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First Episode, Jermyn Street Theatre

Marianka Swain

Rediscovered work offers aficionados a tantalising piece of the puzzle. Terence Rattigan’s callow debut, reborn after 80 years in obscurity, bears the hallmarks of his later plays...

Sheryl Crow, Royal Albert Hall

Matthew Wright

Sheryl Crow doesn’t do genres. She may have recorded her first authentically country album, Feels Like Home, in Nashville recently, but for her, the tag seems to mean little. “It’...

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

The challenge was already in the title for me: as both a dance critic and a strongly visual person, in the normal order of things I see the dance first and hear the music second....

Classical CDs Weekly: Lutosławski, Panufnik, Strauss, Stravinsky, Varèse

Graham Rickson

 Andrzej Panufnik: String Quartets 1-3, Lutosławski: String Quartet Tippett Quartet (Naxos)Andrzej Panufnik and Witold Lutosławski were close friends, the two men famously...

Mr Turner

Matt Wolf

There's been much talk about Late Turner, to co-opt the name of the exhibition now on view at Tate Britain covering the last 16 years in the English artist JMW Turner's singular...

Cassandra, Ludovic Ondiviela, Royal Ballet, Linbury Studio

Jenny Gilbert

Madness is a favourite trope of opera, less so of ballet. There’s Giselle, but her insanity lasts only a few minutes. There’s Kenneth MacMillan’s delusional Anastasia, who...

Uchida, LSO, Haitink, Barbican Hall

David Nice

You know what to expect from a standard programme of masterpieces like this, led by two great performers in careful control...

Coolatully, Finborough Theatre

Veronica Lee

Ireland has had not just an economic meltdown in the past few years, but also a social one. The country that thought it had...

Splot

Simon Munk

If Splot looked any more like Angry Birds, it'd have to call itself Bouncy Birds. But looks can be deceiving – this is a...

Elvis Costello, Royal Albert Hall

Fisun Güner

Georgie Fame opened the evening with a five-piece band, including the singer on his old Hammond organ. Favourites such as “...

La Bohème, English National Opera

David Nice

ENO may not always have matched the Royal Opera in the Great Puccini Voices stakes. But it's served up many of the classiest...

The Fall of the House of Usher, Sound Affairs, Malvern

Stephen Walsh

At least three composers have set about turning The Fall of the House of Usher into operas, including most famously Debussy...

Horns

Adam Sweeting

Adapted from the cult novel by Joe Hill (son of Stephen King) and directed by Alexandre Aja, Horns can't keep itself on an...

Arcadi Volodos, Royal Festival Hall

Jessica Duchen

Arcadi Volodos is a relatively rare visitor to London these days. Although the Russian pianist, 42, rose early to fame, his...

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Akram Khan

Hanna Weibye

Akram Khan is unexpectedly softly-spoken. Acknowledged as a truly great dancer, he's a master of the classical Indian Kathak...

Giovanni Battista Moroni, Royal Academy

Florence Hallett

Written in the 16th century, Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists continues to underpin our understanding of the...

The Missing, BBC One

Jasper Rees

Given the long shadow cast by the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it’s sort of surprising that no drama department has...

'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Alexandra Coghlan

So TFL have banned the Globe’s posters for ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore for being too racy. What a gift. They couldn’t have given...

Sunny Afternoon, Harold Pinter Theatre

Adam Sweeting

The bittersweet career of The Kinks is portrayed to surprisingly potent effect in this fast, funny and sometimes poignant...

Leonskaja/ Pires, Dumay, Meneses, Wigmore Hall

Ismene Brown

What a day for piano-lovers and Beethoven-lovers – Elisabeth Leonskaja for lunch, Maria João Pires for supper....

Nightcrawler

Katherine McLaughlin

“If it bleeds it leads”, proclaims crime news reporter Joe Loder (Bill Paxton) as he investigates the bloody remains of a...

Beatson, Scottish Ensemble, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Christopher Lambton

I declare an interest. In the last 10 years or so the Scottish Ensemble has twice, at my invitation, visited the Borders...

Imagine... The Art That Hitler Hated, BBC One

Marina Vaizey

Alan Yentob’s culture programme, Imagine, returned for its autumn season with a two-part examination of one of the most...

