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Thomas H Green
Thursday, 24 May 2018
As the Brighton Festival 2018 draws towards its closing weekend, its Guest Director, the artist David Shrigley, has committed to an illustrated talk about his work that “will...
Marina Vaizey
Thursday, 24 May 2018
“Oh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light” was a vision of the American flag, that star-spangled banner, riding proud from Francis Scott Key’s patriotic poem of 1814 based...
Steve O'Rourke
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Interactive stories are a tricky proposition. Make the on-screen action too passive and your audience feels like they’re watching a succession of cut-scenes. Tip the balance the...
Russ Coffey
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Few bands divide opinion quite like Snow Patrol. Their fans see their slow, intense anthems as cathartic friends. Others - myself included - tend to regard their music as an...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
As the veteran combo roll around one more time, five years after they last performed in the UK, many a ticket-buyer for their No Filter tour has taken the view that, as the Stones...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Watching this band in action is a treat. They gel absolutely and play off one another in a manner that’s easy and mellow, yet also sparks by occasionally teetering on the edge of...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
There have been plenty of films about mountains, and they are mainly about men. The plot tends not to vary: man clambers up...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
“I thought she maybe had superpowers to go that high.” Emilia Senior, 12, watched her sister Eve, 15, thrown into the air by...
Owen Richards
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
When bands move to the US, some find themselves drawn into the commercial machine; when Scottish band Chvrches crossed the...
Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Ian Rickson’s route into theatre was not conventional. Growing up in south London, he discovered plays largely through...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
The brightness and colour are deceptive; at its heart, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina’s Coco is an affecting reflection on...
David Nice
Monday, 21 May 2018
If Hugo von Hofmannsthal's libretto for Richard Strauss in their joint "comedy for music" is the apogee of elaborately...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 21 May 2018
There was a time when Hugh Grant was viewed as a thespian one-trick pony, a floppy-haired fop dithering in a state of...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 21 May 2018
Bridget Christie tells us at the top of the show that she is a heterosexual, able-bodied, privileged white female – so why...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 21 May 2018
Not the least startling element of Bishop Michael Curry’s house-rockin’ sermon at the royal nuptials was his quotation from...
Katie Colombus
Monday, 21 May 2018
It was no matter that journalist Daniel Hahn dropped out ill at the 11th hour of this "audience with" event. Author Philip...
Liz Thomson
Monday, 21 May 2018
Gretchen Peters arrived in Nashville in the late eighties from Bronxville, New York, where she was born, and Boulder,...
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 20 May 2018
An Irishman who spent more than half a century in London and then Devon, and a prolific writer – nearly 20 novels and...
Stephen Walsh
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Puccini’s heroines and the rough treatment he hands out to them have come in for plenty of opprobrium over the years. But...
 

★★★ CHVRCHES: LOVE IS DEAD Scotland's electropop trio aim for full mainstream integration

★★★★ THE ROLLING STONES, LONDON STADIUM Only rock'n'nroll?

★★★ EDIE Sheila Hancock gets summit fever

★★★★ MADAMA BUTTERFLY, GLYNDEBOURNE Perverse staging, outstanding cast

★★★★★ MANCHESTER: THE NIGHT OF THE BOMB Devastating account of the lottery of terror

disc of the day

CD: Snow Patrol - Wildness

Have the Northern Irish misery-rockers finally developed a lighter touch?

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tv

Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA, BBC Four review - unexpected facts aplenty

From the Wild West to Abstract Expressionism, Waldemar Januszczak on an enthusiastic journey

Manchester: The Night of the Bomb, BBC Two review - devastating account of the lottery of terror

A year on, a heartrending reconstruction of the Ariana Grande concert from hell

A Very English Scandal, BBC One review - making a drama out of a crisis

Tragedy and farce in glittering recreation of the Jeremy Thorpe saga

film

Edie review - Sheila Hancock gets summit fever

Octogenarian widow aims to conquer a Scottish mountain

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

DVD/Blu-ray: Coco

Big-hearted musings on death and memory, disguised as a family blockbuster

new music

CD: Snow Patrol - Wildness

Have the Northern Irish misery-rockers finally developed a lighter touch?

A Change is Gonna Come, Brighton Festival review - lively, winning jazz adventure

Reimagined civil rights protest songs make for a musically rich evening

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Bernstein, Bruckner, Schmitt

Americana from Merseyside, plus Austrian sacred music and fascinating French rarities

The Rosenkavalier film, OAE, Paterson, QEH review - silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

Superb salon-orchestra playing redeems Strauss's lazy work on a meandering silent film

Chopin's Piano, Tiberghien, Kildea, Brighton Festival review - mumbled words, magical music

French pianist runs the gamut of colour and expression, but the framework's shaky

opera

Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne - detailed acting, great singing

More austere drama, but richer voices, in this revival of Richard Jones's tour de force

Madama Butterfly, Glyndebourne review - perverse staging, outstanding cast

Puccinian pathos takes on tragic colouring thanks to a gifted soprano from Moldova

The Rosenkavalier film, OAE, Paterson, QEH review - silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

Superb salon-orchestra playing redeems Strauss's lazy work on a meandering silent film

theatre

The Best Plays in London
From the Ides of March to modern monologues: theartsdesk's stage tips
Ian Rickson: 'I'm an introvert, I want to stop talking about myself' - interview
The director staging Brian Friel's Translations at the National talks about Ireland, England and the changing face of theatre
As You Like It / Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe review - ensemble emphasis sets a leaner style
Michelle Terry's new company ups gender fluidity, charts new directions

dance

Swan Lake, Royal Ballet review - beautiful, heartfelt

Liam Scarlett and John Macfarlane's new version of the classic takes wings

Elizabeth, Barbican review - royal romance under scrutiny

Words and music form an equal alliance with dance to probe the love life of the Virgin Queen

comedy

Sarah Kendall, Soho Theatre review - a superb storyteller

Australian stand-up muses on the lottery of life

Danny Baker, Touring review - boy, can he talk

Radio personality gives it the verbals

gaming

Detroit: Become Human review – a robot story with real heart

A big budget interactive story where your decisions can flip the script

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to celebrate Brighton Festival!

Enter our competition to win a spectacular weekend at England's finest arts festival

God of War review - action adventure epic sets new standards

Father-son adventure is a slick and gorgeous spectacle

visual arts

David Shrigley talk, Brighton Festival review - comedic stroll through a career in art

High speed PowerPoint entertainment from the kingpin of oddball cartoons

Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA, BBC Four review - unexpected facts aplenty

From the Wild West to Abstract Expressionism, Waldemar Januszczak on an enthusiastic journey

Highlights from Photo London 2018 - something old, something new

Apps, augmented reality and Henry Fox Talbot rub shoulders at London's annual photo festival

latest comments

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