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A ziggurat of bilge: Oil at the Almeida reviewed

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Ella Hickson’s new play analyses our relationship with oil using the sketch format. First, there’s a candlelit soap opera set…

Electric: Sasha Lane as Star in Andrea Arnold’s American Honey

Lyrical, arresting, atmospheric – but turn that music down! American Honey reviewed

15 October 2016 9:00 am

As a general rule, I would not wish to spend nearly three hours in a mini-van with young people who…

‘An indefinite, half attained, unimaginable sublimity ...that fairly froze you to it, till you involuntarily took an oath with yourself to find out what that marvellous painting meant’:
‘Blue Poles’, 1952, by Jackson Pollock

Majestic, exhilarating and overpowering: Royal Academy’s Abstract Expressionism reviewed

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Martin Gayford is dazzled by the scale, majesty and visual power of the Royal Academy’s Abstract Expressionism show

Newtown school massacre newspaper collage

Hear the real impact of guns on America

1 October 2016 9:00 am

The weather was ‘treacherous’ on Saturday, 23 November 2013, the day chosen randomly by Gary Younge as the focus for…

We, too, are America: children and members of the San Francisco chapter of the National Council of Negro Women at a voter registration motorcade, 1956

How helpful is it for America to have a museum dedicated to African American culture?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

‘A fool’s errand’. That is how Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and…

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (Photo: Gert Krautbauer)

From spiritual transcendence to gender warfare: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater review

17 September 2016 9:00 am

For a regular dancegoer in New York City, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater seasons arrive with the comforting predictability…

George Galloway attends the premiere of his film The Killing$ Of Tony Blair (Photo: Getty)

George Galloway is terrific in this meticulous demolition of Tony Blair

10 September 2016 9:00 am

I had been wondering where Gorgeous George Galloway might pop up next. Defenestrated from his seat in Bradford West, humiliated…

Groundhog Day, The Old Vic (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Did Rodgers and Hammerstein intend Allegro for the theatre? Or for euthanasia treatment?

27 August 2016 9:00 am

‘European premiere of classic American musical’ is a phrase that deeply alarms the experienced playgoer. As I tootled along to…

‘Untitled’, c.1971, by William Eggleston

What makes William Eggleston's ordinary photographs so extraordinary?

6 August 2016 9:00 am

In 1965 William Eggleston took the first colour photograph that, he felt, really succeeded. The location was outside a supermarket…

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…


Donald Trump is Making America Crazy Again

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Is civilised society breaking down, or does it just look like that from Donald Trump’s convention?

Black Lives Matter activists protest around downtown Chicago (Photo: Getty)

Black Lives Matter could win it for Trump

16 July 2016 9:00 am

A summer of anti-police rage could swing the presidency for Donald Trump

Tate Modern's new Switch House (Photo: Getty)

Not charging for entry has led to the National Gallery resembling Wembley on match day

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Tate Modern’s new Switch House extension in London has been greeted with acclaim. It is a building designed in the…

British troops  parading through New York, 1776 (Photo: Getty)

Francis Spufford makes history: the pleasures of Golden Hill

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Good historical fiction takes more than research. Henry James once said that writers needed to shed everything that made them…

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Your future self might not recommend The Lost Time Accidents

18 June 2016 9:00 am

What are ‘lost time accidents’, apart from something on building-site signs announcing hours lost to worker injuries? In this novel…

Author Margo Jefferson (Photo: Getty)

Slow radio at its best

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Three women, three writers, three very different life experiences. On Monday afternoon the artist Fiona Graham-Mackay introduced us to Imtiaz…


The monkey-brained case for Donald Trump

4 June 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a conference in New York. ‘Where would be the best…

Alexander Van der Bellen of Austrian Greens and Norbert Hofer of Austrian Freedom party (Photo:Getty)

Even fruitcakes and fascists are more popular than the flaccid centre

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A depression has settled on the Liddle household ever since Norbert Hofer narrowly failed in his bid to become the…

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The view from New York tells me that Trump can win it

21 May 2016 9:00 am

   New York I have never seen anything like it. If Adolf Hitler were running for president, he would match…

Oswald Mosley – the closest Britain has come to succumbing to demagoguery. Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images

Long may we Brits laugh at our absurd demagogues

23 April 2016 9:00 am

In Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke warned that ‘pure democracy’ was as dangerous as absolute monarchy. ‘Of…

Richard Alston Dance Company (Photo: Chris Nash)

Millepied’s final spring programme for the Paris Opera Ballet is brazenly American

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Paris Opera Ballet plays hard to get. It doesn’t deign to travel all the way over here, thanks to a…

Catherine Tate as Myrna Ranapapadophilou in Miss Atomic Bomb. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Catherine Tate’s talents are wasted on this meandering musical about nuclear fallout

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Miss Atomic Bomb celebrates the sub-culture that grew up around nuclear tests in 1950s America. The citizens of Nevada would…

Sister act: Zawe Ashton and Uzo Aduba in Jean Genet’s ‘The Maids’

Jean Genet’s fascinating play, The Maids, is botched at Trafalgar Studios

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The Maids is a fascinating document. Written in 1947, Jean Genet’s drama portrays a pair of serving girls who enact…

Spectator letters: The EU was never designed to be a democracy

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Democracy or bureaucracy Sir: Professor Garton Ash makes a scholarly appeal for us all to be content with government from…


Donald Trump's angry America

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Welcome to Trump’s America, where greed is great and viciousness beautiful