Arts

Astonishing splashes of colour: historiated initial from a gradual, Entry into Jerusalem (c.1410–20), by Cristoforo Cortese

From purple goats to monkeys bottoms – the joy of medieval manuscripts

30 July 2016 9:00 am

From purple goats to monkeys’ bottoms, Laura Freeman on the delights of medieval manuscripts

One of the two bronze statues of Greek warriors found in the sea off Riace, on display for the first time at the presidential palace in Rome, 1981

My pilgrimage to see the world’s greatest male nudes

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Initially it must have been a nasty surprise. On 16 August 1972 an amateur scuba diver named Stefano Mariottini was…

Tyrone Huntley (Judas) and Declan Bennett (Jesus) in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Excellent – even if Jesus is a bit sulky: Jesus Christ Superstar reviewed

30 July 2016 9:00 am

An inspired decision to stage Jesus Christ Superstar in a summer theatre in Regent’s Park. The action takes place outdoors,…

Deejay in club

Electronic Dance Music is not for rebels – it’s for tyrants and drones

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Electronic Dance Music is dying. You may not have noticed. It may not affect you directly. But it’s a really…

Thinking inside the box: Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Béatrice) and the chorus in ‘Béatrice et Bénédict’ at Glyndebourne

Are Glyndebourne taking le piss? Béatrice et Bénédict reviewed

30 July 2016 9:00 am

It takes a particularly wilful wit to alight on Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict as the perfect operatic nod to a…

J.T. LeRoy (Photo: Getty)

Engrossing, educative and baffling: The JT LeRoy Story reviewed

30 July 2016 9:00 am

JT LeRoy was a teenage hustler who emerged from a childhood of abuse, drug addiction and homelessness to write about…

England's Jackie Charlton tackling West Germany's Held (Photo: Getty)

What it was really like to be at the 1966 World Cup

30 July 2016 9:00 am

It cost just £4/10s for 19-year-old Alan Dryland to buy a season ticket that would take him inside the stadium…

Carol White as Cathy and Ray Brooks as Reg star in Cathy Come Home by Jeremy Sandford 'The Wednesday Play', 1966

Was 1966 really as grim as this BBC4 documentary suggests?

30 July 2016 9:00 am

In the song ‘All the Young Dudes’, David Bowie gamely tried to reassure the youth of the Seventies that, despite…

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…

We don't serve your type in here!

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…