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Maestri: Conductors at the 2014 Proms

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Chris Christodoulou is the official Proms photographer, writes David Nice. From his uniquely privileged position behind a velvet curtain, he captures the white heat of performance...

The Village, Series 2 Finale, BBC One

Tom Birchenough

You may have had to search for his name in the closing credits of this final episode of the second series of The Village, but all plaudits were surely due to its composer Adrian...

Foo Fighters, Olympic Park

Matthew Wright

“There goes my hero,” sang the Foo Fighters at the end of the Invictus Games last night. True to form, the Foo Fighters’ performance was a barrage of energy and goodwill, which...

British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash, BBC Four

Marina Vaizey

At the end of this absorbing documentary about the art – and life – of Paul Nash we visited his tombstone in a Buckinghamshire churchyard, accompanying writer and presenter Andrew...

10 Questions for Actor Stellan Skarsgård

Kieron Tyler

“Haven’t we met before?” We hadn’t, but Stellan Skarsgård’s friendly greeting immediately sets the tone for an encounter which is so relaxed that thoughts of the explosive Nils,...

Otello, English National Opera

Alexandra Coghlan

From one great operatic storm to another. 2014 opened at English National Opera with David Alden’s Peter Grimes, gale-tossed and wet with sea-spray, and now the director turns his...

Last Night of the Proms, Jansen, Williams, BBCSO, Oramo

Sebastian Scotney

If only the Last Night of the Proms could just be about the music. If it were, then the story which I would want to tell...

Mulatu Astatke, Royal Festival Hall

Peter Culshaw

It was Jim Jarmusch’s film Broken Flowers that first really got Mulatu Astatke major Western attention – in same way that...

Down by Law

Graham Fuller

Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law is back in British cinemas 28 years after it joined Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It and...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Game Theory

Kieron Tyler

 Game Theory: Blaze of GloryThe news of the death on 15 April last year of Scott Miller was a shock. Although hardly a...

Blondie, O2 Academy, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

Blondie may have been around the block a few times since they got together in New York in 1974, but they seemingly have no...

theartsdesk in Helsinki: Niubi Festival

Kieron Tyler

Tulegur Gangzi describes his music as “Mongolian grunge” and “nomad rock.” Thrashing at an acoustic guitar, the Inner-...

Prom 75: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Gilbert

Alexandra Coghlan

The silliness of the Last Night is really just a postscript to the penultimate night of the Proms, traditionally given over...

William Tell, Welsh National Opera

Stephen Walsh

A few months ago, while looking something up about Liszt’s piano piece “Chapelle de Guillaume Tell,” I discovered to my...

Boardwalk Empire, Series 5, Sky Atlantic

Adam Sweeting

Fans of this dense and rewarding odyssey of Prohibition and American gangsterism are doubtless still reeling from the news...

10 Questions for Singer Sarah-Jane Morris

Matthew Wright

Sarah-Jane Morris is in every sense an original voice. One of Britain’s most distinctive and versatile singers, she has...

Elbow, Roundhouse

Heidi Goldsmith

Punctually, following a tension-building countdown, Elbow entered the blue-lit stage at London’s legendary Roundhouse, beers...

Sam Sweeney, Royal College of Music

Tim Cumming

Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War is the first solo project from one of the vibrant British folk scene’s most...

KnowBody, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

Who qualifies as an older dancer?  Given that a professional dance career usually runs from about 17 to 35, anyone...

Tyrant, Fox

Adam Sweeting

Created by Gideon Raff, mastermind of Homeland and its Israeli forerunner Prisoners of War, and produced by Howard Gordon (...

Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Fuzzy, James Rhodes

Graham Rickson

 Elgar: Symphony no 1, Cockaigne Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Sakari Oramo (BIS)No one says there's anything...

A Most Wanted Man

Demetrios Matheou

Other films have been and still will be released featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, since his death earlier this year. But A...

Late Turner: Painting Set Free, Tate Britain

Fisun Güner

There is early Turner; there is late Turner. Early Turner is very much of his time: a history and landscape painter in the...

