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theartsdesk on Vinyl: Record Store Day Special 2018

Thomas H Green

Record Store Day 2018 – Saturday April 21 – is upon us. It should really be Record Shop Day 2018 as this is the UK but let’s not quibble. Instead, put aside cynicism about major labels cashing in, wander down to the nearest record shop – and, happily, new record shops are starting to pop up a lot lately – then rifle through the racks.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review - artery-furring whimsy

Jasper Rees

There’s a serious film to be made about the German occupation of the Channel Islands. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is not that film. The absolute gobful of a title more than hints at artery-furring whimsy.

Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre review - the...

Marianka Swain

Back by feverishly popular demand, Jim Steinman’s mega-musical is no longer in danger of alarming unsuspecting opera-goers. A year on from its...

True Horror, Channel 4 review - a Ronseal...

Owen Richards

As if the real world wasn’t scary enough... Ghost stories are en vogue at the moment, and after the BBC’s hit-and-miss Requiem, Channel 4 brings True...

Roy Orbison In Dreams Hologram, Eventim Apollo...

Russ Coffey

On Wednesday night, the music world took a small step closer to the realms of science fiction. Roy Orbison, 30 years dead, stood in front of a packed...

Andsnes, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review - dazzling symphonic contrasts, plus oddities

David Nice

Stunning articulation in generous helpings of Stravinsky with Shostakovich and Debussy

Funny Cow review - Maxine Peake is stellar

Veronica Lee

Fictional biopic portrays the comedy circuit from a bygone age

Occupied, series 2, Sky Atlantic review - political conflicts looking all too actual

Mark Sanderson

Jo Nesbo’s neo-Cold War drama of Russia vs the rest - aka truth vs lies - resumes

Angela Barnes, Soho Theatre review - history with great gags

Veronica Lee

Cold War buff with a weird obsession

Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation, BBC One review - ‘He was a cool guy and everybody loved him’

Katherine Waters

New three part documentary marks 25 years since the murder of Stephen Lawrence

Tina, Aldwych Theatre review - new Tina Turner bio-musical is simply OK

Marianka Swain

Powerhouse Adrienne Warren is the saving grace of a show that plays it safe

Monet and Architecture, National Gallery review - a revelation in paint

Marina Vaizey

The king of the blockbuster seen in a new light

The Queen's Green Planet, ITV review - right royal arboreals

Marina Vaizey

Gentle cliché met gentle cliché, but this film was charming, and the concept is fabulous

Instructions for Correct Assembly, Royal Court review - Jane Horrocks in Middle England 'Westworld'

Aleks Sierz

New sci-fi drama about suburban perfection lacks the necessary human touch

Lifeline, Channel 4 review - Spanish sci-fi drama on speed

Jasper Rees

'Walter Presents' what-if transplant drama from Madrid hits the accelerator pedal

Obsidian Tear / Marguerite and Armand / Elite Syncopations, Royal Opera House review - an evening of high-performance mismatch

Jenny Gilbert

Fine dancing, but these three ballets have nothing to say to each other

Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH review – cosmic perspectives

Gavin Dixon

Unsuk Chin explores man’s relation to the universe in new oratorio

Daliso Chaponda, Touring review - uneven but entertaining

Veronica Lee

Britain's Got Talent finalist on first UK tour

Barbara Ehrenreich: Natural Causes review - counterintuitive wisdom on the big issues

Marina Vaizey

From challenging medical myths to making sense of the great unknowns, a bravura perspective

Reissue CDs Weekly: Brian James

Kieron Tyler

First solo album from the former Damned and Lords of the New Church man is a blast

Amy Sackville: Painter to the King review - portrait of the artist in shadow and light

Boyd Tonkin

A novel about Velázquez that does justice to his genius – and his mystery

The Moderate Soprano, Duke of York's Theatre review - love and opera with a flinty edge

David Nice

Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll serve David Hare's iron fist in velvet glove to perfection

Voices of America, English National Ballet review - a punchy programme of contemporary ballet

Hanna Weibye

Forsythe commission is a romping, swaggering joy of a piece

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall review – music for the ages

Gavin Dixon

New work for Rzewski’s 80th a puzzling affair but performed with dedication and authority

Arcade Fire, Wembley Arena review - sensational spectacle

Jasper Rees

Canadian indies sing up a storm in in-the-round, with a cameo from Jarvis Cocker

Chicago, Phoenix Theatre review - baggy revival picks up later pace

Laura De Lisle

Cuba Gooding Jr hardly rises, but his co-stars shine in a show stronger on wit than tunes

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Royal Opera review - bleak rigour and black comedy still cast a spell

David Nice

Eva-Maria Westbroek returns on top form as Shostakovich's lethally bored housewife

Law and Order, BBC Four review - not a fair cop

Jasper Rees

GF Newman's 1978 series about police corruption still intrigues

Dickson, SCO, Swensen, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh review - world premiere of a bold new work

Miranda Heggie

James MacMillan takes the saxophone into uncharted territory

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