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Veronica Lee
Friday, 19 April 2019
Tommy Tiernan is something of an institution in his native Ireland, as a stand-up comic, newspaper columnist, sometime chat-show host and full-time controversialist. Now his...
David Nice
Friday, 19 April 2019
"Them" - the "loro" of the title (with a further play on “l’oro”, gold) - denotes the mostly sleazy opportunists willing to use and be used by "him" ("lui"), "Presidente" Silvio...
Guy Oddy
Friday, 19 April 2019
Get The Blessing are a band whose music never fails to conjure up images of someone like Steve McQueen driving along a coastal Californian road, looking cool as you like in very...
Guy Oddy
Friday, 19 April 2019
There aren’t many musicians to catch the ear of a substantial community of music lovers that includes both metalheads and world music fans, as well as having been invited to play...
Katherine Waters
Thursday, 18 April 2019
Peer down the glassy dark and you’ll see them. White bubbles trapped in the frozen lake which appear to be rising to the surface. Look through the permafrost this way and you’re...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 18 April 2019
Bananarama are one of the most successful girl groups of all time. Consisting of Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward, the band’s third original member Siobhan Fahey left in 1988 to...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 18 April 2019
Chimerica is a stage-to-screen adaptation that has certainly kept up with the times. When it opened at the Almeida back in...
Marianka Swain
Thursday, 18 April 2019
For her swansong, departing Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke goes Swinging Sixties in this stylish but flawed revival...
Nick Hasted
Thursday, 18 April 2019
Mel Gibson’s vile drunken rants a decade ago, his 63 years and the price of both inform his role as cop Brett Ridgeman....
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Thursday, 18 April 2019
How to put a full-stop on an over 50 year recording career? For multiple Music Hall of Fame-rs The O’Jays, the answer...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Great, a new drama not by the Williams brothers. Instead it’s Dan Sefton’s second iteration of his medical thriller Trust Me...
Demetrios Matheou
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Isabelle Huppert is famed for the chilly intensity of many of her performances, and a willingness to mine all manner of...
David Nice
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Expect no cliches about toreador pianism. Red-earth flamboyance is not Javier Perianes' style, and the seven dances he...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
About a year ago, director Rebecca Frecknall electrified this venue with an award-winning revival of Tennessee Williams's...
Sebastian Scotney
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
John Mayall keeps up one hell of a touring schedule for an 85-year-old. Last night's early set at Ronnie Scott's was the...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
When poetic London MC Loyle Carner first appeared a couple years ago he was hailed for his fresh take on UK hip hop....
Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Pre-publicity for Back to Life has been all about its stablemate. This new six-part comedy comes from the same producers who...
Sebastian Scotney
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
How do we want our fleeting, precious, close-up glimpses of the royals to be? Do we want the mystique, the aura, glamour and...
Florence Hallett
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
What are we to make of the two circles dustily inscribed in the background of Rembrandt’s c.1665 self-portrait? In a...

★★★★ LOYLE CARNER - NOT WAVING, BUT DROWNING British MC lays his heart on the line for album number two

★★★★ TRUST ME, SERIES 2, BBC ONE Hospital killer chiller

★★★★ JAIVER PERIANES, QEH Not a Spanish fire-eater but a world-class poet

★★★ THREE SISTERS, ALMEIDA THEATRE Middle of the road with flashes of magic

★★★★ JOHN MAYALL, RONNIE SCOTT'S The legend on his own terms

★★★ GRETA Isabelle Huppert goes full psycho in eccentric stalker thriller

disc of the day

CD: Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mettavolution

The Mexican guitar duo return to the fray with gusto

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Climate Change: The Facts, BBC One review - how much reality can humankind bear?

What's driving climate change and how long we have to do something about it

Chimerica, Channel 4 review - fake news, true drama

Added Trump: Lucy Kirkwood’s play takes a revisionary path to the screen

Trust Me, Series 2, BBC One review - hospital killer chiller

Beware the angel of death stalking the wards


Loro review – hedonism must have an end

Toni Servillo brilliant again as Sorrentino’s singular Berlusconi

Dragged Across Concrete review - Mel Gibson's hard-boiled high

S. Craig Zahler takes the Lethal Weapon buddy cop movie to hell

Greta review – Isabelle Huppert goes full psycho in eccentric stalker thriller

Neil Jordan directs the great French actress, as a widow obsessed with Chloë Grace Moretz's lonely New Yorker

new music

CD: Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mettavolution

The Mexican guitar duo return to the fray with gusto

Get The Blessing, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham review – West Country cats lay down some jazzy sounds

Bristol’s post-jazzers ease Birmingham into the Bank Holiday weekend

theartsdesk Q&A: Bananarama

The indestructible girl group on singing, clubbing, post-punk, Lemmy, George Michael and much more


Javier Perianes, QEH review - not a Spanish fire-eater but a world-class poet

Chopin and Debussy imagined afresh, Falla not quite set ablaze

Philharmonia, Blomstedt, RFH review - gravity and grace

A masterclass in quiet authority from the veteran Swede

Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic, Wilson, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - contrasts from the 1930s

Walton’s Violin Concerto makes a deep impact alongside angst-ridden Vaughan Williams


Faust, Royal Opera review - fusty Gounod still dances

Lively conducting and a last-minute replacement keep this hellish cabaret on its toes

Franco Fagioli, Il Pomo d’Oro, Birmingham Town Hall review - flair and flamboyance

Virtuoso countertenor shines in music from Handel and his contemporaries

The Pilgrim’s Progress, RNCM, Manchester review – a theatrical triumph

Re-imagining Bunyan’s story as a parable of the First World War


Sweet Charity, Donmar Warehouse review - Sixties style over substance
Design dominates in Josie Rourke's farewell production
Three Sisters, Almeida Theatre review - middle of the road with flashes of magic
Chekhov classic from the team behind the West End hit Summer and Smoke
The Best Plays in London
What to see where and until when: theartsdesk's stage tips


Tommy Tiernan, Shepherd's Bush Empire review - playful and poetic

Star of Derry Girls on sex, religion and politics

Angela Barnes, Blackheath Halls review - a pessimist turning the tables

From the personal to the political in gag-filled show

Aziz Ansari, Eventim Apollo review - show follows his #MeToo moment

US comic tackles race, politics and relationships


The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

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

Anthem review - singing praises? More like a cautious nod

A rocky start for a new franchise that offers potential and problems in equal measure

Crackdown 3 review - spectacular super-powered action that was great fun many years ago

Nearly a decade has passed since the last incarnation but little has changed in this stagnant shooter

visual arts

Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, Gagosian Gallery review - old master, new ways

One of the most mysterious paintings ever made inspires an exploration of the self-portrait

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst, British Museum review - compassion in the age of anxiety

Norway's greatest painter revealed as a master printmaker

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