Bridget Christie and flamenco in Edinburgh, family-friendly Green Man, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E returns. Marianka Swain spies next week on theartsdesk


Pick of the week: by Marianka Swain

Arguably the week’s biggest laughs come courtesy of the American Republican Party and Australian cricket team, but closely rivalling them is Edinburgh’s jam-packed Fringe. Comic highlights include Bridget Christie and Mark Steel, plus our International Festival dance reviews kick off with Israel Galván’s innovative contemporary flamenco. Adding festival spirit is Wales’s family-friendly Green Man, featuring Super Furry Animals, Atomic Bomb! and Slowdive.
Back in the capital, theartsdesk’s extensive Proms coverage continues with the Sibelius symphonies cycle, celebrating the composer’s 150th anniversary. If you’ve missed any of our reports so far, catch up here
The Iliad joins the Almeida’s Greeks season, Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer takes on The Scandalous Lady W for BBC Two, and there’s more from our Open Book interview series, as satirical writer and artist Bruce McCall talks compensatory learning and the lure of Atlantic liners. Finally, will Guy Ritchie’s big-screen remake of seminal Sixties spy caper The Man From U.N.C.L.E. be a Cold War hit, or just lukewarm?
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Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Walking the Tightrope/Maddy Anholt/ Phil Jerrod

Subtitled The Tension Between Art and Politics, this collection of eight short plays on the subject of censorship was prompted by the boycott of an Israeli hip hop troupe at this venue last year...

theartsdesk Q&A: soul singer Joss Stone

Joss Stone is one of our most popular and successful soul singers, with a rich bronze voice and supple delivery that’s already earned her two Brit Awards and a Grammy, and made her Britain’s richest woman under 30...

Reissue CDs Weekly: America

Prime amongst the many ironies associated with Seventies soft-rock trio America is that when they reached number one in America in March 1972 with “A Horse With No Name”...

Prom 23: Verdi's Requiem, BBCSSO, Runnicles

A weekend of extremes at the Proms took us from stark solo Bach on Saturday to the massed forces of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, gathered under Donald Runnicles...

Splendour, Donmar Warehouse

On contemporary stages, absence is a constant presence. This is very odd if you consider how corporeal and concrete theatre is. Unlike film, which is just light shining on a screen, or books, which are just letters on the page..

Prom 25: Orfeo, EBS, Gardiner

English choirs and early music ensembles have a bad reputation for stiffness, formality – nothing wrong with the music just the presentation. But with this dramatic and Italianate Orfeo...


The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Multiple stars are born in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the conventionally titled film premiered earlier this year at Sundance that turns out to be unconventional in every way that matters...


Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse

Never in a million years would you guess that Grand Hotel – the 1989 New York hit now brilliantly revived at Southwark Playhouse – is one of Broadway's great rescue jobs...


An Open Book: Conrad Shawcross

From complex machines, whirring busily but with no useful function, to structures that allude to the fundamental building blocks of the universe, Conrad Shawcross...


Buddha: Genius of the Ancient World, BBC Four

This programme was a puzzle. It didn't quite work, and it should have worked an absolute treat, as Buddhism is in some respects the religion, or rather the way of life...


All This Week's Reviews

The Last Hotel
theartsdesk at Forgotten Fields 2015
The Race for the World's First Atomic Bomb
Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Walking the Tightrope/Maddy Anholt/ Phil Jerrod
Prom 33: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Gardiner
HMS Pinafore, National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
Prom 32: Bartlett, Elschenbroich, RPO, Whitacre
Ravel Double Bill
Reissue CDs Weekly: America
Prom 29: Bavouzet, BBC Philharmonic, Collon
Crossing Jerusalem
Classical CDs Weekly: Nielsen, Terry Riley, Will Todd
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Grand Hotel
If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World
DVD: My Darling Clementine
The Heresy of Love
52 Tuesdays
Buddha: Genius of the Ancient World
Game of Thrones: Episodes 4 & 5
theartsdesk at Camp Bestival 2015
Prom 25: Orfeo, EBS, Gardiner
Prom 24: BBCSSO, Runnicles
Hard to Be a God
Dear Lupin
Prom 23: Verdi's Requiem, BBCSSO, Runnicles

CD of the Week

Bullet For My Valentine - Venom

Bullet For My Valentine retain their fury. Last time round, on 2013’s aptly named Temper Temper, frontman Matt Tuck was snarling about substance abuse...

DVD of the Week


I walked out of Videodrome into Soho’s neon in 1983, and felt the film’s hallucinatory visions had infected the street. It’s one of a handful of times a film...

Game of the Week

Game of Thrones: Episodes 4 & 5

On TV, the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones is usually the most shocking and pivotal. In the game? Maybe not so much...

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