sun 29/05/2016


theartsdesk in Bilbao: The School of Paris at the Guggenheim Museum

Florence Hallett

Painted during his first trip to Paris in 1900, Picasso’s Le Moulin de la Galette is an outsider’s view of an exotic and intimidating new world. Men and women are seen as if through some strange distorting lens, their blurred, mask-like faces indistinct but for red-slit mouths and coal-black eyes. We seem to be in the room with them, and yet we are isolated. Even a woman looking out from the edge of the canvas gazes straight past us: if not invisible, we are certainly inconsequential.The...

Brighton Festival: Beth Orton, Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts

Matthew Wright

Beth Orton’s sparsely ethereal new collection Kidsticks has been well received for marking an interesting change of direction. Last night’s Brighton Festival gig gave audiences the best of both, beginning with most of the new songs, then climaxing with some old favourites that evoked her rockier past.Nor was it just the blend of old and new songs that offered an intriguing perspective on her craft. Live, her voice has a grainier, more sensuous quality than on (the new) record. A case can be...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Death and Vanilla

Kieron Tyler

Last May, Malmö trio Death and Vanilla issued the To Where the Wild Things are album and it seemed they had arrived as a fully formed post-Broadcast...

Brighton Festival: Stella, Theatre Royal

Nick Hasted

A Victorian transgender celebrity is a fitting and timely subject for this Brighton Festival premiere. Writer-director Neil Bartlett turns Stella’s...

Brighton Festival: Alexei Sayle, Corn Exchange

Nick Hasted

The last time I saw Alexei Sayle was at a benefit gig in Essex in the Eighties, when his rapid torrents of invective and surreal invention was stand-...

Classical CDs Weekly: Kenneth Hesketh, Vaughan Williams, Ensemble Pygmalion

Graham Rickson

Modern British pianism, two very English symphonies and a musical trip down the Rhine

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 17 - Paul McCartney, Moby, Grace Jones and more

Thomas H Green

From Afrobeat to psychedelia, from electronica to guitar pop, it's all here on plastic

The Threepenny Opera, National Theatre

Alexandra Coghlan

A brutally efficient adaptation of Brecht and Weill's grubby classic

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Ed Owen

Wasikowska, Bonham Carter and Depp back in inventive if unfaithful Carroll sequel

Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Welsh National Opera

Stephen Walsh

Double bill celebrates Italy in Wales and 70 years of changing styles

Jekyll & Hyde, Old Vic

Jenny Gilbert

Dance version is loud and brash with all the horror and none of the mystery

Romeo and Juliet, Garrick Theatre

Marianka Swain

Branagh's la dolce vita is ravishing, but superficial

Money Monster

Saskia Baron

George Clooney and Julia Roberts star in enjoyable anti-Wall Street drama

Going Going Gone, BBC Four

Tom Birchenough

Nick Broomfield in elegiac mode holds out for history

Jeff Koons: Now, Newport Street Gallery

Sarah Kent

More is always more when evoking the American Dream

Brighton Festival: Zvizdal, Corn Exchange

Thomas H Green

Artwork/documentary about an old couple in the Chernobyl isolation zone is quietly beautiful

A View from Islington North, Arts Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Satirical swipes at politicians, plotters and prophets are only fitfully funny

4.48 Psychosis, Royal Opera, Lyric Hammersmith

Alexandra Coghlan

A musical dramatisation of Sarah Kane's classic play finds both pain and consolation

Running Wild, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Miriam Gillinson

Patchy Michael Morpurgo adaptation scores with its puppets

Cédric Tiberghien, Wigmore Hall

Gavin Dixon

A bold and vibrant programme of Hungarian modern masters

Rovers, Sky1

Jasper Rees

Lo-fi football sitcom starring Craig Cash and Sue Johnston has its heart in the right place

The Burning Hell, Oslo

Kieron Tyler

Literate Canadians bond with the audience to inspire a sing-along

Love & Friendship

Alexandra Coghlan

Kate Beckinsale shines in a stylish but uneven adaptation of Austen's early novella

Sunken Cities: Egypt's lost worlds rediscovered


Forgotten for over 1,000 years, eerily evocative treasures take centre stage at the British Museum

Oedipe, Royal Opera

David Nice

Tragedy transcended and patience rewarded in Enescu's epic myth

Human Animals, Royal Court Theatre

Aleks Sierz

New drama about an ecological catastrophe is wildly imaginative and thought-provoking

Brighton Festival: Haçienda Classical, The Dome

Thomas H Green

Despite an ill-balanced sound, the Mancunian orchestral/house music mash-up kicks off

Prohaska, Eberle and Friends, Wigmore Hall

Sebastian Scotney

A mix of European chamber musicians with some surprising limitations

Homefront: The Revolution

Steve O'Rourke

Home isn’t where the heart is in this overly ambitious shooter


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