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Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 21 October 2018
The intrepid philosopher Julian Baggini has travelled the world, going to academic conferences, interviewing scores of practicing philosophers from academics to gurus, trying to...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 21 October 2018
When, as an artist, you live under the power of a quasi-dictatorship, you choose to stay rather than go into exile, and you want to avoid being thrown into prison, one of the best...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 21 October 2018
From 7.30pm on Thursday 19 January 1967, George Martin and The Beatles spent the next seven hours at the Abbey Road’s Studio 2 working through takes one to four of “In the Life of...
David Nice
Saturday, 20 October 2018
Why are great Wagnerian singers the most down-to-earth and collegial in the world of opera? Perhaps you have to be to master and sustain the biggest roles in the business, ones...
Demetrios Matheou
Saturday, 20 October 2018
It’s not for nothing that Alfonso Cuarón’s mercurial CV includes Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, because this director really knows something about alchemy. His...
Boyd Tonkin
Saturday, 20 October 2018
You can always depend on Handel to turn verbal dross into musical gold. The chasm between lumbering doggerel and soaring sound can seldom have yawned wider, though, that in...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 20 October 2018
Olivia Colman will in due course be appearing as Elizabeth II in The Crown, surely a role of a very different hue to her...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 20 October 2018
"What could possibly go wrong?" The question ends the first act of Wise Children, the debut venture from the new company...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 20 October 2018
 Bernstein: The Complete Naxos Recordings Marin Alsop (conductor) (Naxos)One of the best reasons for investing in this...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 20 October 2018
“Caustic motherfucker”. There it is, right up in the first few lines of Baxter Dury's spoken narration over the sleazy,...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 19 October 2018
There aren’t many movies that cater to audiences with a passion for canine grooming, the mafia and dismal seaside resorts...
Rachel Halliburton
Friday, 19 October 2018
This blisteringly intense evening at Trafalgar Studios begins with two strangers in an Amsterdam hotel bedroom and – through...
Demetrios Matheou
Friday, 19 October 2018
While much has been said of Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s cult horror Suspiria, it’s the latest stylishly...
David Kettle
Friday, 19 October 2018
More than 1,700 teenage finalists representing 78 countries take part in the annual International Science and Engineering...
Owen Richards
Friday, 19 October 2018
Watching Matthew Holness’ debut feature Possum, you’d be forgiven in thinking he was a tortured soul. Lead character Phillip...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 19 October 2018
“Psychopathologies come and go but they always tell us about the historical time period in which they’re produced.” So says...
David Nice
Thursday, 18 October 2018
Single adjectives by way of description always sell masterpieces short, and especially the ambiguous symphonies forged in...

★★★★ DOGMAN Matteo Garrone takes on the mafia again

★★★★ A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK, TRAFALGAR STUDIOS Warmly funny and deeply moving

★★★ GENERATION WEALTH Documentary ramble through greed, money and vicarious excess

★★★★ LFF 2018: IN FABRIC Peter Strickland's horror comedy is dressed to kill

MATTHEW HOLNESS INTERVIEW 'I wanted to make a modern silent horror film'

disc of the day

CD: Gaye Su Aykol - Istiklarli Hayal Hakikattir

Surf-guitar blends with Turkish tradition

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There She Goes, BBC Four review - mining disability for family comedy?

Writer Shaun Pye's family experience makes for less than parental paradise

Informer, BBC One review - keeping tabs on terror

Going underground with the Confidential Informant Programme

Barneys, Books and Bust Ups, BBC Four review - the Booker Prize at 50

The award's half-century has brought scandals aplenty, welcome publicity pay-offs, too


LFF 2018: Roma review – Alfonso Cuarón’s triumphant return to Mexico

The Gravity director comes back down to Earth with a ravishing love letter to the women in his childhood

Dogman review - Matteo Garrone takes on the mafia again

Black comedy crime caper turns very dark but never loses all its heart

LFF 2018: In Fabric review – Peter Strickland’s horror comedy is dressed to kill

Plus first looks at the revolting Scots of Outlaw King and tech dreamers in The Hummingbird Project

new music

CD: Gaye Su Aykol - Istiklarli Hayal Hakikattir

Surf-guitar blends with Turkish tradition

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Action

‘Shadows and Reflections’: classy box set celebration of the great, George Martin-supported Sixties band

CD: Baxter Dury, Etienne de Crécy and Delilah Holliday - B.E.D.

A small but perfectly sleazy work of sweary, cynical brilliance


Classical CDs Weekly: Bernstein, English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, Kubrick's Music

A 100th birthday box set, 17th century winds, plus music favoured by a famous film director

Fröst, BBCSO, Oramo, Barbican review - blood, sweat and sweetness

Sheer heart attack in Prokofiev's Sixth Symphony crowns a rich and varied programme


theartsdesk in Stockholm: the Birgit Nilsson Prize unites two great Wagnerian sopranos

Nina Stemme does honour to her compatriot, who would have been 100 this year

Porgy and Bess, English National Opera review - strength in depth on Catfish Row

A heroic cast steers Gershwin's masterpiece home in style

Solomon, Royal Opera review - an awkward compromise of a performance

Handel's oratorio given a handsome but frustrating account


Wise Children, Old Vic review - Emma Rice in fun if not quite top-flight form
Angela Carter adaptation strains to sustain its high spirits
A Guide For The Homesick, Trafalgar Studios review - warmly funny and deeply moving
Ken Urban's play is a psychological thriller crossed with a love story
Company, Gielgud Theatre review - here's to a sensational musical rebirth
Marianne Elliott's gender-swapped Sondheim is a revelation


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


Ivo Graham, Soho Theatre review - the perils of growing up

Going deep into personal material unearths lots of laughs

Nish Kumar, Soho Theatre review - the state we're in

He's angry – but he has a lot to be angry about


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?

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, V&A review - gaming for all

A comprehensive look at gaming present and future has surprisingly broad appeal

visual arts

Modern Couples, Barbican review - an absurdly ambitious survey of artist lovers

Exhibition revises the notion of the artist as lone genius, but reveals little else

The Best Exhibitions in London

From the Turner Prize shortlist to the future of gaming: our guide to what to see in the city


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