Big drama on stage and television casts a spell this week on theartsdesk. There's no risk of austerity measures here, says Marianka Swain
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14/05/2015

Pick of the Week: by Marianka Swain

These are uncertain times for creatives following the surprise election of a majority Conservative Government. But whatever the future brings, there will be no austerity measures limiting theartsdesk’s dedicated coverage of everything our dynamic, diverse and vital arts world has to offer.

Theatreland is particularly busy this week, kicking off with the West End transfer of the RSC’s Death of a Salesman starring Antony Sher and a revival of Ayckbourn’s time-travelling comic thriller Communicating Doors. Michelle Terry headlines As You Like It at the Globe, there's a new play about fashion icon Alexander McQueen, and Glee alumnus Jonathan Groff leads a concert performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Finally, we give our verdict on Jonathan Miller’s Lear for Northern Broadsides.

Over on the BBC, it’s history weekend. Saturday brings the latest Scandi must-watch: 1864, a sweeping family saga backdropped by Denmark’s catastrophic war with Prussia. And could it be magic for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s fantasy novel about magicians during the Napoleonic Wars.

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Marianka

Super Furry Animals, O2 Brixton Academy

The timing of this tour, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their self-released, lo-fi masterpiece Mwng, could not be more fitting...

theartsdesk Q&A: Gavin Higgins

Composer Gavin Higgins and choreographer Mark Baldwin’s Dark Arteries is billed by Rambert as “the world’s first brass band dance...

The Father, Tricycle Theatre

André is losing time. It’s not just his perennially mislaid watch, but whole hours, weeks, years. Is he still living in his Paris flat, or did...

Modigliani, Estorick Collection

Modigliani’s short life was a template for countless aspiring artists who, in the period after his death in 1920, were only too willing...

Britain's Greatest Generation, BBC Two

You can’t move for the World Wars on the BBC. Gallipoli (100 years ago) and VE Day (70) are this month’s on-trend anniversaries...

The Pirates of Penzance, ENO

When ENO announced its return to Gilbert and Sullivan, rapture at the news that Mike Leigh, genius Topsy-Turvy director, would be master...

Woolf Works, Royal Ballet

On my way to the Woolf Works opening last night, I made the mistake of reading The Waves, Virginia Woolf’s most experimental...

Alex Horne, Soho Theatre

There are many forms of comedy – stand-up, sketch and improv among them – and now Alex Horne has introduced a new...

The Tribe

In The Tribe, his feature debut, Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy has created something totally unexpected, and...

The Vote, Donmar Warehouse

Thank fuck, it’s over. I mean the General Election. No more campaigning, no more leader debates, no more anti-Miliband hysteria...

All This Week's Reviews

CD of the Week

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell first put out a joint album only a couple of years ago but their association...

DVD of the Week

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

This is the sort of intoxicated, mythic romance rarely seen in Britain or Hollywood. It is a tribute from the latter’s...

Game of the Week

Westerado: Double Barreled

Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play... and corrupt oil prospectors...

 
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