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Graham Rickson
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Much has been made of Iceman’s characters speaking the ancient Rhaetic dialect, unsubtitled, but that’s never a problem: Felix Randau’s no-frills revenge thriller doesn’t need any...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
There was once a time when grime music was very angry, and very threatening, but that seems a long time ago now. Today, Dizzee Rascal is less a herald of riot and revolt, and more...
Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Awesome numbers: over a million miles, the equivalent of 42 times around the globe, have been traversed by Her Majesty the Queen, enabling visits over the past seven decades or so...
Gavin Dixon
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Keith Warner’s production of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen was first seen at Covent Garden between 2004 and 2006, and is now back for a third and final series of full runs,...
Sarah Kent
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
I’ve just spent four hours in the Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain. The shortlisted artists all show films or videos, which means that you either stay for the duration or...
Jo Southerd
Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Cher. Abba. The Mamma Mia films. If you're not excited by all of the above, I'm afraid we can't be friends. I will not apologise for being thoroughly giddy at the prospect of a...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 24 September 2018
And breathe. Bodyguard – not, as even some careless BBC broadcasters keep calling it, "The Bodyguard" – careered to a...
David Kettle
Monday, 24 September 2018
There’s always been something of a buzz in the air at East Lothian’s Lammermuir Festival. It’s the feeling that it’s somehow...
Marina Vaizey
Monday, 24 September 2018
Heir to one of this country's great textile manufacturing firms, Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947) – highly original in his then...
Mark Kidel
Monday, 24 September 2018
Rod Stewart continues to hit the spot: he never fails to deliver well-crafted music that draws from the wide range of styles...
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Dip in, dip out, argue, agree and disagree: Living with the Gods is the newest manifestation of a rich multimedia format...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 23 September 2018
In 2016, a writer from The Washington Post thought they had found Bobbie Gentry. After announcing their presence via the...
Katherine Waters
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Iris is a museum conservator with a pair of pre-adolescent daughters and a failing marriage. Raif is a widower and an...
Jasper Rees
Sunday, 23 September 2018
Chas Hodges has died at the age of 74, bringing to an end a career that reaches back to the very beginnings of British pop...
Joe Muggs
Sunday, 23 September 2018
It may be mean to say, but it seems sadness agrees with Tim Hecker. The Canadian has been a mainstay of the global...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 22 September 2018
Domnhall Gleeson needs to watch it. In Goodbye Christopher Robin he played AA Milne, the creator of Pooh and co. To achieve...
Owen Richards
Saturday, 22 September 2018
Why is M.I.A. such a problematic pop star? Why can't she just shut up and release a hit? Tellingly, this is the very...

★★★★ MATANGI/MAYA/M.L.A. From asylum-seeker to Grammy-winner

★★★★★ BODYGUARD, SERIES FINALE, BBC ONE Gripping entertainment of the highest calibre

★★ THE LITTLE STRANGER 'Room' director's Sarah Waters' haunted-house yarn will leave you cold

★★★ CD: TIM HECKER - KONOYO Shimmering beauty from Canadian-Japanese collaboration


★★ I OBJECT, BRITISH MUSEUM Dissidence show doesn't allow objects to speak for themselves

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Iceman

Prehistoric revenge thriller, with lots of hollering

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Queen of the World, ITV review - born to run and run

A year in the life of the Queen and her Commonwealth

Bodyguard, BBC One, series finale review - gripping entertainment of the highest calibre

Was it the police, the government or MI5 who murdered Julia Montague? And was she really dead? CONTAINS SPOILERS

A Discovery of Witches, episode 2, Sky 1 review - when the sorceress met the vampire

Supernatural chills and thrills in TV version of the 'All Souls Trilogy'


DVD/Blu-ray: Iceman

Prehistoric revenge thriller, with lots of hollering

The Little Stranger review - the wrong sort of chills

Sarah Waters' haunted-house yarn from the maker of Room will leave you cold

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. review - not your average popstar

From asylum-seeker to Grammy-winner, documentary reveals the activist behind the music

new music

CD: Cher - Dancing Queen

A shameless celebration of all that glitters

CD: Rod Stewart - Blood Red Roses

An old hitmaker won't ever let you down

Reissue CDs Weekly: Bobbie Gentry

‘The Girl From Chickasaw County’ is an enlightening box set dedicated to the ‘Ode to Billie Joe’ hitmaker


Lammermuir Festival 2018 review - a bigger buzz

East Lothian's award-winning festival continues to challenge, provoke and illuminate

Classical CDs Weekly: Bernstein, Rachmaninov, Jeffrey Roden

A Broadway musical, Russian symphonies exhumed and a quiet American radical

Jansen, LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - nature's splendours and a fond farewell

Richly imaginative 20th-century music sees out a long-serving LSO violinist in style


Das Rheingold, Royal Opera review - high drama and dark comedy

Strong casting and dynamic staging augur well for Covent Garden’s latest Ring revival

Isouard's Cendrillon, Bampton Classical Opera review - stepsisters shine in fairy-tale bagatelle

Maltese-French composer's Cinders opera is mostly routine, but performed with esprit

Parsifal, Saffron Opera Group review - drama and focus

Amateur company continues its run of dramatically compelling Wagner


Poet in da Corner, Royal Court review - mind-blowing energy plus plus plus
Semi-autobiographical coming of age story jumps to the sounds of grime
Eyam, Shakespeare's Globe review - plague drama, dark and loose
Back to the 17th century: the village that cut itself off to die
Henry V, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol review - the pity of war
A strikingly contemporary take on a humanity's addiction to conflict


'It’s more fun to dance in a tutu': Tory Dobrin of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The artistic director of the Trocks explains how he keeps his ballet parodists on their toes

theartsdesk in Riga - 43,290 Latvians sing and dance for their country

Individual souls conjoined with a passionate belief in peace and music achieve miracles

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 League of Gentlemen Live Again!, Sunderland Empire review - going local for local people

Sketch group back on the road for the first time since 2005

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Rose Matafeo review

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner has a wonderfully daft show


Marvel's Spider-Man review - fandom fodder at its finest

Swinging in the city with the arachnid avenger

h Club 100 Awards: Video games - pioneers with heart and soul

High tech meets high calibre in this year’s list of gaming’s brightest sparks

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

visual arts

Turner Prize 2018, Tate Britain review - a shortlist dominated by political issues

Identity politics, fake news, colonialism and racism addressed in film and video

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne review - much loved treasures, seen afresh

Favourite paintings from the Courtauld Gallery reveal the collector's eye

I object, British Museum review - censorship, accidental?

Exhibition on dissidence and subversion doesn't allow objects to speak for themselves


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