Race

Bloated waffle: Jitney at the Old Vic reviewed

25 June 2022 9:00 am

The Old Vic’s new show, Jitney, has a mystifying YouTube advert which gives no information about the play or the…

The dishonesty of how we respond to tragedies

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It isn’t hard to notice that some crimes are more important than others. Or at least more politically advantageous. It…

Angry diatribes and amusing pranks: Donmar Warehouse's Marys Seacole reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

The title of the Donmar’s new effort, Marys Seacole, appears to be a misprint and that makes the reader look…

This Trump satire is too soft on Sleepy Joe and Cackling Kamala: The 47th at the Old Vic reviewed

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Trump is said to be a gift for bad satirists and a problem for good ones. He dominates Mike Bartlett’s…

The sad demise of Brooks Brothers

23 April 2022 9:00 am

New York Our own Douglas Murray is the canary in the Bagel coal mine as of late. The left controls…

Kemi Badenoch: the curriculum does not need ‘decolonising’

18 March 2022 6:34 am

When the government published a report last year by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) into racism in the…

Were old children’s history books racist?

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Are children’s history books racist?

Kamala Harris and the problem of affirmative action

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In lauding Joe Biden’s promise to fill the upcoming vacancy on the US Supreme Court with a black woman, last…

Borderline soft porn but thrilling: Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Piccadilly Theatre reviewed

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Moulin Rouge wins no marks for its storyline. A struggling Parisian theatre is bought out by an evil financier who…

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…

The mind virus killing academia

12 January 2022 6:00 pm

We lost a giant last month with E.O. Wilson’s passing. A man who stood on Darwin’s shoulders, Wilson had that…

Why? Spielberg's remake of West Side Story reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

When you first hear that a remake of West Side Story is on the cards, it’s: God, why? Why would…

An amazing technical achievement: Life of Pi at Wyndham's Theatre reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi is a complicated organism. The action starts in southern India where we meet a…

The joy of being cancelled

20 November 2021 9:00 am

New York I’ve never met anyone called Othello, certainly not in Venice nor in Cyprus, but perhaps there are men…

What's the truth about Kyle Rittenhouse?

17 November 2021 9:52 am

On the night of 25 August 2020, Richie McGinniss, a somewhat gonzo video journalist interviewed Kyle Rittenhouse, for the right-wing Daily Caller website. Rittenhouse wore his…

I’ve been back one week and the good old US of A has never seemed more depressing

13 November 2021 9:00 am

New York Don’t let anyone tell you the Bagel is worse off than Kabul, where three people were recently shot…

Exquisite to look at, strangely tense and wholly riveting: Netflix's Passing reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Passing is Rebecca Hall’s adaptation of the Nella Larsen novella (1929) about two biracial women, one of whom chooses to…

How the culture wars are killing Western classical music

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Ian Pace on musicology’s culture wars

A well-meaning but dull Official History: Olivier's Normal Heart reviewed

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The Normal Heart is not about Aids. Larry Kramer’s play is set in New York in 1981 at a time…

Hugely pleasurable – a vision of summer: Jennifer Packer at the Serpentine Gallery reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

We need to talk about Eric. In Jennifer Packer’s portrait of her friend and fellow artist, Eric N. Mack sits…

Britain is a tolerant country and a few football racists don't change that

15 July 2021 6:28 pm

The racist messages sent to England football players in recent days are shameful, but to suggest that the UK is a festering hotbed…

Why do those who abuse Priti Patel get a free pass?

15 July 2021 6:40 am

Remember when Labour MP Clive Lewis got into trouble for saying, ‘On your knees, bitch’? It was at a fringe…

Oli London and the trickiness of being ‘trans-racial’

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Not everyone will have heard of Oli London, a British social media influencer who made news for two reasons last…

This interactive Doctor Who show is as bombastic, fey and tedious as the TV series

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Death of a Black Man is a little-known script from the 1970s written by Alfred Fagon who suffered a fatal…

Don't blame 'white privilege' for the plight of working-class kids

24 June 2021 6:58 pm

Tory MP Robert Halfon is right to say that the underachievement of white working-class students is a ‘major social injustice’. He is also…