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Nick Hasted
Thursday, 18 July 2019
The cynicism of this film’s existence squeezes all the feeling from it. It approaches cherished childhood memories of the original The Lion King (1994) with a view to remonetising...
Thursday, 18 July 2019
It's been much the same trajectory over the past few years for many of us: look through the Proms prospectus, feel a bit disappointed that there isn't more of the rich and rare,...
Florence Hallett
Thursday, 18 July 2019
Sculpture is as much a part of Yorkshire as cricket and a decent cup of tea, with the “sculpture triangle”, comprising four prestigious museums and galleries, feeling almost as...
Saskia Baron
Thursday, 18 July 2019
This gothic yarn set in 1850s Snowdonia stars Maxine Peake as Elen. She’s left alone with two young daughters to manage an isolated farm when her husband goes off to war....
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
“All this evil and dark crap was supposed to be fun,” complains exasperated Norwegian black metal overlord Euronymous, played by Rory Culkin, as his world spirals out of control...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
It’s hard to convey in an age of equal marriage and gender fluidity the impact that k.d. lang’s Ingénue had when it was released in 1992. The album, 10 tracks that tell of the...
Ewa Banaszkiewicz And Mateusz Dymek
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Spoiler alert: About sixty-four minutes into our debut feature film, one of the main female characters undresses for the...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
One of the glories of contemporary London theatre is its revivals of classic American drama. Year after year, audiences are...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
It was on 16 July 1969 that Apollo 11 lifted off from Florida en route for the Moon, and exactly 50 years later, as we...
Liz Thomson
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Whatever age you are, in whatever era you grew up – wherever you grew up – you will know, perhaps unknowingly, a large...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Not everybody is on Facebook, yet. So far, Mark Zuckerberg’s social media monolith has only managed to scrape together about...
Owen Richards
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Oh to be inside the head of Wayne Coyne. The frazzle-haired frontman has always been an enigma, persistently quirky, morally...
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
When he gave Martin Dysart, the troubled psychiatrist protagonist of Equus, a line in which he speaks about “moments of...
Robert Beale
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Who would have thought that a one-narrator show, mainly about projects that never got off the ground, would turn out to be...
Kathryn Reilly
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Thirty-three years ago, at Manchester's Festival of the Tenth Summer, I fumed that New Order had been given top billing...
Rachel Halliburton
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
This witty street-smart play about a white-skinned boy born to a mixed-race mother deploys its narrative with the dexterity...
Guy Oddy
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Sum 41 were one of those light-weight punk-ish bands in unfeasibly large pairs of shorts that washed up in the wake of Green...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 15 July 2019
"Genius" is a word to be used sparingly, but Django Bates surely is one. “A musical polymath and prodigiously gifted...

★★★ THE FLAMING LIPS - KING'S MOUTH An audacious and charming conceptual fantasy album

★★★ THE DAY WE WALKED ON THE MOON, ITV It was 50 years ago to the day

★★★★★ K.D.LANG, BRIGHTON DOME Superb revival of classic album


★★★★ THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, NOEL COWARD THEATRE Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright

EWA BANASZKIEWICZ AND MATEUSZ DYMEK: 'IS OUR FILM PORNY?' Directors of My Friend the Polish Girl respond to claims they've set the female cause back two decades


THE BEST PLAYS IN LONDON The Arts Desk's stage tips

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Lords of Chaos

Jonas Åkerlund's bloody, unpleasant, yet sometimes humorous account of heavy metal's darkest true story

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The Day We Walked on the Moon, ITV review - it was 50 years ago to the day

You've heard it all before, but this was an entertaining ride

8 Days: To the Moon and Back, BBC Two review - intimate peek at life in lunar capsule

Insightful doco-drama combines re-enactments with real cockpit audio


The Lion King review - a dazzling photocopy

A technological triumph doesn't touch the heart

Gwen review - gothic horror set in north Wales

Period film underuses Maxine Peake and gives starring role to rainy Welsh hills instead

Blu-ray: Lords of Chaos

Jonas Åkerlund's bloody, unpleasant, yet sometimes humorous account of heavy metal's darkest true story

new music

k.d.lang, Brighton Dome review - superb revival of classic album

Iconic Ingénue revisited after 25 years

CD: The Flaming Lips – King’s Mouth

An audacious and charming conceptual fantasy album


Pick of the BBC Proms 2019

Our classical music/opera reviewers choose their favourites from the next eight weeks

Londinium, Griffiths, St John’s Waterloo review - a choral Grand Tour

Leading London choir demonstrate imaginative programming and committed singing

Classical CDs Weekly: Jupiter String Quartet, Bruce Levingston, Paul McCreesh

Newly-commissioned chamber music, a thought-provoking piano recital and a spectacular choral anthology


Pick of the BBC Proms 2019

Our classical music/opera reviewers choose their favourites from the next eight weeks

Don Giovanni, Longborough Festival Opera review - Mozart in the urinal

Coarsened, disembowelled and only quite well sung

Eugene Onegin/Georgiana, Buxton Festival review - poetry and pantomime

Thought provoking Tchaikovsky meets the operatic equivalent of Frankenstein's Monster


The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre review - Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright
Star cast deliver a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece
The Best Plays in London
What to see where and until when: theartsdesk's stage tips
Equus, Trafalgar Studios review - passionate intensity
Lean and hungry brilliance in Ned Bennett's production of Peter Shaffer


Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras, Sadler's Wells review - storming opening to flamenco festival

Sara Baras confirms flamenco as a dynamic and innovative force

Mari review - bittersweet drama with flair

Unusual mash-up of styles creates a strangely compelling film

The Mother, QEH review - Natalia goes psycho

Osipova is mesmerising in bleak dance-drama about maternal mental health


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

Yorkshire Sculpture International review - Hepworth and Moore loom large

A new festival seals Yorkshire's bid to be Britain's home of sculpture

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life, Tate Modern review – beautiful ideas badly installed

The Danish artist who opens our eyes to climate change

Takis, Tate Modern review - science and art collide

Sculptor of magnetism, light and sound gets his first major UK retrospective

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