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Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 20 July 2024
There’s an exuberant comedy from the start in Katori Hall’s The Hot Wing King, which comes to London after an initial Covid-truncated Off Broadway run which brought her a Pulitzer...
David Nice
Friday, 19 July 2024
Jerry Herman is the king of pep. Way too much of it in the first 20 minutes of the recent revue Jerry’s Girls had me screaming for a breather, but here the opening cavalcade,...
Issy Brooks-Ward
Friday, 19 July 2024
How do you give voice to a history that is intimate to your own in one sense, whilst being the story of others whom you never knew? This is a question that Ellen McWilliams, in...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 19 July 2024
The Baker's Wife closed on the way to Broadway in 1976, since which time Stephen Schwartz's stubbornly resistent if sweetly scored musical has been revived and reworked all over...
Theartsdesk
Friday, 19 July 2024
So maybe there’s a bigger quota of popular Proms, leading Stephen Walsh to lambast what he sees as "junk" to avoid. It surely doesn’t matter. Among the 89 concerts, some of them...
Graham Fuller
Friday, 19 July 2024
As Janis Pugh’s semi-autobiographical Chuck Chuck Baby draws to a close, the camera fondly plays around the smiling faces of some of its voiceless female characters – careworn...
Tim Cumming
Friday, 19 July 2024
With a title track that sounds like the theme tune of the best TV series of your life – only it doesn’t exist yet –...
Boyd Tonkin
Thursday, 18 July 2024
Could “Cav and Pag” give way to “Sue and Pag”? As a double-bill partner for Leoncavallo’s backstage shocker Pagliacci, Opera...
India Lewis
Thursday, 18 July 2024
Claire Messud’s This Strange Eventful History is personal: a novel, that is, strangely inflected by autobiography, a history...
David Nice
Thursday, 18 July 2024
"The world meets in Pärnu", slogan for the 14th festival in Estonia's summer seaside capital, has held good ever since Paavo...
Joe Muggs
Thursday, 18 July 2024
Two of the biggest trends in 21st century pop culture today have been “poptimism” – broadly, the idea that pop as such is as...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 17 July 2024
Jenna Coleman seems to pick her roles with care, whether it’s Queen Victoria, the girlfriend of mass murderer Charles...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 17 July 2024
Hannah Berner isn't a big name in stand-up (yet), but she's well known enough in the United States to have come to Netflix's...
Mark Kidel
Wednesday, 17 July 2024
The artist Bill Viola died, after a long illness, early in the morning of Friday 12 July. I had the privilege of getting to...
Ellie Roberts
Wednesday, 17 July 2024
Indie rock duo the Raveonettes add an ethereal touch to 10 popular songs in their latest album, made up entirely of covers....
Lucia Lucas
Tuesday, 16 July 2024
Until last week, Tippett’s New Year had not been staged since 1990, probably because it’s considered very hard to produce. I...
Helen Hawkins
Monday, 15 July 2024
A stark end-title at the end of this collection of short films sums up the dire situation the UK is in: one in five people,...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 15 July 2024
Orange Goblin have been flying the flag for exuberant biker rock for the best part of a generation. Yet, somewhat incredibly...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 14 July 2024
Michael Thevis made his money from pornography. In the Seventies, his Atlanta warehouses were stuffed with most of America’s...

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CLASSICAL CDS French piano music, a star-studded concerto, two Finnish symphonies

★★★★ CHRIS COHEN - PAINT A ROOM Former Deerhoof man fashions a shimmering gem

★★★★ BUXTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Power and glory in early Verdi

★★★★ MORE THAN ONE STORY Nine helpings of provocative political theatre

FIRST PERSON: TRANS OPERA SINGER LUCIA LUCAS On Tippett's New Year and her life in music

★★★★ ORANGE GOBLIN - SCIENCE NOT FICTION Biker rock from London’s metal veterans

★★ VISIT FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Slim, overly earthbound

★★★ LONGLEGS Like its titular killer, this summer's most hyped horror film leaves no trace

disc of the day

Album: Slowly Moving Camera - Silver Shadow

Trip-hop jazz trio release a sonic cinematic spirit

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tv

The Jetty, BBC One review - lowlife in a Northern town

Jenna Coleman stars in a dark tale of abuse and exploitation

The Turkish Detective, BBC Two review - a bad business in the Bosphorus

Barbara Nadel's Inspector Ikmen novels reach the screen

The Night Caller, Channel 5 review - all he hears is radio ga ga

Robert Glenister and Sean Pertwee star in smartly-written thriller

film

Chuck Chuck Baby review - love among the feathers

Louise Brealey and Annabel Scholey shine in a working-class musical romance

More Than One Story review - nine helpings of provocative political theatre

Cardboard Citizens shine an unforgiving light on poverty in the UK

Longlegs review - like its titular killer, this summer's most hyped horror film leaves no trace

A white-knuckle experience, but not much more, despite Nicolas Cage on familiar form

new music

Album: Slowly Moving Camera - Silver Shadow

Trip-hop jazz trio release a sonic cinematic spirit

Album: Lava La Rue - Starface

Cosmic pop star harks back to a time when eclecticism came easily

Album: The Raveonettes - Sing…

The Raveonettes add their twist to 10 popular tracks with new cover album

classical

BBC Proms 2024 Preview: theartsdesk recommends…

Some overlap as our classical/opera team choose highlights from the next two months

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2024 - youth, experience and old mastery on the highest level

The three conductor Järvis - Neeme and sons Paavo and Kristjan - run the gamut

Classical CDs: Ballades, barcarolles and hammer blows

French piano music, a star-studded concerto and two Finnish symphonies

opera

First Person: trans opera singer Lucia Lucas on Tippett’s 'New Year' and her life in music

The baritone’s success with Birmingham Opera Company has led to further reflections

theartsdesk at the Buxton International Festival - power and glory in early Verdi

An enjoyable surprise in ingenious Handel oratorio staging

theatre

The Hot Wing King, National Theatre review - high kitchen-stove comedy, with sides of drama
Katori Hall is back in her native Memphis with an exuberant ensemble piece
Hello, Dolly!, London Palladium review - Imelda Staunton makes every line a deal-broker
Operettaish bitter-sweetness raised to the sublime in a miracle of perfect timing

dance

Ashton Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - peerless delights from the master step-smith

A delicious triple bill kicks off a worldwide Fred-fest

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

Books

Ellen McWilliams: Resting Places - On Wounds, War and the Irish Revolution review - finding art in the inarticulable

A violent history finds a home in this impressionistic blend of literary criticism and memoir

Claire Messud: This Strange Eventful History review - home is where the heart was

A brutally honest and epic narrative follows a family doomed to wander the earth

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