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Aaron Wright
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Since its inception in 1997 Fierce, Birmingham’s International Festival of Live Art & Performance, has championed the work of performance makers not often seen in Britain. The...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Super Besse are from The Republic of Belarus, Europe’s sole dictatorship – a country where freedom of expression and opportunities for individual self-determination are limited....
Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Chris Packham, who devises and presents programmes about nature and animals, has described himself as "a little bit weird". This autobiographical documentary about himself...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Prolific writer Mike Bartlett is the most impressive penman to have emerged in British theatre in the past decade. The trouble is that his work is so uneven. Although he wrote the...
Marianka Swain
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
A hit on Broadway, David Ives’s steamy two-hander now boasts Natalie Dormer and David Oakes, well-known for their screen work, in its West End cast, with Patrick Marber on...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
In a rather clever wheeze, Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe – who therefore knows a thing or two about historically accurate stagings – has...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
You might expect a posthumous 90-minute documentary – and that’s before you insert the ad breaks – about one of the biggest...
Peter Quantrill
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
The Royal Festival Hall rather belied its name for a visit to London on Saturday of France’s premier new-music ensemble. It...
Owen Richards
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Director Dan Sickles has known Dina her entire life. He knows her engaging personality, and he knows her tragic past. It’s...
Saskia Baron
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
It takes a while to get going, and doesn’t altogether evade sentimentality but overall this black comedy is hugely endearing...
Jessica Duchen
Monday, 16 October 2017
Now we know who sent Jonas Kaufmann the Union Jack boxer shorts for the Last Night of the Proms. Whether the sender’s...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 16 October 2017
How many dead female composers can you name? Tom Green, the composer of this stunning one-woman show, could initially only...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 16 October 2017
“He has something of Dillane about him.” Thus Patrick Marber on David Oakes. “I rate him very highly indeed. One of the very...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 16 October 2017
Mat Ewins comes on stage with a bullet belt slung across his chest. Indiana Jones he ain't, but what follows is a spoof on...
Howard Male
Monday, 16 October 2017
"I’m a person who, knock on wood, hasn’t suffered a lot of writer’s block," speaks/sings Kozelek in the song “Topo Gigio”....
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 15 October 2017
The controversial historian Niall Ferguson is the author of some dozen books, including substantial narratives of the...
Jasper Rees
Sunday, 15 October 2017
The first thing to say about Lucy Worsley’s Nights at the Opera (BBC Two) is that it is laser-aimed at those who have not...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 15 October 2017
80 Aching Orphans ought to be hard work. A four-CD, 80-track, 274-minute overview chronicling 45 years of one of pop’s most...
Barney Harsent
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Singer Jessie Ware has long been considered a bastion of grown-up pop. A natural heir to the estate once tended by Sade; a...
Sam Marlowe
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Loneliness: in the age of the digital hook-up and the flaunting narcissism of social media, it’s become a strange sort of...
 

INTERVIEW - DAVID OAKES 'I haven’t done anything as bad as my characters'

★★★★ JONAS KAUFMAN: TENOR FOR THE AGES A musical megastar with sword and shortbread

★★★★ NIALL FERGUSON: THE SQUARE AND THE TOWER Of groups and power

★★★★★ THE WORLD'S WIFE Stunning one-woman show telling male genius where it gets off

★★★ A CELEBRATION OF SIR KENNETH MACMILLAN, NORTHERN BALLET An ambitious triple bill honouring the great British choreographer

★★★ BEGINNING, NATIONAL THEATRE Assured, intimate, but short of surprises

disc of the day

CD: Super Besse - La Nuit*

Top-drawer Belarusian post-punk? You’d better believe it

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tv

Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me, BBC Two review - 'like an alien from another planet'

How the nature broadcaster copes with life on the spectrum

George Michael: Freedom, Channel 4 review - just a supersized commercial?

Much-anticipated official documentary fails to deliver

Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages, BBC Four review - a musical megastar with sword and shortbread

John Bridcut's portrait is beautifully made, but gives little away beyond the public laughter

film

Dina review - a poignant treat

Sundance documentary winner is a rewarding study of love and the human spirit

DVD/Blu-ray: A Man Called Ove

Neither Scandi noir nor IKEA fantasia: an endearing Swedish black comedy about a grumpy old man

Loving Vincent review - Van Gogh biopic of sorts lacks language to match its visuals

Artistry aplenty jostles cloth-eared writing in painstaking hagiography

new music

CD: Super Besse - La Nuit*

Top-drawer Belarusian post-punk? You’d better believe it

CD: Mark Kozelek With Ben Boye and Jim White

The cult American singer songwriter tackles the domestic and universal with equal panache

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Residents

'80 Aching Orphans': the ultimate entry point into the eyeball-headed musical nonconformists

classical

Ensemble InterContemporain, Pintscher, RFH review - a visit from the gentle ghost of Boulez

Two modernist masterpieces suspend the rules of time and space

Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages, BBC Four review - a musical megastar with sword and shortbread

John Bridcut's portrait is beautifully made, but gives little away beyond the public laughter

BBCSO, Brabbins, Barbican review - commanding vistas of earth and sea

Inspired coupling of works by Birwistle and Vaughan Williams, both superlatively done

opera

Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera, BBC Two review - there's anti-elitism, and there's infantilism

The poshies' art form explained by use of the dressing-up box and the toy box

Osud/Trouble in Tahiti, Opera North - swings and roundabouts in a surprising double-bill

Janáček sold short, Bernstein in a top-notch production with a star performance

theatre

Fierce: the Birmingham festival which reaches out to Europe and beyond
The new artistic director of the international showcase of live art and performance says what's coming
Albion, Almeida Theatre, review – Victoria Hamilton’s epic performance
Doctor Foster writer explores Englishness with enormous metaphoric zeal
Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - pain and pleasure in a starry two-hander
It's Fifty Shades of Auditioning in this tricksy erotic comedy

dance

Fierce: the Birmingham festival which reaches out to Europe and beyond

The new artistic director of the international showcase of live art and performance says what's coming

A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Northern Ballet review - a brave and worthy tribute

An ambitious triple bill honouring great British choreographer

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

comedy

Mae Martin, Soho Theatre review - life is a drug

Dry storytelling about an obsessional life

gaming

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

Destiny 2 review - a worthy follow-up to the biggest game of a generation

Bigger means better for this online sci-fi shooter

visual arts

Fierce: the Birmingham festival which reaches out to Europe and beyond

The new artistic director of the international showcase of live art and performance says what's coming

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

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