. However, go check their...
Hanna Weibye
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
One of the most Russian things you can do in ballet is dance Don Quixote, which is 100 percent set in Spain. Don't think too hard about it, and definitely don't think too hard...
Liz Thomson
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
For more than three decades I reported on the publishing industry as a business journalist. The books, the deals, the authors and the publishers, plus the bookshops that sold then...
Matt Wolf
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
"Maggie the cat is alive: I am alive," or so remarks the feline, eternally frustrated heroine of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. That self-assessment has rarely been...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
The death of Princess Diana 20 years ago had an extraordinary emotional effect on millions of people who had never met her, so what on earth must it have felt like for her two...
Bernard Hughes
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Ten days ago I reviewed the First Night of the 2017 Proms. Last night I was back at the Royal Albert Hall to hear the First...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Many of the best Westerns, that quintessentially American genre, are rooted in a Christian view of the world: the dark...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 24 July 2017
Olivia Williams’s first film was, (in)famously, seen by almost no one. The Postman, Kevin Costner’s expensive futuristic...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 24 July 2017
When a trail-blazing orchestra takes on a world-transforming work, it would be pointless to leave the staid old rules of...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 24 July 2017
Ten years ago Brighton band 12 Stone Toddler burst onto the scene with two off-the-wall albums of madly inventive pop-rock....
Robert Beale
Monday, 24 July 2017
Clonter Opera is a finishing school for young opera performers, with its own well appointed theatre and professional...
Javi Fedrick
Monday, 24 July 2017
Mark E Smith’s wit and the ever-changing, ever-suffering line-up behind him have established The Fall as one of the most...
Jasper Rees
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Peter Høeg is still overwhelmingly known for a novel published a quarter of a century ago. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Production gloss and deliberation are not notions immediately springing to mind while pondering the 1976-era Ramones. Even...
Graham Fuller
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Victim was released in 1961. Six years would pass before the passing of the Sexual Offences Act cautiously exempted from...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Lana Del Rey is hard to suss. Her cinematic plasticity is part of her appeal, yet it’s also what makes her difficult to love...
David Nice
Saturday, 22 July 2017
What a pity Beethoven never composed an appendage to Fidelio called The Sorrows of Young Marzelline. One crucial moment...
Sarah Kent
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Two performers rush down the stairs and sweep through the audience, their designer outfits splaying out as they speed...
Barney Harsent
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Duff McKagan is a survivor. He’s a bass player too, from the fledgling Seattle punk/proto-grunge outfit 10 Minute Warning to...
 

★★★★ TRAJAL HARRELL: HOOCHIE KOOCHIE, BARBICAN Narcissism meets restraint in a fascinating hybrid of performance art and dance

★★★ PROM 13: RANA, BBCSO, DAVIS Historical recreation of 500th Prom short of sparkle until Britten finale

ENTER THE ARTS DESK'S YOUNG REVIEWER OF THE YEAR AWARD A new competition to find a brilliant young critic

★★★★ BLU-RAY: TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN Hollywood blacklist Western with contemporary resonance

★★★★ CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, APOLLO THEATRE Starry cast lay bare body and soul in Tennessee Williams classic

THEARTSESK Q&A: OLIVIA WILLIAMS 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'

H.CLUB 100 AWARDS: PUBLISHING AND WRITING This year's nominees include some remarkable ventures in not-for-profit and diversity

CD: LANA DEL REY – LUST FOR LIFE The queen of doomed, widescreen melancholia returns with an overdose of sultry slow-burners

disc of the day

CD: The Isley Brothers & Santana - Power of Peace

Guitar legends join forces for an underwhelming soul outing

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tv

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, ITV review – intimate revelations from William and Harry

The Princess's death still casts a painful shadow 20 years later

Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'

The actress summoned to Hollywood who lived to tell the tale, wittily

It's So Easy and Other Lies, Sky Arts review - uneven rock bio outstays its welcome

Duff McKagan's excellent memoir is poorly rendered for TV

film

Blu-ray: Terror in a Texas Town

Hollywood blacklist Western with contemporary resonance

Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'

The actress summoned to Hollywood who lived to tell the tale, wittily

Victim review - timely re-release for attack on homophobia

A tense melodrama enfolding tragedy that did more than any other to decriminalise homosexuality in the UK

new music

CD: The Isley Brothers & Santana - Power of Peace

Guitar legends join forces for an underwhelming soul outing

12 Stone Toddler, Green Door Store, Brighton review – experimentalism can still be pop

Brighton's premier odd-pop rock outfit reconvene with enjoyable results

CD: The Fall - New Facts Emerge

The original and eternal post-punk Mancunian rumpus-maker returns

classical

Robin Ticciati on conducting Mozart - 'I wanted to create a revolution in the minds of the players'

Glyndebourne and Scottish Chamber Orchestra MD on three great symphonies

Prom 13 review: Rana, BBCSO, Davis – Malcolm Sargent tribute lacks punch

Historical recreation of 500th Prom short of sparkle until Britten finale

Prom 10 review: Aurora Orchestra, Collon – a revolution taken to heart

Beethoven's breakthrough 'Eroica' Symphony swings and dances – all from memory

opera

Robin Ticciati on conducting Mozart - 'I wanted to create a revolution in the minds of the players'

Glyndebourne and Scottish Chamber Orchestra MD on three great symphonies

Le nozze di Figaro, Clonter Opera review - a wedding full of future stars

Cheshire’s opera farm produces an enviable harvest

Prom 9 review: Fidelio, BBCPO, Mena - classy prison drama rarely blazes

Lively conducting and difficult roles well taken, but the supporting cast shines brightest

theatre

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre review - Sienna Miller lets rip
Starry cast lay bare body and soul in Tennessee Williams classic
Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'
The actress summoned to Hollywood who lived to tell the tale, wittily
The Best Plays in London
From Angels in America to Harry Potter: theartsdesk's stage tips

dance

Don Quixote, Mariinsky Ballet review - gentle charm, impressive principals

Tasteful design and perfectly poised dancers in classy first outing for Russians visiting the Royal Opera House

Enter theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year Award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club 100 Awards, we're launching a new competition to find a brilliant young critic

Scottish Ballet, Sadler's Wells review - striking and memorable dance

Crystal Pite's 'Emergence' is a smart pick for the company

comedy

Enter theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year Award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club 100 Awards, we're launching a new competition to find a brilliant young critic

Russell Brand, Touring review - grandiloquent performer in reflective mood

Fatherhood prompts a look back at earlier misdemeanours

Jeremy Hardy, Brighton Festival review - expert raconteur shows political bite

Radio 4 regular's conversational style masks a passionate pin-sharp topicality

gaming

Enter theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year Award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club 100 Awards, we're launching a new competition to find a brilliant young critic

Get Even review – good idea ineptly handled

The odds are stacked against you in this ambitious psychological thriller

Are video games an art form? Unquestionably

Ten proofs that games that can hold their own as works of art

visual arts

Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie, Barbican review - flamboyant and mesmerising

Narcissism meets restraint in a fascinating hybrid of performance art and dance

Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond, Modern Art Oxford review - revelation and delight

First posthumous show of an influential but little-known artist

Enter theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year Award

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