Arts

Culture wars

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Forming groups to kill other groups over territory, resources or belief is so much a part of the human condition…

Zadie Smith

22 August 2020 9:00 am

She had a heady start to her writing career. The rights to her first novel were the subject of a…

Unique and disturbing: Donmar Warehouse's Blindness reviewed

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Okay, I admit it. I have a girl crush on Juliet Stevenson. Ever since I first saw her in the…

The original Edinburgh Festival

22 August 2020 9:00 am

James Sadler’s 1815 balloon flight, a Fringe first, heralded the greatest musical extravaganza that Scotland had ever seen, says John D. Halliday

We're wrong to think the impressionists were chocolate boxy

22 August 2020 9:00 am

One Sunday evening in the autumn of 1888 Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin went for a walk. They headed…

Ludicrous – and the makers know it: Sky One's Prodigal Son reviewed

22 August 2020 9:00 am

‘By the way, my name is Max. I take care of them, which ain’t easy, because their hobby is murder.’…

The joy of going to a real concert: OHP's Heart of Delight reviewed

22 August 2020 9:00 am

I went to a concert! Not a livestream or download: a real concert, with real musicians, a real conductor, a…

Wholesome, intimate and suspiciously vague: The Michelle Obama Podcast reviewed

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Back in March, I made a long-odds bet that Michelle Obama would be the Democratic party’s vice-presidential nominee. I knew…

American road trip

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Like a lot of Australians I look at what is happening in America with sad bemusement if not alarm.  Over…

A.N. Wilson

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Kathy Lette says that during lockdown she has been reading Dickens. Her choice illustrates the enduring appeal of Charles Dickens…

‘Where I grew up, classical music was diversity’: an interview with conductor Alpesh Chauhan

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Richard Bratby talks to Birmingham Opera Company’s new music director Alpesh Chauhan about his Brummie roots, Bruckner and how his BAME heritage is a non-story

Hats (and knickers) off to the hosts: The Naked Podcast reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I spent half an hour this week listening to a woman make a plaster cast of her vulva. Kat Harbourne,…

Why have they made Pinocchio look like Freddy Krueger?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s live-action version of Pinocchio is visually sumptuous and there are some enchanting characters (my favourite: Snail). And unlike…

Takes us deep into an unknown world: Channel 4’s Inside Missguided reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

If it’s a test of a good documentary series that it takes us deep into an unknown, even unimaginable world,…

Looking at Barnett Freedman makes me weep at the government's dismal graphics

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Among the spoils of a lockdown clear-out was a box of my grandmother’s books: Woolf, Austen, Mitford and The Complete…

There's scarcely a dull track: Deep Purple's Whoosh! reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Grade: B+ Less deep purple than a pleasant mauve. Ageing headbangers will note a lack of the freneticism that distinguished…

The New Normal Festival shows how theatre could return

15 August 2020 9:00 am

So the madness continues. Planes full of passengers are going everywhere. Theatres full of ghosts are going bust. My first…

Australian arts

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Back in my now rather distant days of regular residence in Britain, I listened regularly to a radio program called…

James Darling striding the shores of Limebuners’ Bay

8 August 2020 9:00 am

‘Just as I am’ is the recurrent opening line of a hymn written in 1835 by Charlotte Elliott. It was…

Why imperfect operas like Don Carlo are more interesting than perfect ones

8 August 2020 9:00 am

In the 62 years since I first heard and saw Don Carlo, in the famous and long-lasting production by Visconti…

Figurative painting is back – but how good is any of it?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

An oxymoron is a clever gambit in an exhibition title. The Whitechapel Gallery’s Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium…

Heavy-handed satire and schmaltz: American Pickle reviewed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

American Pickle is a comedy based on a short story by Simon Rich, originally published in the New Yorker, and…

Vigour and verve from a unique new Rite of Spring: Dancing at Dusk reviewed

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Dancing at Dusk captures the final rehearsal of a new version of Pina Bausch’s The Rite of Spring. It’s only…

'Cocaine addiction is time-consuming': the rise and fall of Kevin Rowland and Dexys

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Michael Hann talks to Kevin Rowland about Dexys, insecurity and the cocaine years

The only things left worth watching on the BBC are foreign buy-ins like The Last Wave

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Soon, very soon now — even sooner than I imagined, if A Suitable Boy turns out to be as lacklustre…