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David Nice
Thursday, 23 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...
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 unusual to see a musical come steaming into the West End...
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 the prairie, the injured body of Roy Goode (Jack O’...
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. And the people who have to put up with this deluge of...
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 George Clooney, you’ll be disappointed. It’s hardly worthy...
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 player extraordinaire Martin Hayes’ new quartet, comprising...
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...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 20 November 2017
A fair few Edinburgh Fringe shows are just that – things that work perfectly in the “let's do the show right here” spirit...
Joe Muggs
Sunday, 19 November 2017
At three decades deep in the creative industries, it's fair to say Trevor Jackson is a renaissance man. He is a designer,...
Bernard Hughes
Sunday, 19 November 2017
The great and good of the London music scene were gathered at English National Opera last night for the unveiling of...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 19 November 2017
One of these years, Javier Marías will probably win the Nobel Prize in Literature. If and when that honour happens, critics...
Jasper Rees
Sunday, 19 November 2017
So, if you’re reading this you probably trudged all the weary way to the very end of I Know Who You Are. Or you didn’t but...
 

★★★ BRAKES Dysfunctional relationships laid bare

★★★ THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV Incredible wigs

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

★★★★ TINA BROWN: THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES Fun, frenzy and unexpected honesty

★★★ I KNOW WHO YOU ARE, BBC FOUR Finale of Spanish drama literally took no prisoners

★★★★ LAKE KEITELE: A VISION OF FINLAND Northern lights at the National Gallery

★★★ CD: PALOMA FAITH - THE ARCHITECT OTT drama from Britain's queen of theatrical pop

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

★★★★ SINGCIRCLE, BARBICAN Veteran ensemble bids farewell with Stockhausen

disc of the day

CD: Martin Hayes Quartet - The Blue Room

Irish tunes revel in new chamber music settings

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tv

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

film

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

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

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

classical

Hough, Basle 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

opera

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

theatre

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
The Best Musicals in London
We recommend the top shows in musical theatre

dance

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

Michael Clark Company, Barbican Theatre review - bad boy of dance comes good

Not what was promised, but ballet's prodigal son delivers

comedy

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

gaming

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

FIFA 18 review - as polished as football silverware

Slicker and slower, the latest version of the football bestseller takes its time to shine

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

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

Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland review, National Gallery - light-filled northern vistas

One of the National Gallery's most popular postcards comes under the spotlight

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