sat 21/01/2017, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

Matt Wolf
Saturday, 21 January 2017
There's an irony to be found in the fact that America's 45th president is already abolishing any and all things to do with the arts even as his ascendancy looks set to provide...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 21 January 2017
The Bergen Philharmonic recently appointed Edward Gardner as its Chief Conductor – ENO’s loss is Bergen’s gain. He is contracted to 2021, so this is the start of a long...
Marina Vaizey
Saturday, 21 January 2017
From India, here is a hoard of what really looks like treasure, much of it emerging into the light of day after decades, if not a century. Jewellery, sculpture, textiles,...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Strauss: Suites from Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck (Reference Recordings)Manfred Honeck’s extended slice of Richard Strauss's Elektra...
Peter Culshaw
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Another peripatetic global music update from theartsdesk's Peter Culshaw, hosted by Music Box Radio. This edition features forthcoming album releases from hard salsa revivalists...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 21 January 2017
New releases by Mike Oldfield don’t exactly grow on trees, but nor can they be deemed rarities. For the first three decades he brought out roughly half a dozen a decade. But...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 20 January 2017
"This had better not be shite, Danny," was the warning delivered to director Danny Boyle from his cast, amazingly reunited...
Peter Quantrill
Friday, 20 January 2017
Symphony is a word carrying heavy historical baggage. It’s understandable when composers dig for inspiration elsewhere. All...
Friday, 20 January 2017
These photographs of sand dunes were taken by Brian David Stevens in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, along a stretch of pristine...
Markie Robsonscott
Friday, 20 January 2017
“A First Lady must always be ready to pack her suitcases,” remarks Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Melania Trump, take...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 20 January 2017
A day or so after Theresa May’s keynote speech about Brexit the words Europe and European carry an electric charge. For...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 20 January 2017
Charles Burnett is one of the neglected pioneers of African-American film-making. He first won attention back in 1978 with...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 19 January 2017
The homecoming narrative is one of the most elemental ones we know, playing on the most primal human emotions. Stories of...
David Kettle
Thursday, 19 January 2017
We probably think we know the story. From Peter Weir’s cult 1975 film, or even from the original 1967 novel by Joan Lindsay...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 19 January 2017
It may be five years since their last album, Celebration Rock, and the world may have turned several somersaults of late,...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Tom Lehrer famously declared satire dead when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Henry Kissinger not long after he'd...
David Nice
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Young Amadeus is growing up in real time with MOZART 250, Classical Opera's ambitious 26-year project following its hero's...
Joe Muggs
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
This seems a logical progression for The xx. The super-stripped-back sound of their first two albums has got them a very...
Clem Hitchcock
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
North London’s much loved Estorick Collection is reopening its doors after a five-month spruce up. The Georgian listed...
Alexandra Coghlan
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
It takes some pretty special casting to spice up Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera regular, currently returning for its 14th...

JACKIE One brief shining moment that was known as Camelot: how the Kennedy legacy was born

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE, EDINBURGH Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptation

LSO, RATTLE, BARBICAN Symphonies by Mahler and Turnage explode in an ecstasy of grieving

CD: THE xx - I SEE YOU Southwest London trio return energised - but is that what they needed?

WAR IN THE SUNSHINE, ESTORICK COLLECTION Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

MEET THE TRUMPS: FROM IMMIGRANT TO PRESIDENT The dodgy morals were in the genes

disc of the day

CD: Mike Oldfield - Return to Ommadawn

Uplifting retro-reboot revisits landmark 1975 album

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Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President, Channel 4

Donald Trump's dodgy morals were inherited from his forebears. Here's how

Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand, BBC Four

The magic swirling trip from the Edwardian musical to the Broadway blockbuster

Hospital, BBC Two

Unmissable insight into the inner workings of the biggest, sickest patient of them all


T2 Trainspotting

Danny Boyle and his reunited cast defy the curse of the sequel


One brief shining moment that was known as Camelot: how the Kennedy legacy was born

DVD/Blu-ray: The Glass Shield

Reissue of underrated 1994 portrait of police corruption and racism in Los Angeles

new music

theartsdesk Radio Show 17

Eclectic global music mix with sizzling new tunes from Brazil, the Middle East and Africa

CD: Mike Oldfield - Return to Ommadawn

Uplifting retro-reboot revisits landmark 1975 album

CD: Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life

A solid return for the Canadian power pop duo


Mørk, Bergen Philharmonic, Gardner, Cadogan Hall

Gardner’s dynamic leadership perfectly complements the Bergen sound

Classical CDs Weekly: Strauss, John Bullard, Tania Stavreva

Fruity opera suites, classical banjo and fiery pianism

LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Symphonies by Mahler and Turnage explode in an ecstasy of grieving


Summerfield, Jackson, Riches, Classical Opera, Page, Wigmore Hall

Three outstanding singers and an early Mozart revelation focus on 1767

La Traviata, Royal Opera

Latest revival of Richard Eyre's war horse is full of youthful energy and passion

The Last Supper, BBCSSO, Brabbins, City Halls, Glasgow

A thrilling renaissance for Birtwistle's ritualistic religious opera


Top Trumps, Theatre 503
America's new president gives rise to galvanic, sometimes scary theatre
Winter Solstice, Orange Tree Theatre
New play about the cultivated face of fascism is fascinating if flawed
Picnic at Hanging Rock, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptation


Giselle, English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Cojocaru and Hernández delicious in perfect heritage production

Best of 2016: Dance & Ballet

Tamara Rojo's ENB and Akram Khan trump Royal Ballet in theartsdesk's highlights

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Final, BBC One

Ore Oduba's win is evidence that light entertainment isn't just white entertainment


Mr Swallow - Houdini, Soho Theatre

Daft escapist fun from bumbling spoof performer

The Great Indoors, ITV2

Limp US inter-generational sitcom starring an out-of-place Stephen Fry

Scott Gibson, Soho Theatre

Award-winning show about a medical calamity


The Best Games of 2016

theartsdesk's gamers choose their personal highlights of the year

Time Locker

Is this top-down 2D endless run & gun game a timeless classic?

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Infinite warfare but finite fun

visual arts

Lockwood Kipling, Victoria & Albert Museum

Not just Rudyard's father: treasures fom India evoke the life of an eminent Victorian

Photo Gallery: Aberdeenshire Sand Dunes

These elegiac images of outstanding natural beauty have since been trumped

War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection

Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

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