fri 20/01/2017, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

Markie Robsonscott
Friday, 20 January 2017
“A First Lady must always be ready to pack her suitcases,” remarks Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Melania Trump, take note. Jackie, the first English-language film by the...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 20 January 2017
Charles Burnett is one of the neglected pioneers of African-American film-making. He first won attention back in 1978 with his poetic, powerful debut film, Killer of Sheep....
Aleks Sierz
Thursday, 19 January 2017
A day or so after Theresa May’s keynote speech about Brexit the words Europe and European carry an electric charge. For Leavers, they represent the evil empire; for Remainers, a...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 19 January 2017
The homecoming narrative is one of the most elemental ones we know, playing on the most primal human emotions. Stories of separation and reunion have been handed down from time...
David Kettle
Thursday, 19 January 2017
We probably think we know the story. From Peter Weir’s cult 1975 film, or even from the original 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay. An excitable gaggle of Australian schoolgirls from an...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 19 January 2017
It may be five years since their last album, Celebration Rock, and the world may have turned several somersaults of late, but Japandroids’ love of tasty power pop songs that...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Tom Lehrer famously declared satire dead when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Henry Kissinger not long after he'd...
David Nice
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Young Amadeus is growing up in real time with MOZART 250, Classical Opera's ambitious 26-year project following its hero's...
Joe Muggs
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
This seems a logical progression for The xx. The super-stripped-back sound of their first two albums has got them a very...
Clem Hitchcock
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
North London’s much loved Estorick Collection is reopening its doors after a five-month spruce up. The Georgian listed...
Alexandra Coghlan
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
It takes some pretty special casting to spice up Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera regular, currently returning for its 14th...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Let’s explain the peculiar title first: Operation Anthropoid was the code name given by the Czech Resistance for the planned...
David Kettle
Monday, 16 January 2017
You can tell it’s a big deal when even a handful of London critics abandon the capital for a Saturday evening in chilly...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 16 January 2017
Nick Mohammed doesn't do things by halves as his chatty airhead alter ego Mr Swallow. Forget the scholarly approach of...
Robert Beale
Monday, 16 January 2017
Colin Matthews’s arrangements for orchestra of the 24 Debussy Préludes (originally commissioned by the Hallé) have been...
Matthew Wright
Monday, 16 January 2017
The flaming pigtails say it all. More St Trinian’s than gangsta, the 23-year-old Croydon rapper Nadia Rose presents (mostly...
David Nice
Sunday, 15 January 2017
The Big Mac – as in Ligeti's music-theatre fantasia on the possible death of Death – is here to stay. Back in 1990...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 15 January 2017
In the heat of a Texas summer, Aaron Holland Broussard comes of age. It’s 1952:  the two world wars still cast their...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 15 January 2017
In 1942, Roy Acuff set up Acuff-Rose Music in partnership with Nashville-based songwriter and talent scout Fred Rose. The...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 15 January 2017
God knows we need originality in pop, and French singer Petite Meller delivers it. At least, she does visually, which, in...

YOU'VE BEEN TRUMPED 'If Trump didn't exist you suspect Martin Amis would invent him'


MEET THE TRUMPS: FROM IMMIGRANT TO PRESIDENT The dodgy morals were in the genes

TRUMPED: SCOTTISH SAND DUNES Elegiac images from Aberdeenshire of dunes destroyed by the President Elect's golf course

CONSPIRACY FILES: THE TRUMP DOSSIER How American politics became a stranger to the truth

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: The Glass Shield

Reissue of underrated 1994 portrait of police corruption and racism in Los Angeles

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Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President, Channel 4

Donald Trump's dodgy morals were inherited from his forebears. Here's how

Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand, BBC Four

The magic swirling trip from the Edwardian musical to the Broadway blockbuster

Hospital, BBC Two

Unmissable insight into the inner workings of the biggest, sickest patient of them all



One brief shining moment that was known as Camelot: how the Kennedy legacy was born

DVD/Blu-ray: The Glass Shield

Reissue of underrated 1994 portrait of police corruption and racism in Los Angeles


A very different passage to India in moving family drama starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel

new music

CD: Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life

A solid return for the Canadian power pop duo

CD: The xx - I See You

Southwest London trio return energised - but is that what they needed?

CD: Nadia Rose - Highly Flammable

Croydon rapper's debut is fresh, funny and full of attitude


Summerfield, Jackson, Riches, Classical Opera, Page, Wigmore Hall

Three outstanding singers and an early Mozart revelation focus on 1767

The Last Supper, BBCSSO, Brabbins, City Halls, Glasgow

A thrilling renaissance for Birtwistle's ritualistic religious opera

Bavouzet, BBCPO, Collon, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

A new mirror on Ravel, left-hand piano virtuosity and subtle Shostakovich


Summerfield, Jackson, Riches, Classical Opera, Page, Wigmore Hall

Three outstanding singers and an early Mozart revelation focus on 1767

La Traviata, Royal Opera

Latest revival of Richard Eyre's war horse is full of youthful energy and passion

The Last Supper, BBCSSO, Brabbins, City Halls, Glasgow

A thrilling renaissance for Birtwistle's ritualistic religious opera


Winter Solstice, Orange Tree Theatre
New play about the cultivated face of fascism is fascinating if flawed
Picnic at Hanging Rock, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptation
Wish List, Royal Court Theatre
New play about casual work is thinly written and lacks drama


Giselle, English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Cojocaru and Hernández delicious in perfect heritage production

Best of 2016: Dance & Ballet

Tamara Rojo's ENB and Akram Khan trump Royal Ballet in theartsdesk's highlights

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Final, BBC One

Ore Oduba's win is evidence that light entertainment isn't just white entertainment


Mr Swallow - Houdini, Soho Theatre

Daft escapist fun from bumbling spoof performer

The Great Indoors, ITV2

Limp US inter-generational sitcom starring an out-of-place Stephen Fry

Scott Gibson, Soho Theatre

Award-winning show about a medical calamity


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?

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Infinite warfare but finite fun

visual arts

War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection

Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Elton's collection to Australia's Impressionists, theartsdesk's favourite shows on now

Gavin Turk, Newport Street Gallery

He poses as Sid Vicious, Elvis, Warhol and Pollock. Will the real Gavin Turk stand up?

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