Oscar-winning Son of Saul, Nick Payne’s latest play, and Line of Duty reaches its nail-biting climax. Marianka Swain previews a gripping week on theartsdesk
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28/04/2016


 

Pick of the Week: by Marianka Swain

Two great lights went out in the arts world last week. If you missed them, here are our tributes to the inimitable Victoria Wood and Prince. There’s an elegy of a different kind at the Donmar Warehouse, where Zoë Wanamaker stars in Nick Payne’s new play about the choice between love and survival, directed by Josie Rourke.

Following the rampant Shakespeare commemorations, this week it’s the turn of Giacometti. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich marks the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death with a new exhibition examining his influence. We also assess Classical Opera’s unearthing of Il vologeso by Jommelli, first performed 250 years ago, and László Nemes’s unflinching Holocaust film Son of Saul, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and the Grand Prix at Cannes.

On TV, Mike Rudin tries to ascertain who shot down the Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine in Conspiracy Files, and the gripping third series of Line of Duty reaches its climax. Finally the 16th edition of theartsdesk’s vinyl special covers everything from techno to Santana. Do subscribe for only £25 a year.
 
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Jeff Lynne's ELO, O2 Arena

It was one of those bright spring days when it seemed every other radio station was playing “Mr Blue Sky”. It certainly didn’t feel like...

Funny Girl, Savoy Theatre

Vaudeville is having quite the West End moment, with Funny Girl inheriting the Savoy from Gypsy and Mrs Henderson Presents over...

BalletBoyz, Life, Sadler's Wells

Hearing that both Javier de Frutos and rabbit heads appear in the new BalletBoyz bill might give you pause. A choreographer so...

Doctor Faustus, Duke of York's

Blood, sexual violence, power games and lashings of nudity. Not Game of Thrones, whose new season has just premiered (yes, he’s...

Victoria Wood: 'Please could you repeat the question?'

Victoria Wood was a very private national treasure. Not for her the tawdry catwalk of Twitter nor the klaxon of the confessional memoir...

Tannhäuser, Royal Opera

Tim Albery’s 2010 production of Tannhäuser is back for a revival at Royal Opera, with a new conductor and an almost entirely new cast...

Prince, 1958-2016

Prince Rogers Nelson was the most gloriously disruptive presence in popular culture from the very start to the very end. Everything about...

Captain America: Civil War

This rousing instalment from the Marvel universe shares self-evident similarities with Batman vs Superman, the latest effort from their...

Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion, BBC Two

Every few months we get a new Project Fear campaign by "experts" announcing that a small glass of Bristol Cream twice a week now...

Sicily: Culture and Conquest, British Museum

This exhibition – the UK's first major exploration of the history of Sicily – highlights two astonishing epochs in the cultural history of...

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CD of the Week

Dälek - Asphalt For Eden

Asphalt For Eden is a hip hop album with a difference. Featuring whoozy trip hop beats married to darkly psychedelic sounds and...

DVD of the Week

Only Angels Have Wings

Beautifully restored and transferred by Criterion, this is a magnificent edition of Howard Hawks’ ripping yarn. Cary Grant plays...

 
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