sat 25/11/2017

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David Nice
Friday, 24 November 2017
A certain online scandalmonger and coffin-chaser likes to preface news of deaths in the musical world with "sadness" or "tragedy", usually when neither he nor we have heard of the...
Hanna Weibye
Friday, 24 November 2017
On paper, the appeal of a Sylvia revival is questionable. If even the choreographer (Frederick Ashton) wasn't sure his 1952 original was worth saving for posterity, do we really...
Katherine Waters
Friday, 24 November 2017
Modigliani was an addict. Booze, fags, absinthe, hash, cocaine, women. He lived fast, died young, cherished an idea of what an artist should be and pursued it to his death. His...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 24 November 2017
The Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse may be a historical recreation, but the same shouldn’t be true of the plays staged within it. Since it opened in 2014, this atmospheric space...
Steve O'Rourke
Friday, 24 November 2017
Lego games are legion; the blockbuster licenses, ranging from comicbook cross-overs to TV show adaptations and, of course, the Lego Movie behemoth, dominate the family-friendly...
Florence Hallett
Friday, 24 November 2017
The myth of Modigliani, the archetypal tortured artist, was set in train while he was still alive and remains potent almost a century after his death. Every so often a few game...
Marianka Swain
Thursday, 23 November 2017
Everybody’s been talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie since its Sheffield Crucible debut earlier this year. It’s...
Owen Richards
Thursday, 23 November 2017
There’s a storm heading to La Belle, the small forgotten town in the heart of the American West. As black clouds flash above...
Aleks Sierz
Thursday, 23 November 2017
War is morally acidic: it dissolves social rules, loosens inhibitions and gives permission to men to behave like animals....
Markie Robson-Scott
Thursday, 23 November 2017
If you’re hoping for an incisive look at Fifties American suburbia in this unappealing film, directed and co-written by...
Tim Cumming
Thursday, 23 November 2017
Recorded at beautiful Bantry House in the far south-west of Ireland, The Blue Room is the debut of West Clare’s fiddle...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
This is a heartbreaking week for women’s tennis. The death from cancer of Jana Novotna at only 49 evokes memories of one of...
Peter Quantrill
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Before the age of photography, people and places were recorded in ink or paint or sound. The process of recording was not...
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Our universe seems to be in a state of equilibrium, neither collapsing in on itself nor expanding ad infinitum. The metaphor...
Russ Coffey
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
First, an admission. I've never quite got the appeal of the Gallagher brothers. In particular, I've found their claims that...
David Nice
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
If you're not going to mention the imaginative genius of Stravinsky, Auden and Kallman within the covers of your programme,...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Breaking up is hard to do, sang Neil Sedaka, and Mercedes Grower plays out that sentiment in a quirky, original and often...
Gavin Dixon
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
STIMMUNG is always an event. Stockhausen’s score calls for a ritual as much as a performance, with six singers sitting...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Albert Serra has earned himself the directorial moniker “the Catalan king of stasis”, and nothing in The Death of Louis XIV...
William Ward
Monday, 20 November 2017
It has long been a mystery why no new production of Semiramide should have been staged at Covent Garden since 1887: un...

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Tom MacRae on writing the acclaimed musical

★★★★ EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Inclusive and utterly joyful

★★★★ HOUGH, BASEL CO, HOLLIGER, CADOGAN HALL Heavenly lengths in Schubert

★★★★ CD: DARK THEY WERE AND GOLDEN EYED - DESIGN YOUR DREAMS Underground polymath Trevor Jackson pushes his self-releasing to preposterous levels

★★★★ SEMIRAMIDE, ROYAL OPERA Rossini's Queen is back

★★★★ BATTLE OF THE SEXES Emma Stone aces it as Billie Jean King

★★★ THE MACHINES OF STEVEN PIPPIN, THE EDGE A potent mix of art and engineering

★★★★ GODLESS, NETFLIX A proper wild west ride

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Montparnasse 19

The most mythologised of modern artists inspired a film as ill-fated as Modigliani himself

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Godless, Netflix review – a proper wild west ride

An excellent cast and engaging story make Godless far more than standard Western fare

The best TV to watch this week

What's on and where to find it

I Know Who You Are, series 2 finale, BBC Four review - Spanish drama literally took no prisoners

All who got to the end of the draining telenovela deserve a medal. CONTAINS SPOILERS


DVD/Blu-ray: Montparnasse 19

The most mythologised of modern artists inspired a film as ill-fated as Modigliani himself

Suburbicon review - George Clooney's jarring pastiche of the American dream

Promising cast and an original Coen brothers' script fails to deliver

Battle of the Sexes review - Emma Stone aces it as Billie Jean King

Champ's face-off with chauvinist challenger Bobby Riggs is only part of this Hollywoodised story

new music

CD: Martin Hayes Quartet - The Blue Room

Irish tunes revel in new chamber music settings

CD: Dark They Were And Golden Eyed - Design Your Dreams

Underground polymath Trevor Jackson pushes his self-releasing to preposterous levels


Hough, Basel CO, Holliger, Cadogan Hall review - heavenly lengths in Schubert

A well-drilled Swiss band takes on the ‘Great’ C major Symphony – every note of it

Singcircle, Barbican review - veteran ensemble bids farewell with Stockhausen

Two-work memorial proves the composer still radical ten years after his death

Classical CDs Weekly: Howells, Karayev, Lotichius

Lush orchestral music from Azerbaijan, plus a pair of offbeat keyboard discs


Remembering Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)

The great Siberian baritone, who has died at the age of 55, leaves behind a golden legacy

The Rake's Progress, Wilton's Music Hall review - mercurial Stravinsky made cumbersome

Fine cast, but playing and production need both sharpening and lightening up

Semiramide, Royal Opera review - Rossini's Queen is back

Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano resuscitate the uxoricidal Assyrian ruler


Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre review - inclusive and utterly joyful
It's a triumphant West End transfer for this big-hearted British musical
Bad Roads, Royal Court, review – memorably unsettling
International season continues with savage Ukrainian war play


Sylvia, Royal Ballet review - Ashton rarity makes a delicious evening

Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov sparkle as arcadian lovers

Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration, Programmes 2 & 3, Royal Opera House review - abhorrent to sublime

One choreographer, many faces: two works of genius and a torrid muddle


The Elvis Dead, Soho Theatre review - schlock horror told through Elvis songs

Excellent spoof tells the story of Evil Dead 2 through the oeuvre of the King


Call of Duty: WWII review - war is an unpleasant business

The veteran franchise returns for another bout of epic war games

h.Club 100 Awards 2017: The Winners

News from The Hospital Club's annual awards for the creative industries, plus theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year

visual arts

Modigliani, Tate Modern review - the pitfalls of excess

Blockbuster show of the bad boy of the Paris scene succumbs to surface

The Best Exhibitions in London

Soviet art, Cézanne, Harry Potter and more: our favourite shows to see now


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