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Helen Hawkins
Monday, 22 July 2024
Before Lucas Hnath wrote Red Speedo, he had heard a 2004 speech at a hearing investigating baseball doping that declared the practice “un-American”. That started him thinking...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 22 July 2024
“Ne pleure pas, Jeannette” is a version of the 15th-century French song "La pernette se lève." It tells the story of Jeannette, whose parents want her to marry into the gentry or...
Harry Thorfinn-George
Sunday, 21 July 2024
A group of young people rent a cabin in the woods. A masked killer lingers nearby. Surely you know how the rest unfolds. The slasher and its well-worn tropes have been parodied,...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 21 July 2024
In April 1985, The Damned’s Dave Vanian was speaking with Janice Long on her BBC Radio 1 show. He said “Barry Ryan and Paul Ryan have been sadly forgotten. Everyone waxes lyrical...
Helen Hawkins
Saturday, 20 July 2024
The Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is many things, some seemingly contradictory: a) a clever, poetic playwright who uses high-tech elements in his work to inventive effect...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 20 July 2024
Crossing is a remarkable step forward for Swedish-Georgian director Levan Akin. There are elements that build on his acclaimed 2019 Tbilisi drama And Then We Danced, but his new...
Rachel Halliburton
Saturday, 20 July 2024
The first night of the BBC’s 2024 Proms season was illuminated by the blazing brilliance of Isata Kanneh-Mason’s performance...
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-...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 20 July 2024
 Beethoven: Diabelli Variations, Debussy: Préludes George Lepauw (piano) (Orchid Classics)Beethoven and Debussy...
Helen Hawkins
Saturday, 20 July 2024
Fans of American playwright Annie Baker’s work know what they are likely to get in her film debut as a writer-director: slow...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 20 July 2024
Ever since their 2013 album Now What?! hard rock veterans Deep Purple have been on a roll, both creatively and commercially...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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★★★ HANNAH BERNER, NETFLIX SPECIAL First stand-up special for American social media star 

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

★★ THE JETTY, BBC ONE Lowlife in a Northern town

★★★ CLAIRE MESSUD: THIS STRANGE EVENTFUL HISTORY A brutally honest and epic narrative follows a family doomed to wander the earth

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

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

disc of the day

Album: Kevin Fowley - À Feu Doux

Ireland-based polyglot's stunning reinterpretation of French nursery rhymes

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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

In A Violent Nature review - inverted slasher is fascinating

Told entirely from a masked killer's perspective, this experiment is confident and strange

Crossing review - a richly human journey of discovery

Levan Akin offers a masterfully observational perspective on Georgian, Turkish worlds

Janet Planet review - teasing dissection of a mother-daughter relationship

Annie Baker impressively transfers her subtle theatrical skills to the screen

new music

Album: Kevin Fowley - À Feu Doux

Ireland-based polyglot's stunning reinterpretation of French nursery rhymes

Album: Deep Purple - =1

Good-humoured chunky set of feisty rockin' from the old war-horses

classical

First Night of the Proms, BBCSO, Chan review - from the sublime to the mischievously meticulous

Exhilarating start to the Proms with Isata Kanneh-Mason's performance as highlight

Classical CDs: Chorales, cathedrals and hardwood floors

Three discs of piano music, two choral collections and a German romantic in new clothes

BBC Proms 2024 Preview: theartsdesk recommends…

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

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

Red Speedo, Orange Tree Theatre review - two versions of American values slug it out
Timely arrival for Lucas Hnath's play about the cost of winning
ECHO, LIFT 2024, Royal Court review - enriching journey into the mind of an exile
Nassim Soleimanpour's latest 'cold read' work is a unique experience
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

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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