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

Manchester isn’t downtrodden, whatever Andy Burnham says. Quite the opposite, in fact

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

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Paul Cook, the Sex Pistols’ drummer, on fame, notoriety and why Brexit wouldn’t be punk

In most state schools, cricket is a dead ball game

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The England team may be riding high, but state schools have all but abandoned cricket

My Schubert cruise was a transport of delight

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Michael Henderson is transported to raptures on a Schubert cruise

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

He hasn’t made anything worth watching since Kes

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

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Michael Henderson talks to Glyndebourne’s fresh-faced new music director, Robin Ticciati

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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

Michael Henderson wonders what direction English National Opera will now take

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

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Awards ceremonies grow ever sillier and more self-important

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

Michael Henderson on the splendour of carols

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

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Monty Python was funny once. But a revival is a dreadful idea

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

Michael Henderson talks to the youthful conductor Daniel Harding, who realises that the older he gets the more he has to learn

The Morrissey myth

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The sad end of the Morrissey myth

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

Test Match Special is the sound of the English summer. Why are we letting it be vulgarised?