sat 10/12/2016

Classical Interviews

Fleabag, Soho Theatre

aleks Sierz

It’s television, not theatre, that has real power. Real cultural force. Cultural muscle. Take the case of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman show, Fleabag. First staged in 2013 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it has appeared twice at the Soho since then, garnering a shelf-load of theatre nominations and awards along the way.

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The best comedy DVDs of 2016

veronica Lee

The period before Christmas is, inevitably, when stand-ups rush to market. With so much material now available on YouTube, fewer comics release DVDs nowadays, but some of the best still do. This is theartsdesk's selection of the best live acts caught on film.

Billy Connolly: High Horse

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Six of the best: Theatre

theartsdesk


Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Ed Harris gives a masterclass in Sam Shepard's gothic family drama. Until 18 Feb

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theartsdesk in Budapest: Prophecy in the world's best concert hall

david Nice

August 1914, September 2001, all of 2016: these are the dates Hungary's late, great writer Péter Esterházy served up for the non-linear narrative of his friend Péter Eötvös's Halleluja - Oratorium Balbulum.

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Wild Honey, Hampstead Theatre

matt Wolf

This Chekhov-intensive year comes to a muted climax with a rare sighting of Wild Honey, Michael Frayn's reappraisal of the Russian master's untitled early text more commonly known as Platonov that received its own scorching production this past summer at the National; a separate Broadway Platonov, adapted by Andrew...

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Classical CDs Weekly: Christmas 2016 (part 1)

graham Rickson


Bach: Christmas Oratorio Windsbacher Knabenchoir, Deutsche Kammer-Virtuosen Berlin/Karl Friedrich Beringer (Cantatas 1-3) and Martin Lehman (nos. 4-6) (Sony)

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CD: Gareth Malone - A Great British Christmas

Matthew Wright

TV’s Gareth Malone has been pounding the pavement from the Perranarworthal Handbell Ringers in Cornwall to the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band in West Yorkshire to curate a national expression of Christmas. Each group gets Malone’s motivational treatment, and the result is a shiny bauble of an album, ideal for engaging a broad family taste.  

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The Pass

tom Birchenough

John Donnelly’s play The Pass scored a slate of five-star reviews when it ran at the Royal Court early last year – theartsdesk called it “scorching” – and plaudits for Russell Tovey’s central performance were practically stellar (“a star performance from onetime History Boys student that this actor's career to this point has in no way suggested,” we raved). For those who missed that sell-out, small-stage, seven-week run, Ben A Williams’ film adaptation...

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Josefowicz, LSO, Adams, Barbican

david Nice

Praise be to the spell cast by top players on great composers. Without the phenomenon that is Leila Josefowicz, John Adams would never have created his often prolix, fitfully hair-raising Scheherazade.2, more "dramatic symphony" for violin and orchestra than a concerto like his earlier work for the same combination (though that, too, is far from straightforward).

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The Best Musicals in London

theartsdesk


Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre ★★★ Disney's latest blockbuster film-turned-stage show remains airborne – just

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The Pass

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