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Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 16 February 2020
August and September 1964 were golden months for Pye Records. The Kinks hit number one on the British charts in September with “You Really Got Me”, their third single for the...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 15 February 2020
Lesley Manville’s thrilling career ascent continues apace with The Visit, which marks American playwright Tony Kushner’s return to the National Theatre ...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 15 February 2020
Welcome to the biggest plastic reviews party on earth. Now that vinyl is steadily successful as niche musical medium, some have rightly been considering its environmental impact....
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 15 February 2020
This eight-part mystery from Netflix is based on the titular novel by American writer Harlan Coben, who has formed a production company with Rochdale’s own Nicola Schindler, the...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 15 February 2020
Queer people of colour face a double discrimination: racism and homophobia. Against this sickness of negation and stupidity one of the best antidotes is a culture of celebration....
Jill Chuah Masters
Saturday, 15 February 2020
Roland Orzabal, co-founder and lead guitarist of Tears for Fears, laughs to himself often during this documentary — the latest in the BBC’s often-excellent, always-forensic...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 15 February 2020
 Brahms: The Orchestral Music Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Kurt Masur (Decca Eloquence)Conductor Kurt Masur's role...
Owen Richards
Saturday, 15 February 2020
He's one of Japan's foremost directors, and if you’ve witnessed one of his films before, you know what to expect from a...
Sebastian Scotney
Saturday, 15 February 2020
From This Place (Nonesuch) is a complex, meticulously produced and many-layered album which demands concentrated and...
Jill Chuah Masters
Friday, 14 February 2020
Netflix’s Sex Education has returned to our screens and streams. The show made waves last year for its refreshing take on...
Jenny Gilbert
Friday, 14 February 2020
When Pina Bausch died at the height of her creative powers in 2009, no one knew if her work or her company would survive. A...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 14 February 2020
An early trailer for this adaptation of the ‘90s games franchise caused Cats­-like horror at its overly humanoid Hedgehog....
Sarah Kent
Friday, 14 February 2020
The screen is filled with the head and shoulders of a man lying on his back; he could be dead in the morgue or lying on the...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 14 February 2020
It’s not uncommon for playwrights to begin their careers by writing what they know, to co-opt a frequently quoted precept...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Friday, 14 February 2020
What’s going to make you fall in love with Tami Neilson? Will it be the way she cackles her way through the chorus of “Ten...
Demetrios Matheou
Thursday, 13 February 2020
The decade is kicking off with the revisiting of old classics. That’s not a bad pursuit, with new audiences in mind, though...
David Nice
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Those who booed the production team last night - there was nothing but generous cheering for singers, conductor and...
Aleks Sierz
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Caryl Churchill, Britain's best living playwright, is enjoying a spate of high-profile revivals of her classic work. Last...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Jen Brister loves her five-year-old twin boys, she is at pains to tell us, even when they have a major meltdown and, like...

★★★ TEARS FOR FEARS, SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR, BBC FOUR Classic Albums documentary hits the right notes, mostly

THEARTSDESK ON VINYL 56 The widest-ranging monthly record reviews in this universe


★★ THE VISIT, NATIONAL THEATRE Lesley Manville rises above the prevailing muddle

★★★ THE STRANGER, NETFLIX Adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel is improbable but watchable

★★★★ STEVE MCQUEEN, TATE MODERN Films that stick in the mind

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The Stranger, Netflix review - strong cast grapples with labyrinthine plotting

Adaptation of Harlan Coben's novel is improbable but watchable

Classic Albums: Tears for Fears, Songs From The Big Chair, BBC Four review - anatomy of an anthem

Latest BBC Classic Albums documentary hits the right notes, mostly

Sex Education, Series 2, Netflix review - the teen sex show we deserved

Happy Valentines: this humdrum holiday is the perfect occasion to stream the most affirming sex comedy in years


First Love review - Miike delivers thrills and spills

Renowned director is the ultraviolent gift that keeps on giving

Sonic the Hedgehog review - stuck in first gear

Bizarrely slow-motion effort to exploit Sega's speedster

Emma review – lustrous but far from definitive

Anya Taylor-Joy leads a likeable cast of young talent – and some dependable old hands – in latest Austen adaptation


Classical CDs Weekly: Brahms, Magnard, Skempton

A great German conductor's vintage years, plus neglected French symphonies and British vocal music

Acis and Galatea, The Sixteen, Christophers, Cadogan Hall review – pocket-sized pastoral pleasures

Charm and wit as we come away with Handel's nymphs and shepherds

Lise Davidsen, James Baillieu, Barbican review - opulence and the promise of greatness

German song not always in focus, but the soprano's Sibelius was awe-inspiring


Luisa Miller, English National Opera review - Verdi in translation makes a stylish comeback

Musical splendours peak in a tenor aria to die for and a moving last act

theartsdesk Q&A: soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn

Returning to ENO to sing Verdi's Luisa Miller, a great singer-actor reflects

Les vêpres siciliennes, Welsh National Opera review - spectacular, silly, but some great music

Verdi's reluctant grand opera colourfully staged, brilliantly played, unevenly sung


The Visit, National Theatre review - star turn bolsters baggy rewrite
Lesley Manville rises above the prevailing muddle
The High Table, Bush Theatre review - party on in Lagos and London
New debut play is a heartfelt account of the black lesbian experience
Leopoldstadt, Wyndham's Theatre review - Stoppard at once personal and accessible
Director Patrick Marber knits Tom Stoppard's putative swan song into a compelling whole


Bluebeard, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells review - bleak but ground-breaking

This 1977 take on Bartok's murderous opera was a watershed for European theatre

Michael Keegan-Dolan, MÁM, Sadler's Wells review - folk goes radical

Digging deeper into Irish tradition has yielded Michael Keegan-Dolan's most visionary work yet

'She was revolutionary': Tanztheater Wuppertal's new director on the legacy of Pina Bausch

Bettina Wagner-Bergelt talks violence and taped music in a monumental early masterpiece


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!

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World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

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

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