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Adam Sweeting
Sunday, 19 January 2020
If nothing else, you’d want to tune in to Cobra (Sky 1) for its cast. Robert Carlyle is steely and decisive as Prime Minister Robert Sutherland, his indispensable fixer Anna...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Commercially, The Beloved’s peak years kicked off in autumn 1989 when their electro house-pop began its chart run. The band called it a day in 1996 after the X album and its...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Terrence Malick returns to his former greatness following three features of unscripted, all-star poesy, with this sombre biopic of sainted Austrian conscientious objector Franz...
Robert Beale
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Finding one piece for marimba soloist and string orchestra would tax the powers of many concert planners, never mind coming up with two, so the Northern Chamber Orchestra is to be...
Theartsdesk
Saturday, 18 January 2020
There are films to meet every taste in theartsdesk's guide to the best movies currently on release. In our considered opinion, any of the titles below is well worth your attention...
India Lewis
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Published in the year following Orr’s death at the age of 57, Motherwell is an analysis of the author’s childhood in Motherwell, on the outskirts of Glasgow, and her first steps...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 18 January 2020
 Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Elgar London Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle (Decca)Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s debut album included a...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 18 January 2020
The middle-aged rap master of provocation has survived into an era of hair-trigger outrage. The wearily dignified response...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 17 January 2020
Do you hear the people sing? In recent months, you're more likely to have heard news stories about the longest running West...
David Nice
Friday, 17 January 2020
Horns fanfared, coasted and chorused through yet another Philharmonia winner of a concert to match the impressive planning...
Jill Chuah Masters
Friday, 17 January 2020
Just Mercy, the latest film from Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), is based on a New York Times bestseller. It has a...
Jenny Gilbert
Friday, 17 January 2020
Resolution! is an annual programme at The Place (home of London Contemporary Dance School), devoted to showcasing new...
Markie Robson-Scott
Friday, 17 January 2020
Trey Edward Shults’s extraordinary, music-driven third feature, set in a sparkling south Florida, stars a wonderful Kelvin...
Liz Thomson
Friday, 17 January 2020
Bombay Bicycle Club have a knack for quasi-prophetic titles. Their fourth album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, released in...
David Nice
Thursday, 16 January 2020
Admirable as it was of the London Philharmonic Orchestra to launch its concerts in 2020 with a performance celebrating the...
Demetrios Matheou
Thursday, 16 January 2020
With Harvey Weinstein about to go on trial, the timing is particularly apt for a film that outlines the fall from grace of...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 16 January 2020
When Frank Skinner did a London run of new material last year, the show was billed as a taster of a longer touring version....
Kieron Tyler
Thursday, 16 January 2020
What a lovely surprise. A debut album with its own sensibility that’s come out of the blue. Aoife Nessa Frances is from...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
It’s an intriguing question. If a new Messiah appeared today, what kind of reception could he (if it was a he) expect?...
 

★★★ RESOLUTION 2020, THE PLACE New dance for a new decade

★★★★ WAVES Semi-autobiographical brilliance from Trey Edward Shults

★★★★ LES MISERABLES, SONDHEIM THEATRE Join in our crusade

★★★ MESSIAH, NETFLIX Con-artist or the Second Coming?

★★★★★ WATKINS, CLAYTON, SALONEN, PHILHARMONIA, RFH A rainbow cornucopia

disc of the day

Album: Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By

Slim Shady's surprise return is patchily potent

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tv

Cobra, Sky 1 review - entertaining mix of political mischief and cosmic chaos

Robert Carlyle's Tory prime minister battles internal and external crises

Messiah, Netflix review - con-artist or the Second Coming?

It's sometimes sluggish, but it keeps asking provocative questions

This Is Our Family, Sky Atlantic review - can Emma and Tony live happily ever after?

New documentary series digs deep into the lives of its subjects

film

A Hidden Life review - Nazism stoically refused

Terrence Malick's raptures find solid ground in a forgotten stand against fascism

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Just Mercy review - soul-stirring true story about race and justice in America

Biopic retells a powerful narrative about perseverance in the face of injustice

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Beloved - Where It Is

Charming collection of what the electro house-popsters were up to before the hits

Album: Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By

Slim Shady's surprise return is patchily potent

Album: Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

All grown up now, and back on their bikes

classical

Currie, Jordan, NCO, Stoller Hall, Manchester review - major marimba music

Tales of mystery and imagination from the 21st century and beyond

Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Scarlatti, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Enough sonatas for a year, a young cellist faces the inevitable, and festive fun from Vienna

Watkins, Clayton, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH review - a rainbow cornucopia

A modest new masterpiece by Mark-Anthony Turnage fits snugly in a perfect programme

opera

Sukanya, RFH review - Ravi Shankar's bright-eyed, varied fable

Fine performances, but crude miking suggests this would work better as a chamber opera

prisoner of the state, Barbican review - beauty, but where is the drama?

David Lang's efficient homage to Beethoven can't eclipse the original

'Divinity is all around us': soprano Susanna Hurrell on Ravi Shankar's 'Sukanya'

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indian master's birth with a return to his opera

theatre

Les Misérables, Sondheim Theatre review - join in our crusade
New blood courses through the West End's longest-running musical
Scrounger, Finborough Theatre review - uncomfortable play tackles disability discrimination
Athena Stevens confronts the challenges faced by wheelchair-users
Magic Goes Wrong, Vaudeville Theatre review - entertaining spoof
Mischief Theatre and Penn & Teller mash-up

dance

Resolution 2020, The Place review - new dance for a new decade

You take your chances with this annual bran tub of novice choreography

Le Corsaire, London Coliseum review - hugely entertaining

Don't mind the plot. ENB dance up a storm in this exuberant pirate caper

Best of 2019: Dance

In a year dominated by big names and big companies, delights were found off-piste

comedy

Frank Skinner, Garrick Theatre review - a masterclass in owning the room

Pleasing mix of personal and professional anecdotes

Best of 2019: Comedy

My (mostly) highs and (a few) lows

gaming

Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

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

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to Celebrate Brighton Festival!

An eclectic line-up spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, comedy, literature and spoken word could be yours with boutique hotel and exquisite meals included

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

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

visual arts

Best of 2019: Visual Arts

The exhibitions we loved most over the past 12 months

Caravaggio & Bernini, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna - high emotion in 17th century Rome

Painting and sculpture vie for supremacy in the eternal city

Dora Maar, Tate Modern review - how women disappear

Stunning photographs and fabulous photomontages by overlooked and elusive artist

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