Southbank Centre

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New version of The Nutcracker explores ‘tough nut’ masculinity
Choreographer Drew McOnie’s version of the festive sweet-treat ballet will have a male hero and aims to ‘represent those who felt it wasn’t for them’

Chris Wiegand

30, Aug, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Christine and the Queens review – phantasmagoric drama and musical transcendence
A two-hour rock opera version of their new album – which is in turn inspired by Tony Kushner’s Aids drama Angels in America – the band’s feverish Meltdown performance was overwhelming

Emma Garland

18, Jun, 2023 @12:22 PM

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Post-internet artist Hito Steyerl on refusing honours, buying her work back – and fighting big tech
She has been called art’s most powerful person, a tireless questioner of humanity in the digital age. As the great German artist unveils a living work made of ferns and beer crates, she talks about her fights and victories

Philip Oltermann

13, Jun, 2023 @5:00 AM

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The week in classical: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs; RPO/Petrenko; LPO/Mäkelä – review
Chart-topping Górecki becomes exquisite spectacle at ENO; Mahler’s Third is worth the wait; plus, the Finnish flourish of Klaus Mäkelä

Fiona Maddocks

06, May, 2023 @11:30 AM

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LPO/Jurowski review – unsparing and unsettling works shine a dark light
Uncompromising performances of works by Hindemith, Prokofiev and Ustvolskaya glimmered with tension and beauty

Tim Ashley

20, Apr, 2023 @12:21 PM

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Southbank Centre celebrates 50 years of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album
Anniversary of 1973 album featuring lightning bolt cover to be marked with exhibition, music and poetry in central London

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

05, Apr, 2023 @6:12 PM

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The week in classical: The Dead City; Black Angels; Re:sound – review
ENO give a thoughtful account of Korngold’s uneven study of loss; Manchester Collective revel in an eerie George Crumb masterpiece; and Streetwise Opera tell a five-star tale of three cities

Fiona Maddocks

01, Apr, 2023 @11:30 AM

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A House of Call/Aurora Orchestra review – a dazzling parade of musical imagery
The London Philharmonic were superb in the UK premiere of Heiner Goebbels’ 15-movement work, which is studded with found recordings, while the Aurora Orchestra performed Héloïse Werner’s touching new piece, For Mira

Andrew Clements

26, Mar, 2023 @1:39 PM

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‘I’m finding my voice’: the opera sung by once homeless people
Casts of singers who previously lived on streets to perform in Nottingham, Manchester and London

Safi Bugel

19, Mar, 2023 @1:20 PM

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Christine and the Queens announces artists for 2023 Meltdown festival
French pop singer invites Sigur Rós, Jim Jarmusch and more for June festival at London’s Southbank Centre

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

13, Mar, 2023 @2:00 PM

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The week in classical: In the Realms of Sorrow; Alexander’s Feast; Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Bloch – review
The raw, ravishing power of four solo cantatas is taken to the next level at the London Handel festival, while young star cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason works overtime

Fiona Maddocks

04, Mar, 2023 @12:30 PM

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‘I made an exhibition for dogs’: enter the strange alternative universes of artist Mike Nelson
He’s built a cannabis farm, invented a biker gang, and created an immersive warren of 15 sinister rooms. As he opens a landmark retrospective, the installation artist invites us into his curiosity-crammed studio

Charlotte Higgins

14, Feb, 2023 @4:02 PM

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