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Matt Wolf
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
A much tinkered-with show needs to go back to the drawing board, if this latest iteration of Strictly Ballroom: The Musical is any gauge. Having travelled across Sydney, Leeds,...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
A few years ago Abi Morgan was everywhere. For the cinema she scripted Shame, The Iron Lady, The Invisible Woman and Suffragette. On television she adapted Birdsong and created...
Sebastian Scotney
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Matthias Goerne has an exceptional ability to sustain evenness and legato through a vocal line. His breath control and his tone production are things to be marvelled at. He is...
Matt Wolf
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
A one-time Martha and Maggie the Cat in the theatre, and a screen siren of the sort they don't make any more, might not be the first person you expect to see swaggering on to a...
Steve O'Rourke
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
The God of War games are legendary action adventure titles that specialise in the slaying of giant mythical beasts via intuitive brutal combat. The hugely popular series was...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Blossoms are the latest inheritors of the massive-in-Manchester mantle that has, so often in the past, translated into massive-almost-everywhere ubiquity. That their eponymous...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Some critics complain that Westworld is too complicated for its own good, and you can see their point. Even on a basic level...
Sarah Kent
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
What a superb location for a performance! The flats on the north-east corner of Islington Green back onto a crummy atrium...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Flo and Joan are sisters (Nicola and Rosie Dempsey: they have borrowed their stage names from their nan and her sister...
Owen Richards
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Major Fakhir is a deminer, responsible for disarming hundreds of mines around Mosul every week. His American counterparts...
David Nice
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
The touch is not always light here. Swathes of clunking, cliché-ridden English dialogue threaten to make the star-crossed...
David Nice
Monday, 23 April 2018
Why would any conductor resist Mahler's last great symphonic adventure? By which I mean the vast finale of his Tenth...
Katherine Waters
Monday, 23 April 2018
The BBC excels at a very particular kind of drama, namely one where production values overawe dramatic content. Its version...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 23 April 2018
Ed Byrne is a worried parent. Thankfully his two young sons are hale and hearty, but he is concerned he may be bringing up a...
Miranda Heggie
Monday, 23 April 2018
Featuring two Russian composers, the two halves of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s programme could hardly have been...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 23 April 2018
There’s a regular problem with techno albums. The DJ-producers who make them are usually so deeply embedded in club techno...
Katherine Waters
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Back in the early Sixties Lucian Freud was living in Clarendon Crescent, a condemned row of houses in Paddington which were...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Playing Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on 8 September 1974, the New York Dolls opened their first set of the evening with...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 21 April 2018
The Brahms violin sonatas make a perfect spring evening recital. The Second and Third were inspired by a summer retreat, but...
 

★★★★ WESTWORLD, SKY ATLANTIC Apocalypse looms as androids go on the rampage

10 QUESTIONS FOR COURTNEY PINE Pioneering solo artist hails the community of jazz

★★★★ FLO AND JOAN, SOHO THEATRE Musical comedy with complex rhymes

★★★★ TARYN SIMON: AN OCCUPATION OF LOSS A journey to the underworld in song

★★★★ MARTIN GAYFORD: MODERNISTS & MAVERICKS People, places and paint

★★★★ THE DEMINER One man risks literal life and limb in fascinating war documentary

disc of the day

CD: Blossoms - Cool Like You

Second album from rising five-piece successfully hones their synth-pop credentials

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tv

The Split, BBC One, review - Abi Morgan’s densely packed divorce drama

Nicola Walker is the real deal in a hectic family law saga

The Woman in White, BBC One review - camp Victoriana

Wilkie Collins's Gothic whodunnit gets a florid treatment for telly

film

DVD/Blu-ray: The Touch

Bergman's typically individual take on a difficult affair has flashes of vintage brilliance

The Deminer review - life on the edge in Iraq

One man risks literal life and limb in this fascinating war documentary

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review - artery-furring whimsy

Lily James seeks postwar secrets in a Channel Islands weepie

new music

Best Albums of 2018

theartsdesk's music critics pick their favourites of the year so far

CD: Blossoms - Cool Like You

Second album from rising five-piece successfully hones their synth-pop credentials

CD: Oliver Way - From The Shadows

Detroit Grand Pubah goes solo with promising results

classical

LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - incandescent swansongs by Mahler and Tippett

The London Symphony Orchestra's supreme soundsmith on top form

Wang, RSNO, Oundjian, Usher Hall, Edinburgh review - percussion sets Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' ablaze

Music Director pairs two very different Russian works in his final season

opera

DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman's The Magic Flute

Pretty start, heart of darkness: the greatest of all opera films now available to UK viewers

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'

theatre

Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre review - largely naff
Stage version of the Baz Luhrmann film is a bloated cartoon
Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice, The Other Palace review - a familiar name in freshly exciting form
The screen and stage star invents herself anew, this time in song
Rasheeda Speaking, Trafalgar Studios review - unsettling comedy, thorny racism
Bravura performance from Tanya Moodie in sharp new American drama of racial discord

dance

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

gaming

God of War review - action adventure epic sets new standards

Father-son adventure is a slick and gorgeous spectacle

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

Bring out your wild side in this strange survivalist simulation

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

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