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Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
As the veteran combo roll around one more time, five years after they last performed in the UK, many a ticket-buyer for their No Filter tour has taken the view that, as the Stones...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Watching this band in action is a treat. They gel absolutely and play off one another in a manner that’s easy and mellow, yet also sparks by occasionally teetering on the edge of...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
There have been plenty of films about mountains, and they are mainly about men. The plot tends not to vary: man clambers up peak because, as Mallory famously reasoned, it is there...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
“I thought she maybe had superpowers to go that high.” Emilia Senior, 12, watched her sister Eve, 15, thrown into the air by the force of the explosion. When Eve came to earth her...
Owen Richards
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
When bands move to the US, some find themselves drawn into the commercial machine; when Scottish band Chvrches crossed the Atlantic, they were targeting direct assimilation from...
Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Ian Rickson’s route into theatre was not conventional. Growing up in south London, he discovered plays largely through reading them as a student at Essex University. During those...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
The brightness and colour are deceptive; at its heart, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina’s Coco is an affecting reflection on...
David Nice
Monday, 21 May 2018
If Hugo von Hofmannsthal's libretto for Richard Strauss in their joint "comedy for music" is the apogee of elaborately...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 21 May 2018
There was a time when Hugh Grant was viewed as a thespian one-trick pony, a floppy-haired fop dithering in a state of...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 21 May 2018
Bridget Christie tells us at the top of the show that she is a heterosexual, able-bodied, privileged white female – so why...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 21 May 2018
Not the least startling element of Bishop Michael Curry’s house-rockin’ sermon at the royal nuptials was his quotation from...
Katie Colombus
Monday, 21 May 2018
It was no matter that journalist Daniel Hahn dropped out ill at the 11th hour of this "audience with" event. Author Philip...
Liz Thomson
Monday, 21 May 2018
Gretchen Peters arrived in Nashville in the late eighties from Bronxville, New York, where she was born, and Boulder,...
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 20 May 2018
An Irishman who spent more than half a century in London and then Devon, and a prolific writer – nearly 20 novels and...
Stephen Walsh
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Puccini’s heroines and the rough treatment he hands out to them have come in for plenty of opprobrium over the years. But...
Tom Birchenough
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Ian McEwan has said that he decided to adapt his 2007 novel On Chesil Beach for the screen himself at least partly because...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 20 May 2018
African Scream Contest 2 opens with a burst of distorted guitar suggesting a parallel-world response to The Chambers...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 20 May 2018
To readers of newspapers and magazines, the name Clancy Sigal will be very familiar, probably as a film reviewer. Addicted...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 20 May 2018
The welcome to Glasgow audio-visual artist Robbie Thomson’s performance engenders a hefty sense of anticipation. It’s almost...

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY: BERNSTEIN, BRUCKNER, SCHMITT Americana from Merseyside, plus Austrian sacred music and fascinating French rarities

★★★★ BRIDGET CHRISTIE, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL Politics through a domestic lens

★★★ ON CHESIL BEACH Perfect playing in a poignant Ian McEwan adaptation

★★★ WILLIAM TREVOR: LAST STORIES A sotto-voce leave-taking for the short-story master

★★★ THE HANDMAID'S TALE, SERIES 2, CHANNEL 4 It's not getting any better for Offred

★★★★ SWAN LAKE, ROYAL BALLET Liam Scarlett and John Macfarlane's new version of the classic takes wings 

★★★★★ A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL, BBC ONE Tragedy and farce in recreation of the Thorpe saga

★★★★ MADAMA BUTTERFLY, GLYNDEBOURNE Perverse staging, outstanding cast

disc of the day

CD: Chvrches - Love Is Dead

Scotland’s electropop trio aim for full mainstream integration

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Manchester: The Night of the Bomb, BBC Two review - devastating account of the lottery of terror

A year on, a heartrending reconstruction of the Ariana Grande concert from hell

A Very English Scandal, BBC One review - making a drama out of a crisis

Tragedy and farce in glittering recreation of the Jeremy Thorpe saga


Edie review - Sheila Hancock gets summit fever

Octogenarian widow aims to conquer a Scottish mountain

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

DVD/Blu-ray: Coco

Big-hearted musings on death and memory, disguised as a family blockbuster

new music

A Change is Gonna Come, Brighton Festival review - lively, winning jazz adventure

Reimagined civil rights protest songs make for a musically rich evening

CD: Chvrches - Love Is Dead

Scotland’s electropop trio aim for full mainstream integration


Classical CDs Weekly: Bernstein, Bruckner, Schmitt

Americana from Merseyside, plus Austrian sacred music and fascinating French rarities

The Rosenkavalier film, OAE, Paterson, QEH review - silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

Superb salon-orchestra playing redeems Strauss's lazy work on a meandering silent film

Chopin's Piano, Tiberghien, Kildea, Brighton Festival review - mumbled words, magical music

French pianist runs the gamut of colour and expression, but the framework's shaky


Der Rosenkavalier, Glyndebourne - detailed acting, great singing

More austere drama, but richer voices, in this revival of Richard Jones's tour de force

Madama Butterfly, Glyndebourne review - perverse staging, outstanding cast

Puccinian pathos takes on tragic colouring thanks to a gifted soprano from Moldova

The Rosenkavalier film, OAE, Paterson, QEH review - silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

Superb salon-orchestra playing redeems Strauss's lazy work on a meandering silent film


The Best Plays in London
From the Ides of March to modern monologues: theartsdesk's stage tips
Ian Rickson: 'I'm an introvert, I want to stop talking about myself' - interview
The director staging Brian Friel's Translations at the National talks about Ireland, England and the changing face of theatre
As You Like It / Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe review - ensemble emphasis sets a leaner style
Michelle Terry's new company ups gender fluidity, charts new directions


Swan Lake, Royal Ballet review - beautiful, heartfelt

Liam Scarlett and John Macfarlane's new version of the classic takes wings

Elizabeth, Barbican review - royal romance under scrutiny

Words and music form an equal alliance with dance to probe the love life of the Virgin Queen


Sarah Kendall, Soho Theatre review - a superb storyteller

Australian stand-up muses on the lottery of life

Danny Baker, Touring review - boy, can he talk

Radio personality gives it the verbals


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God of War review - action adventure epic sets new standards

Father-son adventure is a slick and gorgeous spectacle

visual arts

Highlights from Photo London 2018 - something old, something new

Apps, augmented reality and Henry Fox Talbot rub shoulders at London's annual photo festival

The New Royal Academy and Tacita Dean, Landscape review - a brave beginning to a new era

From an institution known for excellent exhibitions to a hub of learning and debate

David Shrigley/Brett Goodroad, Brighton Festival review - showcases puncturing the medium's pretence

An exhibition and an event that both seem keen to democratise the artistic process

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