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David Nice
Friday, 17 August 2018
Who is the greatest British conductor in charge of a major orchestra? It's subjective, but my answer is not what you might expect. Jonathan Nott has done all his major work so far...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 17 August 2018
Initially, this month’s theartsdesk on Vinyl began with the sentence after this one, but it's so dry readers might drowse off, so I started with this one instead and would advise...
Caspar Gomez
Friday, 17 August 2018
One of the biggest crowd roars of the night comes right at the start when Jake Shears runs onstage. He is wearing a grey top hat, a white tail-jacket with glittered lapel-edging,...
David Kettle
Friday, 17 August 2018
 Orpheus ★★★★  This unashamedly sentimental storytelling show got its premiere a couple of years back in the back garden of a cheese shop in Cromarty, before...
Owen Richards
Friday, 17 August 2018
It’s an event that only comes around once a generation: a new Matt Groening TV series. The Simpsons is rightly regarded as one of the greatest shows ever made. It changed the face...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 17 August 2018
Rosie Jones ★★★★There are two versions of Rosie Jones, she tells us; one nice, one not so nice. And who knows which of those would have won the battle of psyches if the comic had...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 17 August 2018
There are plenty of reasons to be apprehensive about biopics of poets. The activity of writing is most often, after all,...
Laura De Lisle
Thursday, 16 August 2018
It feels like Michelle Terry’s first summer season at the Globe has been building up to Emilia for a while now. The theme is...
Saskia Baron
Thursday, 16 August 2018
A slow tracking shot over the gassed corpses of soldiers, their masks having failed the ecstasy of fumbling, opens The...
David Nice
Thursday, 16 August 2018
This should have been the third much-anticipated Prom of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's inspiring communicator-...
Kieron Tyler
Thursday, 16 August 2018
Last month, theartsdesk reviewed Skadedyr’s Musikk!, an eccentric album which skipped “through jazz, traditional music,...
Boyd Tonkin
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
The days are long gone when a Proms gig by Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra felt like a life-changing...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Television drama is living through a golden age, yes, but one thing mainly absent from the vast choice available on...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Luisa Omielan ★★★★Luisa Omiela, a confirmed party girl, is the first to admit she used to hate politics, and had difficulty...
Tatty Hennessy
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
F Off came about off the back of a meeting I had with Paul Roseby, the artistic director of the National Youth Theatre of...
Mark Kidel
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Arcadia is the latest and the best of a series of films which draw on the archives of the BFI and the BBC, collages of often...
Boyd Tonkin
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Music-lovers who normally balk at the sight of national colours in a concert hall would surely have forgiven the little...
Robert Carsen
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
In the time of composer John Gay, greed and self-interest were the main motives for life; and his work The Beggar’s Opera is...
David Kettle
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
 Nigel Slater's Toast ★★★★  “It’s impossible not to love someone who makes toast for you,” says Sam...
 

★★★★ CD: OH SEES - SMOTE REVERSER Prog excellence walks line between mastery and excess

★★★★ DVD: ARCADIA A poetic excursion into British nostalgia for a rural Eden

★★★ EMILIA, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Polemic disguised as a play

★★★★ PROM 43, BATIASHVILI, WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA, BARENBOIM Grace, and gravity, from the border-crossing band

★★★★ ON THE EDGE, CHANNEL 4 Fast and furious new dramas from young writers

LOVE AND POLITICS ON THE EDINBURGH FRINGE Luisa Omielan/ Brennan Reece/ Olga Koch

THE BEST PLAYS IN LONDON From Wilde to Wade: theartsdesk's stage tips

disc of the day

DVD: Al Berto

A poet emerges in the sensuous aftermath of Portugal's 1975 revolution

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tv

Disenchantment, Netflix review - Matt Groening show has promise after poor start

Fantasy animation from the creator of The Simpsons lacks the quality of his best work

On the Edge, Channel 4, review - fast and furious new dramas

4Stories initiative to promote young writers and directors bears fruit

h 100 Awards: Broadcast - TV's national treasures

Rising stars, veterans venerated and the Welsh go global

film

DVD: Al Berto

A poet emerges in the sensuous aftermath of Portugal's 1975 revolution

The Guardians review - beautifully crafted drama

French release offers an artful look at farming during World War One

DVD: Arcadia

Weirdness celebrated and deconstructed: a poetic excursion into British nostalgia for a rural Eden

new music

Jake Shears, Concorde 2, Brighton review - a blitz of glitz

The Scissor Sisters frontman makes Brighton feel like dancin'

CD: Moskus - Mirakler

Fourth album from a Norwegian trio with little regard for genre constraints

classical

Prom 45, Capuçon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Nott - scintillating new era for Swiss magicians

Top British artistic director in Geneva gives us the Ansermet tradition plus

Prom 44, Gringytė, CBSO, Morlot review - eloquently sculpted Gallic riches

An impressive rarity lours between established French masterpieces

opera

Greed as the keynote: Robert Carsen on the timelessness of 'The Beggar's Opera'

The director brings his contemporary take on John Gay's satire to the Edinburgh Festival

Vanessa, Glyndebourne review - blowsy histrionics and a great finale

Does the end justify Barber's screamy little mystery, even when as well done as this?

Proms 25 / 26 review - Russian masters, noodling guitar, late-night perfection

Modern drama in early music and Tchaikovsky's genius eclipse anodyne new concerto

theatre

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Orpheus / Bottom / Backup
Three intimate storytelling shows at Summerhall offer mixed insights
Emilia, Shakespeare's Globe review - polemic disguised as a play
Great performances save this uneven tribute to a forgotten Elizabethan poet
F Off: National Youth Theatre puts social media on trial
NYT's new work is aimed at digital natives. Its playwright introduces it

dance

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 Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum review - a triumph for English National Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's timeless staging brings out the best in ENB

comedy

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

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Luisa Omielan/ Brennan Reece/ Olga Koch

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Ari Shaffir/ Ashley Blaker/ Janeane Garofalo

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

gaming

Jurassic World Evolution review - manage a dinosaur theme park and make a killing

A comprehensive management sim where you feed the exhibits, the punters and your bank balance

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

Detroit: Become Human review – a robot story with real heart

A big budget interactive story where your decisions can flip the script

visual arts

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

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now

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