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Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
As an opening line to BBC Two's new three-part series, “Rupert Murdoch is an enigma” failed to set pulses racing. It rather implied that after three hours of documentary TV, we...
Diana Salazar
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
I wasn’t the only one who felt emotional when I left our beautiful building in South Kensington for the last time before lockdown. By that stage in mid-March the corridors had...
India Lewis
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Characterised by jarring juxtapositions of intense, appalling violence and the serene beauty of South Africa, Oliver Hermanus’ fourth feature is the story of a young man...
David Nice
Monday, 13 July 2020
No happy family, surely, was ever quite like this one. Love and mutual respect bound up with music-making at the highest level make the Kanneh-Masons of Nottingham a role-model...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 13 July 2020
Hot on the heels of The Car Park Club and @TheDriveIn comes Car Park Party, a series of shows presented in partnership with The Comedy Store. Car Park Party presents an evening of...
Asya Draganova
Monday, 13 July 2020
It is difficult to live up to your own legacy when you’ve reached an iconic status in rock’n’roll. It is even harder when you are a frontwoman in a “masculine” genre where age...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 12 July 2020
It’s been a long strange trip for Dennis Herrold. The Virginia-born rocker’s sole single, December 1957’s “Hip Hip Baby” / “...
Nick Hasted
Sunday, 12 July 2020
Aged 87, director Mike Hodges is due another revival, with Flash Gordon soon to join this Blu-ray resurrection of 1989’s...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 11 July 2020
The cakes look great, but it's back to the recipe books in almost every other way for Love Sarah, a subpar film from...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Horn player Sarah Willis joined the Berlin Philharmonic in 2001. She juggles her position with spells of teaching,...
Peter Culshaw
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Peter Culshaw’s periodic global music radio update is back, quicker than usual as there is some catching up to do. There’s a...
David Nice
Saturday, 11 July 2020
So, arts people, you’ve had precisely two days to get your outdoor events ready, so where are they? Well, it seems that...
Owen Richards
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Scooby fans have waited over 50 years for a proper big screen adaptation of everyone’s favourite cowardly dog (sorry Cartoon...
Graham Rickson
Friday, 10 July 2020
 Coriún Aharonián: Una carta Ensemble Aventure, SWF-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden/Zoltán Peskó (Wergo)Uruguayan...
Kathryn Reilly
Friday, 10 July 2020
National treasure Jarvis Cocker recently claimed in an interview with the New York Times that lyrics really aren’t that...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 10 July 2020
Lockdown’s easing and the record shops are opening here and there. So, to help vinyl junkies on their way, here’s 7000 words...
Joseph Walsh
Friday, 10 July 2020
Gavin O’Connor has made a career out of sturdy films that make grown men cry. His best was Warrior - a hulking,...
Florence Hallett
Friday, 10 July 2020
When Picasso left Barcelona for Paris in 1900, he took what by then was a well-trodden path for artists eager to be at the...
Rachel Halliburton
Friday, 10 July 2020
Helen McCrory is an actor who can inject a world of feeling into one syllable that many actors would struggle to muster in...

SARAH WILLIS Q&A Midnight recording sessions & late-running buses: Mozart in Havana

CLASSICAL / OPERA DIRECT TO HOME 20 More signs of musical life around the UK

★★★★★ JARV IS - BEYOND THE PALE An ongoing live experience

★★★★ IMAGINE... THIS HOUSE IS FULL OF MUSIC, BBC ONE Sheku Kanneh-Mason is only first among equals in this perfect home recital

★★ LOVE SARAH Missing ingredients in cookery-themed comedy that needs spicing up

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Coriún Aharonián, Beethoven, Humphrey Procter-Gregg

THEATRE LOCKDOWN 13 Early Lloyd Webber, vintage Rattigan & a Dame or two

★★★ SCOOB! Feature adaptation crams in a lot of references but not much substance

disc of the day

Album: The Pretenders - Hate for Sale

Growing old (dis)gracefully: Chrissie Hynde and Co still got rock’n’roll


The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, BBC Two review - how the Aussie tycoon acquired huge political leverage

New documentary told us what Rupert did, but not what he's really like

Mrs America, BBC Two review - how a conservative revolutionary scuppered the Equal Rights Amendment

Cate Blanchett as the Republican housewife superstar who battled the Seventies feminists


DVD/Blu-ray: Moffie

Young love and brutal violence in the theatre of war

Blu-ray: Black Rainbow

Piquant Americana and Rosanna Arquette's haunted medium mark Mike Hodges' forgotten mood piece

Love Sarah review - missing key ingredients

Cookery-themed comedy needs spicing up

new music

Album: The Pretenders - Hate for Sale

Growing old (dis)gracefully: Chrissie Hynde and Co still got rock’n’roll

Reissue CDs Weekly: Dennis Herrold

‘The Mystery Of Dennis Herrold’ is rockabilly heaven

theartsdesk Radio Show 29 - Morricone, Moroccan psychedelia and Sudanese techno

New, re-released and just damn fine music from around the planet


First Person: Royal College of Music Director of Programmes Diana Salazar on a transformation in learning and teaching

The RCM’s corridors are quieter than usual but commitment to musical learning resounds

This House is Full of Music, Imagine..., BBC One review – a spring dream of a lockdown concert

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is only first among equals in this perfect home recital

theartsdesk Q&A: horn player Sarah Willis

Midnight recording sessions and late-running buses; playing Mozart in Havana


Classical music/Opera direct to home 19 – and two before a live audience

Finally, you can be in the room, or space, where it happens in two east London venues

The Opera Story: Episodes review - whimsical takes on lockdown life

Young London company offers snapshots of contemporary living

Classical music/Opera direct to home 17 - festive inventions

Celebrating a maverick conductor, two great artists in recital and home-grown ingenuity


The Deep Blue Sea, National Theatre at Home review - hauntingly elegiac portrayal of Rattigan's world
Helen McCrory is the broken, irreparable heart of this production
Theatre Lockdown Special 13: Early Lloyd Webber, vintage Rattigan, and a Dame or two in conversation
Medeas past and present conjoin across a characteristically eclectic theatre week
Les Blancs, National Theatre at Home review – triumphant revival of forgotten classic
NT archive recording of Lorraine Hansberry’s last play is absolutely compelling


Dancing at Dusk: A Moment with Pina Bausch’s 'The Rite of Spring' review - an explosive African rite

Continents collide in a film documenting an inspired re-staging of a 20th-century masterpiece

'If they had been any closer my face would have misted up': filming 'Men at the Barre'

The director Richard Macer had exclusive access to the male stars of the Royal Ballet. He describes what he discovered

The Thread, Sadler's Wells Digital Stage review - Greek folk and contemporary unite

Russell Maliphant breathes fresh life into Hellenic tradition


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

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

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

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

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

Few fresh ideas means this movie adaptation treads the same old ground

visual arts

The Golden Age of Modern Spanish Art, Colnaghi review - the sun shines in the City of Light

A celebration of little known Spanish painters as the London art world emerges again

Visual Arts Lockdown Special 4: half-way houses

Some galleries prepare to reopen, others remain closed; online still offers riches

Celia Paul: My Studio, Victoria Miro review - sublime isolation

One of the great painters of our time responds to life in lockdown

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