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Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 16 September 2018
Although he’s regularly performed it live, hearing the studio version of Glen Matlock’s take on Scott Walker’s “Montague Terrace (in Blue)” is a jolt. Back in September 1967, when...
Jenny Gilbert
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Forty years on from its beginnings as part of New York's gay lib movement, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is playing to a global, largely straight audience. As the company...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Fenella Fielding - “one of the finest female impersonators in the business,” joked Eric Morecambe – has died at the age of 90. Most actors of such a great vintage tend to be...
Mark Kidel
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
For nearly half a century, Loudon Wainwright III has trodden a path on the margins of American popular music. He is as much a wry and sometimes puerile humourist as he is the...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
As writer and director, Hugo Blick has brought us two of the twistiest dramas in recent-ish memory (The Shadow Line and The Honourable Woman). Looks like he’s done it again here,...
Theartsdesk
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Discreetly poking his camera through one of the red curtains around the Albert Hall, chief Proms photographer Chris Christodoulou gets the action shots others would kill for. They...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Holy shit! After being closed for two long years, the old and battered Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn has been refurbished and...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Few things divide opinion as much as comedy, and we’ve all had the experience of sitting through a film stony-faced while...
Laura De Lisle
Monday, 10 September 2018
There's a clear theme running through this year's autumn programme at the Southwark Playhouse: new musicals ...
Steven Eastwood
Monday, 10 September 2018
Most of us have very little knowledge of the process of life ending, physically and emotionally, until it comes suddenly...
Gavin Dixon
Monday, 10 September 2018
Expectations ran high for this recital, Brahms from an all-star piano trio of Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma. The...
Tom Birchenough
Monday, 10 September 2018
Underground Railroad Game is scabrous theatre – in every sense. To start with, Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard’s two-...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 10 September 2018
Matt Johnson is a genial bloke with a trunk-load of songs that view the glass as not only half empty but too small. In the '...
Tim Cumming
Monday, 10 September 2018
Rivers carry our effluents away; they water the land, burst their banks, serve as borders, and as freight routes; their...
Jessica Duchen
Sunday, 09 September 2018
Outside the Royal Albert Hall blue-bereted devotees were handing out free EU flags. A great many people accepted them, while...
Katherine Waters
Sunday, 09 September 2018
In a small town on the Polish-Czech border where the mobile signal wanders between countries’ operators and only three...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 09 September 2018
The terrace beside the restaurant in Cologne’s Stadtgarten – the city park – is heaving. Agreeably so. A bar and a food...
 

★★★ THE THE, DIGBETH ARENA, BIRMINGHAM Matt Johnson's political pop back on the road

★★★★★ AX, KAVAKOS, MA, BARBICAN Elite trio brings virtuosity, subtlety and finesse to Brahms

★★★★ PROM 74, THEODORA, ARCANGELO, COHEN Handel’s oratorio given a dramatic account

★★★★ OLGA TOKARCZUK: DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD On vengeful nature: Polish murder mystery with a Blakeian twist

★★★★ THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST Learning the right way: Desiree Akhavan’s composed but shocking story of gay conversion

★★★★ UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME, SOHO THEATRE Scratching the American wound

disc of the day

CD: Glen Matlock - Good To Go

Toughening-up needed on former Sex Pistol’s first solo album for two decades

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tv

Black Earth Rising, BBC Two review - Blick's new blockbuster

Politics, genocide, race and the law collide in ambitious thriller

Wanderlust, BBC One review - an unflinching look at stale sex

A strong cast and well-crafted script offer a new take on marital infidelity

Vanity Fair, ITV review - seductions of social climbing

Much fun at Thackeray's fair: Gwyneth Hughes rolls out an accomplished romantic romp

film

'You won't be able to handle this lady': remembering Fenella Fielding

The vampish comic actress has died at 90 not long after receiving an OBE

DVD/Blu-ray: The Producers

Mel Brooks' breakthrough hits the half-century, still blissfully funny

'I saw that death is beautiful, unspeakable and strange': on filming 'Island'

Filmmaker Steven Eastwood introduces his documentary about the last moments of life

new music

CD: Glen Matlock - Good To Go

Toughening-up needed on former Sex Pistol’s first solo album for two decades

CD: Loudon Wainwright III - Years in the Making

Intimate treasures from a long career in song

The The, Digbeth Arena, Birmingham review - Matt Johnson takes his political pop back on the road

The The return to a time when indie kids paid attention to the news but didn’t dance much

classical

Like a baton out of hell: Conductors at the 2018 Proms

Chris Christodoulou snaps mostly men at work, but the women are coming

Ax, Kavakos, Ma, Barbican review - all-star Brahms

Elite trio brings virtuosity, subtlety and finesse to Brahms

Last Night of the Proms, Finley, Gillam, BBCSO, Davis review - a fine send-off without send-up

Differences are thrown aside for a classic celebration of the power of music

opera

The Rake's Progress, British Youth Opera review - perfect poise in slippery Stravinsky

Well-trained young singers have space to articulate skewed morality tale

Prom 71, DiDonato, Tamestit, ORR, Gardiner review - concert Berlioz as bracing theatre

A dramatic feast for the eyes as well as the ears, this should have been on TV

Paul Bunyan, ENO, Wilton's Music Hall review - talent cabined and confined

A fine company in Britten and Auden's little great American operetta sold short

theatre

'You won't be able to handle this lady': remembering Fenella Fielding
The vampish comic actress has died at 90 not long after receiving an OBE
Holy Shit, Kiln Theatre review - what's in a name?
The old Tricycle Theatre is transformed with a name change and a great opening play
Unexpected Joy, Southwark Playhouse review - fully predictable fun
New all-female musical might not be entirely unexpected, but it’s a solid enough evening

dance

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

The artistic director of the Trocks explains how he keeps his all-male company of ballet parodists on its 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

comedy

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

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Rosie Jones/ Marcus Brigstocke/ Alice Snedden

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

gaming

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

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

h 100 Young Influencers of the Year: Marina Gerner on Russian art

The second finalist in theartsdesk's award in association with The Hospital Club reviews Revolution at the Royal Academy

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