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Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 24 March 2019
Around the works canteen, a dozen huge wall-paintings depict, in bright cheerful colours spread across radically stylised forms, happy scenes of women and men at work and play...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 24 March 2019
Until now, Rema-Rema’s only release was a 12-inch EP released in August 1980. It had hit shops after the band fell apart at the end of the previous year. Negotiations with 4AD, a...
Guy Oddy
Sunday, 24 March 2019
As Nick Cave has edged ever further towards mainstream acceptance with each of his recent Bad Seeds’ albums, so he has created something of a gothic-blues vacuum that is itching...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 23 March 2019
London's impromptu mini-season devoted to the work of Athol Fugard picks up real steam with Blood Knot, Matthew Xia's transfixing take on one of the benchmark titles of the...
Bernard Hughes
Saturday, 23 March 2019
London performances of Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir are like Meaningful Votes: you wait a long time for one, then they come in clusters. After last night’s Vasari Singers...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 23 March 2019
 Martinů: The Complete Music for Violin and Orchestra Bohuslav Matoušek (violin), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Christopher Hogwood (Hyperion)You can't overdose on Martinů:...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 23 March 2019
Edwyn Collins is in a good mood. Perhaps it’s his 2014 move back to his native Scotland where he now lives and records on...
David Nice
Friday, 22 March 2019
When "Maestro" Riccardo Muti left the Royal Opera's previous production of Verdi's fate-laden epic, disgusted by minor...
Markie Robson-Scott
Friday, 22 March 2019
NYC, 1987. AIDS is ravaging the city, Reagan’s in power, Trump is in his tower. The American dream is available - to some....
Owen Richards
Friday, 22 March 2019
Where would you go for a devastating study on the human condition? The home movies of teenage skaters would be very low down...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 22 March 2019
Emilia Bassano Lanier is not a household name. But maybe she should be. Born in 1569, she was one of the first women in...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 22 March 2019
For admirers of Henri-Georges Clouzot or Brigitte Bardot, this Criterion restoration of their rarely seen 1960 collaboration...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 21 March 2019
"Some monsters are real," notes a retribution-minded wife (Matilda Ziegler) early in Downstate, Bruce Norris's beautiful and...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Local Hero, released in 1983, has been adapted into a musical, with a book by playwright David Greig and more songs from the...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Genius is as genius does, and Rudolf Nureyev made sure nobody was left in any doubt about the scale of either his talents or...
Sarah Kent
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Mike Nelson has turned the Duveen Galleries into a museum commemorating Britain’s industrial past (pictured below right)....
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 21 March 2019
In the 1970s, the Mancunian stand-up Colin Crompton had a famous routine about Morecambe. He characterised Morecambe as “a...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 21 March 2019
While Oasis have so far resisted the temptation of the big pay-off that a Gallagher family reunion would ensure, plenty of...
Matt Wolf
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
David Hare knows a thing or two about sustaining an onstage face-off. Skylight and The Breath of Life consist tantalisingly...
 

★★★★ LA VÉRITÉ Clouzot's powerful 1960 courtroom drama attacks French bourgeois morality

★★★ LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, ROYAL OPERA Generous voices, dramatic voids

★★★★ LUCY ROSE - NO WORDS LEFT An album for the loneliest of sleepless nights

★★★ EMILIA, VAUDEVILLE THEATRE Shouting for change

★★★★ POSE, BBC TWO Transgender goes mainstream

★★★★ MIKE NELSON, THE ASSET STRIPPERS, TATE BRITAIN A stirring elegy to Britain's industrial past

★★★★★ MINDING THE GAP Profound musings on life

disc of the day

CD: The Underground Youth – Montage Images of Lust and Fear

Craig Dyer’s Berlin exiles ramp up the gothic blues

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tv

Pose, BBC Two review - transgender goes mainstream

And the category is: master of gloss Ryan Murphy brings on the world of 1980s drag balls

The Bay, ITV, review - Broadchurch goes north

Morven Christie plays a detective with a naughty secret in a Morecambe murder case

Shetland, Series 5 Finale, BBC One review - Sicario-on-Sea?

Unflappable Jimmy Perez solves murderous North Sea crime wave

film

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Minding the Gap review – profound musings on life

Don’t be deceived, this skateboarding documentary is a heartbreaking classic

DVD/Blu-Ray: La Vérité

Henri-Georges Clouzot's powerful 1960 courtroom drama attacks French bourgeois morality

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Rema-Rema - Fond Reflections

Belated confirmation that Marco Pirroni’s pre-Ants outfit was more than a post-punk footnote

CD: The Underground Youth – Montage Images of Lust and Fear

Craig Dyer’s Berlin exiles ramp up the gothic blues

CD: Edwyn Collins - Badbea

The Orange Juice frontman ebulliently and effectively mines the sounds of his past

classical

Vasari Singers, Backhouse, St Bride’s Fleet Street review - rarely heard choral classic soars

Schnittke’s challenging Concerto for Choir given a committed reading

Classical CDs Weekly: Martinů, Prokofiev, Sullivan

20th century violin music, a Russian fairytale in a Scots makeover and an exhumed Victorian oratorio

Bach St John Passion, Les Arts Florissants, Christie, Barbican review – sombre but engaging

An atmospheric but unfocused reading, elevated by a fine Evangelist

opera

La forza del destino, Royal Opera review - generous voices, dramatic voids

Generalised star turns from Kaufmann and Netrebko defuse Pappano's musical drama

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Birmingham Opera Company review - searing music-theatre for all

Bloodied brides and rat-heads run amok in visceral ballroom Shostakovich

Idomeneo, English Touring Opera review – honest excellence

Strong singing and fuss-free direction do justice to Mozart's dark masterpiece

theatre

Blood Knot, Orange Tree Theatre review - defining apartheid-era drama delivers afresh
Athol Fugard's seminal 1961 play hasn't lost its potency
Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre review - shouting for change
Triumphant, if crude, West End transfer of a heartfelt account of a Renaissance woman
Downstate, National Theatre review - controversial but also clear-eyed and compassionate
Bruce Norris's ever-provocative play puts people first, labels second

dance

Bon Voyage, Bob, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells review - interminable ennui

At three and a half wearisome hours, this feels like a marathon

The Rite of Spring/Gianni Schicchi, Opera North review - unlikely but musically satisfying pairing

Odd-couple double bill of Stravinsky and Puccini with plenty to delight ear and eye

gaming

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

Few fresh ideas means this movie adaptation treads the same old ground

Anthem review - singing praises? More like a cautious nod

A rocky start for a new franchise that offers potential and problems in equal measure

Crackdown 3 review - spectacular super-powered action that was great fun many years ago

Nearly a decade has passed since the last incarnation but little has changed in this stagnant shooter

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

From the Turner Prize shortlist to the future of gaming: our guide to what to see in the city

An encounter with John Richardson, Picasso's biographer who has died at 95

Picasso's definitive biographer recalls the artist he knew

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