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Gary Naylor
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
We’re in an agreeable drawing room with author, Charles Condomine, who is looking forward to having a bit of fun with local spiritualist, Madame Arcati, whom he has invited over...
Jessica Duchen
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
75 years after Sir Thomas Beecham founded the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, it’s sobering to reflect that without this one person’s hubris and sheer cantankerousness, British...
Harriet Thompson
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Born in 1840, Thomas Hardy lived a life of in-betweens. Modern yet traditional, the son of a builder who went on to become a famous novelist, he belonged both to Dorset and London...
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
The 31 artists in Mixing it Up all live in this country, but a third of them were born elsewhere – in countries including Belgium, China, Columbia, Germany, Iraq, Zambia and...
Bernard Hughes
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
The Wigmore Hall is a bastion of white musicians playing the music of white composers to a largely white audience and it is to the credit of the management that, in seeking to...
Nick Hasted
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Lindsey Buckingham was last in and first out of Fleetwood Mac’s classic line-up (quitting in 1987, and forced out by long ago ex- Steve Nicks in 2018). He was a would-be Brian...
Matt Wolf
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
A stealthily powerful play gets the production of its dreams in Camp Siegfried, which marks a high-profile UK presence for...
Katie Colombus
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Ben Howard is a man of very few words, unless of course, there’s a guitar accompanying them.These are his first shows since...
Sebastian Scotney
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
The duo partnership between violinist Esther Yoo and pianist Yekwon Sunwoo is still at a very early stage. The announcements...
Laura De Lisle
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
The Coronet Theatre is a beautiful space – it’s a listed Victorian building, and the bar’s like something out of a film...
Daniel Lewis
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
More than once, reading Colson Whitehead’s latest novel Harlem Shuffle, the brilliant Josh and Benny Safdie movie Uncut Gems...
Nick Hasted
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Switching between upstairs and downstairs makes your soul melt, in this first of three Joseph Losey/Harold Pinter films, a...
Gavin Dixon
Monday, 20 September 2021
For most Bruckner fans, the multiple editions and revisions of his symphonies are a problem. But Simon Rattle sees it...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 20 September 2021
Anuvab Pal may be a new name to some UK audiences (although many will know him from the global satirical podcast The Bugle...
Lizzie Hibbert
Monday, 20 September 2021
Historical fiction – perhaps all fiction – presents its authors with the problem of how to convey contextual information...
Graham Rickson
Monday, 20 September 2021
It’s easy to forget that what you see in a competition final isn’t always the full story, the jury members’ votes in this...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 20 September 2021
As the summer folds away on itself, theartsdesk on Vinyl returns. Beset by backlogs at pressing plants and delayed by COVID...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 20 September 2021
Public Service Broadcasting’s latest addition in their on-going string of concept albums could reasonably be described as an...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 19 September 2021
“Reaffirmation” is the sound of a San Francisco ballroom in 1968. The 12-minute long track opens mysteriously with what...
 

★★★ ESTHER YOO, YEKWON SUNWOO, WIGMORE HALL Korean duo needs time to develop

★★★★ DVD/BLU-RAY: THE SERVANT Downtown Abbey goes to hell

★★★ THE LODGER, CORONET THEATRE Underdeveloped family drama

★★★★ CAMP SIEGFRIED, OLD VIC The banality of evil, brilliantly served up

★★★ BEN HOWARD, ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL Authentic and reassuring

★★★★ LSO, RATTLE, BARBICAN A glimpse into Bruckner’s workshop

★★★★ COLSON WHITEHEAD: HARLEM SHUFFLE Period piece speak to the present

disc of the day

Album: Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham

A lovely reckoning with ambiguity, loss and Fleetwood Mac by their exiled leader

tv

Thomas Hardy: Fate, Exclusion and Tragedy, Sky Arts review – too much and not enough

