tue 28/06/2016


Le Nozze di Figaro, Longborough Festival Opera

Stephen Walsh

“It doesn’t need me,” Sebastian Thomas writes in this season’s Longborough programme, “to labour the idea that the content of a theatrical or musical piece should find some relevance to our own lives.” No, indeed. Practically every director one could name labours it already, sometimes with very odd results.For some reason, the 1950s are a current favourite touchstone of relevance. So it’s a mild relief that Thomas Guthrie has chosen to locate his new production of The Marriage of Figaro at the...

As You Like It, The Savill Garden, Windsor

Ismene Brown

How often are you charmed by one of Shakespeare’s sylvan romances while literally under a greenwood tree? Even if this summer is proving rather generous with the rough weather, it is an unusual pleasure to wander around a fine woodland garden while Rosalind and Orlando pursue their light-hearted crossdressing courtship in the forest of Arden, and white sheets inked with bad love poems flutter from the trunks of many oak trees.The Crown Estate's Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park is worth a...

Painters' Paintings, National Gallery

Marina Vaizey

The huge and gorgeous Titian, The Vendramin Family, c.1540-c.1560, displays a frieze of males of all ages, three or four generations – and an...

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Dylan Moore

Before playing a version of  “Out of Time”, the lead single from Blur’s 2003 album Think Tank, Damon Albarn explains that “at Glastonbury, it...

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Kieron Tyler

It begins with “Never Never Let Me Down” by Formulars Dance Band. “You’re the only good thing I’ve got,” declares the singer of a garage-band answer...

Werther, Royal Opera

David Nice

Massenet's lovers ill met by moonlight, but the conducting is consummate

Macbeth, Shakespeare's Globe

Marianka Swain

Incoherent vision results in a (Mac)duff production

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Graham Rickson

German ambient music and two discs of 20th century symphonies

EU Referendum Results – BBC, ITV, Sky News

Barney Harsent

In an evening of unexpected victories, Sky News did surprisingly well

Adult Life Skills

Katie Colombus

Sweet, slightly predictable, quirky British dramedy veers from the norm

Jenůfa, English National Opera

David Nice

Janáček's optimistic tragedy at its most powerful in electrifying revival

The Good Wife, Series 7 Finale, More4

Adam Sweeting

Outstanding legal drama draws to a not-quite-perfect close

Henry V, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Marianka Swain

Michelle Terry anchors a reflective exploration of leadership and nationhood

Idomeneo, Garsington Opera

David Nice

Balance, but never neutrality, from fine singers and director in lacerating Mozart

The South Bank Show: Joyce DiDonato, Sky Arts

Marina Vaizey

Not in Kansas any more – the mezzo who conquered the world

Elvis & Nixon

Adam Sweeting

Tricky Dicky meets the Pelvis in smart satirical fantasy

Maggie and Pierre, Finborough Theatre

Miriam Gillinson

Challenging one-woman play about first lady of Canadian politics Maggie Trudeau

The Border, Channel 4

Adam Sweeting

Polish border guard drama captures the zeitgeist

Hallé Children’s Choir and Orchestra, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Robert Beale

Premiere of Jonathan Dove's 'A Brief History of Creation' enchants

Vassa Zheleznova, Southwark Playhouse

Jenny Gilbert

Rarely performed Gorky play re-emerges as a relentless dirge

The Meddler

Matt Wolf

Susan Sarandon shines as a meddlesome saint of a mum

Catalogue d'Oiseaux, Aimard, Aldeburgh Festival

David Nice

Birds, Messiaen and a much-loved artistic director dazzle from dawn to midnight

Wild, Hampstead Theatre

Marianka Swain

Mike Bartlett's ponderous Snowden drama is animated by an astonishing finale

Sónar Barcelona 2016

Joe Muggs

A glimpse of what Europe's cosmopolitanism can really mean in Barcelona

Murray Perahia, Barbican

Sebastian Scotney

Transcendent slow movements, but questions remain

Heroes of Loot 2

Stuart Houghton

This fun take on the dungeon crawler is a blast in short bursts

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 18 - Star Wars, Plaid, Air, Fog, 18+ and more

Thomas H Green

From alt-pop to doom metal to Haitian party tunes, all musical life is here


David Kettle

Brutal crime thriller on corruption among Roman politicians, church and mafia

Hobson's Choice, Vaudeville Theatre

Matt Wolf

A bewhiskered Martin Shaw barnstorms his way through an English classic


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