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Nick Hasted
Friday, 23 February 2018
Country darkness falls quickly when Alice (Ruth Wilson) goes back to the farm. She stops before entering to gratefully absorb the Yorkshire countryside’s sunny beauty. But after...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 23 February 2018
In a career that began in 1967 and may yet have further life in it, Genesis have sold 150 million albums (and possibly more), and in their original incarnation with Peter Gabriel...
Richard Bratby
Friday, 23 February 2018
Don’t you just love that new concert hall smell? The main hall at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is so new that as soon as you walk in you get the scent of fresh woodwork...
Owen Richards
Friday, 23 February 2018
Take one of the strongest casts in British cinema and put them in a confined space; it was always going to be fun. Sally Potter’s The Party sets its sights on the duplicitous...
Markie Robson-Scott
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Tonya Harding and the kneecapping of Nancy Kerrigan – what a story it was, back in 1994. Even if you knew nothing about figure skating, you followed the tale of Tonya, the red-...
Liz Thomson
Thursday, 22 February 2018
In our era of 24/7 news, downloadable from anywhere in the world at the touch of an app, it's hard to remember that not so very long ago the agenda was set by the BBC - the Home...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 22 February 2018
New Zealand comic Rose Matafeo is a fan of romcoms and has decided she is destined to appear in one at some point in her...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 22 February 2018
After two albums of battle anthems for Trump-addled times, raging against the machine with his “Void Pacific Choir”, Moby’s...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Whatever the weather, this week is Frozen. On Broadway, the Disney musical of that name begins previews, but let’s let that...
Saskia Baron
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
While this well-crafted documentary chose to open with footage of the stars and glitz of the American awards ceremonies, the...
Alexandra Coghlan
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
You have to wonder why it has taken this long. Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking premiered in San Francisco back in 2000 and...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
This week brings a tale of two comedies. Both half-hour sitcoms are about widowed mothers with grown-up sons still at home....
Tom Birchenough
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
Beach Rats is a film that has “indie” etched in its bones. The second feature from Brooklyn-born Eliza Hittman, it was made...
Owen Richards
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Clio Barnard has quietly been building a reputation as one of Britain’s most human storytellers. Her debut feature The Arbor...
Katherine Waters
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Lila had breast implants at the age of eight. Karen, her mother, is required to take psychotherapy sessions on account of...
Helen Wallace
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
This was an evening of silence and shadow, a chill, moonlit meditation, where each sound demanded forensic attention. Enter...
Guy Oddy
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
A superstar elsewhere in the world, particularly in West Africa, Femi Kuti still lives somewhat unfairly in his dad, Fela...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 19 February 2018
You need to be of a certain vintage to have any memory of the traditional suburban family sitcom. Like the Raleigh Chopper...
Miranda Heggie
Monday, 19 February 2018
Inspired by the astonishing true story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, the Iranian refugee who lived in Charles de Gaulle Airport...
Peter Quinn
Monday, 19 February 2018
While some albums cram in more fillers than a Christmas stocking, Thought You Knew, the second recording from the London-...

★★★★ FROZEN, HAYMARKET THEATRE Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya examine human darkness

THE BEST FILMS OUT NOW We recommend the top movies of the moment

★★★★ ROSE MATAFEO, SOHO THEATRE New Zealand comic with original takes on the big stuff

★★★ I, TONYA Margot Robbie shines in over-complicated oddity

★★★★ WORKING WITH WEINSTEIN, CHANNEL 4 Portrait of a predator

JOHN TUSA - INTERVIEW 'The arts must make a noise'

★★★★ MUM, BBC TWO More gentle comedy about imperfect families

CLIO BARNARD: 'WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE' Interview with 'Dark River' director

BEST PLAYS IN LONDON From All's Well to Schiller's thriller: theartsdesk's stage tips

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: The Party

Sally Potter’s deliciously dark comedy provides an hour of brilliance in 70 minutes

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The best TV to watch this week

What's on and where to find it

Working with Weinstein, Channel 4 review - portrait of a predator

Forensic dissection of Harvey Weinstein's reign of terror in the craven corners of the UK film business

Mum, BBC Two, series 2 review - Lesley Manville is a discreet delight

Stefan Golaszewski's sitcom returns for more gentle comedy about imperfect families


Dark River review - haunted rural realism

Family secrets are dredged up in the Yorkshire moors

DVD/Blu-ray: The Party

Sally Potter’s deliciously dark comedy provides an hour of brilliance in 70 minutes

I, Tonya review - Margot Robbie shines in over-complicated oddity

Craig Gillespie's one-note take on Tonya Harding's fascinating true story

new music

Tony Banks: ‘You either do it by diplomacy or you do it by violence’ - interview

From Genesis to regeneration, the keyboard player's tale

CD: Moby - Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt

US electronic music perennial makes the end times sound musically luscious

CD: Femi Kuti - One People One World

Afrobeat royalty makes a compelling case for world peace and unity


Explore Ensemble, EXAUDI, St John's Smith Square review - making sense of Nono

Riveting 'Principal Sound' event delivers the luminous rewards of austerity modernism

Kaufmann, Damrau, Deutsch, Barbican review - bliss, if only you closed your eyes

More ham than a butcher's window, but when the music is this good it scarcely matters

Classical CDs Weekly: Diethelm, Grieg, Tippett

Orchestral delights from Switzerland and pianistic fireworks from Norway. Plus the greatest British symphony you've never heard


La Vie Parisienne, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire review - vintage champagne in a new bottle

A celebratory production adds up to more than the sum of its parts

Dead Man Walking, Barbican review - timely and devastating meditation on human violence and forgiveness

Jake Heggie's outstanding first opera finally receives its UK premiere

Flight, Scottish Opera review - poignant and powerful, this production soars

Opera Holland Park's 2015 staging flies north of the border


Frozen, Haymarket Theatre review - star cast explores the reality of evil
Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya convincingly examine human darkness
The Best Plays in London
From the Ides of March to modern monologues: theartsdesk's stage tips
The B*easts, Bush Theatre review - Monica Dolan is almost flawless
Hectic monologue from smoking, drinking, fast-talking psychotherapist about women's bodies


Giselle, Royal Ballet review - beautiful dancing in a production of classic good taste

Perfect storytelling through dance from Marianela Nuñez and excellent supporting cast

Song of the Earth/La Sylphide, English National Ballet review - sincerity and charm in a rewarding double bill

An odd-couple programme delivers both exquisite dancing and emotional truth

Best of 2017: Dance

Classical ballet dominates the highlights reel as chosen by theartsdesk's critics


Rose Matafeo, Soho Theatre review - sassy and she knows it

New Zealand comic with original takes on the big stuff

Hannah Gadsby, Soho Theatre review - misogyny explored

Straight-talking comic takes no prisoners


EA Sports UFC 3 review - the art of fighting has never looked so good

Why bob and weave when you can ground and pound?

Best of 2017: Games

Quality nearly matches quantity

Star Wars Battlefront II review - an opportunity missed

The force is less strong with this one

visual arts

Emil Nolde: Colour Is Life, National Gallery of Ireland review - boats, dancers, flowers

Comprehensive overview of neglected German Expressionist with a troubling past

Andreas Gursky, Hayward Gallery review - staggering scale, personal perspective

Space and light at the refurbished Hayward: huge views, artful manipulation from the German photographer

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