Judi Dench

Judi Dench (Paulina) and Kenneth Branagh (Leontes) in ‘The Winter’s Tale’

Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale is better than any I can recall

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Kenneth Branagh opens his West End tenancy with Shakespeare’s inexplicably popular The Winter’s Tale. We start in Sicily where Leontes…

Sultry and dull: Daniel Craig as James Bond

I wept only with frustration: Spectre reviewed

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Spectre is the 24th film in the Bond franchise, the fourth starring Daniel Craig, the second directed by Sam Mendes,…

Charlotte and Susan Cushman as Romeo and Juliet c. 1849. Now comparatively obscure,Charlotte was widely considered the most powerful actress on the 19th-century stage

Shakespeare’s stagecraft — and his greatest players

16 May 2015 9:00 am

How many books are there about Shakespeare? A study published in the 1970s claimed a figure of 11,000, and today…

Virginia Ironside’s diary: Fifty Shades is a story of redemption (but I still won’t watch it)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

All this fuss about Fifty Shades of Grey! I wonder how many people have actually read all three books? Sado-masochism…

BBC1’s Esio Trot: like Fawlty Towers played at quarter speed

3 January 2015 9:00 am

As a New Year’s Day treat for all the family, Esio Trot (BBC1) seemed to be taking no chances. It…

Come to the Spectator office, Gareth Malone, and hear our 'Carmina Burana'

9 November 2013 9:00 am

They’re now televising proceedings from the Court of Appeal. Great. As if I didn’t have enough to do already, keeping…

Philomena is Dame Judi’s film

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Philomena is based on the true story of an Irish woman searching for the son stolen from her by the…

A Rogues’ Gallery, by Peter Lewis - review

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Like Mel Brooks’s character the Two Thousand-Year-Old Man, Peter Lewis has met everyone of consequence. Though he doesn’t mention being…