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10 Questions for Musician Debashish Bhattacharya

Thomas H Green

Debashish Bhattacharya (b 1963) is India’s leading lap steel guitar player. Equally happy in the worlds of Indian classical and West-leaning fusion music, it’s no...

Son of Saul

Saskia Baron

In the world of the concentration camp, clothes or the lack of them sealed your fate. What you wore marked out your role; whether it was the blue-gray Waffen SS uniform, a doctor’...

Il Vologeso, Classical Opera, Cadogan Hall

David Nice

A mere 10 minutes in to this concert performance of an 18th century delight by Neapolitan Niccolò Jommelli, you knew the form to expect for the rest of the evening. Ian Page's...

Tharaud, CBSO, Volkov, Symphony Hall Birmingham

Richard Bratby

Left, alone, Hans Abrahamsen’s new piano concerto for the left hand, swirls out of the darkness to a jagged motor rhythm. Piano and orchestra clash and interlock; you’re reminded...

Line of Duty, Series 3 Finale, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

At last, after three series, Line of Duty delivered a denouement that felt like a satisfying jackhammer to the solar plexus. In the first series the bent copper under...

DVD: Tootsie

Saskia Baron

It’s fascinating to revisit Tootsie, some 30 years after its original success – in 1982 it was the biggest comedy hit of all time (though it was overtaken by Ghostbusters shortly...

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 16 - Santana, Yeasayer and loads more

Thomas H Green

The recent Alien Day was a contrived event designed to sell as much tat related to the Alien film franchise as possible....

John Piper, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Florence Hallett

You wouldn't judge a painting on how it would look in your own home, but textiles are different: in fact it is exactly this...

Glennie, Ticciati, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Kings Place

David Nice

It is a truth not widely acknowledged in the UK as yet that Robin Ticciati's elder brother Hugo is no less fine a shaper of...

The Iliad, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

David Kettle

And so, it’s farewell to Mark Thomson with his final production as artistic director of Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre, after 13...

Elegy, Donmar Warehouse

Aleks Sierz

Playwright Nick Payne has carved out a distinctive dramatic territory – neuroscience. In his big 2012 hit, Constellations,...

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire without Limit, BBC Two

Marina Vaizey

The world of antiquity, from Greece to Rome, is both so familiar and so unknown. So it was more than welcome when the...

Golden Years

David Kettle

There’s a great film waiting to be made about the demographic crisis – old-age poverty, worthless pensions, abuse of the...

Jazz FM Awards 2016

Peter Quinn

A diverse mix of musicians from the worlds of jazz, blues, soul and beyond were honoured at the third Jazz FM Awards on...

CD: Ry X - Dawn

Thomas H Green

Ry “X” Cuming is an Australian singer with an unpleasing Hoxtonite beard. And he certainly gets about. He first came to...

Tannhäuser, Royal Opera

Gavin Dixon

Tim Albery’s 2010 production of Wagner's Tannhäuser is back for a revival at Royal Opera, featuring a different conductor...

The Fall, The Garage

Tim Cumming

It's the first night of The Fall's four-night residency at The Garage in Highbury, north London, a suitably small venue to...

Demolition

Ed Owen

How would you behave if your wife was killed in a random car accident? In Demolition, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Davis, a wealthy...

Travels with My Aunt, Chichester Festival Theatre

Bella Todd

Smoking weed on the Orient Express. Drinking at a brothel in Paris. Tricking the military police in Istanbul. Smuggling a Da...

CD: Brian Eno - The Ship

Mark Kidel

Brian Eno has consistently explored the frontiers of music, bravely charting new territories of sound in a way that’s never...

Show Boat, New London Theatre

Matt Wolf

The Cotton Blossom looks mighty fine in its latest London iteration, Daniel Evans's winning Sheffield Theatre revival of...

Captain America: Civil War

Adam Sweeting

This rousing instalment from the Marvel universe shares self-evident similarities with Batman vs Superman, the latest effort...

Doctor Faustus, Duke of York's Theatre

Marianka Swain

Blood, sexual violence, power games and lashings of nudity. Not Game of Thrones, whose new season has just premiered (yes,...

theartsdesk at the Savannah Music Festival, Georgia

Martin Longley

The name of the Savannah Music Festival might sound somewhat vague in these days of specialist events, but this is an (...

