Robert Eggers’ latest work is a violent, awe-inspiring, epic Viking saga that takes a star cast – including Alexander Skarsgård, Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy, Björk and Willem Dafoe – and lets them absolutely romp in a wild tale leaves revenge and bloodlust in the icy north.
The Lost City
Daniel Radcliffe flexes his villain muscles as a greedy mad billionaire (is there another?) who kidnaps Sandra Bullock’s reclusive romance novelist in an action-adventure comedy reminiscent of 1984’s Romancing the Stone. Channing Tatum rounds out the cast as a charming, empty-headed prat.
You don’t go to a Paul Verhoeven (the man who brought us RoboCop, Basic Instinct and Showgirls) movie and expect tasteful slow-burn drama, and Benedetta doesn’t disappoint, as she’s the raunchy tale of a decidedly unchaste nun (or blessed) with psychic visions.
Colin Firth leads a string of British loyalists in their efforts to outwit the Axis powers through a mixture of British bravery and ingenuity, in the manner of a solid World War II spy thriller that could have been made at basically any point in the last 60 years or so so. Catherine Bray
18-Apr 25il; Tour starts in London
On the finely crafted 2021 album Home Video, American singer-songwriter Dacus trimmed and tightened her pop-heavy rock songs, a move accented by February’s smash single Kissing Lessons. It’s Peak Dacus: nostalgic, emphatic and easy to get to. Expect it to become a live favorite on this brief UK tour.
roundhouse, london, April 16
Pop powerhouse Raye directs this once-in-a-lifetime show as part of the Limitless Live festival, which aims to inspire up-and-coming artists from underprivileged backgrounds. Joining Raye on the bill will be fiery South London rapper Ms Banks and Homerton Bs hitmaker and drill pioneer Unknown T. Michael Kragg
tape on the wall, manchester, April 21; the sage, Gateshead, April 22nd
Cuban Roberto Fonseca – former sideman of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club – is a sophisticated and versatile pianist, but also an exciting live entertainer, vividly fusing African, Latin American, American and European music. He and a fierce trio are presenting his genre-bending Yesun album across the UK this week and next. Robert Fordham
Royal Opera House, London, April 19th until May 14th
David Alden’s 2018 production of Lohengrin presents Wagner’s first unqualified masterpiece as a tale of power politics in an unnamed 20th-century European state. In its first revival, the title role is sung by Brandon Jovanovich; Jakub Hrůša conducts. Andrew Clemens
Our place in space
Derry/Londonderry from April 22nd to May 22nd
This ten-mile cosmic sculpture trail was designed by artist Oliver Jeffers and scientist Stephen Smartt. It’s a living version of those thought experiments where if the sun is an orange, the earth two miles away is a grape. Here you can run the kilometers or download the app.
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, until June 11the
Space and science fascinate this conceptual artist. Paterson’s latest work is a lament for the planet consisting of a glass cube, a burial urn and vials of dust, some of which are so old as to span the entire history of the solar system. Some of them are even older than the sun.
Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, London, until 21 Can
This is the first solo show in the UK for a New York artist who began as an avant-garde dancer and later created objects that shape space like props for an unspecified performance. She was also a painter, and some of her works are giant brushstrokes that flow like rivers.
Soccer: Design the beautiful game
Design Museum, London, until August 29
Apparently they call it the beautiful game and this exhibition explores the aesthetic and technical side of football. It covers everything from stadium architecture to high-tech boots. These design elements are explored as part of a story of football and its heroes, including Pelé and Maradonna. Jonathan Jones
Easter comedy Eggstravaganza for Ukraine
O2 Apollo, Manchester, April 18th
Led by local lads John Thomson and Justin Moorhouse, this benefit gig aims to raise money for civilians with the help of a group of standup stars from big names up north (Johnny Vegas, Jason Manford (pictured), Dave Spikey). to gather those affected by the conflict. to racetrack favorites (Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Tez Ilyas).
Shechter II: Contemporary Dance 2.0
Theater Royal Plymouth, 20-21 Aprilthen on tour
Shechter II is choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s second company, made up of top-notch young dancers (aged 18-25) handpicked from more than 1,000 international auditions. In Contemporary Dance 2.0, the choreographer takes an ironic look at his own art form with a soundtrack of club beats, hip-hop, folk, Bach and jazz.
