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Daniel Baksi
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Shot across a period of five years, David Lynch’s creepy debut feature Eraserhead (1977) follows the story of Henry Spencer, played by Jack Nance, an employee at a print...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 19 October 2020
A lifelong socialist who has regularly written about the Labour party, playwright David Hare admits that in his career he has “rarely looked closely at the appeal of Conservative...
David Nice
Monday, 19 October 2020
Think you’ve seen enough of monologues and duets over the past few months? Watch this and reel. Four British directors, four conductors with close ties to the Royal Opera and five...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 19 October 2020
Ronnie Scott was a remarkable man: “Jazz Musician, Club Proprietor, Raconteur and Wit, he was the leader of our generation,” reads the memorial to him at Golders Green Crematorium...
Jessica Duchen
Monday, 19 October 2020
What do you want to do on your 80th birthday? Well, playing two of your favourite pieces of music at the Wigmore Hall is not a bad option. To celebrate his big day, Stephen...
Daniel Baksi
Monday, 19 October 2020
The majority of Daniel Saldaña Paris’s latest novel spurs from a single act, committed during the height of summer, in 1994. Teresa, the mother of the unnamed narrator,...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 19 October 2020
After a successful – and very welcome - summer season of gigs in its outdoor courtyard, Battersea Arts Centre has come...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 19 October 2020
The big news is that this is Faithless’s first album without longterm frontman Maxi Jazz. Instead, remaining members Rollo...
Bernard Hughes
Sunday, 18 October 2020
Rarely have I seen so many smiles on stage as at Kings Place on Saturday. The combination of the delight of the performers...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 18 October 2020
La Locura de Machuca translates as “the madness of Machuca.” A Colombian label which issued its first record in 1975,...
Graham Rickson
Sunday, 18 October 2020
Released in 1956, J. Lee Thompson’s Yield to the Night is remembered by many for what it isn’t, namely a fictional retelling...
Markie Robson-Scott
Saturday, 17 October 2020
“Thank you, Shepherd, for allowing us to be your wives. Come down upon me and fill me with yourself.” Collective ecstasy –...
Bernard Hughes
Saturday, 17 October 2020
If “things” hadn’t intervened, September would have seen the Divine Comedy play a five night residency at the Barbican,...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 17 October 2020
The 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl was brilliantly explored in last years’s HBO series, but here, prolific Polish...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 17 October 2020
 Jess Gillam: Time (Decca)Cellists, violinists and pianists have it easy. They’re spoilt for choice when it comes to...
Mark Kidel
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Music increasingly escapes categories: labels are of course useful, but they also fail to evoke the richness of practices...
Miranda Heggie
Friday, 16 October 2020
Though live performances are, thankfully, starting to reappear throughout the country, and socially distanced seating, mask-...
Demetrios Matheou
Friday, 16 October 2020
In 2012, two great Danes, director Thomas Vinterberg and actor Mads Mikkelsen, teamed up for the powerhouse drama The...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 16 October 2020
After nine successful series, a Bafta and an Emmy nomination, Taskmaster has moved from Dave to Channel 4 – amusingly, the...
 

★★★★ YIELD TO THE NIGHT Diana Dors shines in classic British noir

★★★★★ IMOGEN COOPER, AURORA ORCHESTRA, KINGS PLACE A heartwarming delight

★★★★ THE DIVINE COMEDY, BARBICAN Thirty years of great songs

★★★★ HEADIE ONE - EDNA A hell of an album

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Anthologies from a young saxophonist and her mentor, plus a wide ranging choral collection

LFF 2020: NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN Mystic masseur with God-like gifts

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Eraserhead

David Lynch's first feature film is a surrealist nightmare

tv

Roadkill, BBC One review - David Hare pokes under the floorboards of the Conservative party

Hugh Laurie plays an ambitious government minister with a shady history

Emily in Paris, Netflix review - addictive escapism in the City of Light

Lily Collins shines in Darren Star's fashionable fantasy

film

Blu-ray: Eraserhead

David Lynch's first feature film is a surrealist nightmare

Ronnie's review – fascinating story of the fabled Soho jazz club

Oliver Murray's film is packed with great music and revealing interviews

Blu-ray: Yield to the Night

Diana Dors shines in a sombre British noir

new music

Album: Faithless - All Blessed

Reappearing as a duo, without their usual frontman, revitalizes the Nineties dance outfit

Reissue CDs Weekly: La Locura de Machuca

Deep-digging exploration of the wayward Colombian label Machuca

The Divine Comedy: Live from the Barbican review – thirty years of great songs

Neil Hannon marks the anniversary with a joyful trawl through his catalogue

classical

Stephen Kovacevich, Wigmore Hall review - a sublime birthday treat

The great American pianist celebrates his 80th at a favourite venue

Cooper, Aurora Orchestra, Kings Place review - a heartwarming delight

Chamber version of Mozart concerto reveals unexpected pleasures

Classical CDs Weekly: Jess Gillam, John Harle, Voces8

Anthologies from a young saxophonist and her mentor, plus a wide ranging choral collection

opera

4/4, Royal Opera review – desire, loss and lunacy in four surprising acts

Allan Clayton and Richard Jones are kings of bedlam, but the rest has high style too

First Person: tenor Nicky Spence on working with Blackheath locals on screen Stravinsky

'The Rake's Progress' distilled and introduced by its star and community opera patron

Fidelio, Garsington Opera review - heart of darkness, light-filled liberation

Fine singers equalled by Philharmonia soloists in revelatory chamber-music Beethoven

dance

The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage review - fireworks in the Garden

At long last, our premier ballet company is back in action. And it's dynamite

theartsdesk in Hamburg: Ghost Light - a ballet in the time of corona

How the city is showing the world a way through the live-performance impasse

'She was Paris': RIP Zizi Jeanmaire (1924-2020)

Ballet or cabaret, Zizi's passion was for performance - preferably with her husband

Books

Daniel Saldaña Paris: Ramifications review – chaos reigns in contemporary Mexico

Revolutionary fervour sends ruptures through a nuclear family

The Secret History of My Library: Essay by Daniel Saldaña París

The eminent Mexican novelist on books and their ghosts

Dolly Alderton: Ghosts review - a love story beyond romance

A light but enjoyable examination of the life of the new thirty-something

visual arts

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, Barbican Art Gallery review - mould-breaker, ground-shaker

A crash course in the life and times of an iconoclast and muse

Sin, National Gallery review - great subject, modest show

A small gathering can't do justice to this fabulous topic

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