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Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 24 June 2018
Modern novels with an architectural theme have, to say the least, a mixed pedigree. At their finest, as in Thomas Bernhard’s Correction, the fluidity and ambiguity of prose...
Alexandra Coghlan
Sunday, 24 June 2018
It’s a truism that history is written by the victors, but nowhere in classical music is the argument made more persuasively than in the legacy and reputation of Charles Gounod. In...
Katherine Waters
Sunday, 24 June 2018
When Sarah Langford goes to work, she puts on warpaint and wig and acts. But she is not an actor. She defends those who might or might not be guilty of the crimes with with they’...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 24 June 2018
Although the cover of the 19 May 1979 issue of the music weekly Sounds was dominated by a photo of American rocker Ted Nugent, attention was also grabbed by a trail for a feature...
Russ Coffey
Sunday, 24 June 2018
When Ray Davies released his Americana LP last year, much was made of how the the ex-Kink's lyrical focus had shifted from English villages to the mid-western plains of the...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 23 June 2018
 Sei Solo: Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Alone Thomas Bowes (Navona)Have a look at violinist Thomas Bowes’ IMDB page. You’ve almost certainly heard him play on a...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 23 June 2018
Norwich is remote, out near the Norfolk Broads, doing its own thing on Britain’s eastern-most edge. It’s not renowned as a...
Caspar Gomez
Friday, 22 June 2018
Daft Punk! Kendrick Lamar! The Kinks! Yes! We blew the lid off!What? No! There IS no Glastonbury Festival 2018, I hear you...
Rachel Halliburton
Friday, 22 June 2018
Iconoclasm, orgasms, and rampant rhetoric are all on irrepressible display in The Wooster Group’s recreation of the 1971...
Robert Beale
Friday, 22 June 2018
Adam Gorb’s The Path to Heaven, with libretto by Ben Kaye, is his longest work to date (almost two hours’ running time...
Katherine Waters
Friday, 22 June 2018
In the early 20th century, Soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov spliced together images of people looking at things with a bowl of...
Markie Robson-Scott
Friday, 22 June 2018
Un beau soleil intérieur, the film’s French title, is part of a piece of advice given by a clairvoyant (Gérard Depardieu, in...
David Nice
Thursday, 21 June 2018
First palpable hit of the evening: a full orchestra in the pit under hyper-alert Opera North stalwart James Holmes,...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Earlier this year, in May, Brighton hosted the Vinyl World Congress where Paul Pacifico, head of the Association of...
Saskia Baron
Thursday, 21 June 2018
The Cannes jury in 2017 gave best actress to Diane Kruger for her performance in In the Fade. She plays Katja, who turns...
Peter Culshaw
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Forgive the sports metaphor, but David Byrne knocked this one out of the park. Coming out of the concert at the Eventim...
Katherine Waters
Thursday, 21 June 2018
It’s not as immersive as New York’s The Gates, 2005, nor as magnificent as Floating Piers, 2016, in Italy’s Lake...
Ellie Porter
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Concluding a trilogy of releases that began with the EPs Not the Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017) – Bad Witch is...
Tim Cumming
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Eel Pie, the tiny eyot in the Thames, is not too a long walk from Twickenham stadium – within hollering distance, almost, if...
 

THEARTSDESK ON VINYL 40 Talking Heads, Ornette Coleman, Crayola Lectern, Brian Eno, Ash

★★★★ THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR, THE WOOSTER GROUP, BARBICAN Electric anarchy

★★★★★ DAVID BYRNE, EVENTIM APOLLO The former Talking Head is still making sense

★★★ DVD: LET THE SUNSHINE IN Claire Denis directs Juliette Binoche in a quest for the right man

★★★ THE LONDON MASTABA, SERPENTINE GALLERIES Good news for ducks?

★★★★ THE PATH TO HEAVEN, RNCM, MANCHESTER Tragedy, truth, passion

★★★★ KISS ME KATE, OPERA NORTH Cole Porter delivered in true company style

THEARTSDESK AT GLASTONBURY 2018 Fallow year or no fallow year, we're going to get amongst it

disc of the day

CD: Ray Davies - Our Country: Americana Act II

Ex-Kink takes us on another rip-roaring journey around the USA

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tv

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Julius Caesar, BBC Four review - electrifying TV launch of all-women Shakespeare trilogy

Harriet Walter and Jade Anouka are the superlative opposite poles in a perfect ensemble

film

DVD/Blu-ray: Let the Sunshine In

Slim pickings in Paris: Claire Denis directs Juliette Binoche in a quest for the right man

In The Fade review - twisty German courtroom drama

Diane Kruger stars in ambitious thriller tackling racism, terrorism and revenge

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Contract in Blood / Winds of Time

Box sets dedicated to The New Wave of British Heavy Metal and UK thrash metal

CD: Ray Davies - Our Country: Americana Act II

Ex-Kink takes us on another rip-roaring journey around the USA

CD: Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears

Second album from eccentric teenage Norfolk duo takes them intriguingly close to pop

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Prokofiev, Moonkyung Lee

Solo sonatas, piano duos and new music for violin

theartsdesk at Leipzig's Blüthner Piano Factory - a perfect family business

From the wood to the polished final article, a living lesson in piano-making

The Courtesan’s Gaze, Fieri Consort, Handel House review – historical female composers in context

A fascinating insight into the work of Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini

opera

theartsdesk in Paris - following in the footsteps of Gounod

Two operatic rarities prove that a revival is long overdue

The Path to Heaven, RNCM, Manchester review - tragedy, truth, passion

New opera by Adam Gorb about the Holocaust in a moving presentation

Kiss Me, Kate, Opera North, London Coliseum review - Cole Porter delivered in true company style

Just a tad short on Broadway charisma, but this sophisticated production glides along

theatre

The Town Hall Affair, The Wooster Group, Barbican review - electric anarchy
Invigorating theatre: the 1971 Manhattan feminism vs Norman Mailer debate recreated
Finishing the Picture, Finborough Theatre review - projections in a realm of mirrors
Arthur Miller’s last play tells of a depressed self-sabotaging movie star failed by all around her
Kiss Me, Kate, Opera North, London Coliseum review - Cole Porter delivered in true company style
Just a tad short on Broadway charisma, but this sophisticated production glides along

dance

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The Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum review - a triumph for English National Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's timeless staging brings out the best in ENB

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: 'good people like to work with good people'

The countertenor turned impresario launches a second season of The Grange Festival

comedy

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Sarah Kendall, Soho Theatre review - a superb storyteller

Australian stand-up muses on the lottery of life

gaming

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Detroit: Become Human review – a robot story with real heart

A big budget interactive story where your decisions can flip the script

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visual arts

The London Mastaba, Serpentine Galleries review - good news for ducks?

Rockstar artist’s floating oil drums provoke questions around the purpose of public art

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'That brick red frock with flowers everywhere': painting Katherine Mansfield

Anne Estelle Rice painted the New Zealand writer 100 years ago, spinning a tale of love, friendship and artistic kinship

latest comments

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