sat 17/11/2018

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Joseph Walsh
Friday, 16 November 2018
Two years after the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we return to the Wizarding World once again for the next, somewhat convoluted, chapter in the five planned...
David Nice
Friday, 16 November 2018
Forget the latest International Tchaikovsky Competition winner (I almost have; only a dim memory of Dmitry Masleev's playing the notes in the obligatory First Piano Concerto, and...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 16 November 2018
The #MeToo movement is barely a year old, but it is already prompting some clever and insightful comedy – from standalone jokes or set-pieces in several comics’ shows, or, here, a...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 16 November 2018
Political machinations and backroom power-brokering, leadership battles and unscrupulous rivals – if ever there was an opera for this week it’s Simon Boccanegra. Premiered in 1857...
Marina Vaizey
Friday, 16 November 2018
Jerusalem! This fact-studded story of 20th century British music told us that the nation's unofficial national anthem, Hubert Parry’s setting of William Blake’s poem, originated...
Guy Oddy
Friday, 16 November 2018
It’s fair to assume that the current state of American politics has US underground punker Justin Pearson and hip-hop producer Luke Henshaw somewhat riled. Planet B’s debut album...
Rachel Halliburton
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Macbeth has rarely seemed quite as metrosexual as in this gorgeous shadow-painted production that marks Globe artistic...
Demetrios Matheou
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Like Ken Loach and the Dardennes brothers, Laurent Cantet is a filmmaker with a keen interest in social issues and themes,...
Nick Hasted
Thursday, 15 November 2018
The first Suspiria was a sensation, and spectacularly, monomaniacally new. Its young heroine Susie Bannon’s ride from an...
Marianka Swain
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
The road to full musical theatre production has been a long one for Hadestown. It began back in 2006, with Anaïs Mitchell’s...
Liz Thomson
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
What adjectives best describe a performance of The Ballads of Child Migration? None of those you’d normally expect to see...
Liz Thomson
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Wow, can it really be 10 years since Mumford & Sons blazed their trail across the musical world with Sigh No More? The...
Matt Wolf
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
The West End is specialising in two-parters of late. To Imperium and The Inheritance we can add the latest duo of Harold...
Boyd Tonkin
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Even in a large hall, very good things can come in small packages. In advance, partisans of the Wigmore Hall or some other...
Tim Cornwell
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
War Horse at the National Theatre on Sunday’s Armistice Day centenary: there were medalled veterans and at least one priest...
Liz Thomson
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
What to make of The Simon & Garfunkel Story, which began a week-long residency at London’s Vaudeville Theatre last night...
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Enough hyping! This month, without further ado, let’s head straight to the reviews…VINYL OF THE MONTHLOR Lunar Orbit...

★★★ EDWARD BURNE-JONES, TATE BRITAIN Time to rethink the idiosyncratic English artist?

ROBERT HASTIE The director on staging 'Macbeth' in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

★★★★ THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, BBC TWO Peter Jackson's Great War finale

★★★★★ THE BALLADS OF CHILD MIGRATION, ST JAMES'S CHURCH Into the heart of darkness


LAURENT CANTET The award-winning director discusses his new film The Workshop

★★★★ SUSPIRIA Horror shocker remade with heartfelt emotion

PINTERS THREE AND FOUR, HAROLD PINTER THEATRE Double-bill boasts double-acts to treasure

★★★★ WIDOWS Feminist crime pays as Steve McQueen coolly recalibrates the heist film

★★★★MACBETH, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE A daring counterintuitive reading proves richly rewarding

disc of the day

CD: Planet B - Planet B

American duo lay out their politico-punk rock hip-hop stall

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Our Classical Century, BBC Four review - enthusiasm and delight

From the trenches to the jazz age, Sir Lenny embarks on an enthralling musical journey

They Shall Not Grow Old, BBC Two review - Peter Jackson's Great War finale

Dazzling reworking of faded footage from the Western front

WW1: The Last Tommies, BBC Four review - Great War stories

Centrepiece of the BBC's World War One season makes for remarkable oral history


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review - mischief not quite managed

Convoluted mythology stops second Potter prequel from flying

Laurent Cantet: 'Young people have different preoccupations nowadays' – interview

The award-winning director discusses his new film, The Workshop, in which some newbie writers get in a tizz over the fine line between fact and fiction

Suspiria review - kindly, slow-motion grand guignol

Horror shocker remade with heartfelt emotion

new music

CD: Planet B - Planet B

American duo lay out their politico-punk rock hip-hop stall

The Ballads of Child Migration, St James's Church, Clerkenwell review - into the heart of darkness

A chronicle of Britain's long and shameful history of child migration in a moving song cycle

CD: Mumford & Sons - Delta

A decade on from their debut, the British darlings of Americana explore new musical territory


Kolesnikov, BBCSO, Brabbins, Barbican review - rethought masterpiece, stolid rarity

Uninspired Ethel Smyth Mass follows standing ovation for vivacious Tchaikovsky

Our Classical Century, BBC Four review - enthusiasm and delight

From the trenches to the jazz age, Sir Lenny embarks on an enthralling musical journey

Thibaudet/Batiashvili/Capuçon Trio, Barbican review – a supergroup to savour

Three solo stars come together in ego-free harmony


Simon Boccanegra, Royal Opera review - a timely revival of Verdi's political music-drama

Moshinsky's classic production still serves up the visual goods

The Silver Tassie, BBCSO, Barbican review - a bracing memorial for the WW1 anniversary

An exceptional concert performance brings Turnage's opera back to blistering life

The Rake's Progress, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review - supreme fluency from Eden to Bedlam

Toby Spence captures every facet of Tom Rakewell in perfectly detailed Stravinsky


Hadestown, National Theatre review - new folk musical is hotter than hell
An alternative take on a classic myth produces sizzling results


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


Natalie Palamides, Soho Theatre - challenging show about consent

Deft and witty examination of a difficult subject

Ayesha Hazarika, Soho Theatre review - feminism examined

Fascinating and often funny take on the subject


Red Dead Redemption 2 review - the cowboy drama makes a triumphant return

An ambitious Wild West odyssey that matches epic scale with benchmark skill

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review – less is more

Solo rations have been relegated from this benchmark war series

FIFA 19 review - the best just got a bit better

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

visual arts

Edward Burne-Jones, Tate Britain review - time for a rethink?

Wide-ranging exhibition of idiosyncratic English artist, both loved and loathed

Klimt/Schiele, Royal Academy review - the line of gauntness

Elegance and brutality converge in drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna

The new V&A Photography Centre review - a new museum to make us proud

'Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital' launches the V&A's latest project


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