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Katherine Waters
Sunday, 27 May 2018
A body can be pushed to the brink, to the point where thoughts flatten to a line of light, and come back from death, but the heart is complex and the damage it wreaks barely...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 27 May 2018
In William S, Burroughs’ The Naked Lunch, a simopath was “a citizen convinced he is an ape or other simian. It is a disorder peculiar to the army and discharge cures it.” Being in...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 26 May 2018
This is franchise film-making at its worst. A Han Solo: Year Zero origin yarn makes some sense, after Harrison Ford’s piratical hero finished on the wrong end of a lightsaber in...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 26 May 2018
Ryuichi Sakamoto has conquered underground and mainstream with seeming ease over four decades, never dropping off in the quality of his releases. Indeed his most recent projects,...
Heather Neill
Saturday, 26 May 2018
This exuberant production both clarifies and further complicates the conundrum of Peter Pan. In any production true to Barrie there is an underpinning of sadness, an...
Owen Richards
Saturday, 26 May 2018
Comprehensively charting hip hop’s rise from the underground to the mainstream is no mean feat, but that’s exactly what Canadian MC Shad aims to do over four hour-long episodes....
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 26 May 2018
 Beethoven Revisited: Symphonies 1-9 Taschenphilharmonie/Peter Stangel (Sony)The most enjoyable recent Beethoven...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 26 May 2018
Everything on this record changes shape. One moment in “RayCats” Far Eastern instrumentation is being glitched beyond...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 25 May 2018
Add Catalan writer Jordi Galcerán to the shortlist of European playwrights who are finding an international perch, in...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 25 May 2018
Before starting this review a decision was taken: that the over-used description of singer-songwriter Malcolm Middleton as a...
David Nice
Friday, 25 May 2018
Singing satirist Anna Russell placed the French chanson in her category of songs for singers "with no voice but tremendous...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 25 May 2018
Their ninth album should please Morcheeba fans. Take the song “Find Another Way”, for example. It rolls in like a haunted...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 24 May 2018
As the Brighton Festival 2018 draws towards its closing weekend, its Guest Director, the artist David Shrigley, has...
Marina Vaizey
Thursday, 24 May 2018
“Oh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light” was a vision of the American flag, that star-spangled banner, riding proud...
Steve O'Rourke
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Interactive stories are a tricky proposition. Make the on-screen action too passive and your audience feels like they’re...
Russ Coffey
Thursday, 24 May 2018
Few bands divide opinion quite like Snow Patrol. Their fans see their slow, intense anthems as cathartic friends. Others -...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
As the veteran combo roll around one more time, five years after they last performed in the UK, many a ticket-buyer for...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Watching this band in action is a treat. They gel absolutely and play off one another in a manner that’s easy and mellow,...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
There have been plenty of films about mountains, and they are mainly about men. The plot tends not to vary: man clambers up...
 

★★★★ MALCOLM MIDDLETON, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL Mordant brilliance

★★★★ DER ROSENKAVALIER, GLYNDEBOURNE Detailed acting, great singing

★★★ THE GRONHOLM METHOD, MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY Sleek and short, no way deep

★★★ BIG SKY, BIG DREAMS, BIG ART: MADE IN THE USA Unexpected facts aplenty

★★★★ THE ROLLING STONES, LONDON STADIUM Only rock'n'nroll?

★★★★ DAVID SHRIGLEY TALK, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL Comedic stroll through a career in art

★★★ CD: MORCHEEBA - BLAZE AWAY Downtempo outfit back with a convincing new set

★★★★ DVD/BLU-RAY: COCO Big-hearted musings on death and memory

disc of the day

CD: Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

Globe-straddling experimentalist in bamboozlingly confident form

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tv

Hip Hop Evolution, Sky Arts review - foundations of a revolution

Originators and moguls unite for four-part documentary on the genesis of rap

Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA, BBC Four review - unexpected facts aplenty

From the Wild West to Abstract Expressionism, Waldemar Januszczak on an enthusiastic journey

Manchester: The Night of the Bomb, BBC Two review - devastating account of the lottery of terror

A year on, a heartrending reconstruction of the Ariana Grande concert from hell

film

Edie review - Sheila Hancock gets summit fever

Octogenarian widow aims to conquer a Scottish mountain

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Nirvana

Not that one: bonus-stuffed reappearance of the British Sixties psych-pop band’s first two albums

Ryuichi Sakamoto: 'Ideally I'm recording all the time, 24 hours a day' - interview

From Xenakis to Oneohtrix Point Never via Bowie and Bootsy, Sakamoto recalls an extraordinary life in music

CD: Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

Globe-straddling experimentalist in bamboozlingly confident form

classical

Ryuichi Sakamoto: 'Ideally I'm recording all the time, 24 hours a day' - interview

From Xenakis to Oneohtrix Point Never via Bowie and Bootsy, Sakamoto recalls an extraordinary life in music

Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Scarlatti, Stradihumpa

Downsized symphonies, crystalline keyboard sonatas and a musical marriage between high and low voices

Karen Cargill, Simon Lepper, Wigmore Hall review - opulence within bounds

Classy subtleties, but this mezzo in a thousand needs more pianistic help to soar

opera

Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne - detailed acting, great singing

More austere drama, but richer voices, in this revival of Richard Jones's tour de force

Madama Butterfly, Glyndebourne review - perverse staging, outstanding cast

Puccinian pathos takes on tragic colouring thanks to a gifted soprano from Moldova

The Rosenkavalier film, OAE, Paterson, QEH review - silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

Superb salon-orchestra playing redeems Strauss's lazy work on a meandering silent film

theatre

Peter Pan, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - ensemble playing at its best
The boy who never grows up flies into the First World War
The Best Plays in London
From the Ides of March to modern monologues: theartsdesk's stage tips

dance

Swan Lake, Royal Ballet review - beautiful, heartfelt

Liam Scarlett and John Macfarlane's new version of the classic takes wings

Elizabeth, Barbican review - royal romance under scrutiny

Words and music form an equal alliance with dance to probe the love life of the Virgin Queen

comedy

Sarah Kendall, Soho Theatre review - a superb storyteller

Australian stand-up muses on the lottery of life

Danny Baker, Touring review - boy, can he talk

Radio personality gives it the verbals

gaming

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

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

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to celebrate Brighton Festival!

Enter our competition to win a spectacular weekend at England's finest arts festival

God of War review - action adventure epic sets new standards

Father-son adventure is a slick and gorgeous spectacle

visual arts

David Shrigley talk, Brighton Festival review - comedic stroll through a career in art

High speed PowerPoint entertainment from the kingpin of oddball cartoons

Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA, BBC Four review - unexpected facts aplenty

From the Wild West to Abstract Expressionism, Waldemar Januszczak on an enthusiastic journey

Highlights from Photo London 2018 - something old, something new

Apps, augmented reality and Henry Fox Talbot rub shoulders at London's annual photo festival

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