Destiny

Simon Munk

The blockbuster game to outblockbuster them all. Creating Destiny required a record-breaking budget of $500 million; it...

 

MULATU ASTATKE, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL Ethiopian lounge lizard creates a new sonic world

LATE TURNER: PAINTING SET FREE, TATE BRITAIN Turner was a brilliantly radical artist, but was he of his time or outside it? Both, of course

OTELLO, ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA A dark and potent Otello is David Alden at his best

A MOST WANTED MAN Philip Seymour Hoffman brings another le Carré spy vividly to life

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS, JANSEN, WILLIAMS, BBCSO, ORAMO Other agendas have swirled furiously around this year's Last Night

BOARDWALK EMPIRE, SERIES 5, SKY ATLANTIC Final season opener suffers from sensory overload

disc of the day

CD: The Juan MacLean – In a Dream

Intermittent thrills on third album from LCD Soundsystem-related electro-dance outfit

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film

10 Questions for Actor Stellan Skarsgård

Sweden's succesful export talks about the humour in brutality, the nature of Scandinavia and Monty Python

Down by Law

Jim Jarmusch's timeless neo-noir fairytale – and how it augured 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

A Most Wanted Man

Philip Seymour Hoffman brings another le Carré spy vividly to life

tv

The Village, Series 2 Finale, BBC One

Gripping final episode, but is very existence of 'The Village' threatened?

British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash, BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon begins an excellent trilogy about World War One artists with Paul Nash

Boardwalk Empire, Series 5, Sky Atlantic

Final season opener suffers from sensory overload

new music

CD: The Juan MacLean – In a Dream

Intermittent thrills on third album from LCD Soundsystem-related electro-dance outfit

Foo Fighters, Olympic Park

Dave Grohl's band closes Invictus Games with a seismic blast of energy and goodwill

Mulatu Astatke, Royal Festival Hall

Ethiopian lounge lizard creates a new sonic world

classical

Last Night of the Proms, Jansen, Williams, BBCSO, Oramo

Other agendas have swirled furiously around this year's Last Night

Prom 75: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Gilbert

A monumental season's close to the 2014 Proms from a great orchestra

Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Fuzzy, James Rhodes

English romanticism, Danish electronica and an engaging piano recital

opera

Otello, English National Opera

A dark and potent Otello is David Alden at his best

William Tell, Welsh National Opera

Rossini's last opera is finely done but has rather too many longueurs

Anna Nicole, Royal Opera

Cambridge undergraduate reports from student-audience first night revival of Turnage's opera

theatre

King Charles III, Wyndham's Theatre

Pigott-Smith is the jewel in the crown of a provocative political comedy

Six of the best: Theatre

Let the right Mormons in: a bit of everything in theartsdesk's tips

Fully Committed, Menier Chocolate Factory

Revived one-man show serves up a smorgasbord of comic treats

visual arts

British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash, BBC Four

Andrew Graham-Dixon begins an excellent trilogy about World War One artists with Paul Nash

Late Turner: Painting Set Free, Tate Britain

Turner was a brilliantly radical artist, but was he of his time or outside it? Both, of course

The Rules of Abstraction with Matthew Collings, BBC Four

Revelation of early Swedish woman artist opened magpie survey of abstract art

dance

KnowBody, Sadler's Wells

Older performers show dance is not just a young person's game

Sampling the Myth, Royal Ballet

Mixture of old and new makes for a colourful journey through mythology

Edinburgh Fringe 2014: Circa, Beyond

Entertaining circus show from top-quality Australian ensemble

comedy

Joan Rivers, 1933-2014

The first lady of comedy whose biggest dread was an empty diary

Steen Raskopoulos, Soho Theatre

Superb character comedy from Australian debutant

John Kearns/ Alex Edelman/ This Is Ceilidh

Winning shows at the Edinburgh Fringe

gaming

Destiny

The biggest game of a generation leaves an empty hole in space

Appointment with F.E.A.R.

Nostalgic superheroics updated for the smartphone era

CounterSpy

Visually striking stealth-action game leaves one stirred, but not very shaken…

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