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Marianka Swain
Thursday, 20 September 2018
This London premiere of Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe’s 2010 musical (based on Daniel Waters’ oh-so-Eighties cult classic movie, starring Christian Slater and Winona...
Joe Muggs
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Knowing a deceased artist's archives are available for re-release is a double edged sword. Wil there be a shoddy flood of any and every old bit of tat a la Jimi Hendrix? Will...
Demetrios Matheou
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
At a time when the issue over the scarcity of opportunities for female filmmakers is finally winning traction, it’s important not to forget those women who have ...
Ellie Porter
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
“This, quite possibly, could be a really good night,” declared David Crosby. He’s a couple of songs into this show, one of only two UK dates on the tour promoting his current...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Beware the hidden powers of the cellphone. When in Never Here New York conceptual artist Miranda Fall (Mireille Enos) finds a stranger’s phone, she uses it as the basis for her...
David Nice
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Cinderella as opera in French: of late, the palm has always gone to Massenet's adorable (as in a-dor-Ah-bler) confection, and it should again soon when Glyndebourne offers a...
Anil Gupta And Richard Pinto
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Back in June 2017, in the days when English summertime was a lazy idyll rather than an apocalyptic inferno, RSC artistic...
Katherine Waters
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
It’s night, and the woman (Leanne Best) is waiting for a phone call. She’s desperate for the voice of her lover – or...
Katie Colombus
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Christine has become Chris. The singer has struck out part of her name to gain a part of her identity – a gesture that...
Matthew Wright
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Norwegian-Danish singer Live Foyn Friis (for English-speaking readers, Live is her first name) has released six albums, and...
Gavin Dixon
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Winterreise brings out the best from Ian Bostridge, and the worst. His dedication to understanding and communicating its...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
You might consider it odd that a man whose wife spends half the year in Hong Kong without him hasn’t managed to get around...
David Kettle
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Of the Edinburgh International Festival’s three productions by 2018’s resident company, Paris’s Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord...
Gavin Dixon
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
It is a pleasure to report on the continuing success of the Saffron Opera Wagner project. The organisation was formed in...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Swiss director Marcel Gisler’s film tells a story that is hardly new – but neither, sadly, is it old, as in about a thing of...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 17 September 2018
What lunatic would ever have the idea of turning War and Peace into an opera? Well, maybe if you, a composer, had found...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 17 September 2018
A tradition seems to have been invented. First nights of the LSO’s seasons with Sir Simon Rattle as its Music Director start...

★★ THE PRISONER, NATIONAL THEATRE Peter Brook's latest falls sadly flat

★★★ STRANGERS, ITV Hong Kong locations may be the real stars of this tortuous thriller

★★★★ WAR AND PEACE, WNO A great aural and visual spectacle

10 QUESTIONS FOR LIVE FOYN FRIIS Charismatic Norwegian singer on her journey through genre

★★★ IAN BOSTRIDGE, THOMAS ADES, WIGMORE HALL Psychological intensity taken to ghoulish extremes

THE BEST PLAYS IN LONDON From Hogwarts to Lehmans via a new Kiln: theartsdesk's stage tips

disc of the day

CD: Prince - Piano and a Microphone 1983

Is this a glimmer of hope that treatment of the Paisley Park archives is going to be respectful?

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Strangers, episode 2, ITV review - conspiracy theories multiply

Hong Kong locations may be the real stars of this tortuous thriller

Killing Eve, BBC One review - the dying game

Sisters are doing it for themselves in semi-comic spy caper

Classic Albums: Amy Winehouse - Back to Black, BBC Four review - suffering turned into song

How the singer's second album made musical gold out of the blues


Agnès Varda: 'You think I'm finished?!' - interview

Oscar-nominated at 89, the French filmmaking legend talks about her new film

Never Here review - conceptual art may damage your health

Echoes of Hitchcock haunt debut feature about voyeurism and obsession

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

new music

CD: Prince - Piano and a Microphone 1983

Is this a glimmer of hope that treatment of the Paisley Park archives is going to be respectful?

David Crosby & Friends, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, review - still spine-tingling at 77

The singer-songwriter rifles through a long back catalogue from the Byrds through CSN to his new output

CD: Christine and the Queens - Chris

Empowering alt-pop that refuses definition


Ian Bostridge, Thomas Adès, Wigmore Hall review - haunting, brutal Schubert

A Winterreise of psychological intensity, but too often taken to ghoulish extremes

LSO, Rattle, Barbican Hall review - a mixed bag of British composers

Birtwistle, Holst, Turnage and Britten in the 2018/19 season opening concert

Elisabeth Leonskaja, Wigmore Hall review - Mozart and Webern, anyone?

Fascinating recital of aesthetic crunches from the Russian master pianist


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

War and Peace, Welsh National Opera review - an Operation Barbarossa that comes off

Not quite a masterpiece but a great aural and visual spectacle


Heathers The Musical, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - a sardonic take on teen angst
Death and all his frenemies descend on a vicious American high school
Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto: 'We figured Molière would have toyed with it too'
The co-adaptors of the RSC's new 'Tartuffe' talk about translating a French classic to our times now
The Best Plays in London
From Hogwarts School to Lehmans bank: theartsdesk's stage tips


'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

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Rosie Jones/ Marcus Brigstocke/ Alice Snedden

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visual arts

Renzo Piano, Royal Academy review - worth the effort

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The Best Exhibitions in London

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