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Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Last night, I discovered the gasp index. Or maybe just re-discovered. The what? The gasp index. It's when you see a show that keeps making you exhale, sometimes audibly, sometimes...
Miranda Heggie
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Dubbed “classical music’s guitar hero”, the 36-year-old London based Montenegrin guitarist  Miloš Karadaglić – more commonly known by just his first name – is back on the...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
We hear plenty of debate about climate change and its disastrous potential, but the ballooning growth of the world’s population may be the most critical issue facing humankind....
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
The race continues to create the most ridiculous cooking programme on TV. Channel 4’s new brainchild, Crazy Delicious, finds the culinary nutty professor Heston Blumenthal teaming...
Sebastian Scotney
Wednesday, 22 January 2020
One can only marvel at the versatility of Ruby Turner. As a vocalist, she spans the whole blues/soul/ R&B spectrum, and has been a major presence on the British scene since...
Matt Wolf
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Armageddon would appear to be at the gates in Sam Steiner’s intriguing if ramshackle play, a co-production between Paines Plough and Theatre Royal, Plymouth, that has reached...
Sue Gaisford
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Just when you thought Christmas was well and truly over, along comes another box of delights. And there isn’t a...
David Nice
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Not long after noon on Sunday, strange bells began ringing. In just 11 bars, Bach summons pairs of flutes, oboes and violas...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Stephen King’s novels have generated an impressive lineage of successful adaptations. This HBO treatment (on Sky Atlantic)...
Boyd Tonkin
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Concert programmes that set out to tell us a story can prove a mixed blessing. Yes, it’s valuable and stimulating to find...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Dennis Hopper’s first starring role, in Night Tide from 1961, as a naïve but curious young sailor bewitched by a siren,...
Miranda Heggie
Monday, 20 January 2020
Celtic Connections, Scotland’s annual festival of folk, world and fusion music, has been brightening up dreich Glasgow...
Gavin Dixon
Monday, 20 January 2020
#Beethoven250 is in full swing at the Barbican. Like most venues, they are keen to show a different side to the composer in...
Nadine Meisner
Monday, 20 January 2020
It’s no surprise that audiences love John Cranko’s Onegin, with its vividly economical narrative (close to Tchaikovsky’s...
Marianka Swain
Monday, 20 January 2020
“Take our country back!” is the rallying cry of the self-identified “real” Americans gathered to protest the arrival of...
Richard Bratby
Monday, 20 January 2020
“Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound” wrote Gustav Mahler of his Eighth Symphony. “There are no...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 20 January 2020
Musical comedy siblings Nicola and Rosie Dempsey (Flo and Joan were their grandmother and great-aunt's names) get along very...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 20 January 2020
Remembrance of clubs past motivates Neil Tennant at 65. The melancholy and wit which gave ambiguity and amused bite to the...
Jessica Payn
Sunday, 19 January 2020
"The deaf don’t believe in silence. Silence is the invention of the hearing." This is one of two author’s "Notes" to Ilya...
 

★★★★ THE OUTSIDER, SKY ATLANTIC Double trouble in small-town Georgia

★★★★ BLU-RAY: NIGHT TIDE Surreal sorcery from a Californian original, an early role from Dennis Hopper

CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2020, GLASGOW Global traditions unite in Scotland's annual musical melting pot

★★★ YOU STUPID DARKNESS!, SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE An intriguing muddle

★★★★★ ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET 70TH ANNIVERSARY GALA, COLISEUM A fine celebration

BACH SUNDAY WITH THE SUZUKIS Father, son and Holy Ghost

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Night Tide

Surreal sorcery from a Californian original, an early role from Dennis Hopper

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tv

Crazy Delicious, Channel 4 review - the most ridiculous cooking programme on TV ?

Heston Blumenthal's culinary deities encourage crackpot foodism

Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting, BBC Two review - is it too late to get population growth under control?

Campaiging naturalist surveys the damage we're inflicting on our overcrowded planet

The Outsider, Sky Atlantic review - double trouble in small-town Georgia

The terror mounts in gripping Stephen King adaptation

film

Blu-ray: Night Tide

Surreal sorcery from a Californian original, an early role from Dennis Hopper

A Hidden Life review - Nazism stoically refused

Terrence Malick's raptures find solid ground in a forgotten stand against fascism

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

new music

Album: Ruby Turner – Love Was Here

Go and hear Ruby Turner perform live

Celtic Connections 2020, Glasgow review - fine feast of Scottish music

Global traditions come together in Scotland's annual musical melting pot

Album: Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot

PSB find nostalgic reveries in the dancefloor's shadows

classical

Bach Sunday with the Suzukis, RAM / Appl, AAM, Milton Court review - father, son and Holy Ghost

From the grandest beginnings of the B Minor Mass at lunchtime to solo cantatas at night

Blomfield, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH review - sounds of a troubled truce

Three idiosyncratic works tell one story of the world in 1945

opera

Sukanya, RFH review - Ravi Shankar's bright-eyed, varied fable

Fine performances, but crude miking suggests this would work better as a chamber opera

prisoner of the state, Barbican review - beauty, but where is the drama?

David Lang's efficient homage to Beethoven can't eclipse the original

'Divinity is all around us': soprano Susanna Hurrell on Ravi Shankar's 'Sukanya'

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indian master's birth with a return to his opera

theatre

Scenes with Girls, Royal Court review - feminist separatism 2.0
New play about female friendship is refreshingly original and dazzlingly exciting
You Stupid Darkness!, Southwark Playhouse review - an intriguing muddle
Overlong Sam Steiner play needs clarity to go with its compassion
Rags: The Musical, Park Theatre review - a timely, if predictable, immigrant tale
Current events lend urgency to this historical work

dance

English National Ballet 70th Anniversary Gala, Coliseum review - a fine celebration

ENB raises a toast to its past and future in an evening of nostalgia and high style

Onegin, Royal Ballet review - vivid and intelligent dance drama

The production may feel old-fashioned, but Cranko's graphic dance images still have power to startle

Resolution 2020, The Place review - new dance for a new decade

You take your chances with this annual bran tub of novice choreography

gaming

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

Best of 2019: Visual Arts

The exhibitions we loved most over the past 12 months

Caravaggio & Bernini, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna - high emotion in 17th century Rome

Painting and sculpture vie for supremacy in the eternal city

Dora Maar, Tate Modern review - how women disappear

Stunning photographs and fabulous photomontages by overlooked and elusive artist

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