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Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
It’s hard to convey in an age of equal marriage and gender fluidity the impact that k.d.lang’s Ingénue had when it was released in 1992. The album, 10 tracks that tell of the pain...
Owen Richards
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Oh to be inside the head of Wayne Coyne. The frazzle-haired frontman has always been an enigma, persistently quirky, morally dubious, and undeniably fascinating. Perhaps King’s...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
One of the glories of contemporary London theatre is its revivals of classic American drama. Year after year, audiences are able to revisit and enjoy the great landmarks of...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
It was on 16 July 1969 that Apollo 11 lifted off from Florida en route for the Moon, and exactly 50 years later, as we nervously anticipate the dawn of commercial flights into...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Not everybody is on Facebook, yet. So far, Mark Zuckerberg’s social media monolith has only managed to scrape together about 2.3 billion users, roughly one-third of the planet....
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
When he gave Martin Dysart, the troubled psychiatrist protagonist of Equus, a line in which he speaks about “moments of experience” being “magnetised”, Peter Shaffer might almost...
Robert Beale
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Who would have thought that a one-narrator show, mainly about projects that never got off the ground, would turn out to be...
Kathryn Reilly
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Thirty-three years ago, at Manchester's Festival of the Tenth Summer, I fumed that New Order had been given top billing...
Rachel Halliburton
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
This witty street-smart play about a white-skinned boy born to a mixed-race mother deploys its narrative with the dexterity...
Guy Oddy
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Sum 41 were one of those light-weight punk-ish bands in unfeasibly large pairs of shorts that washed up in the wake of Green...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 15 July 2019
"Genius" is a word to be used sparingly, but Django Bates surely is one. “A musical polymath and prodigiously gifted...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 15 July 2019
One of the features of the converted barn that forms the theatre at Longborough is a trio of statues that tops the front...
Russ Coffey
Monday, 15 July 2019
It was billed as a moment of musical history: two of the great icons of rock'n'roll sharing a double-headline. A dream...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 15 July 2019
How to describe a show that by Robin Ince’s own admission doesn’t have a narrative strand, and for which he has written...
Katie Colombus
Monday, 15 July 2019
It’s a rare thing that musicians sound better live than they do on Spotify. But Florence Welch sings a note perfect set –...
Asya Draganova
Monday, 15 July 2019
It’s been 20 years since Sabaton’s formation in 1999, and the Swedish power metal band have decided to mark their...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 14 July 2019
As in other countries born out of 19th-century uprisings against imperial power, the literary roots of the Philippines run...
Heather Neill
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Lia Williams is not an actor who looks for easy options. Twice she has played two characters in the same production,...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Although British folk-jazz stylists Pentangle played their first official concert in May 1967, their name is borrowed for...

★★★ ROBIN INCE, SOHO THEATRE Celebration of the complexities of the human mind

★★★★ FLORENCE + THE MACHINE, BST HYDE PARK Mastering the matriarchy

★★★★ GINA APOSTOL: INSURRECTO A treacherous archipelago of stories

THEARTSDESK Q&A: LIA WILLIAMS As 'The Night of the Iguana' opens, the actor discusses Tennessee Williams, Pinter and Wallis Simpson

★★★★ BOB DYLAN & NEIL YOUNG, BST HYDE PARK Flat-out brilliant & strangely compelling

★★★★ LONDINIUM, ST JOHN'S WATERLOO A choral Grand Tour

disc of the day

CD: Sum 41 - Order In Decline

Big guitars and high drama from the punk-ish Canadians but no soul

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The Day We Walked on the Moon, ITV review - it was 50 years ago to the day

You've heard it all before, but this was an entertaining ride

8 Days: To the Moon and Back, BBC Two review - intimate peek at life in lunar capsule

Insightful doco-drama combines re-enactments with real cockpit audio


The Brink review – behind the scenes with Steve Bannon

Funny and frightening fly-on-the-wall documentary

Armstrong review - the man behind the leap

Documentary offers a sombre but interesting look at the first man

The Dead Don't Die review - return of the zom-com

Indie hero Jim Jarmusch brings signature touch to living-dead genre

new music

k.d.lang, Brighton Dome review - superb revival of classic album

Iconic Ingénue revisited after 25 years

CD: The Flaming Lips – King’s Head

An audacious and charming conceptual fantasy album

Elbow and New Order, Lucca Summer Festival review – a meeting of Mancunian minds?

Much-loved bands at the opposite end of the pop spectrum magic up a spectacular night


Londinium, Griffiths, St John’s Waterloo review - a choral Grand Tour

Leading London choir demonstrate imaginative programming and committed singing

Classical CDs Weekly: Jupiter String Quartet, Bruce Levingston, Paul McCreesh

Newly-commissioned chamber music, a thought-provoking piano recital and a spectacular choral anthology

theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival 2019 - in heaven with Dante's Purgatorio and Estonian rites

A dramatic tour from the tomb of Italy's greatest poet and music among the mosaics


Don Giovanni, Longborough Festival Opera review - Mozart in the urinal

Coarsened, disembowelled and only quite well sung

Eugene Onegin/Georgiana, Buxton Festival review - poetry and pantomime

Thought provoking Tchaikovsky meets the operatic equivalent of Frankenstein's Monster

La Fille du Régiment, Royal Opera review - enjoyable but questionable revival

Tenor Javier Camarena excels in an otherwise only serviceable account


The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre review - Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright
Star cast deliver a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece
Equus, Trafalgar Studios review - passionate intensity
Lean and hungry brilliance in Ned Bennett's production of Peter Shaffer
Tao of Glass, Royal Exchange, Manchester review - brilliant, enchanting tales fascinate
Phelim McDermott's show about the bits that were left over


Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras, Sadler's Wells review - storming opening to flamenco festival

Sara Baras confirms flamenco as a dynamic and innovative force

Mari review - bittersweet drama with flair

Unusual mash-up of styles creates a strangely compelling film

The Mother, QEH review - Natalia goes psycho

Osipova is mesmerising in bleak dance-drama about maternal mental health


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to Celebrate Brighton Festival!

An eclectic line-up spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, comedy, literature and spoken word could be yours with boutique hotel and exquisite meals included

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

visual arts

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life, Tate Modern review – beautiful ideas badly installed

The Danish artist who opens our eyes to climate change

Takis, Tate Modern review - science and art collide

Sculptor of magnetism, light and sound gets his first major UK retrospective

Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019 review - strength in tradition

To celebrate its 50th year, the photography festival takes a long view

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