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Matthew Wright
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Novelist Jake Arnott has an eye for seedy glamour. The Fatal Tree takes the 1720s underworld - the setting of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, one of the most successful of all time...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 19 February 2017
On first pass, Beautica comes across as an exotic hybrid of 1991 school-of-Slowdive shoegazing and the fidgety music pre-Stereolab outfit McCarthy had perfected around 1989. But...
Filiz Ali
Sunday, 19 February 2017
I was 11 years old when my father was killed. A body was found near the border between Turkey and Bulgaria. According to authorities it belonged to my father even though the...
Tom Birchenough
Sunday, 19 February 2017
There’s rich irony in the timelining of 1940s Chinese blockbuster The Spring River Flows East. Cai Chusheng and Zheng Junli’s melodrama dates its 14-year timespan – events unroll...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Sometimes a film can transcend its formulaic confines. That's triumphantly the case with Hidden Figures, a largely prosaically told reworking of the outsider-versus-the-system...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Sex workers come in all shapes and sizes. Everyone knows that. But why do they do it? Why does anyone take the risk of being intimate with a stranger for money? This new show,...
Hanna Weibye
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Before this Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival-opening performance of Israel Galván's show FLA.CO.MEN, my guest wanted to...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 18 February 2017
The only British gig in Josh Ritter’s so-called work-in-progress tour took place in the somewhat unlikely venue of St...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 18 February 2017
 Ghedini: Orchestral Music Orchestra della Toscana/Daniele Rustione (Sony)Yet more music you’ve never heard by a...
David Kettle
Saturday, 18 February 2017
In the end, it’s all about Mamillius. It’s he – the young son of Leontes of Sicily – who launches director Max Webster’s...
Russ Coffey
Saturday, 18 February 2017
There was a time, a decade or so ago, when US indie bands would adopt such idiosyncratic names it almost felt...
Theartsdesk
Saturday, 18 February 2017
Scandinavian cello metal sensations Apocalyptica are hitting the UK to mark the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough debut...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 17 February 2017
As its title foretells, Moonlight is a luminous film. It shines light on experiences that may be completely different from...
David Nice
Friday, 17 February 2017
Hated the Schaubühne Hamlet (same lead actor, same director as this latest Shakespeare auf Deutsch); loved Ivo van Hove's...
Stephen Walsh
Friday, 17 February 2017
Wagner’s Tristan left a huge mark on fin de siècle art, on the symbolist poets, even on their pseudonyms; Debussy himself...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 17 February 2017
The Great Wall is David Icke’s worst nightmare. David Icke (if you weren’t there in the 1980s) was a BBC snooker presenter....
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 17 February 2017
There are few modern literary fables that really resonate in the wider culture. And most that do are dystopias. Think of...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 17 February 2017
She hasn’t sung a note in a year or too and her regular appearances at veteran reunions have come to an end. In 2015 Dame...
Ismene Brown
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Tom Stoppard’s humungously funny play Travesties was born out of a piece of James Joyce doggerel about how a British...
Mark Sanderson
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Tasmania, Down Under is like Canvey Island (although somewhat larger): everyone knows where it is but no one wants to go...
 

MOONLIGHT Barry Jenkins' brilliant film has a difficult journey of self-realisation at its rich heart

CD: AURELIO - DARANDI Honduran Garifuna songwriter and surf guitar stylist revisits his career best

10 QUESTIONS FOR BARRY JENKINS Meet the director of 'Moonlight', which has eight Oscar noms

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, PARK THEATRE Stage version of dystopian classic returns – lively but cartoonish

BRIGHTON FESTIVAL LAUNCH 2017 Guest director Katie Tempest reveals her line-up

LE VIN HERBE, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA 1930s Tristan opera, beautiful and sombre, brilliantly played and sung

disc of the day

DVD: The Spring River Flows East

Revolutionary film: war and passion caught in the Chinese 'Gone with the Wind'

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tv

The Kettering Incident, Sky Atlantic

Noises off and incomprehensible goings-on Down Under

Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra, BBC Four

Panoramic homage to a lesser-known Cumbrian peak

10 Questions for Actor Conleth Hill

He's George to Imelda's Martha, Varys in 'Game of Thrones', and an acting genius

film

DVD: The Spring River Flows East

Revolutionary film: war and passion caught in the Chinese 'Gone with the Wind'

Hidden Figures

Oscar contender is buoyed aloft by its irresistible brio

Moonlight

Barry Jenkins' brilliant film has a difficult journey of self-realisation at its rich heart

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Bizarre

A respectful acknowledgment of Estonia’s post-independence musical pioneers

Josh Ritter, St Stephen's Church

Solo appearance from artist inspired by desire to 'play messianic oracular honky-tonk'

CD: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Tourist

Can Alec Ounsworth's hipster outfit justify a fifth outing?

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Ghedini, Ives, Vaughan Williams

Refined Italian orchestral music, downsized Americana and pastoral pianism

Listed: How I Do Love Thee

Let theartsdesk count the ways with our romantic favourites from all over the arts

Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Julius Eastman, Überbach

Hamburg concert hall tested out, 1970s minimalism, and Bach on a vibraphone

opera

Le Vin herbé, Welsh National Opera

A 1930s Tristan opera, beautiful and sombre, brilliantly played and sung

Listed: How I Do Love Thee

Let theartsdesk count the ways with our romantic favourites from all over the arts

Kaufmann, Mattila, LSO, Pappano, Barbican

Restraint and reward in a Wagner evening of intermittent thrills

theatre

See Me Now, Young Vic
Real sex workers take the stage for a brilliantly devised show
The Winter's Tale, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
A wonder-filled, child's-eye view of Shakespeare from director Max Webster
Richard III, Schaubühne Berlin, Barbican
More or less a one-man show, but the denouement justifies everything

dance

FLA.CO.MEN, Israel Galván, Sadler's Wells

Maverick dancer opens annual flamenco festival with a playful jam-session of a show

Masurca Fogo, Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells

Tanztheater Wuppertal in one of their founder's lightweight works

Giselle, English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Cojocaru and Hernández delicious in perfect heritage production

comedy

The UK Pun Championships, Leicester Comedy Festival

Wordplay galore as jokesmiths battle for title

Suzi Ruffell, Soho Theatre

Amusing take on how class defines us

Chris Gethard, Soho Theatre

US comic tackles his mental-health problems

gaming

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

Listed: How I Do Love Thee

Let theartsdesk count the ways with our romantic favourites from all over the arts

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932, Royal Academy

An exhibition of Russian art purged of the artists who promoted the revolution

Sunday Book: Philip Hook - Rogues' Gallery

An insider spills the beans on the murky world of art dealing

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