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Boyd Tonkin
Friday, 19 July 2019
Die Zauberflöte rarely attracts the plain cooks of the operatic world. Mozart’s farewell opera chucks so many highly-spiced ingredients into its outlandish pot – pantomime and...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 19 July 2019
One of the most memorable moments in Ron Howard’s documentary about Luciano Pavarotti is one of its earliest scenes. It’s a chunk of amateur video shot when Pavarotti visited the...
Sarah Kent
Friday, 19 July 2019
The City of London is an ecological disaster. Around Bank, Mansion House and Cannon Street there’s scarcely a green leaf to be seen. Glass, steel, concrete and tarmac create an...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 19 July 2019
French director Agnès Varda looks back over a cinematic career of seven decades in this a richly moving film farewell, finished not long before her death at the end of March, aged...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 19 July 2019
Club music has its own micro-universe, with its own rules, jargon, and fans. It also has globe-trotting stars most people have never heard of. Much of the music is functional, to...
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...
Theartsdesk
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...
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...
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...
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,...
Katie Colombus
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
I guess the thing with jazz is, you never quite know where you stand with it. The endless, drifting circular loops of sound...
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...
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...
Theartsdesk
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty...
 

★★★ BOOGARINS, JAZZ CAFE  Psychedelic hues and Brazilian grooves

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

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

★★★★ INSIDE THE SOCIAL NETWORK: FACEBOOK'S DIFFICULT YEAR, BBC TWO How big can it get?

★★ THE LION KING A technological triumph doesn't touch the heart

PICK OF THE BBC PROMS 2019 Our critics choose highlights from the next eight weeks

disc of the day

CD: Hot Since 82 - 8-track

Successful DJ-producer fires out a brain bubblebath for the initiated

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tv

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

film

Pavarotti review - enjoyable but superficial survey of a superstar

Ron Howard's portrait of the fabled tenor leaves his inner life unexamined

Varda by Agnès review - a richly moving film farewell

Her wonderful personality to the fore, Agnès Varda shares her life and work

The Lion King review - a dazzling photocopy

A technological triumph doesn't touch the heart

new music

CD: Hot Since 82 - 8-track

Successful DJ-producer fires out a brain bubblebath for the initiated

Boogarins, Jazz Cafe review - psychedelic hues and Brazilian grooves

A trippy conversation where the psyche-pop-rock doesn't get lost in translation

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

Iconic Ingénue revisited after 25 years

classical

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

opera

Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne Festival review – high jinks in the Grand Mozart Hotel

Some delicious singing cuts through fanciful upstairs-downstairs frolics

Pavarotti review - enjoyable but superficial survey of a superstar

Ron Howard's portrait of the fabled tenor leaves his inner life unexamined

Pick of the BBC Proms 2019

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

theatre

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

dance

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

gaming

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

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