Arts

West Side Story

15 January 2022 9:00 am

How strange to revisit the Nova in Lygon Street, Carlton, where a lifetime of films have been experienced, after an…

The best podcasts about dying, or almost dying

15 January 2022 9:00 am

If there’s any form of entertainment that I will reliably find time for, no matter how big the to-read pile…

Lovely and wistful: Neil Young and Crazy Horse's Barn reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

 Grade: A I have persisted in buying everything Neil Young releases since I first heard On the Beach as a…

One of the best nights of my life: Hampstead Theatre's Peggy For You reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Hampstead Theatre has revived a play about Peggy Ramsay, the legendary West End agent who shaped the careers of Joe…

Ethereal and allusive, all nuance and no schmaltz: Helen Frankenthaler, at Dulwich Gallery, reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

In 1950 the 21-year-old painter Helen Frankenthaler, fresh out of college, went to an exhibition at New York’s Betty Parson’s…

'Oculus Quest is really the way': film-maker Apichatpong Weerasethakul interviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Igor Toronyi-Lalic talks to the film-maker Apichatpong Weerasethakul about sleep, Tilda Swinton and VR

A booster shot of sunlight: Unsuk Chin's new violin concerto reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra began the year with a world première. Unsuk Chin’s Second Violin Concerto…

A cut above TV's usual #MeToo fare: BBC1's Rules of the Game reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

As you may have noticed, it’s something of a golden age for TV shows about how invisible middle-aged women are…

I won't ever look at cows the same way again: Andrea Arnold's Cow reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The latest film from Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank, American Honey) is a feature-length documentary about a cow, starring…

The Cardinal’s books

8 January 2022 9:00 am

There are a thousand overtly artistic things to talk about at this summer moment including the new Sidney Nolan exhibition…

Business as usual

8 January 2022 9:00 am

It’s 2022 and classical music is, again, dead. It’d be surprising if it wasn’t. In 2014 the New Yorker published…

Mild at heart

8 January 2022 9:00 am

It’s a sweet, green, glowing dawn in north-west Scotland. All around us are empty hillsides of rock and heather. The…

The heat is on

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Boiling Point is a single-take drama set during a busy service at a London restaurant and it has to be…

The drugs don’t work

8 January 2022 9:00 am

One of my first jobs in journalism was as the arts correspondent of the Daily Telegraph. I’d hop on my…

His thuggish materials

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust has been adapted at the Bridge. The yarn is set in Oxford, and the…

Brought to book

8 January 2022 9:00 am

‘This is not a book,’ is the first line of Paul Gauguin’s final memoir, Avant et Après, written on Hiva…

Second in command

8 January 2022 9:00 am

The importance of understudies has been elevated to new heights by the pandemic, says Sarah Crompton

Sigrid Thornton

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It was the thought of Stephen Sondheim’s death that made us watch Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. It’s the second musical…

Radio 4's Moominland Midwinter restores Moomintroll's innocence

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Moomins do not like winter. In one of Tove Jansson’s stories, Moomin’s Winter Follies, young Moomintroll bumps his head when…

Tells us more about today than the early 1960s: BBC1's A Very British Scandal reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

For people who like a good upper-class scandal (or ‘people’, as they’re also known), 1963 was definitely a vintage year.…

This radical Nativity is also one of the great whodunnits of art history

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Martin Gayford on a radical Nativity that is the subject of one of the great whodunnits of art history

The art of the Christmas card

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It’s the thin end of the wedge, the slippery slope, the beginning of the end of a civilised Christmas. It…

Clive Rowe is astonishing: Hackney Empire's Jack and the Beanstalk reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Jack and the Beanstalk is a big, sprawling family show that opens with a baffling gesture. A booming voiceover announces…

The Nutcracker wasn’t always considered quite such a box of delights

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The enduring appeal of The Nutcracker. The ballet wasn’t always considered quite such a box of delights

The genius of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The enduring appeal of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score is nothing less than the sound of Christmas