sun 22/01/2017, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

Liz Thomson
Sunday, 22 January 2017
In the era of star-making TV progs and here-today-gone-tomorrow musicians, just how wonderful is it to have a new album from a man who marked his eightieth birthday three years...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 22 January 2017
In one of Tessa Hadley’s piercingly smart and subtle tales, a woman whose upwardly-mobile path has taken her from Leeds to Philadelphia works for a firm that manufactures...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 22 January 2017
At September 2010’s MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga took the stage in a dress made of stitched-together cuts of meat. The outfit, she said, was a political statement worn to...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 21 January 2017
There's an irony to be found in the fact that America's 45th president is already abolishing any and all things to do with the arts even as his ascendancy looks set to provide...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 21 January 2017
The Bergen Philharmonic recently appointed Edward Gardner as its Chief Conductor – ENO’s loss is Bergen’s gain. He is contracted to 2021, so this is the start of a long...
Marina Vaizey
Saturday, 21 January 2017
From India, here is a hoard of what really looks like treasure, much of it emerging into the light of day after decades, if not a century. Jewellery, sculpture, textiles,...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Strauss: Suites from Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck (Reference Recordings)...
Peter Culshaw
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Another peripatetic global music update from theartsdesk's Peter Culshaw, hosted by Music Box Radio. This edition features...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 21 January 2017
New releases by Mike Oldfield don’t exactly grow on trees, but nor can they be deemed rarities. For the first three decades...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 20 January 2017
"This had better not be shite, Danny," was the warning delivered to director Danny Boyle from his cast, amazingly reunited...
Peter Quantrill
Friday, 20 January 2017
Symphony is a word carrying heavy historical baggage. It’s understandable when composers dig for inspiration elsewhere. All...
Friday, 20 January 2017
These photographs of sand dunes were taken by Brian David Stevens in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, along a stretch of pristine...
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...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 20 January 2017
A day or so after Theresa May’s keynote speech about Brexit the words Europe and European carry an electric charge. For...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...

WAR IN THE SUNSHINE, ESTORICK COLLECTION Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

CD: THE xx - I SEE YOU Southwest London trio return energised - but is that what they needed?

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE, EDINBURGH Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptation

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

LSO, RATTLE, BARBICAN Symphonies by Mahler and Turnage explode in an ecstasy of grieving

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

disc of the day

CD: John Mayall - Talk About That

The godfather of British blues: still cutting it at 83

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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


T2 Trainspotting

Danny Boyle and his reunited cast defy the curse of the sequel


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

new music

CD: John Mayall - Talk About That

The godfather of British blues: still cutting it at 83

Reissue CDs Weekly: Ludus

Profile-raising overview of Linder Sterling’s post-punk musical adventurers

theartsdesk Radio Show 17

Eclectic global music mix with sizzling new tunes from Brazil, the Middle East and Africa


Mørk, Bergen Philharmonic, Gardner, Cadogan Hall

Gardner’s dynamic leadership perfectly complements the Bergen sound

Classical CDs Weekly: Strauss, John Bullard, Tania Stavreva

Fruity opera suites, classical banjo and fiery pianism

LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Symphonies by Mahler and Turnage explode in an ecstasy of grieving


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


Top Trumps, Theatre 503
America's new president gives rise to galvanic, sometimes scary theatre
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


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

Lockwood Kipling, Victoria & Albert Museum

Not just Rudyard's father: treasures fom India evoke the life of an eminent Victorian

Photo Gallery: Aberdeenshire Sand Dunes

These elegiac images of outstanding natural beauty have since been trumped

War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection

Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

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