All the world's a stage this week on theartsdesk, says Marianka Swain. Get ready for Sofie Gråbøl, Kristin Scott Thomas and Roger Allam
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25/09/2014

Pick of the Week: by Marianka Swain

Ed Miliband may have missed out a key section of his speech to the Labour Party conference, but here at theartsdesk we never miss a thing. And that’s no mean feat during a week in which even the most dedicated theatregoer will struggle to catch everything on offer. Among the big openings and transfers, Demetrios critiques Kristin Scott Thomas’s performance in Sophocles’ Electra at the Old Vic, and Rona Munro’s The James Plays, devolving from Edinburgh to the National.

The Gate has a provocative import in the form of Adam Rapp’s solo show The Edge of our Bodies; Aleks is at Hampstead to catch Roger Allam succeeding Broadway lead Alan Rickman in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar; and, after an acclaimed Birmingham run, Rudy’s Rare Records brings its reggae revelry to Hackney Empire, where Naima will be dancing (and reviewing) in the aisles.

The past week was action-packed, too – do check out our highlights below. And if you haven’t yet subscribed, sign up now to access all our unmissable coverage.

Marianka

La Traviata, Opera North

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Was it right to censor Exhibit B?

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10 Questions for Vladimir Jurowski

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theartsdesk in Cadaqués: Inside Dalí

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Ida

Sometimes a film has you swooning from the very first frame, and Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's fifth narrative feature...

Joan Baez, Royal Festival Hall

The next revolution of civil disobedience is unlikely to be a ticketed event, with a sedentary congregation of grey-haired, nostalgic...

Anthony Caro: The Last Sculptures

Late Titian, Late Rembrandt, Late Picasso, Late Matisse…. What is it with Late that seems to give some artists a Golden Age irradiated...

Evita, Dominion Theatre

Like their divisive protagonist, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice could reasonably be accused of valuing style over substance...

Teh Internet Is Serious Business, Royal Court

Currently, the Royal Court is exploring the theme of revolution and resistance. In its studio space it is staging The Wolf from the Door...

Legends / The Strain

Let's face it, there are so many big-budget, densely plotted US TV imports around now that it seems a little hackneyed to...

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CD of the Week

Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

Leonard Cohen has always been, first and foremost, a poet. His thoroughly grounded mix of Vedanta, Zen...

DVD of the Week

Only Lovers Left Alive

Do not miss this film. I don’t say it lightly. Even on the small screen, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's Cannes...

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