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Gavin Dixon
Monday, 20 January 2020
#Beethoven250 is in full swing at the Barbican. Like most venues, they are keen to show a different side to the composer in his jubilee year. And the oratorio Christ on the Mount...
Nadine Meisner
Monday, 20 January 2020
It’s no surprise that audiences love John Cranko’s Onegin, with its vividly economical narrative (close to Tchaikovsky’s opera), attractive decors by Jürgen Rose, and intelligent...
Marianka Swain
Monday, 20 January 2020
“Take our country back!” is the rallying cry of the self-identified “real” Americans gathered to protest the arrival of immigrants. It could be a contemporary Trump rally – or,...
Richard Bratby
Monday, 20 January 2020
“Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound” wrote Gustav Mahler of his Eighth Symphony. “There are no longer human voices, but planets and suns revolving.”...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 20 January 2020
Musical comedy siblings Nicola and Rosie Dempsey (Flo and Joan were their grandmother and great-aunt's names) get along very well – even being mistaken for lovers by one Paris...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 20 January 2020
Remembrance of clubs past motivates Neil Tennant at 65. The melancholy and wit which gave ambiguity and amused bite to the Pet Shop Boy’s pop pomp has matured naturally into...
Jessica Payn
Sunday, 19 January 2020
"The deaf don’t believe in silence. Silence is the invention of the hearing." This is one of two author’s "Notes" to Ilya...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Commercially, The Beloved’s peak years kicked off in autumn 1989 when their electro house-pop began its chart run. The band...
Daniel Lewis
Sunday, 19 January 2020
Like many writers, Jeet Thayil is a bit of an outsider. And, if his track record is anything to go by, he has been happy to...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Terrence Malick returns to his former greatness following three features of unscripted, all-star poesy, with this sombre...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 18 January 2020
If nothing else, you’d want to tune in to Cobra (Sky 1) for its cast. Robert Carlyle is steely and decisive as Prime...
Robert Beale
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Finding one piece for marimba soloist and string orchestra would tax the powers of many concert planners, never mind coming...
Theartsdesk
Saturday, 18 January 2020
There are films to meet every taste in theartsdesk's guide to the best movies currently on release. In our considered...
India Lewis
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Published in the year following Orr’s death at the age of 57, Motherwell is an analysis of the author’s childhood in...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 18 January 2020
 Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Elgar London Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle (Decca)Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s debut album included a...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 18 January 2020
The middle-aged rap master of provocation has survived into an era of hair-trigger outrage. The wearily dignified response...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 17 January 2020
Do you hear the people sing? In recent months, you're more likely to have heard news stories about the longest running West...
David Nice
Friday, 17 January 2020
Horns fanfared, coasted and chorused through yet another Philharmonia winner of a concert to match the impressive planning...
Jill Chuah Masters
Friday, 17 January 2020
Just Mercy, the latest film from Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12), is based on a New York Times bestseller. It has a...
 

★★★ COBRA, SKY 1 Robert Carlyle's Tory prime minister battles internal and external crises

★★★ EMINEM - MUSIC TO BE MURDERED BY Slim Shady's surprise return is patchily potent

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Enough sonatas for a year, a young cellist faces the inevitable, and festive fun from Vienna

★★★★ LES MISÉRABLES, SONDHEIM THEATRE Join in our crusade

★★★★★ DEBORAH ORR: MOTHERWELL A complex study of a family, childhood, and a town transformed

★★★★★ A HIDDEN LIFE Terrence Malick's raptures find solid ground in a forgotten stand against fascism

disc of the day

Album: Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot

PSB find nostalgic reveries in the dancefloor's shadows

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tv

Cobra, Sky 1 review - entertaining mix of political mischief and cosmic chaos

Robert Carlyle's Tory prime minister battles internal and external crises

Messiah, Netflix review - con-artist or the Second Coming?

It's sometimes sluggish, but it keeps asking provocative questions

This Is Our Family, Sky Atlantic review - can Emma and Tony live happily ever after?

New documentary series digs deep into the lives of its subjects

film

A Hidden Life review - Nazism stoically refused

Terrence Malick's raptures find solid ground in a forgotten stand against fascism

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Just Mercy review - soul-stirring true story about race and justice in America

Biopic retells a powerful narrative about perseverance in the face of injustice

new music

Album: Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot

PSB find nostalgic reveries in the dancefloor's shadows

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Beloved - Where It Is

Charming collection of what the electro house-popsters were up to before the hits

Album: Eminem - Music To Be Murdered By

Slim Shady's surprise return is patchily potent

classical

Beethoven Discovery Day, Batiashvili, LSO, Rattle, Barbican review – reassessing a rarity

Soloists, chorus and orchestra shine in a rarely heard oratorio

Mahler's Eighth, CBSO, Gražinytė-Tyla, Symphony Hall Birmingham review - a symphony of 600

A rite of spring as a great orchestra launches its centenary year in epic style

Currie, Jordan, NCO, Stoller Hall, Manchester review - major marimba music

Tales of mystery and imagination from the 21st century and beyond

opera

Sukanya, RFH review - Ravi Shankar's bright-eyed, varied fable

Fine performances, but crude miking suggests this would work better as a chamber opera

prisoner of the state, Barbican review - beauty, but where is the drama?

David Lang's efficient homage to Beethoven can't eclipse the original

'Divinity is all around us': soprano Susanna Hurrell on Ravi Shankar's 'Sukanya'

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indian master's birth with a return to his opera

theatre

Rags: The Musical, Park Theatre review - a timely, if predictable, immigrant tale
Current events lend urgency to this historical work
Les Misérables, Sondheim Theatre review - join in our crusade
New blood courses through the West End's longest-running musical
Scrounger, Finborough Theatre review - uncomfortable play tackles disability discrimination
Athena Stevens confronts the challenges faced by wheelchair-users

dance

Onegin, Royal Ballet review - vivid and intelligent dance drama

The production may feel old-fashioned, but Cranko's graphic dance images still have power to startle

Resolution 2020, The Place review - new dance for a new decade

You take your chances with this annual bran tub of novice choreography

Le Corsaire, London Coliseum review - hugely entertaining

Don't mind the plot. ENB dance up a storm in this exuberant pirate caper

gaming

Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to Celebrate Brighton Festival!

An eclectic line-up spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, comedy, literature and spoken word could be yours with boutique hotel and exquisite meals included

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

visual arts

Best of 2019: Visual Arts

The exhibitions we loved most over the past 12 months

Caravaggio & Bernini, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna - high emotion in 17th century Rome

Painting and sculpture vie for supremacy in the eternal city

Dora Maar, Tate Modern review - how women disappear

Stunning photographs and fabulous photomontages by overlooked and elusive artist

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