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David Nice
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
After a Royal Opera performance of Birtwistle's The Minotaur, a friend spotted Hans Werner Henze in the foyer and had the temerity to ask that annoying question "What did you...
Javi Fedrick
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Julian Cope is one of pop music’s outsiders, a singer and author who began his career in the post-punk pop band The Teardrop Exolodes but whose solo career has drifted gleefully...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
To Westminster and Meet the Lords, a series which Radio Times assures me follows “the larger-than-life characters” in one of our “most idiosyncratic and important institutions”....
Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
The Other Room, dating from the late 1930s, is the largest painting in Dulwich Picture Gallery's landmark retrospective, the first show to be dedicated to Vanessa Bell since a...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Translating terrorism is tricky. Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov’s The Student is an adaptation of a play by the German writer Marius von Mayenburg which was staged in...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
The first series of Broadchurch was a gigantic hit four years ago, though 2015’s follow-up suffered a bit of a slow puncture. Can this third and supposedly final outing restore...
Kieron Tyler
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Joan Crawford’s towering, lauded and Oscar-awarded lead performance in Michael Curtiz’s powerful 1945 film Mildred Pierce...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 27 February 2017
If only the recent American election had been similarly rectified. That was surely the thought on many people’s lips as the...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 27 February 2017
Gurinder Chadha is still best-known for directing a low-budget comedy set in Hounslow about two girls who just want to play...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 27 February 2017
Miles Jupp starts by telling us he’s trying to fathom the kind of comic he should be, after he overheard a comment by an...
Graham Rickson
Monday, 27 February 2017
Opera North’s updated version of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel takes place in what looks like a down-at-heel Leeds housing...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 27 February 2017
There's something to be said for encountering a playwright fresh out of the starting gate. Since his debut play Speech...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 27 February 2017
Temples’ debut album, 2014’s Sun Structures, was an instant and surprise success. Within weeks of its release, the Brit-...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Yiyun Li’s fiction comes garlanded in praise from authors and journals that don’t ladle it out carelessly, so it feels...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 26 February 2017
In May 1956, the Texan label Starday issued a wild rockabilly single by Thumper Jones. Its top side, the kinetic “Rock It”,...
Matthew Wright
Sunday, 26 February 2017
There’s scarcity value in a Tanita Tikaram gig these days. Like seeing a rare bird, you feel special for simply having been...
Nick Hasted
Sunday, 26 February 2017
When Carrie White’s hand jumps out of the grave to drag Amy Irving’s character to hell, the shock is Psycho-intense. Carrie’...
Ralph Moore
Saturday, 25 February 2017
It’s a fairly big deal to be interviewing Stan Lee. Generations have been enthralled by his work, from the 1960s comics The...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Vinyl is not a cute, retro, style statement. Well, OK, it can be. But it’s also an analogue format that’s as current as its...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 25 February 2017
French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan leaves the time and place of It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)...

HANSEL AND GRETEL, OPERA NORTH Uneven update redeemed by superb singing

SUNDAY BOOK: YIYUN LI'S MEMOIR 'Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life': deep, or pretentious?

Q&A WITH BARRY JENKINS, DIRECTOR OF BEST FILM MOONLIGHT Meet the man whose film toppled La La Land

TANITA TIKARAM, BARBICAN Generous show balances onstage charm with songs full of barbs and doubts 

MILES JUPP, LONDON PALLADIUM A gentle meander through life's vicissitudes

OSCARS 2017: MOONLIGHT AND LA LA LAND GO TOE TO TOE Climactic cock-up caps most engaging Oscar ceremony in years

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Mildred Pierce

A film-making masterclass from Joan Crawford and director Michael Curtiz

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Meet the Lords, BBC Two

Was it really wise to let TV cameras loose inside 'the other place'?

Broadchurch, Series 3, ITV

Odd-couple cops tackle their final case on the Dorset coast

10 Questions for TV Producers Stan Lee and Gill Champion

The Marvel Comics legend and his production partner talk 'Lucky Man', London and longevity


The Student

Fundamentalism Russian-style: desperation and dark comedy

Blu-ray: Mildred Pierce

A film-making masterclass from Joan Crawford and director Michael Curtiz

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

new music

Julian Cope, Concorde 2, Brighton

One of rock's great eccentrics is touring with only his guitar for company

CD: Temples - Volcano

Brit-psych sensations second album is defined by a lack of substance

Reissue CDs Weekly: George Jones

Definitive box set dedicated to the early years of the country great


Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Rasmussen, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky

Hungarian pianism, a Faroese symphony and two Russian violin concertos

Farewell, Stanisław Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

A tribute to the conductor and composer who has died at the age of 93

Mirjam Mesak, Kristiina Rokashevich, St Bartholomew the Great

Impeccable musicianship and stylish programming from two young Estonians


The Winter's Tale, English National Opera

Concentrated if limited new Shakespeare opera elevated by cast and direction

Hansel and Gretel, Opera North

Uneven update redeemed by superb singing

Juan Diego Flórez, Vincenzo Scalera, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Quiet smiles outweigh high Cs in a recital of two distinct halves


The Best Plays in London
Wizards, devilry and Stoppard in Zurich: theartsdesk's stage tips
Speech & Debate, Trafalgar Studios
Tony winner's first play couples awkwardness and charm
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic
Shakespeare's comedy gets bogged down in this messy production


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


Miles Jupp, London Palladium

A gentle meander through life's vicissitudes

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


Sniper Elite 4

Life through a long-range lens

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?

visual arts

Vanessa Bell, Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Bloomsbury painter whose life outshone her art

The Best Exhibitions in London

David Hockney, Depression-era America, the British in Italy: our favourite shows to see now

America After the Fall, Royal Academy

Revelatory portrayal of the artistic response to the Great Depression

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