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Matt Wolf
Thursday, 16 July 2020
We're easing out of lockdown, haircuts are being had, and the theatre continually shape-shifts to accommodate these changing times. All credit to the 14 writers who have conjoined...
Joseph Walsh
Thursday, 16 July 2020
“All we want is to be seen and heard,” explains a lawyer to a death row inmate, paraphrasing a line from Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man, from which Chinonye Chukwu’s new film...
Laura De Lisle
Thursday, 16 July 2020
Medea is the original crazy ex-girlfriend: the wronged woman who takes perfectly understandable revenge on the man who made her life hell. In Blueprint Medea, a new adaptation...
Isabella Gallagher
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
I have had an obsessive-loop Dixie Chicks tune for every eventuality of my life so far – “Ready To Run” for a big break up; “Wide Open Spaces” for road tripping; “Cowboy Take Me...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
The lockdown which began in March is now noticeably easing, although in the realm of gigs and festivals things are still nowhere near operative. Nonetheless, theartsdesk is...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Based on Philip Roth’s 2004 novel of the same name, The Plot Against America flashes back to the global turbulence of the 1940s to depict a counterfactual America that turns to...
David Nice
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
The Fidelio Orchestra Café is where you go for electric-shock and deep immersion therapy from the greatest of musicians. It...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
As an opening line to BBC Two's new three-part series, “Rupert Murdoch is an enigma” failed to set pulses racing. It rather...
Guy Oddy
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
The last experience that this writer had of Nicolas Jaar’s glitchy soundscapes was through his 2011 debut album Space Is...
Diana Salazar
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
I wasn’t the only one who felt emotional when I left our beautiful building in South Kensington for the last time before...
India Lewis
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Characterised by jarring juxtapositions of intense, appalling violence and the serene beauty of South Africa, Oliver...
David Nice
Monday, 13 July 2020
No happy family, surely, was ever quite like this one. Love and mutual respect bound up with music-making at the highest...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 13 July 2020
Hot on the heels of The Car Park Club and @TheDriveIn comes Car Park Party, a series of shows presented in partnership with...
Asya Draganova
Monday, 13 July 2020
It is difficult to live up to your own legacy when you’ve reached an iconic status in rock’n’roll. It is even harder when...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 12 July 2020
It’s been a long strange trip for Dennis Herrold. The Virginia-born rocker’s sole single, December 1957’s “Hip Hip Baby” / “...
Nick Hasted
Sunday, 12 July 2020
Aged 87, director Mike Hodges is due another revival, with Flash Gordon soon to join this Blu-ray resurrection of 1989’s...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 11 July 2020
The cakes look great, but it's back to the recipe books in almost every other way for Love Sarah, a subpar film from...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Horn player Sarah Willis joined the Berlin Philharmonic in 2001. She juggles her position with spells of teaching,...
Peter Culshaw
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Peter Culshaw’s periodic global music radio update is back, quicker than usual as there is some catching up to do. There’s a...

★★★ NICOLAS JAAR - TELAS More woozy, ambient soundscapes from the cerebral space cadet

NEW MUSIC UNLOCKED 1 Reef, Supersonic Festival, Elton John and more

★★★★★ ALINA IBRAGIMOVA, SAMSON, TSOY, FIDELO ORCHESTRA CAFÉ Cataclysms and calm on the Clerkenwell Road


FIRST PERSON Royal College of Music Director of Programmes Diana Salazar on a transformation in learning and teaching

disc of the day

Album: The Chicks - Gaslighter

The Chicks have ditched the Dixie but kept the country


The Plot Against America, Sky Atlantic review - fascism comes to 1940s USA

Fascinating adaptation of Philip Roth's alternative-history novel

The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, BBC Two review - how the Aussie tycoon acquired huge political leverage

New documentary told us what Rupert did, but not what he's really like

Mrs America, BBC Two review - how a conservative revolutionary scuppered the Equal Rights Amendment

Cate Blanchett as the Republican housewife superstar who battled the Seventies feminists


Clemency review - devastating death row drama

Alfre Woodard gives a powerhouse performance as a death row prison warden

DVD/Blu-ray: Moffie

Young love and brutal violence in the theatre of war

Blu-ray: Black Rainbow

Piquant Americana and Rosanna Arquette's haunted medium mark Mike Hodges' forgotten mood piece

new music

Album: The Chicks - Gaslighter

The Chicks have ditched the Dixie but kept the country

New Music Unlocked 1: Reef, Supersonic Festival, Elton John and more

A new weekly preview celebrating the gradual revival of the live music industry

Album: Nicolas Jaar - Telas

More woozy, ambient soundscapes from the cerebral space cadet


Alina Ibragimova, Samson Tsoy, Fidelio Orchestra Café review – cataclysms and calm on the Clerkenwell Road

Febrile Beethoven and Janáček, unadvertised profundity from Pärt and Messiaen

First Person: Royal College of Music Director of Programmes Diana Salazar on a transformation in learning and teaching

The RCM’s corridors are quieter than usual but commitment to musical learning resounds

This House is Full of Music, Imagine..., BBC One review – a spring dream of a lockdown concert

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is only first among equals in this perfect home recital


Classical music/Opera direct to home 19 – and two before a live audience

Finally, you can be in the room, or space, where it happens in two east London venues

The Opera Story: Episodes review - whimsical takes on lockdown life

Young London company offers snapshots of contemporary living

Classical music/Opera direct to home 17 - festive inventions

Celebrating a maverick conductor, two great artists in recital and home-grown ingenuity


Theatre Unlocked 1: George Floyd remembered, a classic transformed, and a call to action re climate change
A Broadway legend in concert lends musical buoyancy to this week's ever wide-ranging theatrical array
Blueprint Medea, Finborough Theatre online review – well-meaning but clunky update
Updated Greek tragedy has some good ideas but doesn't fully deliver
The Deep Blue Sea, National Theatre at Home review - hauntingly elegiac portrayal of Rattigan's world
Helen McCrory is the broken, irreparable heart of this production


Dancing at Dusk: A Moment with Pina Bausch’s 'The Rite of Spring' review - an explosive African rite

Continents collide in a film documenting an inspired re-staging of a 20th-century masterpiece

'If they had been any closer my face would have misted up': filming 'Men at the Barre'

The director Richard Macer had exclusive access to the male stars of the Royal Ballet. He describes what he discovered

The Thread, Sadler's Wells Digital Stage review - Greek folk and contemporary unite

Russell Maliphant breathes fresh life into Hellenic tradition


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

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

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

Few fresh ideas means this movie adaptation treads the same old ground

visual arts

The Golden Age of Modern Spanish Art, Colnaghi review - the sun shines in the City of Light

A celebration of little known Spanish painters as the London art world emerges again

Visual Arts Lockdown Special 4: half-way houses

Some galleries prepare to reopen, others remain closed; online still offers riches

Celia Paul: My Studio, Victoria Miro review - sublime isolation

One of the great painters of our time responds to life in lockdown

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