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Sarah Collins
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
When Amer Deghayes departed for Syria in a truck leaving from Birmingham, a worker from a youth arts organisation in Brighton had been trying to get in touch with him. She wanted...
Matt Wolf
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
One of the most blistering stage performances in recent memory gets a renewed lease on life with the streaming of the 2019 screen version, aired last autumn on BBC Four, of ...
Joe Muggs
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
The Colors studio in Berlin has quietly created one of the biggest new brands in music from filming back-to-basics performances with laser-focused branding. From international...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Artemisia Gentileschi has definitely had a hard time. Although she was an outstanding Renaissance painter in the style of Caravaggio, and the first woman to become a member of...
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
For the duration of this C19 Lockdown, rather than the usual sprawling monthly epic, theartsdesk on Vinyl will be presented regularly in bite-sized editions, roving across the...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
These three films come from Buster Keaton’s mid-1920s purple patch, the high spots of which prompted critic Roger Ebert to describe Keaton as “arguably the greatest actor-director...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 06 April 2020
While not the most headline-catching show on Netflix, Ozark has been steadily accruing critical accolades (including a...
David Nice
Monday, 06 April 2020
Necessity has certainly been the mother of invention over the past  three weeks, and orchestras especially, left in the...
Marianka Swain
Monday, 06 April 2020
The latest in Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage programme – an impressively assembled online offering to keep audiences...
Kathryn Reilly
Monday, 06 April 2020
The scenes at flamenco legend Camarón de la Isla’s chaotic, thronged funeral which open this lovingly-made documentary give...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 06 April 2020
Rachel Fairburn says she didn't know what to wear for the gig. She's dressed in an all-black ensemble; hotpants, animal-...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 06 April 2020
The perfect introduction to Newcastle’s mighty Pigsx7 is undoubtedly to be made in the live arena, for it’s here they...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 05 April 2020
A raga-rock circularity. Finger cymbals. A distant, etiolated female vocal. A fuggy atmosphere. A kinship with Jefferson...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 05 April 2020
David Lynch’s second feature, his only period movie, is as good as anything else he has ever done, building on the...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 04 April 2020
Armchair theatre-lovers rejoice. During the lockdown, the National Theatre is streaming a selection of its past hits for...
Owen Richards
Saturday, 04 April 2020
Horror has always been a good vehicle for satire, from John Carpenter’s They Live to Jordan Peele’s Get Out. Some metaphors...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 04 April 2020
 Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas Fazil Say (Warner Classics)“This is a 605 minute piece containing 32 sonatas.” There...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 04 April 2020
Talk about a great big melting pot! The eighth studio album by the man born 36 ago as Andrew Heissler in Bloomington,...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 03 April 2020
You may have seen Lazy Susan's excellent BBC pilot last year; now a series has been commissioned from Freya Parker and...

HANGMAN'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS Zeitgeist-sensitive Eighties Brit-combo

★★★★ REMASTERED: TRICKY DICKY AND THE MAN IN BLACK, NETFLIX Dynamic saga of music and politics

★★★ RUMPELSTILTSKIN, SADLERS WELLS An engaging yarn for young audiences


★★★★ CAMARON: THE FILM, NETFLIX Story of an influential, passionate cantaor

CLASSICAL MUSIC / OPERA DIRECT TO HOME Orchestral manoeuvres in the light

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Buster Keaton - Three Films, Vol. 2

Technical brilliance and belly laughs: three features from a great director at his peak


Ozark, Series 3 review, Netflix - money-laundering saga hits new heights

A superb cast and powerful writing are making this show a classic


Blu-ray: Buster Keaton - Three Films, Vol. 2

Technical brilliance and belly laughs: three features from a great director at his peak

Camarón: The Film, Netflix review – the life story of an influential and passionate cantaor

The real gypsy king lived fast, died young and changed flamenco forever

DVD/Blu Ray: The Elephant Man

A David Lynch movie as good as any

new music

Colors performance stream on YouTube review - vocalists on lockdown

The normally slickly branded music channel adapts to circumstances with surprising effect

theartsdesk on Vinyl Lockdown Special 1: Napalm Death, Brazilian jazz-pop, 1980s indie and more

Stay-at-home music for stay-at-home times: the first of our twice-weekly vinyl specials

Album: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals

Geordie rockers sharpen up to kick out the jams


Classical Music/Opera direct to home 5 - orchestral manoeuvres in the light

Filleted Bach, Beethoven and Ravel, complete anthemic Sibelius

Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Prokofiev, A Tale of Two Violas

Weighty piano sonatas from Germany and Russia, plus a disc of string duets


The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, OperaVision review - claustrophobic visions of terror and beauty

Strongly-cast revival keeps the ambiguities of Henry James's ghost story in play

Le nozze di Figaro, Garsington Opera, OperaVision review - natural comedy, musical sublimity

Durable period setting enshrines perfect characterisations. Plus a Handel special

Classical music/Opera direct to home: 3 - Two Jenůfas

If you want searing music-drama, Janáček's are the place to start - but choose carefully


It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, Breach Theatre online review – a riveting watch
BBC film version of a Renaissance rape trial is resonant and completely relevant
One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre at Home review – bliss, utter comic bliss
NT Live version of this masterpiece of farce is now available for free


Rumpelstiltskin, Sadler's Wells Digital Stage review - spins an engaging yarn for young audiences

balletLORENT provides a sunnier take on the the Brothers Grimm

Isadora Now, Barbican Theatre review - a little piece of history

Attempt to revive the spirit of Isadora Duncan is of academic interest, little more


Blu-ray: Buster Keaton - Three Films, Vol. 2

Technical brilliance and belly laughs: three features from a great director at his peak

Lazy Susan, Soho Theatre On Demand review - sketch duo's ingeniously plotted show

Freya Parker and Celeste Dring examine male behaviour


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

10 Questions for Irina Nalis

Multidisciplinary thinking at a multidisciplinary festival in a time of crisis

Among the Trees, Hayward Gallery review - a mixture of euphoria and dismay

Our complex relationship with trees explored to powerful effect


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