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Mark Kidel
Friday, 21 September 2018
Henry V is a play shot through with martial energy and the terrible chaos of war. The almost overpowering violence and energy that characterise the story give the unfolding of the...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 21 September 2018
Katherine Ryan was making her West End debut – a big moment in any comic’s career – but she made her entrance on stage at the Garrick unannounced. Yet if the opening to Glitter...
Graham Rickson
Friday, 21 September 2018
Animation fans have rarely had it so good, though it’s nothing short of criminal that the mean-spirited, infantile Peter Rabbit took more money than the sublime Paddington 2, and...
Jessica Duchen
Thursday, 20 September 2018
The LSO and Sir Simon Rattle have been launching their new season with a mini-festival, if not so-called, mixing and matching some delectable repertoire. This was their third...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 20 September 2018
On the eve of her tenth decade, the marvellous Agnès Varda embarked on the enchanted journey that we see in Faces Places. For admirers of the great French director – of whom there...
James Graham
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Thank you. It’s an honour to have been asked to speak here today. Although looking at the h100 List this year, I’ve no idea why I’m presumptuously standing here; given the talent...
Rachel Halliburton
Thursday, 20 September 2018
As the Syrian conflict enters its final convulsions, renewing memories of how the Sykes-Picot agreement – between an...
Marianka Swain
Thursday, 20 September 2018
This London premiere of Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe’s 2010 musical (based on Daniel Waters’ oh-so-Eighties cult...
Joe Muggs
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Knowing a deceased artist's archives are available for re-release is a double-edged sword. Will there be a shoddy flood of...
Demetrios Matheou
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
At a time when the issue over the scarcity of opportunities for female filmmakers is finally winning traction, it’s...
Ellie Porter
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
“This, quite possibly, could be a really good night,” declared David Crosby. He’s a couple of songs into this show, one of...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Beware the hidden powers of the cellphone. When in Never Here New York conceptual artist Miranda Fall (Mireille Enos) finds...
David Nice
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Cinderella as opera in French: of late, the palm has always gone to Massenet's adorable (as in a-dor-Ah-bler) confection,...
Anil Gupta And Richard Pinto
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Back in June 2017, in the days when English summertime was a lazy idyll rather than an apocalyptic inferno, RSC artistic...
Katherine Waters
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
It’s night, and the woman (Leanne Best) is waiting for a phone call. She’s desperate for the voice of her lover – or...
Katie Colombus
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Christine has become Chris. The singer has struck out part of her name to gain a part of her identity – a gesture that...
Matthew Wright
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Norwegian-Danish singer Live Foyn Friis (for English-speaking readers, Live is her first name) has released six albums, and...

ANIL GUPTA AND RICHARD PINTO INTERVIEW: "We figured Molière would have toyed with it too'

★★★ NEVER HERE Conceptual art may damage your health

★★★★ CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS - CHRIS Empowering alt-pop that refuses definition

★★★★★ DAVID CROSBY & FRIENDS, SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE Still spine-tingling at 77

AGNÉS VARDA INTERVIEW: 'You think I'm finished?!'

★★★ ISOUARD'S CENDRILLON, BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA Stepsisters shine in fairy-tale bagatelle

★★ THE HUMAN VOICE, GATE THEATRE Unrelenting and sad

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: The Breadwinner

Riveting animated tale of life under Taliban rule

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James Graham: 'the country of Shakespeare no longer recognises arts as a core subject'

Full transcript of the playwright's passionate speech about the importance of the arts at the Hospital Club's h100 Awards

Strangers, episode 2, ITV review - conspiracy theories multiply

Hong Kong locations may be the real stars of this tortuous thriller

Killing Eve, BBC One review - the dying game

Sisters are doing it for themselves in semi-comic spy caper


DVD/Blu-ray: The Breadwinner

Riveting animated tale of life under Taliban rule

Faces Places review - Agnès Varda's enchanted journey

With photographer JR, the great French documentarist journeys through her homeland

James Graham: 'the country of Shakespeare no longer recognises arts as a core subject'

Full transcript of the playwright's passionate speech about the importance of the arts at the Hospital Club's h100 Awards

new music

CD: Prince - Piano and a Microphone 1983

Is this a glimmer of hope that treatment of the Paisley Park archives is going to be respectful?

David Crosby & Friends, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, review - still spine-tingling at 77

The singer-songwriter rifles through a long back catalogue from the Byrds through CSN to his new output

CD: Christine and the Queens - Chris

Empowering alt-pop that refuses definition


Jansen, LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - nature's splendours and a fond farewell

Richly imaginative 20th-century music sees out a long-serving LSO violinist in style

Ian Bostridge, Thomas Adès, Wigmore Hall review - haunting, brutal Schubert

A Winterreise of psychological intensity, but too often taken to ghoulish extremes

LSO, Rattle, Barbican Hall review - a mixed bag of British composers

Birtwistle, Holst, Turnage and Britten in the 2018/19 season opening concert


Isouard's Cendrillon, Bampton Classical Opera review - stepsisters shine in fairy-tale bagatelle

Maltese-French composer's Cinders opera is mostly routine, but performed with esprit

Parsifal, Saffron Opera Group review - drama and focus

Amateur company continues its run of dramatically compelling Wagner

War and Peace, Welsh National Opera review - an Operation Barbarossa that comes off

Not quite a masterpiece but a great aural and visual spectacle


Henry V, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol review -
The pity of war - a strikngly contemporary take on a humanity's addiction to conflict
James Graham: 'the country of Shakespeare no longer recognises arts as a core subject'
Full transcript of the playwright's passionate speech about the importance of the arts at the Hospital Club's h100 Awards
The Outsider, Print Room at the Coronet review - power in restraint
The spirit of Magritte pervades this brand of existentialism


'It’s more fun to dance in a tutu': Tory Dobrin of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The artistic director of the Trocks explains how he keeps his ballet parodists on their toes

theartsdesk in Riga - 43,290 Latvians sing and dance for their country

Individual souls conjoined with a passionate belief in peace and music achieve miracles

Enter theartsdesk / h Club Young Influencer of the Year award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club100 Awards, we're looking for the best cultural writers, bloggers and vloggers


The League of Gentlemen Live Again!, Sunderland Empire review - going local for local people

Sketch group back on the road for the first time since 2005

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Rose Matafeo review

Edinburgh Comedy Award winner has a wonderfully daft show


Marvel's Spider-Man review - fandom fodder at its finest

Swinging in the city with the arachnid avenger

h Club 100 Awards: Video games - pioneers with heart and soul

High tech meets high calibre in this year’s list of gaming’s brightest sparks

Jurassic World Evolution review - manage a dinosaur theme park and make a killing

A comprehensive management sim where you feed the exhibits, the punters and your bank balance

visual arts

Renzo Piano, Royal Academy review - worth the effort

Church spires informed the shape of the Shard

h 100 Awards: Art, Design and Craft - making art public

Showcasing the strength of British visual culture, and the people bringing it to public attention

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now


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