thu 19/07/2018

theartsdesk com, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

David Nice
Thursday, 19 July 2018
"When the new god approaches, we surrender, struck dumb". Especially if, for the singer of those words, popular entertainer Zerbinetta, the “new god” takes the shape of same-sex...
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 hiatus get in the way of releasing new music. With SOAD...
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 for dancing, it covers every style of music imaginable...
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 distraction of some over-sophisticated director’s self-...
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 be longer. Magnifique opens with “Ça Balance”, a...
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 the boundaries of good taste and decorum. But despite...
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,...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
The first words we hear in The Piano are the thoughts of Holly Hunter’s Ada, and they set up the film’s premise perfectly: “...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 16 July 2018
"Homeward Bound – the Farewell Tour", they were calling it. But with a show this strong, nobody would complain if that...
David Nice
Monday, 16 July 2018
How do you go about co-ordinating a spectacular like this, the first ever BBC Young Musicians' Prom? With 23 brilliant...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 16 July 2018
So it’s back to London’s Bishop Street police station for a third series of screenwriter Chris Lang’s cold case saga. The...
Javi Fedrick
Monday, 16 July 2018
Hailing from Canada and born from the ashes of cult indie heroes Women (the band responsible for that chiming Calgary guitar...
Matthew Wright
Monday, 16 July 2018
This is Drake’s account of his astrological sign, the only one to be represented in multiple forms: an eagle and phoenix as...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 15 July 2018
On new year’s day in 2013, Guy Stagg set out to walk alone from Canterbury to Jerusalem. He planned this journey, which...
Nick Hasted
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Father Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) calls himself one of God’s lonely men. The term given to Paul Schrader’s anti-heroes since...
David Nice
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Valiant Opera Holland Park, always taking up the gauntlet for Italian operas which should mostly never be staged again....
 

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

★★★ JUNIOR - MAGNIFIQUE Glistening, archetype-aware second album from Parisian pop stylists

KEATON HESTON ON CREATING 'SIX LETHARGIES' Interconnection of music and human emotion

★★★★★ DVD/BLU-RAY: THE PIANO Jane Campion's iconic arthouse blockbuster returns

★★★★ PROM 5, PELLEAS ET MELISANDE For the ears, not the eyes

★★ WHO IS AMERICA?, CHANNEL 4 Sudden return of Sacha Baron Cohen

disc of the day

CD: Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway – Dictator

The System of a Down songwriter's latest project should keep the troops happy

Subscribe to theartsdesk.com

Thank you for continuing to read our work on theartsdesk.com. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £3.95 per month or £30 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.

To take an annual subscription now simply click here.

And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a theartsdesk.com gift subscription?

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

DVD/Blu-ray: The Piano

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

First Reformed - faith fights the eco-apocalypse

Hawke and Seyfried search for divine light in Paul Schrader's austere parable

Summer 1993 review - the tenderest fabric of childhood

Aching sensitivity and directorial magic in an outstanding Catalan debut

new music

CD: Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway – Dictator

The System of a Down songwriter's latest project should keep the troops happy

CD: Juniore - Magnifique

Glistening, archetype-aware second album from Parisian pop stylists

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

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

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

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

Semi-staged Debussy is visually confused, musically mostly excellent

Isabeau, Opera Holland Park review - Mascagni's lumpy Godiva-ride rarity

Fine singing and playing can't quite sell a hoary slice of awkward medievalism

theatre

The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre review - an acting tour de force
A newly-minimalist Sam Mendes guides an expert cast to sublime heights
Alkaline, Park Theatre review - faith, friendship and failure
Female friendship comedy drama is occasionally bright, but lacks plot and depth

dance

Enter theartsdesk / h Club Young Influencer of the Year award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club100 Awards, we're looking for the best cultural writers, bloggers and vloggers

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

Enter theartsdesk / h Club Young Influencer of the Year award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club100 Awards, we're looking for the best cultural writers, bloggers and vloggers

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

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club100 Awards, we're looking for the best cultural writers, bloggers and vloggers

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

newsletter

Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

Simply enter your email address in the box below

View previous newsletters