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Guy Oddy
Saturday, 22 July 2017
The cover of Alice Cooper’s first album in six years shows the erstwhile Vincent Furnier with two heads. This, one assumes, is supposed to provide a neat little illustration of...
Barney Harsent
Friday, 21 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 the stadium-filling behemoth of Guns N’ Roses, but if...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 21 July 2017
When I say that Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado is revolutionary I’m not talking about the many textual updatings and rewritings, not the lashings of PJ Harvey, nor even the gunfire –...
Graham Rickson
Friday, 21 July 2017
Baron Munchausen’s exploits have been filmed before. Terry Gilliam’s star-studded 1988 version floundered thanks to a sub-par script, and there’s an infamous 1943 German...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 20 July 2017
What is the Dunkirk spirit? It has been so thoroughly internalised by the national psyche that, 77 years on, it’s as much a brand, a meme or a slogan as the product of a...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 20 July 2017
It’s at times like this that I give thanks for the Proms. Who else would (or could) have put together a programme pairing Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique with an 18th-century...
Howard Male
Thursday, 20 July 2017
If you consider the fanciful notion that Arcade Fire are a kind of Canadian art house Dexys Midnight Runners who have...
Gavin Dixon
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Nicola Benedetti was the star of this show, no doubt about that. She is a Proms regular and favourite, attracting a large...
David Kettle
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Raqqa was once a prosperous if little-known town in northern Syria. Since 2014, however, it has served as the de facto...
Matt Wolf
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
"What is this, Saving Private Ryan?" a character randomly queries well into the actor Oliver Cotton's new play, Dessert....
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Rose Finn-Kelcey was one of the most interesting and original artists of her generation. Yet when she died in 2014 at the...
Mark Kidel
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Staff Benda Bilili and Kasai Allstars redefined the sound of Congolese dance music: the supremacy of the Rumba popularised...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
It was a coup by ITV to get Homeland writer Patrick Harbinson to pen this paranoid-conspiracy series, and rather droll to...
Demetrios Matheou
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
In his biography The Magic Lantern, Ingmar Bergman recalls his first encounter with the Swedish island of Fårö, in 1960,...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
If nothing else, Game of Thrones has surely been the greatest boon to the British acting profession since they invented...
David Nice
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
They get to work with the best music and language coaches in the business. They make their mark in small parts throughout...
Nick Hasted
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
“I would love it,” Lola (Barbara Sukowa) sighs, warned of a world without morality. “My problem is that they don’t let me in...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 17 July 2017
All’s fair in love and law in I Know Who You Are. BBC Four’s latest Euro-import hails from Spain and, as per the channel’s...
David Nice
Monday, 17 July 2017
The message must be getting through. On the First Night of the Proms, Igor Levit played as encore Liszt's transcription of...
David Kettle
Monday, 17 July 2017
"You drink coffee, you smoke cigarettes, and you paint. And that’s it." So goes David Lynch’s memorable description of what...
 

★★★★ DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan's evacuation epic lets Spitfires and 'Nimrod' do the talking

★★★ PROM 6: NICOLA BENEDETTI, BBC NOW Dazzling violin magic

★★★ JETTE PARKER YOUNG ARTISTS SUMMER PERFORMANCE, ROYAL OPERA Four standout singers but poor stagecraft

★★ DESSERT, SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE Oliver Cotton's new play is undercooked and overwrought

THE ARTS DESK AT BERGMAN WEEK Finding the spirit of the great Swedish filmmaker

★★★★★ CD: ARCADE FIRE A joyous pop album that depicts a world in tragic freefall

disc of the day

CD: Alice Cooper - Paranormal

Alice returns to give his theatrical stylings an alt-rock make over

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tv

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

The best TV to watch this week

What to watch and where to find it

Fearless, Series Finale, ITV review - big build-up to an anticlimax

Fearless human rights lawyer battles increasingly improbable conspiracy

film

Coming soon: trailers to the next big films

Get a sneak preview of major forthcoming movies

DVD/Blu-ray: The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

Enchanting, surreal romp: one of the greatest fantasy films ever made

Dunkirk review - old-fashioned filmmaking on the grandest scale

Christopher Nolan's evacuation epic lets Spitfires and 'Nimrod' do the talking

new music

CD: Alice Cooper - Paranormal

Alice returns to give his theatrical stylings an alt-rock make over

CD: Arcade Fire – Everything Now

A joyous pop album that depicts a world in tragic freefall

CD: Jupiter & Okwess - Kin Sonic

Congolese proverbs and exhortations to right living

classical

Prom 7 review: Weilerstein, BBCSO, Weilerstein - new cello concerto enthrals

Controlled performances struggle to find their release in this striking programme

Prom 6: Benedetti, BBC NOW, Søndergård - dazzling violin magic

Benedetti shines, Søndergård intrigues, but orchestra disappoints

Prom 3: Faust, COE, Haitink - Europeans tread air under 88-year-old master

Sheer perfection and personality in Mozart and Schumann

opera

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, Royal Opera review - vocal promise, poor stagecraft

Four standouts in a fine line-up which needed help with movements and gestures

Katya Kabanova, Opera Holland Park review - clarity and pace in Janáček's Volga tragedy

Well-cast ensemble delivers intense and claustrophobic music-drama

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theatre

Dessert, Southwark Playhouse review - undercooked and overwrought
Oliver Cotton's new play, directed by Trevor Nunn, begins well before succumbing to absurdity and hysteria
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dance

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

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

Sergei Vikharev, master ballet-reconstructor, 1962-2017

Sudden death at 55 of bold seeker after 'authentic' classical ballet

comedy

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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

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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

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

First posthumous show of an influential but little-known artist

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The Best Exhibitions in London

Giacometti, Picasso, Pink Floyd and more: our favourite shows to see now

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