tue 13/11/2018

theartsdesk com, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
London’s Palace Theatre this week celebrated the thousandth performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened there back in 2016. Like everything else JK Rowing puts...
Saskia Baron
Monday, 12 November 2018
Peter Jackson has form when it comes to re-examining cinema history. In 1995 he made Forgotten Silver, a documentary about Colin McKenzie, a New Zealand filmmaker who not only...
Heather Neill
Monday, 12 November 2018
Robert Hastie is a little late for our meeting. Directing Shakespeare's darkest tragedy in London while also running Sheffield Theatres must sometimes cause a logjam of...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 12 November 2018
Missa in Angustiis. Mass in troubled times. There was a logic in programming Haydn’s D minor Mass on the Armistice Centenary day. The final words of the mass, dona nobis pacem,...
Katherine Waters
Monday, 12 November 2018
When, in 1853, Edward Burne-Jones (or Edward Jones as he then was) went up to Exeter College, Oxford, it could hardly have been expected that the course of his life would change...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 12 November 2018
Steve McQueen’s progress from video artist to Oscar-winning director has been deceptively smooth. The chasm between Bobby Sands’ emaciated martyrdom in his feature debut, Hunger (...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 12 November 2018
My Name is Safe in Your Mouth takes off with “Above You, Around You”, its fourth track. Up to that point, progress has been...
Alexandra Coghlan
Sunday, 11 November 2018
In a week of flickering memorial candles and cascading poppies we’ve all been asked to contemplate the pity of war – to...
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 11 November 2018
Dramatic Exchanges is a dazzling array of correspondence, stretching over more than a century, between National Theatre...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 11 November 2018
When Jazz on a Summer's Day was first seen in American cinemas in March 1960, it showed that seeing popular music live could...
Howard Male
Sunday, 11 November 2018
Whatever happened to real singer-songwriters? That is to say the kind of artist that raged against society’s ills in one...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 10 November 2018
Because of the #MeToo movement, and the revival of feminist protest, the theme of sisterhood now has a much stronger...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 10 November 2018
The trailer for Overlord promises havoc, horror, evil, madness, terror and rage, and to be fair it delivers on most of those...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 10 November 2018
 A Walk with Ivor Gurney Tenebrae, Aurora Orchestra, Sarah Connolly, Simon Callow, Nigel Short (conductor) (Signum...
Graham Fuller
Saturday, 10 November 2018
A revelatory moment comes hallway through Wildlife when frustrated American housewife Jeanette Brinson (Carey Mulligan) is...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 10 November 2018
“I don't peak early / I don't peak at all,” goes the wryly self-aware line in the opening song here, “Take me to the Movies...
Heather Neill
Friday, 09 November 2018
Don Quixote and his paunchy sidekick long ago escaped the pages of Miguel de Cervantes' novel. The image of the sad-faced...

★★★ THE HOES, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Sex, drink & grime in a smart, funny but slender debut

★★★★ WILDLIFE Carey Mulligan does some of the most dangerous acting of her career

★★★ DVD/BLU-RAY: HITLER'S HOLLYWOOD Unwrapping sugar-coated cover-up of Nazi cinema

★★★★ DON QUIXOTE, GARRICK THEATRE Riotous revival of Cervantes'  much-loved tale

★★★★★ CD: SARAH GILLESPIE - WISHBONES Memorable characters & imagery brim over

disc of the day

CD: Imogen Heap - The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The cult alt-pop star's soundtrack finally receives a release

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?


They Shall Not Grow Old, BBC Two review - Peter Jackson's Great War finale

Dazzling reworking of faded footage from the Western front

WW1: The Last Tommies, BBC Four review - Great War stories

Centrepiece of the BBC's World War One season makes for remarkable oral history

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix review - girl power goes supernatural

Bold and politicised update of teenage witch saga


Widows review - feminist crime pays

Steve McQueen coolly recalibrates the heist film

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Overlord review - nightmares in Normandy

War is worse than hell in JJ Abrams-produced D-Day shocker

new music

CD: Imogen Heap - The Music of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The cult alt-pop star's soundtrack finally receives a release

CD: Liela Moss - My Name is Safe in Your Mouth

Arresting first solo album from the voice of The Duke Spirit

Reissue CDs Weekly: Jazz on a Summer's Day

‘60th Anniversary Special Edition’ of the trailblazing film documenting 1958’s Newport Jazz Festival


LSO, Roth, Barbican - not enough pathos, but a remarkable step-in

Bass William Thomas, still a student, stepped in and shone in Bartók’s Cantata Profana

Borodin Quartet, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review - mixed results in oddball Czechfest

More in-your-face playing needed for a bold and unusual programme


The Silver Tassie, BBCSO, Barbican review - a bracing memorial for the WW1 anniversary

An exceptional concert performance brings Turnage's opera back to blistering life

The Rake's Progress, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review - supreme fluency from Eden to Bedlam

Toby Spence captures every facet of Tom Rakewell in perfectly detailed Stravinsky

Serse, Fagioli, Il Pomo d'Oro, Barbican review - a night in counter-tenor heaven

Daredevil artistry brings Handel's tragi-comedy to life


Robert Hastie: 'a seam of love runs through the play' - interview
The director talks about Macbeth in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, cross-gender casting and the director's role
Dramatic Exchanges review - a brilliant slice of theatre history
A rich epistolary stage biography, ‘The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre'
The Hoes, Hampstead Theatre review - sex and drink and grime
Girls just wanna have fun in the sun - smart, funny but slender debut play


Carlos Acosta: A Celebration, Royal Albert Hall

Candid images of retired ballet legend on stage

'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


Ayesha Hazarika, Soho Theatre review - feminism examined

Fascinating and often funny take on the subject

Ivo Graham, Soho Theatre review - the perils of growing up

Going deep into personal material unearths lots of laughs


Red Dead Redemption 2 review - the cowboy drama makes a triumphant return

An ambitious Wild West odyssey that matches epic scale with benchmark skill

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review – less is more

Solo rations have been relegated from this benchmark war series

FIFA 19 review - the best just got a bit better

It looks and plays great, but what’s new?

visual arts

Edward Burne-Jones, Tate Britain review - time for a rethink?

Wide-ranging exhibition of idiosyncratic English artist, both loved and loathed

Klimt/Schiele, Royal Academy review - the line of gauntness

Elegance and brutality converge in drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna

The new V&A Photography Centre review - a new museum to make us proud

'Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital' launches the V&A's latest project


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