Michael Henderson

Twilight in the bayou: The New Iberia Blues, by James Lee Burke, reviewed

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The king of crime fiction doesn’t need a crown and sceptre. Every page proclaims his majesty. James Lee Burke has…

The Hundred will kill cricket – in all forms

4 August 2018 9:00 am

‘There can be no summer in this land without cricket’, wrote Neville Cardus, whose rhapsodic vision of the game lies…

Roger Allam as John Christie in David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano

A champion actor and fully paid-up member of the human race: Roger Allam interviewed

26 May 2018 9:00 am

A most excellent fellow, Roger Allam. On the stage he brings dignity to all he does, in the noblest traditions…

Manchester isn’t oppressed, Andy Burnham – it’s wildly overrated

28 May 2016 9:00 am

‘The shortest way out of Manchester,’ it used to be said, ‘is notoriously a bottle of Gordon’s gin.’ But that…

Anarchy in the EU: the Sex Pistols’ drummer on why Brexit isn’t punk

12 March 2016 9:00 am

It is 40 years since the band in which Paul Cook banged the drums, the Sex Pistols, detonated a bomb…

In most state schools, cricket is a dead ball game

23 January 2016 9:00 am

England’s cricketers won a remarkable Test match inside three days in the bearpit of Johannesburg, a victory that put them…

My Schubert cruise was a transport of delight

17 October 2015 8:00 am

‘Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians, appear and inspire…’ Auden wrote his words for the young Benjamin Britten,…

Alastair Cook is world class. Steven Gerrard isn’t

26 July 2014 9:00 am

This time last year, England’s cricketers were 2-0 up against Australia, two thirds of the way towards their third consecutive…

A literary city: Prague

The glorious bohemia of Prague

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Prague, ‘Golden Prague’, is rich in music, architecture, glassware, pilsner and natural beauty. It is one of those places where…

Why Ken Loach hasn’t made a decent film since Kes

31 May 2014 9:00 am

‘If you want to send a message,’ said Sam Goldwyn, one of the men who invented Hollywood, ‘try Western Union.’…

Robin Ticciati interview: ‘Glyndebourne is a festival where the established and the fresh exist together’

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Glyndebourne, the great Sussex opera house, celebrates its 80th anniversary this summer. Hurrah! There is a new music director, too,…

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Notes on... Venice

8 March 2014 9:00 am

For Henry James it was ‘the repository of consolations’. Wordsworth, an earlier visitor, called it ‘the eldest child of liberty’.…

What now for ENO?

22 February 2014 9:00 am

It has been a bracing start to the year at English National Opera. David Alden’s production of Peter Grimes, praised…

And the prize for most fatuous awards ceremony goes to...

15 February 2014 9:00 am

‘Prizes are for boys,’ said Charles Ives, the American composer, upon receiving the Pulitzer in 1947, ‘and I’ve grown up…

Goodbye, Claudio Abbado. You helped us glimpse eternity

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Fellini’s credo ‘the visionary is the only true realist’ could also be applied to the life of Claudio Abbado, who…

Music in Vienna

14 December 2013 9:00 am

There is no finer city in which to hear music than Vienna. Or, to put it more felicitously, there is…

The splendour of the English carol

14 December 2013 9:00 am

The most celebrated Christmas carol, ‘Silent Night’, belongs to Austria. Father Joseph Mohr, the priest at Oberndorf, a small village…

Don't flog a dead parrot - leave Monty Python in the past

30 November 2013 9:00 am

You can’t go home again, as the Americans say. It’s worth running that adage, taken from Thomas Wolfe’s unfinished novel…

Berlin: The best bar in the world

16 November 2013 9:00 am

‘You were at the Fish, I hear,’ a Berlin friend told me. ‘I didn’t know you were an old hippie.’…

'I was an arrogant 18-year-old': Daniel Harding on growing up

2 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Have a look at this,’ says Daniel Harding, goggle-eyed, between mouthfuls of salmon. The pictures on his smartphone show Claudio…

The Morrissey myth

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Drinking in Corbières, a dingy basement bar just off St Ann’s Square, 30 years ago, you could bump into any…

Blitz Requiem première in St Paul’s

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Of all folk memories the Blitz remains one of the most enduring. In the autumn of 1940 the Luftwaffe strafed…

Has Test Match Special lost its wits?

20 July 2013 9:00 am

There’s a 13th man at the table at Lord’s this week as England resume the Ashes contest with Australia, which…