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Demetrios Matheou
Thursday, 19 April 2018
It’s about time Juliette Binoche and Claire Denis teamed up: the legendary French actress, Gallic film royalty known by her countrymen and women as La Binoche, with one of the...
David Nice
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Kudos, as ever, to Vladimir Jurowski for making epic connections. Not only did he bookend a rich LPO concert with two very different symphonies from the late 1930s by Stravinsky...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 19 April 2018
One of the joys of writing about comedy over the past few years is the decreasing frequency with which I am asked to comment on “women in comedy”, “female comics” or, most...
Mark Sanderson
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Eight months have passed since the Russians invaded Norway in the first season of Jo Nesbo’s neo-Cold War thriller. Real-life events have only made Occupied seem more relevant....
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 19 April 2018
It's always nice to come away from a show having learned something and Angela Barnes, history buff and a woman with an obsession some may consider weird (more of which later),...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Ambient metal outlier and leader of the mighty Earth, Dylan Carlson’s new solo album is the soundtrack to an imaginary western, based on the true story of a conquistador and his...
David Nice
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
They did things differently in 1858. Between the movements of Brahms's surprising new Requiem in the Biblical German of...
Katherine Waters
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
When doctors told Doreen Lawrence her son had died she thought, "That’s not true." Spending time with his body in the...
Marianka Swain
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
It is, perhaps, a tale that suffers from overfamiliarity. Tina Turner’s rags-to-riches story – from humble beginnings as...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Exorcism begins with a track titled “Rapin’”. Its lyrics tell of a late night walk home during which the drunk protagonist...
Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Art historians can so easily get carried away looking for a thesis, a scaffolding on which to hang theories which can...
Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
QCC isn’t the name of a new football club, nor some higher qualification for those toiling at the Bar, but stands for "Queen...
Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
The second thing I noticed about Miloš Forman, who has died at the age of 86, was the spectacular imperfection of his...
Rupert Edwards
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Sexy is an overused word in the arts but it’s an adjective you can’t help applying to some of Helaine Blumenfeld’s...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Andrey Zvyagintsev is without doubt one of the great film-makers of our time. If you only know Leviathan, it's about time...
Aleks Sierz
Monday, 16 April 2018
There’s a whole universe which British theatre has yet to explore properly – it’s called the sci-fi imagination. Although...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 16 April 2018
It is with some trepidation that the globe-trotting viewer embarks on a new drama from Spain. Last year in BBC Four stole...
Jenny Gilbert
Monday, 16 April 2018
One day someone will come up with an algorithm for the perfectly balanced triple bill. Until then ballet directors will have...
Gavin Dixon
Monday, 16 April 2018
Space is big – that seems to be the message of Unsuk Chin’s new oratorio Le Chant des Enfants des Étoiles. The work sets...

BEST PLAYS IN LONDON Brief Encounter to Misty: theartsdesk's stage tips

MILOS FORMAN, 1932-2018 Memorial interview with the director of Amadeus and Cuckoo's Nest

HELAINE BLUMENFELD The director of a new Sky Arts documentary explores the sculptor's work

★★★ TINA, ALDWYCH THEATRE - new Tina Turner bio-musical is simply OK

THE BEST EXHIBITIONS IN LONDON From Murillo to Monet and beyond

★★★★★ AMY SACKVILLE: PAINTER TO THE KING Portrait of the artist in shadow and light

THE BEST FILMS OUT NOW We recommend the top movies of the moment

disc of the day

CD: Dylan Carlson - Conquistador

Earth mainman lays down some minimalist desert blues

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Occupied, series 2, Sky Atlantic review - political conflicts looking all too actual

Jo Nesbo’s neo-Cold War drama of Russia vs the rest - aka truth vs lies - resumes

Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation, BBC One review - ‘He was a cool guy and everybody loved him’

New three part documentary marks 25 years since the murder of Stephen Lawrence

The Queen's Green Planet, ITV review - right royal arboreals

Gentle cliché met gentle cliché, but this film was charming, and the concept is fabulous


Juliette Binoche: ‘Repetition feels like near death’

The star of Let the Sunshine In talks about love, psychics, her first collaboration with Claire Denis and calling Depardieu on his bad manners

Funny Cow review - Maxine Peake is stellar

Fictional biopic portrays the comedy circuit from a bygone age

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

new music

CD: Dylan Carlson - Conquistador

Earth mainman lays down some minimalist desert blues

CD: Jenny Wilson - Exorcism

Sexual assault and its aftermath are chronicled with chilling precision

CD: Mark Peters – Innerland

The former Engineer turns cartographer on a simple yet articulate instrumental journey


Andsnes, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review - dazzling symphonic contrasts, plus oddities

Stunning articulation in generous helpings of Stravinsky with Shostakovich and Debussy

theartsdesk in Bremen: 150 years of A German Requiem

Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms's dramatic masterpiece in its original cathedral location

Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH review – cosmic perspectives

Unsuk Chin explores man’s relation to the universe in new oratorio


Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Royal Opera review - bleak rigour and black comedy still cast a spell

Eva-Maria Westbroek returns on top form as Shostakovich's lethally bored housewife

Bernstein's MASS, RFH review - polymorphousness in excelsis

Vibrant diversity in this ever-topical 'theatre piece for singers, players and dancers'

Coraline, Royal Opera, Barbican review - spooky story, underwhelming score

Performers work hard, but Turnage's new opera isn't scary or involving enough


Tina, Aldwych Theatre review - new Tina Turner bio-musical is simply OK
Powerhouse Adrienne Warren is the saving grace of a show that plays it safe
The Best Musicals in London
We recommend the top shows in musical theatre
The Best Plays in London
From the Ides of March to modern monologues: theartsdesk's stage tips


Voices of America, English National Ballet review - a punchy programme of contemporary ballet

Forsythe commission is a romping, swaggering joy of a piece

Classical CDs Weekly: Lūcija Garūta, Dag Wirén, Ruby Hughes

20th century discoveries from Latvia and Sweden, plus a tribute to Handel's favourite soprano


Daliso Chaponda, Touring review - uneven but entertaining

Britain's Got Talent finalist on first UK tour

Score review - breathless dash through music and film

Fascinating but frenetic documentary celebrating movie composers


Metal Gear Survive review - staying alive shouldn't be such a slog

Bring out your wild side in this strange survivalist simulation

EA Sports UFC 3 review - the art of fighting has never looked so good

Why bob and weave when you can ground and pound?

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now

Monet and Architecture, National Gallery review - a revelation in paint

The king of the blockbuster seen in a new light

Helaine Blumenfeld: Britain’s most successful sculptor you’ve never heard of

The director of a new Sky Arts documentary profile of the sculptor explores her work

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