sat 18/05/2024

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

The White Factory, Marylebone Theatre review - what price dignity in hell?

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Patriots, Noël Coward Theatre review - crash-bang brilliant Putin comedy does it again

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4000 Miles, Minerva Theatre, Chichester review - brilliant Atkins in a tender play

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The Vortex, Chichester Festival Theatre review - naturalism clogs up Coward's pipes

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Hunting legendary treasure with ballet's Indiana Jones - Pierre Lacotte 1932-2023

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'You want to cry from loving to do it so much' - Lynn Seymour 1939-2023

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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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