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Peter Quantrill
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
What happens on the stage of Stockhausen’s first opera would fill a book – quite a bad novel – but the plot is simple enough. Michael grows up with a domineering, game-hunting...
Liz Thomson
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Prufrock might have measured his life in coffee spoons but for many of us it’s rock albums, the money to buy them way back when scrabbled together from Saturday jobs and student...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Persistent depression is debilitating and terrifying, as Alastair Campbell illustrated vividly in this punchily-argued film. We first saw him looking like a disturbed, miserable...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Stasiland is a fascinating mental space. As a historical location, the former East Germany, or GDR, is the archetypal surveillance state, in which each citizen spies on each other...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Film buffs who are also tennis fans (there must be quite a few of us who fit in that particular Venn diagram) will love this quirky and experimental documentary by Julien Faraut,...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
It’s remarkable that this meandering observational documentary about the five square mile airport west of London has stretched to a fifth series. Heathrow may have 77,000 staff...
Steve O'Rourke
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Rage 2 is a wacky Dayglo-infused post-apocalyptic world filled with various different factions who, for one reason or...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
At its best, the music of Glasgow band Honeyblood often sounded like a girl gang you weren’t cool enough to be a part of -...
Theartsdesk
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty...
Theartsdesk
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
 Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum ★★★★★ Daring, flair and elegance over 80 year. Until 14...
Katie Colombus
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
It’s no surprise that Wim Vandekeybus is trying something new. The Belgian choreographer has a history of pushing dance in...
Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Have we passed peak Hatton Garden? It’s now four years since a gang of old lags pulled off the biggest heist of them all....
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Primal Scream have played in this city, in the recent past, at the 4,500 capacity Brighton Centre but tonight they’re in a...
Maxime Pascal
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Stockhausen stands alongside Monteverdi and Beethoven as a composer who exploded the understanding of his art. Stockhausen...
Katherine Waters
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
There are children screaming in a nearby playground. Their voices rise and fall, swell and drop. Interspersed silences fill...
Joseph Walsh
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Director Asif Kapadia's documentary on the controversial 1980s sporting legend Diego Maradona premiered at Cannes this week...
Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Is there some tongue-in-cheek irony in BBC Two starting a five-part biographical documentary on Margaret Thatcher this...
Graham Fuller
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
The Woman in the Window (1944) was the first of the two riveting film noirs in which Fritz Lang directed Edward G Robinson...
Demetrios Matheou
Monday, 20 May 2019
WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS! And so it’s over. Eight years of thrilling, fantastical, often emotionally devastating, in some...
 

★★★★ PRIMAL SCREAM, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL Frenetic small-scale gig is short and sweaty

★★★ THOMAS HARRIS: CARI MORA Hannibal's creator returns with a mixed bag of horrors

★★★★ GAME OF THRONES, SERIES 8 FNALE, SKY ATLANTIC Who will sit on the Iron Throne?

★★ HATTON GARDEN, ITV Ancient burglars bore again

★★★ DIEGO MARADONA Entertaining but skin-deep study of a tragic idol

★★★★ LA DAMNATION DE FAUST, GLYNDEBOURNE Bleak and compelling makeover

FIRST PERSON: MAXIME PASCAL On conducting Stockhausen at the Southbank Centre

★★★★★ THATCHER: A VERY BRITISH REVOLUTION Demolishing the boys' club

disc of the day

CD: Honeyblood - In Plain Sight

Stina Tweeddale goes solo on tricksy third album

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tv

Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport, ITV review - 80 million passengers but not much action

Fifth season of meandering documentary gets off to an uneventful start

Hatton Garden, ITV review - ancient burglars bore again

The infamous pensioners' heist doesn't improve on a fourth telling

film

Cannes 2019: Diego Maradona review - entertaining but skin-deep

Asif Kapadia concludes his trilogy of tragic idols with mixed results

Blu-ray: The Woman in the Window

Fritz Lang conjures a homicide that enmeshes a timid professor with another man's slinky mistress

new music

Mark Knopfler, Royal Albert Hall review - the Sultan's return

Dire Straits' frontman hits the road for what he says will be his last tour.

CD: Honeyblood - In Plain Sight

Stina Tweeddale goes solo on tricksy third album

Primal Scream, The Haunt, Brighton review - up-close, short, raucous and sweaty

Frenetic small-scale gig by the large-scale rock'n'roll band

classical

First Person: Liam Byrne on bringing Versailles to the City's 'Culture Mile'

The viola da gamba player on pleasures at the Barbican's free Sound Unbound festival

Classical CDs Weekly: Mahler, Schumann, Tamara Stefanovich

Austro-German symphonies and a multinational piano recital

Benjamin Grosvenor, Barbican review - virtuosity at its classiest

The British pianist shines bright in subtle Schumann and old-school Liszt

opera

Donnerstag aus Licht, Pascal, RFH review – indulgent genius at work

Me, myself and I on stage: the trinity of Stockhausen, Michael and Jesus

First Person: Conductor Maxime Pascal on Stockhausen at the Southbank Centre

The man in control of a cosmic opera tonight on its visionary German composer

La Damnation de Faust, Glyndebourne review – bleak and compelling makeover

Berlioz's Romantic Everyman seen in a sobering light

theatre

ANNA, National Theatre review - great thriller, shame about the tone
Intriguing Cold War thriller is thoroughly immersive, but lacks a convincing sense of history
The Best Plays in London
What to see where and until when: theartsdesk's stage tips
First Person: Ellen McDougall on finding the commonality in the American classic 'Our Town'
The director explains what drew her to the season-opener this summer at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park

dance

Traptown, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, Brighton Festival 2019 review - obscure to the point of ridiculous

An uneasy and inaccessible evening of performance that searches for abstraction but gets lost in its own concept

Within the Golden Hour/Medusa/Flight Pattern, Royal Ballet review - the company shows its contemporary face

Osipova is astonishing as ever, but Medusa the ballet misses its mark

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comedy

Ruby Wax, Brighton Festival 2019 review - how to be human

An evening of laughs alongside real lessons in mindfulness and neurology

Andy Hamilton, Brighton Festival 2019 review - gently amusing night of reminiscence

Comedy writing perennial spends an evening answering audience questions

gaming

Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

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

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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

The Best Exhibitions in London

The capital's best exhibitions now

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery review - naïve vulgarity and otherworldly onyx

Duds and gems in mixed show of paintings and sculptures

58th Venice Biennale review - confrontational, controversial, principled

Forcefully curated biennale which can overwhelm artists, sometimes purposefully

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