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Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
You had to keep your eyes skinned. Was that Iris Murdoch or AS Byatt, Kingsley Amis or John Banville, Margaret Atwood or Val McDermid – maybe, even, Joanna Lumley? Tables as far...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
“There’s a lot of weirdness I didn’t want explained,” Paul Schrader reveals at one point in a new director’s commentary to his 1990 film. He certainly succeeded on that score:...
David Nice
Monday, 15 October 2018
Its roots are in an emotional truth: Matthew Lopez saw the film, then read the book, of Howards End when he was 15 and 11 years later came across Maurice. He joined the dots...
Robert Beale
Monday, 15 October 2018
Edward Gardner was back amongst friends when he opened the Hallé’s Thursday series concerts. This was the place where he made his mark, as the Manchester orchestra’s first ever...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 15 October 2018
The Edinburgh Fringe does throw up some oddities – in comedy shows, of course, but also in its dishing out of awards. And so it was that Ciarán Dowd's marvellous Don Rodolfo...
Tim Cumming
Monday, 15 October 2018
Karine Polwart has a stellar track record as a pop and folk songwriter and interpreter of traditional songs, from Malinky through a solo career that has garnered six BBC Radio 2...
Markie Robson-Scott
Sunday, 14 October 2018
“When men fear the loss of what they know, they will follow any tyrant who promises to restore the old order.” Mary Treat,...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 14 October 2018
One marker arrived on 1 August 1981, when MTV began broadcasting. With its format based around screening pop videos,...
Sarah Kent
Saturday, 13 October 2018
What an ambitious project! Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde looks at over 40 couples or, in some cases...
Richard Bratby
Saturday, 13 October 2018
Imagine an orchestral concert made up exclusively of contemporary works by living composers: a programme in which every note...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 13 October 2018
Handel: Works for Keyboard Philippe Grisvard (harpsichord) (Audax)Mention Handel's keyboard output and most folks (including...
Barney Harsent
Saturday, 13 October 2018
Collaboration clearly suits Neneh Cherry. From co-writing with husband Cameron McVey, to projects with Youssou N’Dour, her...
Boyd Tonkin
Friday, 12 October 2018
After exhausting years of financial and artistic crisis-management at the Coliseum, English National Opera urgently needed...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 12 October 2018
Ferenc Török is firmly aiming at the festival and art house circuit with his slow-paced recreation of one summer day in...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 12 October 2018
The story of French author and transgressor of social mores Colette has been told before on screen and in song, but this new...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 12 October 2018
There was no synopsis in the programme for the Royal Opera’s concert performance of Handel’s Solomon. Maybe that was an...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 12 October 2018
Mikko Makela’s debut feature is as sheerly concentrated a piece of filmmaking as you can imagine. The Finnish director –...

★★★★ CIARAN DOWD, SOHO THEATRE Terrific spoof swordsman tale delights


★★★★ PORGY AND BESS, ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA Strength in depth on Catfish Row

★★★ MODERN COUPLES, BARBICAN An absurdly ambitious survey of artist lovers

★★★★ DVD: A MOMENT IN THE REEDS Intimate gay-themed Finnish indie drama on belonging

★★ BARBARA KINGSOLVER: UNSHELTERED Two families, two eras, the American Dream fails

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: The Comfort of Strangers

Paul Schrader channels Pinter and McEwan in mesmeric tale of Venetian macabre

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Barneys, Books and Bust Ups, BBC Four review - the Booker Prize at 50

The award's half-century has brought scandals aplenty, welcome publicity pay-offs, too

Press, BBC One, series finale review - scarcely credible but highly entertaining

Mike Bartlett's newspaper saga races towards mutually assured stalemate


DVD/Blu-ray: The Comfort of Strangers

Paul Schrader channels Pinter and McEwan in macabre tale of Venetian compulsions

1945 review - Hungarian holocaust drama

Overly artful Hungarian drama tackles the aftermath of WWII

DVD: A Moment in the Reeds

Intimate gay-themed Finnish indie drama muses on what it means to belong

new music

CD: Karine Polwart – Laws of Motion

Powerful new songs on movement and migration from the award-winning singer

Reissue CDs Weekly: Rockin' in the USA - Hot 100 Hits of the 80s

Thought-provoking dig into ‘American pop’s final golden decade’

CD: Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics

The singer's latest album features some of her most impressive songs to date


Hallé, Gardner, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review – drama and humanity

Happy return and powerful results in Strauss and Janáček

The Music of Harry Potter, CBSO, Seal, Symphony Hall, Birmingham review - orchestral wizardry

Quidditch match of two halves has enough magic to charm the Muggles

Classical CDs Weekly: Handel, William Howard, Professor Chill

Baroque harpsichords and modern love songs, plus some prehistoric bagpipes


Porgy and Bess, English National Opera review - strength in depth on Catfish Row

A heroic cast steers Gershwin's masterpiece home in style

Solomon, Royal Opera review - an awkward compromise of a performance

Handel's oratorio given a handsome but frustrating account

Opolais, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Nelsons, RFH review - splendid and awful stretches

New work excepted, this second Southbank concert from Germans and Latvians shone


The Inheritance, Noël Coward Theatre review - tangled knot of gay fairy-tale and reality
A virtuoso ensemble justifies this youthful baggy monster's West End transfer


Carlos Acosta: A Celebration, Royal Albert Hall

Candid images of retired ballet legend on stage

'It’s more fun to dance in a tutu': Tory Dobrin of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The artistic director of the Trocks explains how he keeps his ballet parodists on their toes

theartsdesk in Riga - 43,290 Latvians sing and dance for their country

Individual souls conjoined with a passionate belief in peace and music achieve miracles


Ivo Graham, Soho Theatre review - the perils of growing up

Going deep into personal material unearths lots of laughs

Nish Kumar, Soho Theatre review - the state we're in

He's angry – but he has a lot to be angry about


FIFA 19 review - the best just got a bit better

It looks and plays great, but what’s new?

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, V&A review - gaming for all

A comprehensive look at gaming present and future has surprisingly broad appeal

Marvel's Spider-Man review - fandom fodder at its finest

Swinging in the city with the arachnid avenger

visual arts

Modern Couples, Barbican review - an absurdly ambitious survey of artist lovers

Exhibition revises the notion of the artist as lone genius, but reveals little else

The Best Exhibitions in London

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


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