Arts

Igor Stravinsky’s body being carried through Venice to the Basilica of San Zanipolo, where, by papal dispensation, a Russian Orthodox service was held

Southbank’s ‘Belief and Beyond Belief’ series is beyond parody

23 July 2016 9:00 am

A forthcoming ‘festival’ at the Southbank Centre exposes the secular mindset of Britain’s arts establishment, says Damian Thompson

‘Apple Blossoms’, 1873, by Charles-François Daubigny

The man who who invented impressionism

23 July 2016 9:00 am

The last boat I saw in the galleries on the Mound was a canoe that the Scottish painter Jock McFadyen…

The Creation (Photo: Johan Persson)

This Creation puts brain before heart: Rambert at Garsington Opera reviewed

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Mark Morris, the most musically communicative and naturally lyrical of choreographers of the past 30 years (and an absentee from…

Jenufa (Photo: Matthew Williams Ellis)

The opera for opera sceptics: Jenufa at Longborough reviewed

23 July 2016 9:00 am

What’s the best first opera for a sceptical adult first timer? It’s a favourite topic among opera buffs, and once…

Andrea Hart, James Bolam, Anne Reid & Freddie Meredith in Fracked! (Photo: Catherine Ashmore)

This fracking ‘satire’ can frack off

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Fracking is a British tradition. Since 1969 more than 200 sites have used hydraulic fracturing ‘without environmental catastrophes’ according to…

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An awkward alliance between Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg: The BFG reviewed

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Nobody who witnessed it can have forgotten Mark Rylance summoning giants to his aid in Jerusalem. As Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron,…

Ross Kemp: The Fight Against ISIS (Photo: Dave Williams / Sound Ltd)

In Ross Kemp the Kurds have found their Byron: Sky 1’s The Fight Against Isis reviewed

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Before I set about reviewing Ross Kemp: The Fight Against Isis (Sky 1), I thought I’d have a glance to…

Primo Levi in his studio. Turin, 1981 (Photo: Getty)

Radio 4’s dramatic disruption of Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table is unforgivable

23 July 2016 9:00 am

It was hard to believe that Monday morning’s introduction to the Italian writer Primo Levi on Radio 4 lasted for…

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, multisexual kleptomaniac, scatologist and creator of Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’, c.1920

The woman who really made Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Who really made Marcel Duchamp's 'Fountain'? Stephen Bayley looks back at the early days of the Dada movement a century after it began

Rex Reid plays Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Mina Tarakamova as Maria and Leslie French as Feste in an International Opera production of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night, 1942 (Photo: Getty)

In search of Mozart’s Tempest

16 July 2016 9:00 am

This must rank as the most heartbreaking example of premature chicken-counting in musical history. ‘Gotter has made a marvellous free…

‘New York Street with Moon’, 1925, by Georgia O’Keeffe

The over-exposure of Georgia O’Keeffe

16 July 2016 9:00 am

In 1927, Georgia O’Keeffe announced that she would like her next exhibition to be ‘so magnificently vulgar that all the…

Richard Pyros (Carl) and Matt Smith (Maxim) in Unreachable (Photo: Matt Humphrey)

A new role any actor will kill to play: Unreachable reviewed

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Anthony Neilson is an Arts Council favourite known for trivial but impenetrable plays with off-putting names like The Wonderful World…

Beethoven's Leonore (Photo: Robert Workman)

Memo to directors: it’s not all about you: Beethoven’s Leonore reviewed

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Leonore is the first version of Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Stephen Medcalf thinks it’s better. ‘What Leonore gives us is more…

Who ya gonna call? Melissa McCarthy (Abby), Kate McKinnon (Holtzmann), Kristin Wiig (Erin) and Leslie Jones (Patty) in ‘Ghostbusters’

The Ghostbusters women are great. Shame about their film, though

16 July 2016 9:00 am

From the moment this all-female reboot of Ghostbusters was announced, the fan-boy panic set in: where will it end? An…

Child genius, Mog

Prodigies and pushy parents: Child Genius reviewed

16 July 2016 9:00 am

On Tuesday night on Channel 4, a stern male figure peered over his glasses (as equipped with one of those…

Onora O'Neill (Photo: Getty)

What Betjeman’s suburbs can teach us about multicultural integration

16 July 2016 9:00 am

In After the Vote, her talk for this week’s special edition of A Point of View (Radio 4) on the…

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I'm a font nerd. Here's why I don't want your 'Note on the Type'

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Back in 1997 the New Yorker published a piece lampooning the proliferation of ‘Notes on the Type’ — those oleaginous…

Dark arts: William Friedkin working on ‘The Exorcist’, 1973

‘I never thought my films would find a large audience’: William Friedkin interviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

William Friedkin tells A.J. Goldmann how Star Wars stopped the Easy Rider generation of American film-makers in its tracks

Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin

Osipova and Polunin are great classical dancers, but here they have little to dance

9 July 2016 9:00 am

The Bolshoi Ballet’s wunderkind ballerina Natalia Osipova defied received wisdom when, in 2012, she cast off from the great Moscow…

Anthony Weiner campaigns in New York (Photo: Getty)

Why was it so hard for Anthony Weiner not to send dick pics? Weiner reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Anthony Weiner is the American politician who made a comeback after a sexting scandal and stood for New York mayor.…

Bugsy Malone (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

Brian Friel’s miserable snapshot of Ireland is libellous blarney: Faith Healer reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Does anyone believe Brian Friel’s libellous blarney? He portrays Ireland in the 20th century as an economic basket case where…

‘The Deluge’, 1920, by Winifred Knights

Piero della Francesca meets Dalí: Winifred Knights at Dulwich Picture Gallery reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

‘Hidden beauty is best (half seen), faces turned away.’ So noted a young English painter named Winifred Knights in 1924.…

Brutality, brutalism and barbed wire: Maurizio Muraro as Ferrando in David Bösch’s ‘Il trovatore’

Placido Domingo was on vintage form in Royal Opera’s Nabucco

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Grey men in grey overcoats walking through grey architecture. If you had to pick an image to reflect the current…

Innovative French composer Erik Satie (Photo: Getty)

Satie invented the cultural poison that is Muzak – why should he be celebrated?

9 July 2016 9:00 am

After peaking at around the tenth instalment, birthday celebrations get progressively less interesting, for their subjects at least. I remember…

Professor Brian Cox, Forces of Nature (Photo: Getty)

The content was clearly a secondary consideration: Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature reviewed

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Pop idol turned top boffin Brian Cox doesn’t shy away from the big issues. With programmes such as Wonders of…