Donmar Warehouse, London, until June 4th
The creative team behind the electric production of Jackie Sibblie’s Drury’s Fairview reunite to direct their latest work. It’s about a pioneering Jamaican nurse who pushed and broke boundaries to heal wounded soldiers in the Crimean War.
The taxidermist’s daughter
Chichester Festival Theatre, until April 30th
The theater’s 60th anniversary begins with Kate Mosse’s adaptation of her own gothic novel. Set in and around Chichester, this hugely popular tale is about a young woman haunted by her past and is filled with ghosts, bloody secrets, broken memories and madness.
netflix, 20th of April
Four years after being forced to relive her 36th birthday, Natasha Lyonnes Nadia (pictured above) discovers a mysterious portal in Manhattan that takes her back to her traumatic past. According to its creator and star, the second season of the extremely outlandish time-travel drama is “down and down off the wall.”
All 4/Channel 4, April 2122 O `clock
Steve Coogan is a Lothario producer and Sarah Solemani is a progressive indie director in this promising comedy-drama – also written by the pair – that explores gender politics from every angle on a post #MeToo movie set. Wanda Sykes, Sienna Miller, Aisling Bea and Lolly Adefope complete the all-star cast.
iPlayer/BBC2, 20th of April22 O `clock
Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s horror comedy anthology series has been responsible for some of the scariest, most compelling, and beautiful TV drama of recent years. Now it’s back to extract more hair-raising twists from mundane scenarios, including a college reunion by the lake and a teacher who starts working at a village school.
life after life
iPlayer/BBC2, April 19th, 21 clock
It’s a great week for time warp drama lovers. This adaptation of Kate Atkinson’s beloved 2013 novel follows Ursula Todd (Last Night in Sohos Thomasin McKenzie), a woman who manages to avert terrible calamities – deadly diseases, rape, drowning, abuse and two world wars – by giving her Life relived many times. RA
PS4/5, available now
You are a computer programmer in your forties named Meredith Weiss and you return to your hometown by a picturesque lake to deliver the mail for a few weeks. This sleepy slice of life game is now available on PlayStation
13 Guardians: Aegis Rim
Nintendo Switch, available now
This unusual and complex Japanese strategy game follows 13 high school students as they become drawn into a war between robots and kaiju monsters. Keza McDonald
Anitta – versions of me
Brazilian Anitta (her CV includes singer, songwriter, actress, dancer and TV presenter) returns with her fifth album of bilingual bangers. While the seductive Envolver revels in surging reggaeton, the brutal new single Boys Don’t Cry – co-created with Britney hitmaker Rami Yacoub – is a new wave head rush.
Swedish House Mafia – Another paradise
The EDM overlords return after their short-lived retirement in 2013. As with any faceless dance giant, countless collaborators are involved, with Paradise Again featuring everyone from The Weeknd to Ty Dolla $ign to Sting. A collaboration with Ikea is also planned for September.
Kurt Vile – Watch my moves
On Like Exploding Stones, the lead single from Philadelphia singer-songwriter Vile’s typically quirky ninth album, he explores his fear for seven minutes – “Pain bounces off my brain like exploding stones.” Luckily, a whimsical sense of humor underpins the pain and immerses the listener in the album’s frayed and tattered world.
Omar Apollo – Ivory
While Indiana’s 24-year-old Apollo’s 2020 lockdown mixtape Apolonio hinted at superstar status, his actual debut seems to confirm it. Singing comfortably in both English and Spanish, he moves through genres with ease, whether it’s riding bass-heavy hip-hop beats courtesy of The Neptunes on recent single Tamagotchi or exploring lo-fi rock on the hypnotic invincible. Michael Kragg
The Lost Leonardo
sky art, April 19th
At $450 million, Salvator Mundi is the most expensive painting ever sold at auction. However, questions remain as to whether it is a work by Leonardo. This documentary plays like a thriller and tells of his rise in the art market.
Art & Ideas
bbc radio 3, April 21
The BBC’s 10 New Generation Thinkers for 2022 present their latest work on the long-running Radio 3 podcast. Among them are Dr. Eleanor Chan’s History of Musical Notation and Dr. Joan Passey’s Ocean Sounds.
Return to Palmyra
Los Angeles’ Getty Research Institute is expanding its extensive online collection with this new, in-depth exhibition examining the ancient trading site of Palmyra and featuring first-hand testimony from Waleed Khaled al-As’ad, a former resident of the Syrian city.