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Ismene Brown

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Dr Ismene Brown designed and launched the original version of The Arts Desk in 2009, and was the Site Coordinator and a board director for three years, as well as its dance editor. A musician trained at the Royal College of Music, she has been dance critic for the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator, and has also written for TAD on classical music, theatre, TV and film. Since then she has gained an MA at UCL and DPhil at Oxford University for work on the Soviet politician and arts minister Ekaterina Furtseva.

Articles By Ismene Brown

Dogs of Europe, Belarus Free Theatre, Barbican Theatre review - doom art with doom reality

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The unexpurgated Clement Crisp - in memoriam

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Ava: The Secret Conversations, Riverside Studios, Hammersmith review - about Ava Gardner's effing

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Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!, Sadler's Wells Theatre review - new candy, but the nuts are off

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The Seven Pomegranate Seeds, Rose Theatre, Kingston review - misogynist Euripides stands corrected

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The Cherry Orchard, Windsor Theatre Royal review - Tolstoy meets Mrs Two Soups

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The Mirror and the Light, Gielgud Theatre review - nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

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RIP dancer and photographer Colin Jones - obituary

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Leopards, Rose Theatre, Kingston review - a no-thrill thriller about sex and power

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Constellations, Vaudeville Theatre review - multiple casts continue to shine

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Hamlet, Windsor Theatre Royal review - the age is out of joint

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'She was Paris': RIP Zizi Jeanmaire (1924-2020)

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The deathless Alicia Alonso, in person

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Elisabeth Leonskaja, Wigmore Hall review - Mozart and Webern, anyone?

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Macbeth, National Theatre - Rufus Norris goes for drab, gory and tricksy

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Long Day's Journey Into Night, Wyndham's Theatre review - Lesley Manville hits ecstatic, fatal highs

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