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Thomas H Green
Monday, 23 September 2019
While bands such as The Birthday Party, Siouxsie and the Banshees and, especially, Bauhaus had a hand in inventing goth music at the start of the Eighties, it was The Sisters of...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 23 September 2019
Ed Byrne's new show takes a philosophical bent as he muses on middle age and fatherhood. But don't worry, he's not getting soft at the age of 47 – he's as sarcastic, caustic and...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 23 September 2019
Charles Hazlewood (b. 1966) has worked across the gamut of orchestral music, his career showcasing the multitude of ways it can be perceived and enjoyed. Recently he has reengaged...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 23 September 2019
New Pornographer-in-chief AC Newman grew up enraptured by how much and how little pop could be: from David Bowie shucking skins to the rush of the Monkees’ “Daydream Believer”, to...
Stephanie Sy-Quia
Sunday, 22 September 2019
October 5th in the United States is a day for righteous rage. In 2016 it marked the release of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape in which Donald Trump made his now-infamous “...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Amongst the issues integral to the final album The Beatles recorded two, though usually low profile, are worth bearing mind. Abbey Road was their first album to be released in...
Stephen Walsh
Sunday, 22 September 2019
You can love Carmen as much as you like (as much as I do, for instance), and still have a certain sympathy for the poor...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Hatari’s 10th placing in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest hasn’t done them any harm. Neither did ruffling the feathers of...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Keane grew up six miles away in Battle, making this night in balmy Bexhill-on-Sea as close as they can practically get to a...
Peter Culshaw
Saturday, 21 September 2019
This episode of Peter Culshaw's occasional global music radio update features guest interview Viveick Rajagopalan, one of...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 September 2019
 Eleanor Alberga: String Quartets 1, 2 & 3 Ensemble Arcadiana (Navona Records)Eleanor Alberga’s String Quartet No 2...
Saturday, 21 September 2019
There are films to meet every taste in theartsdesk's guide to the best movies currently on release. In our considered...
Marina Vaizey
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Over the past four decades Martin Gayford, The Spectator’s art critic, has travelled the world, been published in an amazing...
Mark Kidel
Saturday, 21 September 2019
Rachid Taha, sadly felled by a heart attack just over a year ago, has come back from the dead! He could not sound more...
Robert Beale
Friday, 20 September 2019
The Hallé Orchestra has a good track record when it comes to bringing in young talents with exciting prospects, and its 2019...
Rachel Halliburton
Friday, 20 September 2019
The Permanent Way first roared its way into the national consciousness in 2003 when, after a triumphant opening in York...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 20 September 2019
David Cameron has been a recluse since the fateful days of June 2016 when the referendum on EU membership didn’t go quite...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 20 September 2019
Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch’s “refugee musical” – now there’s a phrase you don’t expect to write – is a treat....
Veronica Lee
Friday, 20 September 2019
Count Arthur Strong, the character created by Steve Delaney, started life in the late 1990s and  became a cult figure...

★★★★ KEANE - CAUSE AND EFFECT Tim Rice-Oxley's break-up reunites his band with songcraft and synth-pop

★★★★ OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY, WILTON'S MUSIC HALL Klezmer revue is moving and inventive

★★★ THE CAMERON YEARS, BBC ONE Quite interesting but a bit boring

★★★★ COUNT ARTHUR STRONG, LEEDS CITY VARIETIES Stargazing and mangled syntax



★★★★ THE PERMANENT WAY, THE VAULTS Devastating resurrection of play tackling corporate greed

disc of the day

CD: The New Pornographers – In the Morse Code of Brake Lights

Neko Case substantially contributes to more allusive art-pop

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The Cameron Years, BBC One review - quite interesting but a bit boring

The former Prime Minister finally opens up about the EU referendum

City on a Hill, Sky Atlantic review - power, corruption and larceny in 1990s Boston

The cast is strong, the action is brisk and the politics are poisonous


The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

The Farewell review - warmly comic culture-clash

Deathbed deceit causes Chinese-American confusion in a sly memoir

Ad Astra review – out of this world

Brad Pitt is the astronaut whose mission is to save the solar system – from his dad

new music

The Sisters of Mercy, Roundhouse review - hits delivered from the darkness

The men in black raise an energised storm of theatrically arch rock'n'roll

CD: The New Pornographers – In the Morse Code of Brake Lights

Neko Case substantially contributes to more allusive art-pop

10 Questions for conductor Charles Hazlewood

The man with the baton talks books, Brexit, minimalism, techno and time machines


Classical CDs Weekly: Eleanor Alberga, Parry, Blondel

Contemporary string quartets, English motets and medieval wind music


Carmen, Welsh National Opera review - intermittent brilliance in a gloomy, unclear environment

Bizet's tragic masterpiece well sung but short on dramatic momentum

Werther, Royal Opera review - shadows and sunsets from an unreconstructed romantic

Massenet's opera shines bright, notwithstanding a slightly clunky hero

Don Giovanni, Royal Opera review - laid-back Lothario

Revival cast variable, but Erwin Schrott delivers as the would-be seducer


Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, Wilton's Music Hall review - klezmer revue is moving and inventive
An original piece of theatre-making finds joyous exuberance, as well as sorrow, in the immigrant experience
Big the Musical - sweet if wildly overstretched
Onetime Broadway flop has more charm in London but still needs work


Alvin Ailey, Programme C review - black, beautiful, brilliant

America's No.1 rounds off its triumphant visit with a diddly-doo-wop

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Sadler's Wells review - Still more Revelations

America's favourite dance ticket shows us how it's done

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet, Sadler's Wells review - heart-stopping drama

The plot isn't perfect, but this bad romance still packs a punch


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 author Martin Gayford

The prolific writer shares his love of art and jazz and talks about what makes a good writer

Foragers of the Foreshore - London's mudlarks on show

The director of Totally Thames introduces this year's festival, including an exhibition of mudlarks and their finds

Artists in Amsterdam, Dulwich Picture Gallery review - a slight but evocative sketch

Amsterdam was Europe's economic hub in the 17th century, a fact reflected in its art

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