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Marianka Swain
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
It’s been 15 years since Cameron Mackintosh’s stage musical version of P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins made its West End debut. Now, the magical nanny returns to the Prince Edward...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Without further ado, slightly delayed by the sheer volume of releases at this year time of year, here is the latest edition of theartsdesk on Vinyl. You will not find a more...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
A tip of the hat to Julia Ormond for boldly going where many an actress might have chosen not to. In this new six-parter by Marnie Dickens, she plays Julia Day, a mother of three...
Peter Quantrill
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Switch off for a phrase or two and it’s easy to miss the point in a Haydn symphony that makes each one of them odd and unique. In No. 74, played last night with understated class...
Demetrios Matheou
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
For a sports movie to work for more than just the fans, it has to have drama off the pitch, track or field, with characters to root for, personal demons, a good underdog. Based on...
Gavin Dixon
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
The Prague Symphony Orchestra are in town, their Cadogan Hall concert the London leg of a UK tour. It’s ambitious, including Mahler’s epic Third Symphony in five different cities...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
“What is wrong with us? What are we doing here?” Liam Payne asked the camera, as we neared the end of his jaunt round...
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Between 1991 and 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that...
Mark Kidel
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
DJ Shadow, made famous in 1996 With Endtroducing…, an album made entirely of samples, and the originator of a sound...
Sally Beamish
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
I was 13. It was a Saturday, and Mum was working. On this occasion she asked if I’d like to come along and bring a book. I...
Guy Oddy
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
By the time Vampire Weekend reached Birmingham on their latest UK jaunt, they had unfortunately managed to mislay their...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Karel Zeman’s Invention for Destruction and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen are dizzying romps, whereas his earlier Journey to...
David Nice
Monday, 11 November 2019
So much was fresh and exciting about Michael Tilson Thomas's years as the London Symphony Orchestra's Principal Conductor (...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 11 November 2019
A bit like all those people on the home front in 1940 (but only a little bit), we sit and nervously wait for news. Is World...
Gavin Dixon
Monday, 11 November 2019
The London Philharmonic’s Isle of Noises, a year-long festival dedicated to music of the British Isles, drew towards its...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 11 November 2019
Jack Dee has made a career out of being a grumpy old man, even though he started on the comedy circuit in 1986 when he was...
Monday, 11 November 2019
Between 1991 to 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that constituted...
India Lewis
Monday, 11 November 2019
Gillian Wearing’s Arena documentary Everything is Connected (BBC Four) is a quietly innovative biography of an author whose...
Howard Male
Monday, 11 November 2019
Last month this Western Saharan singer-songwriter stood on stage at London’s Jazz Café and turned the venue into a hallowed...

★★★ ROMEO ET JULIETTE, LSO, TILSON THOMAS Surprisingly sober take on Berlioz epic

★★★★ WORLD ON FIRE, BBC ONE Peter Bowker's ambitious series ended on a cliffhanger

★★★★ EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED Artist Gillian Wearing captures George Eliot’s life & legacy

★★★★★ JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME Enchanting dino-flick from pioneering Czech

★★★★ WILLIAMS, LPO, ALSOP, RFH Power and precision in all-British programme

★★ VAMPIRE WEEKEND, 02 ACADEMY, BIRMINGHAM Clean-cut Americans fail to ignite

★★★ JACK DEE, GORDON CRAIG THEATRE Observational comic has grown into stage persona

disc of the day

CD: DJ Shadow - Our Pathetic Age

Omnivorous producer and DJ spreads his net wide

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Gold Digger, BBC One review - Julia Ormond tackles those mid-life blues

Marnie Dickens's family drama asks if life can begin again at 60

World on Fire, BBC One, series finale review - may this fine war drama fight on

Peter Bowker's ambitious series ended on a cliffhanger, with viewers waiting to learn its fate


Le Mans '66 review - nicely revved up

Matt Damon and Christian Bale are an entertaining double act at the centre of a real-life motor-racing drama

DVD/Blu-ray: Journey to the Beginning of Time

Enchanting dino-flick from a pioneering Czech director

Meeting Gorbachev review - Werner Herzog offers a swansong tribute

Engaging documentary portrait becomes a moving meditation on history


ECO, Zacharias, Fairfield Halls Croydon review - green-fingered Haydn

The lights are back on and burning cheerfully at south London’s new/old orchestral venue

Pavlů, Prague SO, Inkinen, Cadogan Hall review - exhilarating but uneven Mahler Third

Czech band brings excitement and colour, but their dizzy climaxes overwhelm

'The Academy and I': composer and viola-player Sally Beamish on a special relationship

On composing anniversary pieces for an ensemble she knows from the inside


Der Freischütz, Barbican review - Gothic chills rooted in flesh and earth

Two outstanding leads make for a memorable concert-staging

The Mask of Orpheus, English National Opera review - amorphous excess

Daniel Kramer's camp carnival defuses any focus in Birtwistle's bruising score

Don Pasquale, Royal Opera review - fun and frolics in stylish new production

Bryn Terfel shines but Olga Peretyatko soars in Donizetti's charming comedy


The Taming of the Shrew, Barbican review - different but still problematic
Gender changes provide a new perspective on the balance of power
Shadows, Coronet Theatre review - talking heads in the void
Multimedia haunting from Norwegian company De Utvalgte in Jon Fosse's theatre-poem


Concerto/Enigma Variations/Raymonda Act III, Royal Ballet review - time to cheer the corps de ballet

Three revivals from the mid-Sixties allow the rank and file to shine

The deathless Alicia Alonso, in person

Remembering the woman who was Cuban ballet's legend and monster


Tim Minchin, Eventim Apollo review - fabulous triumph of rhyme and reason

Age has not withered the ginger Ninja comic, but there is an intruiging new tone

Jonathan Pie, Eventim Apollo review - spoof reporter in coruscating form

Tom Walker's creation gives a state-of-the-union lecture


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

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World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

visual arts

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, Saatchi Gallery review - worth its weight?

Blockbuster artefacts in show that cares more about visitor numbers than visitor experience

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