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Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Sam Marlowe

Think of Holly Golightly, and it’s more than likely that the face you’re picturing is Audrey Hepburn’s. And, while this adaptation by Richard Greenberg of Breakfast at Tiffany's...

Kommilitonen, Welsh National Youth Opera, Barry

Stephen Walsh

What happened was this. I found my way, not without difficulty, to the Barry Memo Arts Centre, got my ticket, had a chat with the librettist, stopped to order an interval drink,...

Rotterdam, Trafalgar Studios

Aleks Sierz

How many genders are there? The simplistic answer is two, but if you really think that then it’s time to go to the back of the class. In recent years, the rapid growth in...

DVD: Mapplethorpe - Look at the Pictures

Mark Kidel

America is a country that has always thrived on dramatic battles between "good" and "evil", God and the Devil. Demonising may have Puritan roots, but it remains a particularly...

Masters of the Pacific Coast: The Tribes of the American Northwest, BBC Four

Marina Vaizey

The American northwest is gorgeous: endless lakes, limitless ocean, mountains, forests, overwhelming blue skies in deepest summer, mists and of course rain, in one of the wettest...

The Commune

Nick Hasted

Stretching relations till they snap is Thomas Vinterberg’s abiding theme. In his iconoclastic, Dogme 95-instigating youth, accusations of incest and gross bad manners smashed the...

Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne

David Nice

Locations count for little in most of Shakespeare's comedies. Only a literal-minded director would, for instance, insist on...

The Plough and the Stars, National Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Anniversaries are lotteries. Sometimes they allow us to see the past with fresh eyes; at other times, they simply accentuate...

CD: Sonzeira – Tam Tam Tam Reimagined

Matthew Wright

Little-known Brazilian arranger José Prates created the music recorded on Tam...Tam...Tam...! in the early 1950s to...

Half A Sixpence, Chichester Festival Theatre

Bella Todd

Watching Cameron Mackintosh’s joyful revision of this Sixties musical, it’s possible to believe for a moment that all the...

Prom 15: Chen, BBCSO, BBCSC, Davis

Alexandra Coghlan

Programming a concert is a tricky business. Programming an entire Proms season almost unthinkably difficult. But even...

Detroit: Techno City, Institute of Contemporary Arts

Joe Muggs

Detroit techno music is important. Any student of the club music of the modern age knows this. The sound that fermented...

10 Questions for Musician Jasper Høiby

Peter Quinn

Copenhagen-born bassist Jasper Høiby moved to London in 2000 to attend the Royal Academy of Music. In 2005 he created the...

Jason Bourne

Adam Sweeting

When Matt Damon's Jason Bourne makes his introductory appearance, as a bare-knuckle boxer somewhere in the lawless Greek-...

CD: Old Fire - Songs from the Haunted South

Barney Harsent

Honestly, you wait years for a lengthy project to come to fruition, then two turn up at once. However, while The Avalanches...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

Matt Wolf

Harry Potter lives to see another day. The Hogwarts wizard has made his stage debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a...

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Jenny Gilbert

Exactly 60 years have passed since this company made its first London visit, an unlikely triumph of art over geopolitics....

Naked Attraction, Channel 4

Jasper Rees

Remember Sex Box? Perhaps you were wisely watching paint dry that night instead. Sex Box was part of Channel 4’s ongoing...

The Kingdom, Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester

Stephen Walsh

The last time but one that the Three Choirs Festival was in Gloucester the main offering was Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom,...

FEWS, Prince Albert, Brighton

Thomas H Green

The indie scene isn’t currently enjoying a peak period but FEWS’ debut album, Means, which came out a couple of months back...

Blu-ray: Absolute Beginners

Kieron Tyler

The home-cinema release of Absolute Beginners is a rarity, as it’s one where watching the bonus before the main feature is a...

Marni Nixon: 'It ended up being totally my voice'

Jasper Rees

Singin’ in the Rain made much of those people in the movies whose work you don’t know you know. Set at the dawn of the...

Prom 13: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Jurowski

David Nice

The last time I heard Beethoven's setting of Schiller's Ode to Joy in the finale of his Ninth Symphony, it was as European...

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 19 - Sisters of Mercy, Peter Gabriel, Solomun and more

Thomas H Green

This month we’re just going to get straight into it. It’s summer, the sun's out, no time for waffle, just slap a disc on the...

