thu 19/07/2018

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Owen Richards
Thursday, 19 July 2018
When director Jenny Lu graduated from university, the promise of a big city career quickly turned into a series of rejections. Around this time, a close friend of hers committed...
David Nice
Thursday, 19 July 2018
Two rules should help the non-Donizettian: avoid all stagings of the prolific Bergamasco's nearly 70 operas other than the comedies; and seek the guarantee of top bel canto...
Katie Colombus
Thursday, 19 July 2018
Cornbury Festival holds a very special place in my heart. When the babies were young, we realised that if we were going to be up all night without sleep we might as well be sat in...
Rachel Halliburton
Thursday, 19 July 2018
A raw pagan vitality animates this extraordinary story about a teenage boy wrestling with tumultuous emotions in the face of his mother’s terminal illness. Director Sally Cookson...
Ellie Porter
Thursday, 19 July 2018
System of a Down guitarist and vocalist Daron Malakian isn’t going to let a little thing like his band going on an extended hiatus get in the way of releasing new music. With SOAD...
David Nice
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
"When the new god approaches, we surrender, struck dumb". Especially if, for the singer of those words, popular entertainer Zerbinetta, the “new god” takes the shape of same-sex...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street. To vinyl. Only theartsdesk on Vinyl doesn’t just cover music...
Stephen Walsh
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
What a fabulous score Pelléas et Mélisande is, and what a joy to be able to hear it in a concert performance without the...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
At 29 minutes, the second album from Paris’s Juniore is short. But as it makes its point, it’s hard to hear how it needs to...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Cunningly kept under wraps until the last moment, Sacha Baron Coen’s new show is a timely reminder of his gift for trampling...
Bernard Hughes
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
The fourth Prom of this season featured only two contrasting pieces, pitching the unabashed joyfulness and good humour of...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Les Dennis was once a marquee name on Saturday night television as host of Family Fortunes, but since giving up the light...
David Nice
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Light-filled Cadogan Hall is hosting the most fascinatingly programmed concerts in a Proms season not otherwise conspicuous...
Keaton Henson
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
This Friday, July 20, sees the world premiere of Six Lethargies, a composition by the singer-songwriter Keaton Henson,...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
The first words we hear in The Piano are the thoughts of Holly Hunter’s Ada, and they set up the film’s premise perfectly: “...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 16 July 2018
"Homeward Bound – the Farewell Tour", they were calling it. But with a show this strong, nobody would complain if that...
David Nice
Monday, 16 July 2018
How do you go about co-ordinating a spectacular like this, the first ever BBC Young Musicians' Prom? With 23 brilliant...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 16 July 2018
So it’s back to London’s Bishop Street police station for a third series of screenwriter Chris Lang’s cold case saga. The...
Javi Fedrick
Monday, 16 July 2018
Hailing from Canada and born from the ashes of cult indie heroes Women (the band responsible for that chiming Calgary guitar...
 

KEATON HESTON ON CREATING 'SIX LETHARGIES' Interconnection of music and human emotion

★★★★★ DVD/BLU-RAY: THE PIANO Jane Campion's iconic arthouse blockbuster returns

★★★ JUNIOR - MAGNIFIQUE Glistening, archetype-aware second album from Parisian pop stylists

★★★★ PROM 5, PELLEAS ET MELISANDE For the ears, not the eyes

THEARTSDESK ON VINYL 41 Kali Uchis, Orange Goblin, Kirsty MacColl, Walton, Miss Red and more

★★ WHO IS AMERICA?, CHANNEL 4 Sudden return of Sacha Baron Cohen

disc of the day

CD: Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway – Dictator

The System of a Down songwriter's latest project should keep the troops happy

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tv

Unforgotten, Series 3, ITV review - death on the M1

Detectives Stuart and Khan are back to tackle another long-buried mystery

Keeping Faith, BBC One review - this summer's watercooler drama

New BBC Wales drama promises to grip from opening episode

film

The Receptionist – London’s underground sex industry laid bare

An incredibly effective and affecting story on life in a brothel

DVD/Blu-ray: The Piano

Jane Campion's iconic arthouse blockbuster returns, as remarkable as ever

First Reformed - faith fights the eco-apocalypse

Hawke and Seyfried search for divine light in Paul Schrader's austere parable

new music

theartsdesk at Cornbury: Pixie Lott, Amy MacDonald and Alanis Morissette

Family-friendly festival fun and female empowerment as women of the world headline

CD: Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway – Dictator

The System of a Down songwriter's latest project should keep the troops happy

classical

Prom 5, Pelléas et Mélisande, Glyndebourne review - for the ears, not the eyes

Semi-staged Debussy is visually confused, musically mostly excellent

Prom 4, Simpson, BBCPO, Mena review - terrific Lindberg, brooding Shostakovich

High-spirited clarinet concerto set against dark symphonic drama

Proms at...Cadogan Hall 1, Perianes, Calidore String Quartet review - mysteries and revelations

The strange adventures of composer Caroline Shaw sit perfectly alongside Schumann

opera

L'Ange de Nisida / JPYAP Summer Programme, Royal Opera - buoyant touch in Donizetti bagatelle

Ideal launch for a reconstructed rarity, and voices of promise in more familiar repertoire

Ariadne auf Naxos, Opera Holland Park - stylish staging, world-class singing

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's 'mystery of transformation' applied to two women in love

Prom 5, Pelléas et Mélisande, Glyndebourne review - for the ears, not the eyes

Semi-staged Debussy is visually confused, musically mostly excellent

theatre

A Monster Calls, Old Vic - wild, beautiful theatre that beguiles and bruises
A fearlessly experimental, physically ingenious exploration of the text
The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre review - an acting tour de force
A newly-minimalist Sam Mendes guides an expert cast to sublime heights

dance

Enter theartsdesk / h Club Young Influencer of the Year award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club100 Awards, we're looking for the best cultural writers, bloggers and vloggers

The Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum review - a triumph for English National Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's timeless staging brings out the best in ENB

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: 'good people like to work with good people'

The countertenor turned impresario launches a second season of The Grange Festival

comedy

Enter theartsdesk / h Club Young Influencer of the Year award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club100 Awards, we're looking for the best cultural writers, bloggers and vloggers

gaming

Jurassic World Evolution review - manage a dinosaur theme park and make a killing

A comprehensive management sim where you feed the exhibits, the punters and your bank balance

Enter theartsdesk / h Club Young Influencer of the Year award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club100 Awards, we're looking for the best cultural writers, bloggers and vloggers

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

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

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A review - appearances aren't everything

Sumptuous exhibition prioritises image over artist

diep~haven 2018 review - a missed connection?

Curiously apolitical festival of contemporary art at a ferry crossing

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