Malala/A Child of Our Time, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Temple, Barbican

Bernard Hughes

James McCarthy’s oratorio Malala is both a heartfelt tribute to the young Nobel Peace laureate, Malala Yousafzai, and...

 

MR TURNER Mike Leigh does JMW Turner - and his own artistry - proud

AKRAM KHAN Kathak and contemporary dancer talks about flamenco, inspiration and his last performance piece

UCHIDA, LSO, HAITINK, BARBICAN HALL Master musicians in just-so Debussy, Mozart and Brahms

ELVIS COSTELLO, ROYAL ALBERT HALL, The singer's maturing voice takes his songs to even greater heights

'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE, SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE Pints of blood but no real tragedy in this season opener

LA BOHÈME, ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA Star-voiced lovers move and soar, but revived Jonathan Miller production does little

CASSANDRA, LUDOVIC ONDIVIELA, ROYAL BALLET, LINBURY STUDIO A new ballet shines a spotlight on mental illness

disc of the day

CD: Mysteries - New Age Music is here

Anonymous doom-tinged oddballs deliver solid opening shot

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Six of the best: Film

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film

Mr Turner

Mike Leigh does JMW Turner - and his own artistry - proud

DVD: Godzilla

Spectacular effects but little human interest in monster mash-up

The Fall of the House of Usher, Sound Affairs, Malvern

Jean Epstein's twenties classic enriched by Cardiff composer's sonorous new score

tv

The Missing, BBC One

James Nesbitt plays the father of an abducted son in a taut but implausible thriller

Imagine... The Art That Hitler Hated, BBC One

What happened to the 'degenerate' art that vanished during the Nazi era?

Intruders, BBC Two

Some of it looks familiar, but there's enough weirdness to keep you watching

new music

Sheryl Crow, Royal Albert Hall

A likeable and energetic performance, but how much more could she be?

CD: Mysteries - New Age Music is here

Anonymous doom-tinged oddballs deliver solid opening shot

Elvis Costello, Royal Albert Hall

The singer's maturing voice takes his songs to even greater heights

classical

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance, Sadler's Wells

Composer's works matched with contemporary choreography by McGregor, Armitage, Whitley and Pite

Classical CDs Weekly: Lutosławski, Panufnik, Strauss, Stravinsky, Varèse

String quartets from Polish composers, ballet music and orchestral fireworks

Uchida, LSO, Haitink, Barbican Hall

Master musicians in just-so Debussy, Mozart and Brahms

opera

La Bohème, English National Opera

Star-voiced lovers move and soar, but revived Jonathan Miller production does little

The Bartered Bride, Opera North

An ingenious update gets a stylish revival

Wozzeck, BBCSSO, Runnicles, City Halls, Glasgow

Thomas J Mayer heads stellar cast in showy performance of Berg's masterpiece

theatre

First Episode, Jermyn Street Theatre

An affectionate revival of Rattigan's lost play hints at greatness to come

Coolatully, Finborough Theatre

Enjoyable drama about Ireland's renewed emigration

'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Pints of blood but no real tragedy in this season opener

visual arts

Giovanni Battista Moroni, Royal Academy

Renaissance Italy's forgotten master of the fleeting moment

Imagine... The Art That Hitler Hated, BBC One

What happened to the 'degenerate' art that vanished during the Nazi era?

Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, National Portrait Gallery

An affecting look at the life and impact of the arts and crafts designer who ardently championed socialism

dance

Thomas Adès, See the Music, Hear the Dance, Sadler's Wells

Composer's works matched with contemporary choreography by McGregor, Armitage, Whitley and Pite

Cassandra, Ludovic Ondiviela, Royal Ballet, Linbury Studio

A new ballet shines a spotlight on mental illness

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Akram Khan

Kathak and contemporary dancer talks about flamenco, inspiration, and his last performance piece

comedy

Lee Mack, Eventim Apollo

Amiable comic races through a disappointing set

Paul Daniels, Touring

Expertly executed magic tricks with old-school humour

Lee Evans, O2 Arena

No amount of fart gags and racing about can hide the cobwebs on these jokes

gaming

Splot

Angry Birds simplicity and platform game difficulty meet…

Card Dungeon

A clever twist on dungeon adventuring that mostly works

The Swapper

Clone-killing puzzle game asks what your soul looks like…

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