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Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Just as in the United States, the quest among Indian authors in English to deliver the single, knock-out novel that would capture their country’s infinite variety has long been...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Wow! An unconventional opening for a book review maybe, but ‘“wow!” nonetheless. Subtitled "How Skiffle Changed the World", this is an impressive work of popular scholarship by...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Hoyt Axton’s songs were heard most widely when recorded by others. Steppenwolf recorded his “The Pusher” in 1967. It featured on their early 1968 debut album but was most...
Rachel Halliburton
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Saddam Hussein’s name is never mentioned in The President’s Gardens, even though he haunts every page. The one time that the reader encounters him directly, he is referred to...
Peter Quinn
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Two of the most impressive young musicians on London’s jazz scene, tenor saxist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd hoovered up every award in sight following the release of...
David Nice
Saturday, 27 May 2017
There are certain roles where you’re lucky to catch one perfect incarnation in a lifetime. I thought I'd never see a soprano as Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace equal to...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Make no mistake about it, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is a playwright to watch. London receives its first opportunity to appraise...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 27 May 2017
 Ståle Kleiberg: Mass for Modern Man Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Choir/Eivind Gulberg Jensen (2L)There's a...
Guy Oddy
Saturday, 27 May 2017
There are not many bands who are obtuse enough to begin a gig with a 45 minute unrecorded song, especially when they are...
Saskia Baron
Saturday, 27 May 2017
A man is caught up in a storm at sea; giant waves like Hokusai crests throw him onto a deserted tropical island. Over the...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Helmut Geir has been around the block multiple times but, like an electro-sonic Batman, always pops up just when he’s needed...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 26 May 2017
Playwrights have long migrated to the small screen in search of better pay and room to manoeuvre. Most don’t leave it as...
Will Rathbone
Friday, 26 May 2017
Matt Hartley's personal take on London's housing crisis returns to the Hampstead Theatre's studio space downstairs and is...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 26 May 2017
It takes real skill to make a film about a desperate Syrian refugee and a dour middle-aged Finn reinventing himself and turn...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 26 May 2017
While the 36 records reviewed below run the gamut of Wreckless Eric to Democratic Republic of the Congo Afro-electronica,...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 26 May 2017
There are great sportsmen, and on top of those there’s a handful of phenomena. Sachin Tendulkar is one of the latter, a...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 26 May 2017
With some re-releases, the fascination is not only discovering the work of a director, but also the environment and context...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 25 May 2017
The Globe’s artistic director Emma Rice has made no secret of her desire to go out with a bang, in this, the final season of...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 25 May 2017
In the dog-eat-dog world of White Gold it’s 1983, when greed was about to become good and (as the show’s creator Damon...
David Nice
Thursday, 25 May 2017
Men playing boys playing girls, women and men, all female parts convincingly falsettoed and high musical standards as...

THEARTSDESK ON VINYL 28 From Wreckless Eric to Afro-electronica

★★★★ WHITE GOLD, BBC TWO Sleaze and sharp practice in the exciting world of double glazing

★★★ TWELFTH NIGHT, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Emma Rice goes out with a bang

DEPOSIT, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE DOWNSTAIRS Housing crisis drama is a quiet corker 

★★★ PAULA, BBC TWO Conor McPherson's thrillerish TV drama debut is lifted by star turn

SACHIN: A BILLION DREAMS How Sachin Tendulkar became one of cricket's all-time greats

TRISTAN & YSEULT, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL Emma Rice's revival of Kneehigh classic is a wonderful synthesis of artforms

disc of the day

CD: Binker and Moses - Journey to the Mountain of Forever

Prodigious concept album from the brilliant sax-drums duo

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The best TV to watch this week

What to watch and where to find it

Paula, BBC Two review - Denise Gough's the real thing

Conor McPherson's thrillerish TV drama debut is lifted by star turn

White Gold, BBC Two review – rattling pace and razor-edged dialogue

Sleaze and sharp practice in the exciting world of double glazing


The Red Turtle review - Studio Ghibli loses its magic touch

Japanese-European co-production feels slow and ponderous

The Other Side of Hope review - Aki Kaurismäki at his tragicomic best

The great Finnish director, in possibly his last film, shows familiar humanism alongside dark comedy

Sachin: A Billion Dreams review - the incredible feats of cricket's 'Little Master'

How Sachin Tendulkar became one of the game's all-time greats

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Hoyt Axton

The baroque country masterpiece ‘My Griffin is Gone’ resurfaces

CD: Binker and Moses - Journey to the Mountain of Forever

Prodigious concept album from the brilliant sax-drums duo

Swans, Asylum, Birmingham

Swans’ latest line-up prepares to bow out on an almighty high


Classical CDs Weekly: Kleiberg, Legrand, Aida Garifullina

Norwegian choral music, French concertos and a young soprano's debut disc

Sebestyén, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer, RFH

Unforgettable Hungarians, including the magical presence of a great folk singer

Classical CDs Weekly: Joubert, Mahler, Simon Thacker & Justyna Jablonska

A very English opera, an iconic song cycle, and a meeting between guitar and cello


theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Aida Garifullina

The Kazan-born prima donna on Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stephen Frears

The Mikado review - Sasha Regan's all-male operetta formula hits a reef

Familiar company faces can't quite compensate for an odd choice of setting

Sebestyén, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer, RFH

Unforgettable Hungarians, including the magical presence of a great folk singer


An Octoroon review - slavery reprised as melodrama in a vibrantly theatrical show
A major work of new American drama receives its European premiere at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's Globe review - Emma Rice goes out with a bang
Shakespeare's cross-dressing comedy gets the high-seas treatment, but loses the poetry


m¡longa, Brighton Festival review - sensual tango explosion

Sidi Larbi Charkaoui's tribute to the Argentine dance exudes vibrancy and dexterity

Symphonic Dances, Royal Ballet review - a truly interesting creation

New Scarlett creation shines in a musical mixed bill

Ghost Dances: Rambert, Sadler's Wells review - vital and joyfully precise dancing

This South American triple bill is highly entertaining, but should it be?


Jeremy Hardy, Brighton Festival review - expert raconteur shows political bite

Radio 4 regular's conversational style masks a passionate pin-sharp topicality

Ricky Gervais, Touring review - chatty and relaxed riffing

Some very personal material among the edgy content

Ayesha Hazarika, Soho Theatre review - 'politics is her patch'

Former Labour adviser finds the funny in politics


Injustice 2 review - the even better sequel

A superhero soap opera with more twists and turns than a Netflix 12-parter

Prey review - environmental puzzles steal the show

In space no one can hear you... ponder a puzzle

theartsdesk at The Hospital Club

Announcing a new partnership with the most creative club in London

visual arts

Highlights from Photo London 2017 - virtual reality meets vintage treasure

Our resident photographer rummages through a mixed bag

57th Venice Biennale review - riveting and bewildering

Extreme art trek provides enough high points to justify the foot sores

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