 

CD: BRIAN ENO – THE SHIP Eno paints another masterpiece

JOHN PIPER, PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY, CHICHESTER Intimately connected to his paintings, the artist's textiles remain mysterious

SHOW BOAT, NEW LONDON THEATRE Iconic musical sails into the West End

TANNHÄUSER, ROYAL OPERA Superior cast elevates revival of Albery’s serviceable production

THE FALL, THE GARAGE An evening of unearthly delights with the Wise Ol' Man of rock'n'roll

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Rousing romp from the Marvel universe is funny, sad, satirical and spectacular

MARY BEARD'S ULTIMATE ROME: EMPIRE WITHOUT LIMIT, BBC TWO How did all the roads in the ancient world end up leading to Rome?

disc of the day

DVD: Tootsie

Dustin Hoffman dresses as a woman to become a better man in a lovingly crafted screwball comedy

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Brighton Festival

DVD: Pink String and Sealing Wax

Sub-texts galore in grade-A Ealing melodrama

10 Questions for Musician Beth Orton

The singer-songwriter talks about California, EDM, music-making, money and more

10 Questions for Comedian Alexei Sayle

The Liverpudlian Surrealist talks film, music and imaginary sandwich bars

tv

Line of Duty, Series 3 Finale, BBC Two

Vicki McClure takes charge in pulsating showdown to round off gripping series

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire without Limit, BBC Two

How did all the roads in the ancient world end up leading to Rome?

Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion, BBC Two

Sympathetic documentary throws new light on a woefully familiar topic

film

Son of Saul

Dead man walking: Hungarian exploration of the closed universe of Auschwitz-Birkenau

DVD: Tootsie

Dustin Hoffman dresses as a woman to become a better man in a lovingly crafted screwball comedy

Golden Years

Gentle comedy about elderly bank-robbers ends up reconfirming the very cliches it sets out to challenge

new music

10 Questions for Musician Debashish Bhattacharya

The Indian raga slide guitar genius talks Hawaii, Brighton, punk rock and more

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 16 - Santana, Yeasayer and loads more

From Emmylou Harris to German jazz to London techno, all the new vinyl action is here

Jazz FM Awards 2016

Legends and up-and-coming stars are recognised at the third Jazz FM Awards

classical

Tharaud, CBSO, Volkov, Symphony Hall Birmingham

An instant classic from Hans Abrahamsen, and Mahler in inverted commas

Glennie, Ticciati, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Kings Place

Percussion and strings, contemporary and Tchaikovsky, brilliantly interwoven

Atkins, SCO, Knussen, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

A baffling ending to an extrovert evening of (mostly) music since 1945

opera

Il Vologeso, Classical Opera, Cadogan Hall

A gem from 1766 offers pure delight in perfect casting and playing

Tannhäuser, Royal Opera

Superior cast elevates revival of Albery’s serviceable production

Don Giovanni / Pia de' Tolomei, English Touring Opera

Mozart meets Schnitzler, and a Donizetti premiere strikes gold

theatre

The Iliad, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

A fast-moving, thoughtful Homer adaptation marks Mark Thomson's last production in charge of the Lyceum

Elegy, Donmar Warehouse

New drama which explores brain science and female relationships is a bit too slight

Travels with My Aunt, Chichester Festival Theatre

Patricia Hodge is 70 years young as she globe-trots through musical adaptation of Graham Greene

visual arts

John Piper, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Intimately connected to his paintings, the artist's textiles remain mysterious

Sicily: Culture and Conquest, British Museum

For centuries, invading armies, migrants and merchants have shaped the art of Italy's southern outpost: can an exhibition do it justice?

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

A fame-obsessed manipulator or a self-effacing observer of the New York gay scene?

dance

BalletBoyz, Life, Sadler's Wells

Controversial choreographer Javier de Frutos fakes own death, steals show

Mariinsky Ballet: Concerto DSCH, Sacre, Wales Millennium Centre

A flying visit from St Petersburg, without the swans

She Said, English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells

Tamara Rojo explores her inner Diaghilev in a fascinating bill of new work

comedy

Victoria Wood: 'Please could you repeat the question?'

She was the most gifted comedian of her generation, male or female

10 Questions for Comedian Alexei Sayle

The Liverpudlian Surrealist talks film, music and imaginary sandwich bars

Jena Friedman, Soho Theatre

Sparkling political comedy from the US stand-up

gaming

Ratchet & Clank

Spit and polish trumps bodge it and scarper

Miitomo

Nintendo makes a surprising choice for its first mobile app

Dark Souls III

Snap defeat from the jaws of victory in this hardcore RPG action adventure

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Julian Fellowes' juggernaut has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous in six series. Here's how he did it

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