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Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
“All this evil and dark crap was supposed to be fun,” complains exasperated Norwegian black metal overlord Euronymous, played by Rory Culkin, as his world spirals out of control...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
It’s hard to convey in an age of equal marriage and gender fluidity the impact that k.d. lang’s Ingénue had when it was released in 1992. The album, 10 tracks that tell of the...
Ewa Banaszkiewicz And Mateusz Dymek
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Spoiler alert: About sixty-four minutes into our debut feature film, one of the main female characters undresses for the camera. Alicja is being filmed by the other protagonist, a...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
One of the glories of contemporary London theatre is its revivals of classic American drama. Year after year, audiences are able to revisit and enjoy the great landmarks of...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
It was on 16 July 1969 that Apollo 11 lifted off from Florida en route for the Moon, and exactly 50 years later, as we nervously anticipate the dawn of commercial flights into...
Liz Thomson
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Whatever age you are, in whatever era you grew up – wherever you grew up – you will know, perhaps unknowingly, a large handful of songs by Burt Bacharach, almost all written with...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Not everybody is on Facebook, yet. So far, Mark Zuckerberg’s social media monolith has only managed to scrape together about...
Owen Richards
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Oh to be inside the head of Wayne Coyne. The frazzle-haired frontman has always been an enigma, persistently quirky, morally...
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
When he gave Martin Dysart, the troubled psychiatrist protagonist of Equus, a line in which he speaks about “moments of...
Robert Beale
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Who would have thought that a one-narrator show, mainly about projects that never got off the ground, would turn out to be...
Kathryn Reilly
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Thirty-three years ago, at Manchester's Festival of the Tenth Summer, I fumed that New Order had been given top billing...
Rachel Halliburton
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
This witty street-smart play about a white-skinned boy born to a mixed-race mother deploys its narrative with the dexterity...
Guy Oddy
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Sum 41 were one of those light-weight punk-ish bands in unfeasibly large pairs of shorts that washed up in the wake of Green...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 15 July 2019
"Genius" is a word to be used sparingly, but Django Bates surely is one. “A musical polymath and prodigiously gifted...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 15 July 2019
One of the features of the converted barn that forms the theatre at Longborough is a trio of statues that tops the front...
Russ Coffey
Monday, 15 July 2019
It was billed as a moment of musical history: two of the great icons of rock'n'roll sharing a double-headline. A dream...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 15 July 2019
How to describe a show that by Robin Ince’s own admission doesn’t have a narrative strand, and for which he has written...
Katie Colombus
Monday, 15 July 2019
It’s a rare thing that musicians sound better live than they do on Spotify. But Florence Welch sings a note perfect set –...

★★★ THE FLAMING LIPS - KING'S MOUTH An audacious and charming conceptual fantasy album

★★★★★ K.D.LANG, BRIGHTON DOME Superb revival of classic album


★★★★ THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, NOEL COWARD THEATRE Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright

★★★ THE DAY WE WALKED ON THE MOON, ITV It was 50 years ago to the day

EWA BANASZKIEWICZ AND MATEUSZ DYMEK: 'IS OUR FILM PORNY?' Directors of My Friend the Polish Girl respond to claims they've set the female cause back two decades

THE BEST PLAYS IN LONDON The Arts Desk's stage tips


disc of the day

Blu-Ray: Lords of Chaos

Jonas Åkerlund's bloody, unpleasant, yet sometimes humorous account of heavy metal's darkest true story

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The Day We Walked on the Moon, ITV review - it was 50 years ago to the day

You've heard it all before, but this was an entertaining ride

8 Days: To the Moon and Back, BBC Two review - intimate peek at life in lunar capsule

Insightful doco-drama combines re-enactments with real cockpit audio


Blu-Ray: Lords of Chaos

Jonas Åkerlund's bloody, unpleasant, yet sometimes humorous account of heavy metal's darkest true story

Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek: 'Is our film porny?'

Directors of My Friend the Polish Girl respond to claims they've set the female cause back two decades

The Brink review – behind the scenes with Steve Bannon

Funny and frightening fly-on-the-wall documentary

new music

k.d.lang, Brighton Dome review - superb revival of classic album

Iconic Ingénue revisited after 25 years

CD: The Flaming Lips – King’s Mouth

An audacious and charming conceptual fantasy album


Londinium, Griffiths, St John’s Waterloo review - a choral Grand Tour

Leading London choir demonstrate imaginative programming and committed singing

Classical CDs Weekly: Jupiter String Quartet, Bruce Levingston, Paul McCreesh

Newly-commissioned chamber music, a thought-provoking piano recital and a spectacular choral anthology

theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival 2019 - in heaven with Dante's Purgatorio and Estonian rites

A dramatic tour from the tomb of Italy's greatest poet and music among the mosaics


Don Giovanni, Longborough Festival Opera review - Mozart in the urinal

Coarsened, disembowelled and only quite well sung

Eugene Onegin/Georgiana, Buxton Festival review - poetry and pantomime

Thought provoking Tchaikovsky meets the operatic equivalent of Frankenstein's Monster

La Fille du Régiment, Royal Opera review - enjoyable but questionable revival

Tenor Javier Camarena excels in an otherwise only serviceable account


The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre review - Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright
Star cast deliver a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece
The Best Plays in London
What to see where and until when: theartsdesk's stage tips
Equus, Trafalgar Studios review - passionate intensity
Lean and hungry brilliance in Ned Bennett's production of Peter Shaffer


Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras, Sadler's Wells review - storming opening to flamenco festival

Sara Baras confirms flamenco as a dynamic and innovative force

Mari review - bittersweet drama with flair

Unusual mash-up of styles creates a strangely compelling film

The Mother, QEH review - Natalia goes psycho

Osipova is mesmerising in bleak dance-drama about maternal mental health


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

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life, Tate Modern review – beautiful ideas badly installed

The Danish artist who opens our eyes to climate change

Takis, Tate Modern review - science and art collide

Sculptor of magnetism, light and sound gets his first major UK retrospective

Les Rencontres d’Arles 2019 review - strength in tradition

To celebrate its 50th year, the photography festival takes a long view


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