 

NAKED AMBITION, CHANNEL 4 New dating game in which contestants compete in their birthday suits

HALF A SIXPENCE, CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE The Tommy Steele musical gets a triumphant, banjo-rehabilitating refresh

DETROIT: TECHNO CITY, INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS A tiny glimpse of history kicks off a huge party

THE KINGDOM, THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL, GLOUCESTER Elgar yet again at the Three Choirs and as gloriously blurred as ever

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PALACE THEATRE Does the continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards work its magic onstage?

JASON BOURNE Bourne to run (and run and run)

disc of the day

DVD: Mapplethorpe - Look at the Pictures

Definitive account of America's most controversial photographer

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Brighton Festival

CD: The Fiction Aisle - Fuchsia Days

Second from Brighton outfit heads into deliciously cosmic easy listening

theartsdesk at Love Supreme Festival 2016: Kamasi Washington, Esperanza Spalding and Stanley Clarke

Laid back atmosphere, inspiring music at the UK’s only green field jazz festival

Brighton Festival: Brighton – Symphony of a City, Brighton Dome

A cinematic cross-section of life in London-by-Sea

tv

Masters of the Pacific Coast: The Tribes of the American Northwest, BBC Four

Fascinating revelations about the rich culture of America's little-known peoples

Naked Attraction, Channel 4

New dating game in which contestants compete in their birthday suits

Saddam Goes to Hollywood, Channel 4 / Keith Richards: The Origin of the Species, BBC Two

Drunkenness and debauchery with Oliver Reed in Saddam Hussein's Iraq

film

DVD: Mapplethorpe - Look at the Pictures

Definitive account of America's most controversial photographer

The Commune

Thomas Vinterberg gently examines free love's cost in 1970s Copenhagen

Jason Bourne

Bourne to run (and run and run)

new music

CD: Sonzeira – Tam Tam Tam Reimagined

Brilliant re-working of epochal 1950s album

Detroit: Techno City, Institute of Contemporary Arts

A tiny glimpse of history kicks off a huge party

10 Questions for Musician Jasper Høiby

The Danish bassist on the perils of consumerism, playing without the dots, and why 4/4 isn't a crime

classical

Prom 15: Chen, BBCSO, BBCSC, Davis

Mixed-bag Prom yields strong young soloist but some weak choral singing

The Kingdom, Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester

Elgar yet again at the Three Choirs and as gloriously blurred as ever

Prom 13: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Jurowski

No-fuss Beethoven Ninth may be the most radical of all

opera

Kommilitonen, Welsh National Youth Opera, Barry

Student opera triumphs over the confusions of audience promenading

Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne

Vin ordinaire all round in what should be a sparking if undramatic caprice

Prom 11: Wilson, Creswell, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Wigglesworth

High artistry and deep heartbreak in Wagner and Tippett

theatre

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Bland taste to this breakfast starring Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly

Rotterdam, Trafalgar Studios

New drama about a transgender lesbian is hugely enjoyable

The Plough and the Stars, National Theatre

Revival of Sean O’Casey’s modern classic is relevant, but a bit sombre

visual arts

William Eggleston Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

The American who made colour photography an art form

Winifred Knights, Dulwich Picture Gallery

A forgotten Slade alumnus restored to prominence

Ragnar Kjartansson, Barbican Art Gallery

Fact and fiction coalesce in work by an artist born into an acting dynasty

dance

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

The Russians are back, marking 60 years since they first took London by storm

Strictly goes to the Proms

Canny brand synergy encourages fans to keep Promming

Cinderella, Ratmansky/Australian Ballet, London Coliseum

Serious choreography and lush design make this Surrealist fairytale a visual treat

comedy

theartsdesk Q&A: Garrison Keillor

As he hosts 'A Prairie Home Companion' for the last time, its creator looks back

Whose Line Is It Anyway?, London Palladium

Terrific fun from an old favourite

David Baddiel - My Family: Not the Sitcom, Menier Chocolate Factory

Funny and challenging show about the comic's parents

gaming

Pokémon Go

Game or viral phenomenon? Who cares - let's go hunting

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Lego returns to 'Star Wars' and creates a new summer blockbuster

Heroes of Loot 2

This fun take on the dungeon crawler is a blast in short bursts

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