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Aleks Sierz
Friday, 20 July 2018
The NHS is us. For decades our national identity has been bandaged together with the idea, and reality, of a health service that is free at the point of delivery. Such an object...
David Nice
Friday, 20 July 2018
It's swings and roundabouts for Glyndebourne this season. After the worst of one director currently in fashion, Stefan Herheim, in the unhappy mésalliance of the house's Pelléas...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 20 July 2018
Mamma Mia! has a habit of bursting upon us at crucially restorative moments. The Broadway production opened just after 9/11 and provided necessary balm to a city in shock. Now...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 20 July 2018
Arriving back onstage for an encore a broadly smiling Gary Numan bathes in roared football chants of “Numan! Numan!”. He tells us it’s just over 40 years since he released his...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 20 July 2018
Birmingham outfit Pram achieved profile amongst alt-music connoisseurs shortly after the millennium. They’d been going for over a decade but their weird-masked presentation and...
Owen Richards
Thursday, 19 July 2018
When director Jenny Lu graduated from university, the promise of a big city career quickly turned into a series of rejections. Around this time, a close friend of hers committed...
David Nice
Thursday, 19 July 2018
Two rules should help the non-Donizettian: avoid all stagings of the prolific Bergamasco's nearly 70 operas other than the...
Katie Colombus
Thursday, 19 July 2018
Cornbury Festival holds a very special place in my heart. When the babies were young, we realised that if we were going to...
Rachel Halliburton
Thursday, 19 July 2018
A raw pagan vitality animates this extraordinary story about a teenage boy wrestling with tumultuous emotions in the face of...
Ellie Porter
Thursday, 19 July 2018
System of a Down guitarist and vocalist Daron Malakian isn’t going to let a little thing like his band going on an extended...
David Nice
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
"When the new god approaches, we surrender, struck dumb". Especially if, for the singer of those words, popular entertainer...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street. To vinyl. Only theartsdesk on Vinyl doesn’t just cover music...
Stephen Walsh
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
What a fabulous score Pelléas et Mélisande is, and what a joy to be able to hear it in a concert performance without the...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
At 29 minutes, the second album from Paris’s Juniore is short. But as it makes its point, it’s hard to hear how it needs to...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Cunningly kept under wraps until the last moment, Sacha Baron Coen’s new show is a timely reminder of his gift for trampling...
Bernard Hughes
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
The fourth Prom of this season featured only two contrasting pieces, pitching the unabashed joyfulness and good humour of...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Les Dennis was once a marquee name on Saturday night television as host of Family Fortunes, but since giving up the light...
David Nice
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Light-filled Cadogan Hall is hosting the most fascinatingly programmed concerts in a Proms season not otherwise conspicuous...
Keaton Henson
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
This Friday, July 20, sees the world premiere of Six Lethargies, a composition by the singer-songwriter Keaton Henson,...
 

★★★★★ THE ARTS DESK AT CORNBURY Pixie Lott, Amy MacDonald and Alanis Morissette

★★★★ THE RECEPTIONIST An incredibly effective and affecting story on life in a brothel

★★★★★ ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, OPERA HOLLAND PARK Stylish staging, world-class singing

★★★★ PROM 4, SIMPSON, BBCPO, MENA Terrific Lindberg, brooding Shostakovich

THEARTSDESK ON VINYL 41 Kali Uchis, Orange Goblin, Kirsty MacColl, Walton, Miss Red and more

disc of the day

CD: Pram - Across the Meridian

One of the country's more curious bands returns after an 11-year break

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tv

Unforgotten, Series 3, ITV review - death on the M1

Detectives Stuart and Khan are back to tackle another long-buried mystery

Keeping Faith, BBC One review - this summer's watercooler drama

New BBC Wales drama promises to grip from opening episode

film

The Receptionist – London’s underground sex industry laid bare

An incredibly effective and affecting story on life in a brothel

DVD/Blu-ray: The Piano

Jane Campion's iconic arthouse blockbuster returns, as remarkable as ever

new music

Gary Numan, Assembly Hall, Worthing review - hot and hammering

One of the Eighties' perennial survivors hits the south coast hard and loud

CD: Pram - Across the Meridian

One of the country's more curious bands returns after an 11-year break

theartsdesk at Cornbury: Pixie Lott, Amy MacDonald and Alanis Morissette

Family-friendly festival fun and female empowerment as women of the world headline

classical

Prom 5, Pelléas et Mélisande, Glyndebourne review - for the ears, not the eyes

Semi-staged Debussy is visually confused, musically mostly excellent

Prom 4, Simpson, BBCPO, Mena review - terrific Lindberg, brooding Shostakovich

High-spirited clarinet concerto set against dark symphonic drama

Proms at...Cadogan Hall 1, Perianes, Calidore String Quartet review - mysteries and revelations

The strange adventures of composer Caroline Shaw sit perfectly alongside Schumann

opera

Saul, Glyndebourne review - from extravaganza to phantasmagoria

Official: Barrie Kosky's Handel is a contemporary classic

L'Ange de Nisida / JPYAP Summer Programme, Royal Opera - buoyant touch in Donizetti bagatelle

Ideal launch for a reconstructed rarity, and voices of promise in more familiar repertoire

Ariadne auf Naxos, Opera Holland Park - stylish staging, world-class singing

Strauss and Hofmannsthal's 'mystery of transformation' applied to two women in love

theatre

Allelujah!, Bridge Theatre review - hilarious but dark, darker, darkest
Alan Bennett's black comedy is a howl against the privatisation of death
A Monster Calls, Old Vic - wild, beautiful theatre that beguiles and bruises
A fearlessly experimental, physically ingenious exploration of the text

dance

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The Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum review - a triumph for English National Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's timeless staging brings out the best in ENB

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: 'good people like to work with good people'

The countertenor turned impresario launches a second season of The Grange Festival

comedy

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gaming

Jurassic World Evolution review - manage a dinosaur theme park and make a killing

A comprehensive management sim where you feed the exhibits, the punters and your bank balance

Enter theartsdesk / h Club Young Influencer of the Year award

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Detroit: Become Human review – a robot story with real heart

A big budget interactive story where your decisions can flip the script

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A review - appearances aren't everything

Sumptuous exhibition prioritises image over artist

diep~haven 2018 review - a missed connection?

Curiously apolitical festival of contemporary art at a ferry crossing

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