Programme does its best to shine a light on the bleak Wessex writer

Schumacher, Netflix review - authorised version of the life of an F1 legend

Portrait of German race ace doesn't dig deep enough

The North Water, BBC Two review - a terrible voyage into the great beyond

Director Andrew Haigh brings cinematic heft to this bloody whaling odyssey

film

DVD/Blu-ray: The Servant

Downton Abbey goes to hell

The Story of Looking review – bedside musings on how and what we see

A lifetime of looking recalled in words and pictures

Rose Plays Julie review - a sombre story of rape, adoption and a search for identity

In Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor's third feature, revenge is served very cold

new music

Album: Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham

A lovely reckoning with ambiguity, loss and Fleetwood Mac by their exiled leader

Ben Howard, Royal Festival Hall review - authentic and reassuring

An intimate evening of internalised music

theartsdesk on Vinyl 66: Etta James, BABii, George Harrison, Helloween, Cat Stevens, Gnod and more

The biggest, most wide-ranging, regular vinyl reviews in the solar system

classical

Kanneh-Mason, Terfel, RPO, Philharmonia Chorus, Petrenko, RAH review - an anniversary feast

Full chorus and giant orchestra reunite at last to celebrate 75 years and counting

Black British Musical Theatre 1900-1950, Wigmore Hall review – a disappointing missed opportunity

Lecture-recital leaves more questions than answers about an interesting subject

Esther Yoo, Yekwon Sunwoo, Wigmore Hall review - Korean duo needs time to develop

A mixed bag in this new violin-and-piano duo's recital

opera

The Magic Flute, Royal Opera review - all but a guarantee of a great night out

Opera's classiest pantomime looks better than ever in this handsome revival

Rigoletto, Royal Opera review - routine clouds the best in this season opener

Orchestra and chorus pass with flying colours, but tradition weighs heavy elsewhere

Summer seasons in a Covid world: five opera company movers and shakers reflect

The admins are the heroes now: how festivals surmounted all obstacles

theatre

Blithe Spirit, Harold Pinter Theatre review - an amusing, if dated, revival of the Coward classic
Jennifer Saunders delivers a fine turn as the celebrated Madame Arcati in Sir Noël Coward's drawing room comedy
Black British Musical Theatre 1900-1950, Wigmore Hall review – a disappointing missed opportunity
Lecture-recital leaves more questions than answers about an interesting subject
Camp Siegfried, Old Vic review - the banality of evil, brilliantly served up
Bess Wohl two-hander gets a superlative production

dance

Hofesh Shechter Company, Double Murder, Sadler's Wells review - a well-intentioned but misjudged double bill

After the killing spree, a warm group hug. How to send an audience home feeling numb

Beauty Mixed Programme, Royal Ballet review - no dancers? No problem

The company's 90th anniversary celebration triumphs over setbacks

theartsdesk Q&A: choreographer Christopher Scott

The creator of the sizzling dance scenes for 'In The Heights' on how they came about

comedy

Blithe Spirit, Harold Pinter Theatre review - an amusing, if dated, revival of the Coward classic

Jennifer Saunders delivers a fine turn as the celebrated Madame Arcati in Sir Noël Coward's drawing room comedy

Anuvab Pal, Soho Theatre review - Empire and Bollywood collide

Shaggy dog story with some history thrown in

Books

Thomas Hardy: Fate, Exclusion and Tragedy, Sky Arts review – too much and not enough

Programme does its best to shine a light on the bleak Wessex writer

Colson Whitehead: Harlem Shuffle review - period piece speaks to the present

The 'Underground Railroad' novelist lets his hair down with a hardboiled crime piece devoted to 60s Harlem

Sebastian Faulks: Snow Country review - insects under a stone

Faulks' new novel is incapable of saying anything about humanity as a whole

visual arts

Mixing it Up, Hayward Gallery review - a glorious celebration of diversity

Anything goes, from paint on canvas to toothpaste and hair gel under plexiglass

Helen Frankenthaler: Radical Beauty, Dulwich Picture Gallery review - adventures in print

A fresh look at the American painter's reimagining of woodcut

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