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Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 25 June 2024
Unless you were around when The Beatles toured America in the mid-1960s, it’s doubtful you've heard anything like this. In 40 years of extensive gig-going, I have not. Taylor...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 25 June 2024
Following the huge success of Benedict Lombe’s Shifters, which transfers soon to the West End, the Bush Theatre is riding high. Now this venue’s latest exploration of the Black-...
David Nice
Monday, 24 June 2024
How much better can a classic get? Sebastian Scotney more or less asked the same question on theartsdesk the last time Giulio Cesare returned in triumph to Glyndebourne. I never...
Jon Turney
Monday, 24 June 2024
For a couple of decades, the free video game America’s Army was a powerful recruitment aid for the US military. More than a shoot-em-up, players might find themselves dressing...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 24 June 2024
Madeleine Peyroux made her name with her second album, 2004’s Careless Love. It consists almost completely of cover versions, delivered in a quiet, jazz-bluesey shuffle redolent...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 23 June 2024
Liverpool’s The Cryin’ Shames were responsible for two of mid-Sixties Britain’s most striking single’s tracks. The February 1966 top side “Please Stay” was so eerie, so wraithlike...
David Nice
Saturday, 22 June 2024
What did they put in the water of Czechia’s central Bohemia/Moravia borderlands? From south to north there's Mahler’s...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 22 June 2024
 Allan Pettersson: Complete Edition Various artists (BIS)That this hefty anthology (17 CDs and 4 DVDs) has been with me...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 22 June 2024
Helpfully, this is a film that reviews itself. Like it says on the posters, “They were making a cursed movie. They were...
Sebastian Scotney
Saturday, 22 June 2024
When Zara McFarlane sang the National Anthem at this year’s FA Cup Final, it served as a reminder of quite how adaptable she...
James Saynor
Friday, 21 June 2024
We’re used to dabs of colour splashing briefly across black-and-white movies – Spielberg’s Schindler’s List or Coppola’s...
Kieron Tyler
Friday, 21 June 2024
It kicks off with “No Easy Way Down.” First released on 1984’s mini-LP Explosions in the Glass Palace, it was an instant...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 21 June 2024
Every day this week I’m watching a football match, and now – after April’s production of Lydia Higman, Julia Grogan and...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 21 June 2024
Out on the perimeters where there are no stars, in a void full of bong-smoke and synesthetic noise… there, in a greasy biker...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 20 June 2024
The best-known book about motorcycle gangs is Hunter S Thompson’s Hell’s Angels, a classic foundational text of the so-...
Helen Hawkins
Thursday, 20 June 2024
Lincoln Center’s Bartlett Sher is back in town to direct the Barbican’s latest summer blockbuster, Cole Porter’s classic...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 20 June 2024
Pepe Deluxé are no exemplars of the puritan work ethic. Comix Sonix is only their sixth album in almost 30 years – but while...
Rachel Halliburton
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
A recent Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that 2.1 million people in the UK had been victims of domestic abuse...
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 19 June 2024
Born in Cape Town in 1948, Gavin Jantjes grew up under apartheid. He openly criticised the regime in his work and, forced...

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★★★ THE BOUNDS, ROYAL COURT New history play about football has a flawed second half

★★★★ KISS ME, KATE, BARBICAN An entertaining, high-octane Cole Porter revival

★ THE EXORCISM Salvaged horror movie is a diabolical mess

★★★★ GAVIN JANTJES: TO BE FREE, WHITECHAPEL Seething anger within beautiful images

★★★★★ GREEN BORDER A tough, brilliant spotlight on the lot of refugees from Poland's veteran, venerable Agnieszka Holland

★★★ THE BIKERIDERS Beer, brawls and Harley-Davidsons

★★★★★ WYTCH PYCKNYCK - WYTCH PYCKNYCK Debut from south coast quartet renders heavy rock as stunningly messed-up psychedelia

disc of the day

Album: Madeleine Peyroux - Let's Walk

Ninth album from US singer is a quietly likeable set of retro jazz-blues contemplations

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tv

Presumed Innocent, Apple TV+ review - you read the book and saw the movie...

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in absorbing TV adaptation of Scott Turow's legal thriller

Eric, Netflix review - a fairytale of New York

Abi Morgan's drama is a strange mix of urban grime and magic realism

theartsdesk Q&A: Matthew Modine on 'Hard Miles', 40 years in showbusiness and safer cycling

An eventful journey from 'Full Metal Jacket' to 'Oppenheimer' and 'Stranger Things'

film

The Exorcism review - salvaged horror movie is a diabolical mess

Russell Crowe fights losing battle against booze and the devil

Green Border review - Europe's baleful boundary

A tough, brilliant spotlight on the lot of refugees from Poland's veteran, venerable Agnieszka Holland

The Bikeriders review - beer, brawls and Harley-Davidsons

Austin Butler is leader of the pack in Jeff Nichols' biker-gang bonanza

new music

Taylor Swift, Wembley Stadium review - the Eras Tour lights up London

A vivacious and extraordinary celebration of female community and power

Album: Madeleine Peyroux - Let's Walk

Ninth album from US singer is a quietly likeable set of retro jazz-blues contemplations

classical

Classical CDs: Bare feet, hardback books and giant snails

Epic outpourings from a Swedish maverick, a rich life narrated by saxophone and contemporary music presented in a novel way

Goldscheider, Royal Orchestral Society, Miller, SJSS review - fine horn playing from the very best

A tribute to Ukrainian music also featured a fearless take on Shostakovich

opera

Giulio Cesare, Glyndebourne review - every number a winner from dazzling revival cast

David McVicar’s celebrated Handel returns in the highest style

theartsdesk at Smetanova Litomyšl - three fascinating operas and a masterpiece superbly vindicated

Smetana 200 celebrated with a feast on a scale only possible in his native Czechia

theatre

My Father's Fable, Bush Theatre review - hilarious and haunting family drama
New play about secrets from the past is both funny and profound
The Bounds, Royal Court review - soccer play scores badly
New history play about football has a flawed second half
Kiss Me, Kate, Barbican review - an entertaining, high-octane Cole Porter revival
'Brush Up Your Shakespeare' brings the house down in a strongly cast lineup

dance

Ashton Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - peerless delights from the master step-smith

A delicious triple bill kicks off a worldwide Fred-fest

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

Books

Kelly Clancy: Playing with Reality - How Games Shape Our World review - how far games go back

The acclaimed neuroscientist on the world and history of games, in all their variety

Hugo Rifkind: Rabbits review - 31 wild parties and a funeral

Comic novel rides the rollercoaster of 1990s teenagerdom among the Scottish elite

Extract: Pariah Genius by Iain Sinclair

A form-defying writer explores the troubled mindscape of a Soho photographer

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