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Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 22 July 2018
The Fens of East Anglia, and the lonely coasts that skirt them, usually sit well below the horizon of mainstream culture. Yet when England’s flatlands and their maritime margins...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 22 July 2018
When The Blue Notebooks was originally released in February 2004, it did not seem to be an album which would have the afterlife it has enjoyed. It had little context. Max Richter’...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 22 July 2018
Shoegaze was only a moment really, a scene that flared briefly as the Eighties drew to a close. The music press – the “inkies” - used the term to describe bands, usually flop-...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 21 July 2018
The apocalypse arrives as a series of collegiate sketches in the aptly-named Pity, the Rory Mullarkey play that may well prompt sympathy for audiences who unwittingly find...
David Nice
Saturday, 21 July 2018
The Russian critic was not happy. Ukrainians had rebuffed her at the first of Riccardo Muti's big "Roads of Friendship" concerts this year in Kiev the previous weekend, and after...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 July 2018
 Sverre Indris Joner: Con cierto toque de tango Henning Kraggerud (violin), Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Sverre Indris Joner, with Tango for 3 (Lawo Classics)Sverre Indris Joner...
Russ Coffey
Saturday, 21 July 2018
Graham "Since You Been Gone" Bonnet has long been one of hard rock’s unlikelier stars. When everyone else was wearing denim...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 20 July 2018
The NHS is us. For decades our national identity has been bandaged together with the idea, and reality, of a health service...
David Nice
Friday, 20 July 2018
It's swings and roundabouts for Glyndebourne this season. After the worst of one director currently in fashion, Stefan...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 20 July 2018
Mamma Mia! has a habit of bursting upon us at crucially restorative moments. The Broadway production opened just after 9/11...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 20 July 2018
Arriving back onstage for an encore a broadly smiling Gary Numan bathes in roared football chants of “Numan! Numan!”. He...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 20 July 2018
Birmingham outfit Pram achieved profile amongst alt-music connoisseurs shortly after the millennium. They’d been going for...
Owen Richards
Thursday, 19 July 2018
When director Jenny Lu graduated from university, the promise of a big city career quickly turned into a series of...
David Nice
Thursday, 19 July 2018
Two rules should help the non-Donizettian: avoid all stagings of the prolific Bergamasco's nearly 70 operas other than the...
Katie Colombus
Thursday, 19 July 2018
Cornbury Festival holds a very special place in my heart. When the babies were young, we realised that if we were going to...
Rachel Halliburton
Thursday, 19 July 2018
A raw pagan vitality animates this extraordinary story about a teenage boy wrestling with tumultuous emotions in the face of...
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...
David Nice
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
"When the new god approaches, we surrender, struck dumb". Especially if, for the singer of those words, popular entertainer...
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...
 

★★★★ MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN Sweet, silly, and, best of all, Cher

★★★ GARY NUMAN, ASSEMBLY HALL, WORTHING Eighties' survivor hits hard and loud

★★★★ L'ANGE DE NISIDA / JPYAP SUMMER PROGRAMME Buoyant touch in Donizetti bagatelle

★★★★★ THE ARTS DESK AT CORNBURY Pixie Lott, Amy MacDonald and Alanis Morissette

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

disc of the day

CD: Tanukichan - Sundays

Decent opening shot of phased out dream-pop from California

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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

The Receptionist – London’s underground sex industry laid bare

An incredibly effective and affecting story on life in a brothel

DVD/Blu-ray: The Piano

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

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Max Richter

Another reappearance of the great ‘The Blue Notebooks’

CD: Tanukichan - Sundays

Decent opening shot of phased out dream-pop from California

CD: Graham Bonnet Band - Meanwhile Back in the Garage

The former Rainbow singer preaches to the faithful

classical

theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival - Italians, Ukrainians and an American promote peace

Muti, Malkovich and friends glow in the city of transcendental mosaics

Classical CDs Weekly: Sverre Indris Joner, John McLeod, Poulenc, Stravinsky

Norwegian tango, new Scottish orchestral music and a classic Stravinsky disc returns from the vaults

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

Semi-staged Debussy is visually confused, musically mostly excellent

opera

theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival - Italians, Ukrainians and an American promote peace

Muti, Malkovich and friends glow in the city of transcendental mosaics

Saul, Glyndebourne review - from extravaganza to phantasmagoria

Official: Barrie Kosky's Handel is a contemporary classic

L'Ange de Nisida / JPYAP Summer Programme, Royal Opera - buoyant touch in Donizetti bagatelle

Ideal launch for a reconstructed rarity, and voices of promise in more familiar repertoire

theatre

Pity, Royal Court review - whacked-out and wearing
Collegiate-style Armageddon takes over the Court mainstage
Allelujah!, Bridge Theatre review - hilarious but dark, darker, darkest
Alan Bennett's black comedy is a howl against the privatisation of death
A Monster Calls, Old Vic - wild, beautiful theatre that beguiles and bruises
A fearlessly experimental, physically ingenious exploration of the text

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

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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

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