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Arts News

Listed: theartsdesk's Greatest Hits

To celebrate our fifth birthday, we offer you an insight into what you, the readers, have devoured...

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Listed: The laughter and tears of Robin Williams

Robin Williams, who has died at the age of 63, was a very American comedian. The flow of invention...

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Listed: 10 Mozart Operas You've Never Heard (of)

Mozart operas – we’ve all been there, whistled the arias, untangled the love triangles (quadrants/...

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Listed: The Best UK Summer Music Festivals For Families

While you give your tent an airing in anticipation of festival season, think about the imaginative...

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Listed: The World Cup's Most Beautiful Goals

Is football a thing of beauty? It depends who you ask. If you’re that way inclined, it is possible...

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Listed: 10 Great Trouser Roles

It's the genre of gender-bending and cross-dressing, where women play warriors and men sing like...

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Listed: Unmissable BBC Proms

The first bit of the annual Proms ritual is now out of the way, with the publication of the...

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Listed: Top 10 Children's Theatre Shows

If you are seeking to keep small children entertained this Easter, there's no need to sit around...

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Listed: Hauschka's Abandoned Cities

Hauschka is a musician and composer from Düsseldorf, performing in what has been dubbed a "post-...

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Listed: Celebrating Dylan Thomas

It won’t have escaped the attention of anyone with an ear for poetry that Dylan Thomas turns 100...

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Listed: The Vikings - Life and Legend

The British Museum's exhibition The Vikings: Life and Legend promises to redefine the Viking age...

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Listed: 10 American paintings before Pollock

The National Gallery recently embarked on a first: they acquired their first American painting. Men...

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Listed: How I Do Love Thee

Love is in the air. Today, men and women and boys and girls will be pondering how to say it with...

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Listed: The Best Uncredited Cameos

There are no awards, nor nominations. On the plus side there are no publicity chores either. And...

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Listed: The 12 Derangements of Christmas

We at The Arts Desk are as fond as the next person of swans-a-swimming, partridges and pear-trees,...

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Listed: The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela had a nose for the dramatic gesture. The evidence is there in his speech at the...

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Listed: The 10 Most Tasteless Album Covers

OK, R Kelly is gross. We knew that. The number of deeply creepy and abusive acts he's been accused...

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Listed: Television's long-runners

In the past weeks there has been a frenzy of publicity about the timelessness of a Time Lord....

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Listed: Who shot/staged/fictionalised JFK?

On 22 November 1963 President John F Kennedy was shot, yoking his name to an ex-marine and sometime...

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Listed: The Best of Joni Mitchell

Of all the rock pantheon, Joni is the one who has evaded definition and over-determination better...

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Ghost from a Perfect Place, Arcola Theatre

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