Arts

A fusion of ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’ and Dungeons and Dragons, Dashi Namdakov’s ‘She Guardian’ is a grotesque, inappropriate and embarrassing intrusion into London

What's that thing? Britain's worst public art

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Bad public art pollutes our townscapes. Stephen Bayley names and shames the worst offenders as he unveils the winner of The Spectator’s inaugural What’s That Thing? Award

Akram Khan's Until the Lions (Photo: Jean-Louis Fernandez)

Gorgeous, visionary sights from Akram Khan at the Roundhouse

6 February 2016 9:00 am

How much of a compromise does a fashionable choreographer loved by all have to make with his paymasters? When he’s…

Dream team: the cast of ‘Dad’s Army’ 2016

Watch it backwards – and then don’t stay for long: Dad’s Army reviewed

6 February 2016 9:00 am

The TV sitcom Dad’s Army ran on the BBC from 1968 to 1977 (nine series, 80 episodes) with repeats still…

Woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown: Gina McKee as The Mother

The Mother is meaningless - I predict great things for it

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Florian Zeller has been reading Pinter. And Pinter started out in repertory thrillers where suspense was created by delaying revelations…

‘Untitled (Oxidation Painting)’, 1978, by Andy Warhol

Warhol the traditionalist: the Ashmolean Museum show reviewed

6 February 2016 9:00 am

When asked the question ‘What is art?’, Andy Warhol gave a characteristically flip answer (‘Isn’t that a guy’s name?’). On…

(Photo: Bill Cooper)

Unlikely to win converts: Royal Opera's L'Étoile reviewed

6 February 2016 9:00 am

It’s widely agreed that the most difficult form of opera to bring off is operetta, whether of the Austro-German or…

Sir Terry Wogan (Photo: Getty)

Long before Twitter, Wogan offered continuous conversation

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For once, the superlatives that have greeted Terry Wogan’s death from cancer have been entirely in keeping with the man.…

Back in Time for the Weekend, BBC2

Back in Time for the Weekend gives the 1950s its usual kicking

6 February 2016 9:00 am

When the time comes to make programmes looking back on the 2010s, I wonder which aspects of life today will…

About strange lands and people: ‘Midsummer Eve Bonfire’, after c.1917, by Nikolai Astrup

Nikolai Astrup - Norway’s other great painter

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The Norwegian artist Nikolai Astrup has been unjustly overshadowed by Edvard Munch. But that is about to change, says Claudia Massie

‘Nympheas (Waterlilies)’, 1914–15, by Claude Monet

The link between herbaceous borders and the avant-garde

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Philip Larkin once remarked that Art Tatum, a jazz musician given to ornate, multi-noted flourishes on the keyboard, reminded him…

Annemarie Kremer as Maddelena. Photo Credit: Robert Workman

Miserable libretto, music to match: Andrea Chénier reviewed

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Opera North continues to be the most reliable, inspiring, resourceful and enterprising opera company in the United Kingdom, and all…

Left to right: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian D’Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery

A worthy film that just doesn't fly: Spotlight reviewed

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like The Revenant and The Big Short, Spotlight is yet another Oscar contender ‘based on true events’ — although it…

A splash of brightness: Terenia Edwards as Pamela in ‘Five Finger Exercise’

Serious, popular art: Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise reviewed

30 January 2016 9:00 am

A beautiful crumbling theatre in Notting Hill is under threat. The Coronet, which bills itself as the Print Room, faces…

A musician plays in the lobby of the Regal hotel in Hong Kong. Photo: Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg/Getty Images

If we really cared about mental health, muzak would be a top priority

30 January 2016 9:00 am

No one is consulted. No one is held to account. No one has the authority to turn it off. How…

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl. Photo: U.S. Army/Getty Images

Serial returns with a story of loyalty, resilience and punishment

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The new season of the Serial podcast (produced by the same team who make This American Life) was launched last…

Prime suspect: Steven Avery, whose case is the subject of the Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer’

Netflix's Making a Murderer is fascinating - but is it true?

30 January 2016 9:00 am

On the face of it, the Netflix documentary serial Making a Murderer should only take up ten hours of your…

‘The Death of Sardanapalus’, 1846, by Eugène Delacroix

Eugene Delacroix foresaw the future of society not just art

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Delacroix’s frigid self-control concealed an emotional volcano. Martin Gayford explores the paradoxes that define the apostle of modernism

‘We can really slow down and live with the characters, understand what they’re thinking and feeling’: a scene from the BBC’s adaptation of ‘War and Peace’

‘It’s good to chop out the boring bits!’: Andrew Davies on adapting War and Peace

23 January 2016 9:00 am

What does Andrew Davies have to say to those who accuse him of gratuitous rumpy-pumpy in his adaptations of the classics? Stephen Smith finds out

Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short

Fascinating, sexy, improbably compelling and scathingly funny: The Big Short reviewed

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The Big Short is a drama about the American financial collapse of 2008. It talks you through sub-prime mortgages, tranches,…

The Long Road South

Is there a difference between being prejudiced and being a connoisseur of prejudice?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Paul Minx ventures boldly into Tennessee Williams country with The Long Road South. It’s 1965 and the Price family are…

Le Corsaire

Sex trafficking, pirates, slaves: English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire is bang-on current

23 January 2016 9:00 am

I’ve seen some people saying that English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire is so out-of-date it’s risible to see it staged…

Argentinian pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim (Photo: Getty)

Was Barenboim happy hiding inside a provincial orchestra from Venezuela?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Daniel Barenboim back at the Festival Hall! Cue The Grand March of the Musical Luvvies Across Hungerford Bridge, a bustling…

Professor Stephen Hawking (Photo: Getty)

Stephen Hawking shows that all is not lost if by mischance you fall into a black hole

23 January 2016 9:00 am

You don’t expect to be brought close to tears by the Reith Lectures, which are after all at the most…

Deutschland 83: Series 1 Episode 3

The integrity and chain-smoking of these East German Commies is rather attractive

23 January 2016 9:00 am

No one remembers this now but there really was a period, not so long ago, when the Eighties were universally…

‘If ever there was a Renaissance Man, John Dee was it’: from ‘The Order of the Inspirati’, 1659

John Dee thought he could talk to angels using medieval computer technology

16 January 2016 9:00 am

John Dee liked to talk to spirits but he was no loony witch, says Christopher Howse