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Adam Sweeting
Sunday, 17 November 2019
Although it conforms to a realistic chronology of events, this third season of Peter Morgan’s remarkable voyage around the House of Windsor (on Netflix) has the feel of a sequence...
Sunday, 17 November 2019
There are films to meet every taste in theartsdesk's guide to the best movies currently on release. In our considered opinion, any of the titles below is well worth your attention...
Sebastian Scotney
Sunday, 17 November 2019
People who derive comfort from Classic FM’s strapline that European classical music is “The World's Greatest Music" are going to have a major problem with this book. American...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 17 November 2019
In a first for this column, what’s cropping up is a cassette reissue. The Clash’s third album is so familiar, going into what it is or was in any depth is redundant but it’s worth...
Peter Quinn
Saturday, 16 November 2019
Jazz Voice unfailingly supplies a gigantic sugar-rush of auditory pleasure, and this year’s edition was no exception. Arranged, scored and conducted by the brilliant Guy Barker,...
Boyd Tonkin
Saturday, 16 November 2019
Like almost everything that it touches these days, English National Opera’s autumn season of shows rooted in the Orpheus myth has enjoyed a fairly mixed reception. The company’s...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 16 November 2019
In Peru in 1985, Joe Simpson - then 25 - and his 21-year-old climbing partner Simon Yates were descending the remote Siula...
Joseph Walsh
Saturday, 16 November 2019
It should come as no surprise that the writer of Side Effects and Contagion, Scott Z. Burns, is capable of...
Katherine Waters
Saturday, 16 November 2019
My friend, let’s call her Kit, is having a rubbish time. Kat (that’s me) is too. If life’s got a flavour, it’s a shade...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 16 November 2019
 Donnacha Dennehy: The Hunger Alarm Will Sound/Alan Pierson, with Katherine Manley and Iarla Ó Lionáird (Nonesuch)The...
Kieron Tyler
Saturday, 16 November 2019
The contemporary context of the Netherlands’s Iguana Death Cult is clear. Their blues-edged garage rock exists in a...
Katherine Waters
Friday, 15 November 2019
For a loved one to die by suicide provokes both pain and hurt. Pain, because they are gone. Hurt, because it can feel like...
Jill Chuah Masters
Friday, 15 November 2019
Channel 4’s The Accident closed with a bang and a whimper. Jack Thorne provided a definitive answer to his series’ central...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 15 November 2019
Theatre can touch thousands of lives. But can it compete with the success of a bestselling book? First published in 1988,...
Richard Bratby
Friday, 15 November 2019
The Beggar’s Opera: does any piece of music theatre promise more fun and deliver more tedium? Yes, it was the satirical...
Friday, 15 November 2019
Between 1991 to 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that constituted...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 15 November 2019
Lady Antebellum have stayed in the mainstream country world Taylor Swift forded to full pop stardom. Beginning alongside her...
Tom Baily
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Once again the whodunit becomes the whoforgedit in the newest installment of the Britain’s Lost Masterpieces series. Host...
Boyd Tonkin
Thursday, 14 November 2019
For better or worse, because of Visconti’s classic film the Adagietto of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony now inevitably means Venice...

★★★ LADY ANTEBELLUM - OCEAN Antiseptic confessions from true country stars


★★★★ MRS PEACHUM'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MARRIAGE, MID WALES OPERA Scaled down seediness with a swing

★★★ THE ACCIDENT, SERIES FINALE, CHANNEL 4 Ambitious mini-series leaves many unanwered questions


disc of the day

CD: Iguana Death Cult - Nude Casino

Undercooked second album undersells Dutch garage-rockers

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The Crown, Series 3, Netflix review - if you want binge TV, there's none finer

Peter Morgan's royal saga has a new cast as the Windsors negotiate the turbulent 1960s

The Accident, Series Finale, Channel 4 review - ambitious mini-series leaves many unanswered questions

Jack Thorne’s tragic drama aims to give us closure, but is hampered by flat and unconvincing characters


The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

The Report review - searing political drama

Adam Driver leads a vital takedown on 9/11's aftermath

Marriage Story review - superior weepie

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver prove a perfect match as an imperfect couple

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Clash - London Calling

The cassette rematerialises for the 40th anniversary of Strummer and co’s breakthrough double album

Jazz Voice, Royal Festival Hall - engulfing beauty and hidden gems

EFG London Jazz Festival's opening-night gala provides dreamy reminiscences, nifty footwork and blazing energy


Classical CDs Weekly: Donnacha Dennehy, Handel, Strauss

Historical and Biblical tragedies set to music, plus three character-driven tone poems

Wegener, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review – on the revolutionary road to Mahler

How to blow away the schmaltz, and recover the shock, of an iconic work

ECO, Zacharias, Fairfield Halls Croydon review - green-fingered Haydn

The lights are back on and burning cheerfully at south London’s new/old orchestral venue


Orphée, English National Opera review – through a screen darkly

Matters of life and death reflected in Glass and Cocteau's myth

Mrs Peachum's Guide to Love and Marriage, Mid Wales Opera review - scaled down seediness, with a swing

Toxic femininity takes centre stage in the outrageous essence of The Beggar's Opera

Der Freischütz, Barbican review - Gothic chills rooted in flesh and earth

Two outstanding leads make for a memorable concert-staging


'By the end I’d lost me': Joe Simpson, mountaineer and writer - interview
The story of Touching the Void has been told and retold. Its author explores its appeal
Touching the Void, Duke of York's Theatre review - not quite high enough
David Greig's much-lauded mountaineering story doesn't quite peak


Concerto/Enigma Variations/Raymonda Act III, Royal Ballet review - time to cheer the corps de ballet

Three revivals from the mid-Sixties allow the rank and file to shine

The deathless Alicia Alonso, in person

Remembering the woman who was Cuban ballet's legend and monster


Tim Minchin, Eventim Apollo review - fabulous triumph of rhyme and reason

Age has not withered the ginger Ninja comic, but there is an intruiging new tone

Jonathan Pie, Eventim Apollo review - spoof reporter in coruscating form

Tom Walker's creation gives a state-of-the-union lecture


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

Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?, Jewish Museum London review - rallying against death

Set aside time to absorb the stunning work of this modernist painter murdered at Auschwitz

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, Saatchi Gallery review - worth its weight?

Blockbuster artefacts in show that cares more about visitor numbers than visitor experience

The Best Exhibitions in London

The capital's best exhibitions now


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