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Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 20 June 2024
The best-known book about motorcycle gangs is Hunter S Thompson’s Hell’s Angels, a classic foundational text of the so-called “New Journalism”. It was published in 1966, two years...
Helen Hawkins
Thursday, 20 June 2024
Lincoln Center’s Bartlett Sher is back in town to direct the Barbican’s latest summer blockbuster, Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate. It’s an energetic, largely intelligent...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 20 June 2024
Pepe Deluxé are no exemplars of the puritan work ethic. Comix Sonix is only their sixth album in almost 30 years – but while they aren’t concerned with quantity, they certainly...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
Every day this week I’m watching a football match, and now — after April’s production of Lydia Higman, Julia Grogan and Rachel Lemon’s Gunter — comes another football stage drama...
Rachel Halliburton
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
A recent Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that 2.1 million people in the UK had been victims of domestic abuse in the year ending March 2023. So it makes sense that...
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
Born in Cape Town in 1948, Gavin Jantjes grew up under apartheid. He openly criticised the regime in his work and, forced into exile, was granted political asylum in Germany in...
Markie Robson-Scott
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
How can it be part of God’s plan to allow so much pain and suffering in the world, asks Sigmund Freud (Anthony Hopkins) of a...
Liz Thomson
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
Almost exactly five years ago, I was transported by Singing It All Back Home, the third album from Naomi Bedford and Paul...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 18 June 2024
A small mountain village, tucked away in the foothills of the Rif Mountains, south-east of Tangier. The “smallest music...
Nick Hasted
Tuesday, 18 June 2024
Powell and Pressburger’s least remembered Forties film is shrouded in Blitz darkness, deepening in the warped flat where...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 17 June 2024
Scott Turow published his cunningly-wrought legal thriller in 1987, and Alan J Pakula’s powerful movie version, starring...
Jenny Gilbert
Monday, 17 June 2024
Launching a four-year global project to proclaim the genius of Frederick Ashton might seem unnecessary. His work is the...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 17 June 2024
It’s somehow typical of the Welsh National Opera I’ve known now for the best part of sixty years that it should confront its...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 17 June 2024
Benjamin Brewer’s post-apocalyptic, Nic Cage-starring creature feature finds a sombre interest in fatherhood and growing up...
Bernard Hughes
Monday, 17 June 2024
London’s non-professional orchestra sector is an undervalued asset to the city, and deserves more attention. And so last...
Joe Muggs
Monday, 17 June 2024
The noise in the international mainstream in recent years might be about dance-pop, hip hop beefs and the serious balladry...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 16 June 2024
Late summer 1966. Jazz was Margo Guryan’s thing. She was not interested in pop music. This changed when she was played The...
Rachel Halliburton
Saturday, 15 June 2024
There’s a masterful subtlety to Philippe Herreweghe’s interpretation of Bach’s last great choral work – it shuns blazing...
Justine Elias
Saturday, 15 June 2024
Islands off the coast of southern Chile, to the Spanish and German settlers of the 19th century, represented the edge of the...

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★★★★ AMA GLORIA Small-scale triumph with a big emotional payload

★★★★ ASHTON CELEBRATED, ROYAL BALLET Peerless delights from the master step-smith

★★★★ PRESUMED INNOCENT, APPLE TV+ You read the book and saw the movie...

★★★★ GOLDSCHEIDER, ROS, MILLER, SJSS Fine horn playing from the very best

★★★★★ IL TRITTICO, WNO Another triumph for a hard-pressed company

★★★ ARCADIAN Nic Cage underacts at the end of the world

disc of the day

Album: Pepe Deluxé - Comix Sonix

Psychedelic electronica that doesn’t play by anyone’s rules

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tv

Presumed Innocent, Apple TV+ review - you read the book and saw the movie...

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in absorbing TV adaptation of Scott Turow's legal thriller

Eric, Netflix review - a fairytale of New York

Abi Morgan's drama is a strange mix of urban grime and magic realism

theartsdesk Q&A: Matthew Modine on 'Hard Miles', 40 years in showbusiness and safer cycling

An eventful journey from 'Full Metal Jacket' to 'Oppenheimer' and 'Stranger Things'

film

The Bikeriders review - beer, brawls and Harley-Davidsons

Austin Butler is leader of the pack in Jeff Nichols' biker-gang bonanza

Freud's Last Session review - Freud and CS Lewis search for meaning in 1939

Does God exist? Anthony Hopkins as the analyst asks the questions of the Oxford don

Blu-ray: The Small Back Room

An alcoholic Englishman as unexploded bomb, in Powell and Pressburger’s Blitz noir

new music

Album: Pepe Deluxé - Comix Sonix

Psychedelic electronica that doesn’t play by anyone’s rules

Album: Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds - Strange News Has Come to Town

A long time coming - but well worth the wait

classical

Goldscheider, Royal Orchestral Society, Miller, SJSS review - fine horn playing from the very best

A tribute to Ukrainian music also featured a fearless take on Shostakovich

theartsdesk at the 2024 Aldeburgh Festival - romantic journeys, cosmic hallucinations and wild stomps

Revelation of a master baritone and a new masterpiece at the heart of a packed weekend

theatre

Kiss Me, Kate, Barbican review - an entertaining, high-octane Cole Porter revival
'Brush Up Your Shakespeare' brings the house down in a strongly cast lineup
The Bounds, Royal Court review - soccer play scores badly
New history play about football has a flawed second half

dance

Ashton Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - peerless delights from the master step-smith

A delicious triple bill kicks off a worldwide Fred-fest

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

Books

Hugo Rifkind: Rabbits review - 31 wild parties and a funeral

Comic novel rides the rollercoaster of 1990s teenagerdom among the Scottish elite

Extract: Pariah Genius by Iain Sinclair

A form-defying writer explores the troubled mindscape of a Soho photographer

Jonn Elledge: A History of the World in 47 Borders review - a view from the boundaries

Enjoyable journey through the byways of how lines on maps have shaped the modern world

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