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Saskia Baron
Thursday, 20 June 2019
Making it to the fourth film in a series and maintaining quality is a feat pulled off by very few franchises, (see last week’s dreary Men in Black: International). But Pixar...
Aleks Sierz
Thursday, 20 June 2019
John Malkovich is back in town - and he's starring in the most controversial play of the year. Trouble is, it might well also be the worst. When the subject of veteran American...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 20 June 2019
Always leave them wanting more, a wise man once said, and there can’t be a single fan of Mum who doesn’t want its creator, Stefan Golaszewski, to change his mind about making the...
David Nice
Thursday, 20 June 2019
Suppose you're seeing Musorgsky's selective historical opera for the first time in Richard Jones's production, without any prior knowledge of the action. That child's spinning-top...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 20 June 2019
Lev Dodin has been artistic director of the famed Maly Drama Theatre for some three and a half decades now, over which time the St Petersburg company has earned itself the highest...
Nick Hasted
Thursday, 20 June 2019
The botched 1973 hostage incident which inspired the term Stockholm syndrome comes to flatly comic life here, the strange psychological phenomenon of captives falling for their...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Thursday, 20 June 2019
With her timeless vocals and jazz-inflected folk melodies, it feels like a bit of Los Angeles songwriter Bedouine lives in...
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Download is Britain’s premier metal festival, attended by all ages. Theartsdesk’s three person team offer up their reviews...
Matt Wolf
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
A Broadway show as melodically haunting and sophisticated as it is niche, The Light in the Piazza has taken its own...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
As Russell T Davies’s doomsday odyssey reached its endgame on BBC One, feisty grandma Muriel (played by indestructible Anne...
Peter Quinn
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Camden’s Jazz Cafe reverberated to the sounds of a 50-year-old spiritual jazz classic last night, as saxist and MC Soweto...
Katherine Waters
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Under a turbulent sky racked with jagged clouds suggesting bolts of lightning, pale figures hurl themselves into a spitting...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Irish playwright Dylan Coburn Gray's new play won the Verity Bargate Award in 2017, and his reward is a fine production of...
Sebastian Scotney
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Milton Nascimento is 76. Physically, he is quite frail; he had to be helped carefully onto the stage and then up into a high...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
In the Yorkshire town of Ackley Bridge, education is like war conducted by other means. As series three of the drama begins...
Joe Muggs
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
Nineteen years, seven albums and untold side projects into their career, Hot Chip have for the first time enlisted outside...
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
 Frank Bowling, Tate Britain ★★★★★ Major retrospective of one of the greatest painters alive today. ...
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty...
Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
The surprisingly touching conclusion to BBC Two’s five-part chronicle of the Thatcher years was a masterpiece of...

★★★★ THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, RFH Broadway musical looks good and sounds even better

★★★★★ HOT CHIP - A BATH FULL OF ECSTASY Growing up in style


★★★ DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL Downpours can't dampen spirits at metal bonanza

★★★★ SOWETO KINCH, JAZZ CAFE Instant karma in Camden

★★★ MILTON NASCIMENTO, BARBICAN Besotted audience hails frail legend

★★ YEARS AND YEARS, SERIES FINALE, BBC ONE Soggy ending fails to inspire

★★★★ ACKLEY BRIDGE, SERIES 3, CHANNEL 4 We gotta get out of this place

★★★★ CITYSONG, SOHO THEATRE Big writing, big heart

disc of the day

CD: Bedouine - Bird Songs of a Killjoy

Timeless album of American folk from Syrian-born singer

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Years and Years, Series Finale, BBC One review - soggy ending fails to inspire

Doomy drama runs out of steam in the final furlong

Ackley Bridge, Series 3, Channel 4 review - we gotta get out of this place

Education is a constant battleground in Yorkshire-set school drama


Toy Story 4 review - fabulous return to the big screen

To infinity and a blonde...reappearance of Woody's sweetheart takes story in a different direction

The Captor review - Stockholm syndrome silliness

Farcical hostage crisis rescued by Rapace

Blu-ray: Dazed and Confused

Richard Linklater's loose-limbed portrait of American teenagers in 1976 gets a deserved re-release

new music

CD: Bedouine - Bird Songs of a Killjoy

Timeless album of American folk from Syrian-born singer

Download Festival: downpours can't dampen spirits at metal bonanza

Def Leppard, Slipknot, Tool and Slayer keep the riffs coming at the carnival of heavy rock

Soweto Kinch, Jazz Cafe review - instant karma in Camden

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a spiritual jazz classic


Classical CDs Weekly: Daniel Elms, Hindemith, Tchaikovsky

Hull encapsulated in sound, plus German violin sonatas and a tragic symphony

Roger Wright on Oliver Knussen: ‘his challenge to us all to remain curious lives on’

Inspiring composer, conductor and mentor remembered by Snape Maltings CEO


Boris Godunov, Royal Opera review - cool and surgical, with periodic chills

The conscience of Bryn Terfel's tsar-king's the focused thing in this immaculate revival

Hansel and Gretel, ENO, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - into the broomstick woods

Enchanting chamber-musical score, fine balance between fairytale and horror story

Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96


Bitter Wheat, Garrick Theatre review - Malkovich monologue is more chaff than wheat
The most controversial play of the year is shaping up to be the worst
Three Sisters, Maly Drama Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre review - a Chekhov of luminous clarity
Stagecraft skill and company playing meld seamlessly in Petersburg production
The Light in the Piazza, RFH review - Broadway musical looks good and sounds even better
Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron align in starry London debut for six-time Tony-winner


Cinderella, English National Ballet, Royal Albert Hall review - big, bright and bankable

Christopher Wheeldon's glossy arena show suggests bigger isn't better

The Firebird triple bill, Royal Ballet review - generous programme with Russian flavour

Trio of substantial pieces offers something for everyone

San Francisco Ballet, Liang/Marston/Pita, Sadler's Wells - elemental, ethereal and kitschy, too

Visiting company mixes moods and climates in varied and variable mixed bill


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

Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking, Dulwich Picture Gallery review - a cut above

Excellent exhibition sheds light on linocuts of neglected Grosvenor School Modernists

The Best Exhibitions in London

The capital's best exhibitions now

Francis Bacon: Couplings, Gagosian Gallery review - sex and power in double figures

A small selection focuses on the painter's radical figure paintings

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