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Jonathan Geddes
Friday, 14 June 2024
The current trend for package tours with two headliners appears to be growing, and this jaunt presented somewhat unlikely bedfellows – the theatrical angst of Billy Corgan’s crew...
Helen Hawkins
Friday, 14 June 2024
In Marie Amachoukeli’s Àma Gloria there’s a remarkable performance by a child actor, Louise Mauroy-Panzani. So key is her contribution that It’s fair to say the director...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 14 June 2024
There’s a category of movies that are best seen having read nothing about them. Susquatch Sunset falls into that blood group as its main pleasure comes from working out...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 14 June 2024
Jazz Emu bounds on to the stage, launching into a song that talks about the importance of team work and how he has no ego. But strangely enough, Knight Fever is all about him, a...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 14 June 2024
US electronic perennial Moby has had a good run. He was a rave culture phenomenon from 1991 onwards. He blew that with a vegan punk album. He released Play at the decade’s end and...
Sarah Kent
Thursday, 13 June 2024
Imagine you’ve inherited a castle in West Sussex plus five square miles of farmland. You continue the family tradition of mixed arable and dairy farming, but the soil is so...
Gary Naylor
Thursday, 13 June 2024
You have to tiptoe around the edge of the set just to take your seat in the Park’s studio space for Lidless Theatre’s Miss...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 13 June 2024
For a band just putting out their debut album, West Belfast’s Kneecap have been courting media attention for some while and...
David Nice
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
It may be unusual to begin festival coverage with praise of the overseer rather than the artists. Yet Roger Wright, who...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
VINYL OF THE MONTHAriel Sharratt & Matthias Kom Never Work (BB*Island) + Ella Ronen The Girl With No Skin (BB*Island)Two...
Nick Hasted
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
Viggo Mortensen has parlayed film stardom into the life of a hard-working, bohemian-minded gentleman scholar. His Lord of...
Jonathan Geddes
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
There was a point in this pop revival jaunt where you could feel members of the crowd wince. Not for the performance, but...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
“I feel ashamed because I couldn’t become the man that you always hoped I’d become.” The line is repeated during “Father,”...
Stephen Walsh
Tuesday, 11 June 2024
Why would anyone want to stage a work like The Merry Widow in this day and age? Silly question. It’s the music, stupid. Of...
Heather Neill
Tuesday, 11 June 2024
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an actor tends to take a sympathetic view of the character he inhabits, however...
The Henschel Quartet
Tuesday, 11 June 2024
We vividly remember the image of Martin Lovett, the cellist of the legendary Amadeus Quartet, bursting out laughing. He...
Gary Naylor
Tuesday, 11 June 2024
There are many women whose outstanding science was attributed to men or simply devalued to the point of obscurity, but...
Jenny Gilbert
Monday, 10 June 2024
Success in running a large and expanding dance-house enterprise requires knowing when to play safe and when to play with...
Helen Hawkins
Monday, 10 June 2024
Alice Childress’s Wedding Band has arrived at the Lyric Hammersmith like an incendiary bomb, a weapon that casts a bright...

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THEARTSDESK AT THE 2024 ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL Romantic journeys, cosmic hallucinations and wild stomps

★★★ THE MERRY WIDOW, GLYNDEBOURNE Fun and frolics in the Embassy

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 MARIE CURIE, CHARING CROSS THEATRE Korean musical makes elementary mistakes

★★★★ BEING MR WICKHAM, JERMYN STREET THEATRE The plausible, charming roué gives his version of events 30 years on

Q&A: VIGGO MORTENSEN ON 'THE DEAD DON'T HURT', WESTERNS AND THE DANGER OF PATRIOTISM

disc of the day

Album: Moby - Always Centered at Night

A sprinkling of well-wrought songs enliven a sometimes unstimulating collaborative album

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tv

Eric, Netflix review - a fairytale of New York

Abi Morgan's drama is a strange mix of urban grime and magic realism

theartsdesk Q&A: Matthew Modine on 'Hard Miles', 40 years in showbusiness and safer cycling

An eventful journey from 'Full Metal Jacket' to 'Oppenheimer' and 'Stranger Things'

film

Àma Gloria review - small-scale triumph with a big emotional payload

A six-year-old girl effortlessly carries this sensitively executed love story

Susquatch Sunset review - nature red in tooth and claw (albeit prosthetic)

Ambling out of the primordial swamp with no clear sense of direction

Wilding review - a life enhancing experience

A glorious documentary that engenders hope

new music

Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer, OVO Hydro, Glasgow review - double-bill of unlikely bedfellows makes a racket

Both 90s favourites went hard and heavy, if occasionally too bludgeoning.

Album: Moby - Always Centered at Night

A sprinkling of well-wrought songs enliven a sometimes unstimulating collaborative album

Album: Kneecap - Fine Art

Belfast hip hop trio hit the spot with their lively debut

classical

theartsdesk at the 2024 Aldeburgh Festival - romantic journeys, cosmic hallucinations and wild stomps

Revelation of a master baritone and a new masterpiece at the heart of a packed weekend

First Person: The Henschel Quartet at 30

On places, people, and playing Freda Swain's 'Norfolk' Quartet at the Aldeburgh Festival

Trpčeski, RSNO, Søndergård, Usher Hall, Edinburgh review - flash and sparkle

Pianist as both showman and collaborator in a float through Saint-Saëns

opera

Giulio Cesare, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival review - characterful, lustrous Handel on parade

An infinitely various cast compels as the splendour falls on castle walls

Tosca, Opera Holland Park review - passion and populism

1800, 1968, 2024: a smart revival makes Puccini's evergreen shocker sing again

theatre

Miss Julie, Park Theatre review - Strindberg's kitchen drama still packs a punch
Much adapted play gets a traditional staging fuelled by electric leads
Being Mr Wickham, Jermyn Street Theatre review - the plausible, charming roué gives his version of events 30 years on
Adrian Lukis revisits his disruptive character from the BBC adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'
Marie Curie, Charing Cross Theatre review - like polonium, best left undiscovered
Celebrated scientist is ill-served by confused and dull show imported from Seoul

dance

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

All You Need Is Death review - a future folk horror classic

Irish folkies seek a cursed ancient song in Paul Duane's impressive fiction debut

Books

Hugo Rifkind: Rabbits review - 31 wild parties and a funeral

Comic novel rides the rollercoaster of 1990s teenagerdom among the Scottish elite

Extract: Pariah Genius by Iain Sinclair

A form-defying writer explores the troubled mindscape of a Soho photographer

Jonn Elledge: A History of the World in 47 Borders review - a view from the boundaries

Enjoyable journey through the byways of how lines on maps have shaped the modern world

visual arts

Judy Chicago: Revelations, Serpentine Gallery review - art designed to change the world

At 84, the American pioneer is a force to be reckoned with

Now You See Us: Women Artists in Britain 1520-1920, Tate Britain review - a triumph

Rescued from obscurity, 100 women artists prove just how good they can be

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