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David Nice
Thursday, 21 June 2018
First palpable hit of the evening: a full orchestra in the pit under hyper-alert Opera North stalwart James Holmes, saxophones deliciously rampant. Second hit: they've got the...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Earlier this year, in May, Brighton hosted the Vinyl World Congress where Paul Pacifico, head of the Association of Independent Music, told the assembled that, “People pay for...
Saskia Baron
Thursday, 21 June 2018
The Cannes jury in 2017 gave best actress to Diane Kruger for her performance in In the Fade. She plays Katja, who turns avenging angel when her son and Turkish husband are...
Peter Culshaw
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Forgive the sports metaphor, but David Byrne knocked this one out of the park. Coming out of the concert at the Eventim Apollo, you felt that the presentation of popular music had...
Katherine Waters
Thursday, 21 June 2018
It’s not as immersive as New York’s The Gates, 2005, nor as magnificent as Floating Piers, 2016, in Italy’s Lake Iseo – it has also, according to Hyde Park regular...
Ellie Porter
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Concluding a trilogy of releases that began with the EPs Not the Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017) – Bad Witch is being called an LP despite its six tracks clocking in...
Tim Cumming
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Eel Pie, the tiny eyot in the Thames, is not too a long walk from Twickenham stadium – within hollering distance, almost, if...
David Nice
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Have you ever wondered why the Steinway grand piano is invariably the instrument of choice in every hall you visit, great or...
Katherine Waters
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
Squirrels are a breed as diverse as they are ubiquitous: they inhabit environments as extreme as desert and tundra, and all...
Bernard Hughes
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
From an early age, Barbara Strozzi would have entertained the guests of her father’s Venetian academy with songs, including...
Matthew Wright
Wednesday, 20 June 2018
It would always be difficult to follow The Epic, the 2015 release which turned LA saxophonist Kamasi Washington from leader...
Theartsdesk
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Are you a young blogger, vlogger or writer in the field of the arts, books and culture? If so, we've a competition for you...
Peter Culshaw
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Many of us recognise that rather striking modernist building in Cromwell Gardens near South Kensington tube, having seen it...
Gavin Dixon
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
John Eliot Gardiner was 75 in April, and to celebrate, the Barbican Centre staged a weekend devoted to his favourite...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Force of Evil is much more than a stunning film noir classic: it’s first and foremost a film about money and power and their...
David Nice
Monday, 18 June 2018
Who would have thought, when Phyllida Lloyd's Donmar Julius Caesar opened to justified fanfare, that two more Shakespeare...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 18 June 2018
All those pranks, set-ups, fake letters and disguises, they just keep coming thick and fast in Verdi’s Falstaff. The score...
Owen Richards
Monday, 18 June 2018
Despite the Welsh repute for singing, the Festival of Voice in Cardiff has always been more than just music. Indeed, on the...
Russ Coffey
Monday, 18 June 2018
Scorpions stepped on stage wearing leather jackets and shades, and launched straight into "Going Out With a Bang". For a...
 

★★★★★ THE ROLLING STONES, TWICKENHAM STADIUM Until the next goodbye?

★★★★ THE COURTESAN'S GAZE, FIERI CONSORT, HANDEL HOUSE Historical female composers in context

LEIPZIG'S BLÜTHNER PIANO FACTORY A perfect family business

BEST PLAYS IN LONDON From Jean Brodie to Killer Joe: theartsdesk's stage tips

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disc of the day

CD: Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

Trent Reznor treads old ground in new, sober, boots

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Julius Caesar, BBC Four review - electrifying TV launch of all-women Shakespeare trilogy

Harriet Walter and Jade Anouka are the superlative opposite poles in a perfect ensemble

film

In The Fade review - twisty German courtroom drama

Diane Kruger stars in ambitious thriller set in Hamburg tackles racism, terrorism and revenge

The Best Films Out Now

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new music

David Byrne, Eventim Apollo review - twice in a lifetime?

The former Talking Head is still making sense as he re-invents live rock music - again

CD: Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

Trent Reznor treads old ground in new, sober, boots

classical

theartsdesk at Leipzig's Blüthner Piano Factory - a perfect family business

From the wood to the polished final article, a living lesson in piano-making

The Courtesan’s Gaze, Fieri Consort, Handel House review – historical female composers in context

A fascinating insight into the work of Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini

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opera

Kiss Me, Kate, Opera North, London Coliseum review - Cole Porter delivered in true company style

Just a tad short on Broadway charisma, but this sophisticated production glides along

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Falstaff, Garsington Opera review - Sir John under pressure

Musically strong, but updating the action has consequences

theatre

Kiss Me, Kate, Opera North, London Coliseum review - Cole Porter delivered in true company style
Just a tad short on Broadway charisma, but this sophisticated production glides along
The Best Plays in London
From Hogwarts to that brief encounter at Milford station : theartsdesk's stage tips
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dance

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The Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum review - a triumph for English National Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's timeless staging brings out the best in ENB

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: 'good people like to work with good people'

The countertenor turned impresario launches a second season of The Grange Festival

comedy

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Sarah Kendall, Soho Theatre review - a superb storyteller

Australian stand-up muses on the lottery of life

gaming

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Detroit: Become Human review – a robot story with real heart

A big budget interactive story where your decisions can flip the script

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visual arts

The London Mastaba, Serpentine Galleries review - good news for ducks?

Rockstar artist’s floating oil drums provoke questions around the purpose of public art

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'That brick red frock with flowers everywhere': painting Katherine Mansfield

Anne Estelle Rice painted the New Zealand writer 100 years ago, spinning a tale of love, friendship and artistic kinship

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