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Ismene designed and launched the original version of The Arts Desk, and was the Site Coordinator and a board director for three years, as well as its dance editor. She has been dance critic for the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator, and is presently doing doctoral research in Soviet cultural history at Oxford University. A trained musician, she has also written for TAD on classical music, theatre, TV and film.

Articles By Ismene Brown

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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Bolshoi's controversial Nureyev ballet opens – to ovations and bans

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The Seagull, Lyric Hammersmith review – is Lesley Sharp's Irina a sex addict?

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The March on Russia, Orange Tree Theatre review – vividly funny amid the bleakness

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Otello, Royal Opera review — Kaufmann makes a pretty Moor

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Sergei Vikharev, master ballet-reconstructor, 1962-2017

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Hipermestra / La Traviata, Glyndebourne

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Three Sisters, Sovremennik review - over-conscious of its legendariness

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Travesties, Apollo Theatre

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This House, Garrick Theatre

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Conceal/Reveal, Russell Maliphant Company, Messums Barn

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All My Sons, Rose Theatre, Kingston

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As You Like It, The Savill Garden, Windsor

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King John, Rose Theatre, Kingston

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