This week on theartsdesk, awards season hots up, the next Harry Potter headlines a Broadway classic, and epics are reimagined. Marianka Swain’s 2016 diary is filling up fast
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07/01/2016

Pick of the Week: by Marianka Swain
 
Happy New Year, and welcome to theartsdesk’s 2016 coverage. If one of your resolutions is to consume more culture (and less Quality Street), you’ve come to the right place. Awards season is hotting up, as survivalist fable The Revenant, Rocky reboot Creed and Tarantino’s western The Hateful Eight hit UK cinemas. There’s another western of sorts on the small screen, with Jessica Raine – late of Call the Midwife and Partners in Crime – back in period garb for 1870s Yorkshire frontier drama Jericho. Also on ITV, an Old English legend gets the Game of Thrones treatment in Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands.
 
It’s a big week for Broadway musicals, old and new. Before taking on Harry Potter this summer, Jamie Parker leads the West End transfer of Chichester’s Guys and Dolls, while over at Southwark Playhouse, Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock are Jackie Kennedy’s reclusive relatives in Grey Gardens. Akram Khan’s Roundhouse show Until the Lions retells Indian epic The Mahabharata through kathak dance, Sir Simon Rattle, Peter Sellars and the London Symphony Orchestra join forces for Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at the Barbican, and Aussie comic Anne Edmonds brings stand-up and banjo playing to Soho Theatre.
 
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Marianka

War and Peace, BBC One

So, Andrew Davies has bitten off the big one. It may have come as a surprise to some that the master of adapting the British classics...

Joy

"Look what they make you give," as Clive Owen's dying assassin puts it in The Bourne Identity, and the way that success is as...

The new London hall - 10 questions we need to ask

So the feasibility study for the new concert hall – The Centre for Music – has finally surfaced, a little later than planned. It’s being greeted ...

Dickensian, BBC One

There are around 800 pages in a Dickensian doorstopper and it has been said around 800 times that if Dickens were working today...

Best of 2015: Theatre

Say what you will about London theatre during 2015, and by my reckoning it was a pretty fine year, there certainly was a lot of it. I can't...

And Then There Were None, BBC One

None, or two? Only the tiniest whiff of spoiler is involved in pointing out that while the stage version settled for a semi-happy ending...

The Danish Girl

Tweaked and polished to within an inch of its life, The Danish Girl is the latest shamelessly awards-seeking effort from British director...

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, BBC One

Since Benedict Cumberbatch is now one of the world's most in-demand actors, and his sidekick Martin Freeman isn't doing too...

Murray, NYO, Collon, Leeds

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s standard of playing is consistently impressive, so much so that it’s easy to forget that...

Best of 2015: Dance

It was business as usual in the British dance world in 2015. Looking back over the year, theartsdesk's dance critics see the industry's...

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CD of the Week

Odd Nosdam - Trish

Originally available on cassette only, Odd Nosdam's Trish has now become the producer and former member of hip-hop pioneers..

DVD of the Week

Love

Sex sells, except in the cinema. So although it denies viewers the sight of Karl Glusman’s erect penis swinging towards them...

 
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