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Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 18 November 2018
Daša Drndić, the Croatian author who died in June aged 71, has posthumously won the second Warwick Prize for Women in Translation for her coruscating novel Belladonna. The award,...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 18 November 2018
Marianne Faithfull’s recent album Negative Capability featured a new version of “As Tears go by”, the Jagger-Richard song which had been her first single. Also heard was an...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 18 November 2018
David Attenborough must be among the most universally liked Englishmen. There are those who’ve recently criticized him for sweetening the pill regarding the catastrophic...
Alexandra Coghlan
Saturday, 17 November 2018
We’re not good at lack these days. Just look at the concert hall, where increasingly you turn up to find not just an orchestra and soloists but a giant screen. Videos, projections...
Sarah Kent
Saturday, 17 November 2018
What an intelligent and cleverly structured film this is. By interviewing people involved in every aspect of the contemporary art market in America, The Price of Everything...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 17 November 2018
 Beethoven: Symphonies 2 and 7 Wiener Symphoniker/Philippe Jordan (WS/Sony)Philippe Jordan’s cheery face adorns this third volume of Beethoven symphonies from Vienna’s other...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Cliff Richard has been the butt of many jokes down the years, but he’s always looked the other way, true to himself. But he...
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...
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...
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...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 16 November 2018
Political machinations and backroom power-brokering, leadership battles and unscrupulous rivals – if ever there was an opera...
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,...
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...
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...

★★★★ MACBETH, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Daring counterintuitive reading is richly rewarding

LAURENT CANTET The award-winning director on his new film 'The Workshop'

★★★★★ OUR CLASSICAL CENTURY Sir Lenny embarks on an enthralling musical journey

★★★★ CD: PLANET B - PLANET B American duo lay out their politico-punk rock hip-hop stall

★★★★ SUSPIRIA Horror shocker remade with heartfelt emotion

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

★★★ SIMON BOCCANEGRA, ROYAL OPERA Timely revival of Verdi's political music-drama


disc of the day

CD: David Attenborough - My Field Recordings from Across the Planet

Excitement and interest lurk amidst the great naturalist's musical field recordings of the Fifties and Sixties

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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


The Price of Everything review - the madness of the art market made crystal clear

Poons and Koons, two sides of the same art world coin

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

new music

CD: David Attenborough - My Field Recordings from Across the Planet

Excitement and interest lurk amidst the great naturalist's musical field recordings of the Fifties and Sixties

Reissue CDs Weekly: Marianne Faithfull

'Come and Stay with Me - The UK 45s 1964-1969' collects some of British pop’s best singles

CD: Cliff Richard - Rise Up

Pop's Peter Pan returns with his first album of new material in 14 years


Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Cage, Janáček

Dramatic 19th century symphonies and offbeat percussion music, plus a rousing meeting of Czech minds

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


War Requiem, English National Opera review - a striking spectacle, but oddly unmoving

A sober and dignified production fails to add value to Britten's score

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


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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