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Matthew Wright
Friday, 20 April 2018
Over thirty years after he made his debut as a solo artist, woodwind multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine is still Britain’s most prominent and influential jazz musician. He had a...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 20 April 2018
There’s a serious film to be made about the German occupation of the Channel Islands. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is not that film. The absolute gobful of a...
Marianka Swain
Friday, 20 April 2018
Back by feverishly popular demand, Jim Steinman’s mega-musical is no longer in danger of alarming unsuspecting operagoers. A year on from its Coliseum debut, this indisputably...
Owen Richards
Friday, 20 April 2018
As if the real world wasn’t scary enough... Ghost stories are en vogue at the moment, and after the BBC’s hit-and-miss Requiem, Channel 4 brings True Horror to the small screen –...
Russ Coffey
Friday, 20 April 2018
On Wednesday night, the music world took a small step closer to the realms of science fiction. Roy Orbison, 30 years dead, stood in front of a packed Hammersmith Apollo. It wasn't...
David Nice
Friday, 20 April 2018
Opera on film's most magical offering, better by some way than Joseph Losey's cinematically tricksy Don Giovanni, at last makes it to Region 2 DVD and Blu-Ray. I've watched...
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...
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...
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...
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-...
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...
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...
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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

disc of the day

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

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

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True Horror, Channel 4 review - a Ronseal approach to ghost stories

New anthology based on real accounts provides the scares and not much else

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

Lily James seeks postwar secrets in a Channel Islands weepie

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

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

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

new music

10 Questions for Courtney Pine: 'How do you express rage?'

Pioneering solo jazz artist hails the community of jazz

CD: Dylan Carlson - Conquistador

Earth mainman lays down some minimalist desert blues


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


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

Pretty start, heart of darkness: the greatest of all opera films 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'


Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre review - the Meat Loaf musical returns, batty as ever
The booming behemoth is right at home in We Will Rock You’s old digs
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 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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