Petroc Trelawny visits the world’s largest piano factory in the country where under Mao it was dangerous to play the instrument
Stephen Pettitt celebrates the new wave of masterful British productions
Robert Gore-Langton talks to an irreverent Dominic Dromgoole about the Globe
Martin Gayford questions the point of art shows. Should they educate or give pleasure — or both?
Susan Moore on the art market
Pete Hoskin on the Hollywood actor James Stewart, who was born 100 years ago
Peter Phillips on a Zambian chamber choir which decided to perform Byrd, Tallis and Tippett
Henrietta Bredin talks to Sally Burgess about taking on the role of Carmen
Igor Toronyi-Lalic on the power of animation to subvert and propagate ideas
Mary Wakefield talks to the RSC’s Michael Boyd and learns how he scared the Establishment
Henrietta Bredin talks to the Young Vic’s David Lan and ENO’s John Berry about the joys of collaboration
Susan Moore on how the Americans have become net sellers of works of art
Henrietta Bredin talks to Ian Bostridge about his passion for Lieder and his plans for the future
Mark Glazebrook talks to Sandy Nairne, who explains why the NPG is part of the life of London
Toby Jones on how theatre is being used in Malawi to help stop the spread of Aids
Laura Gascoigne follows in the footsteps of the 18th-century Grand Tourist
Tom Hollander’s first meeting with a theatrical agent didn’t turn out quite how he expected
James MacMillan explains why he hates the assumption that he is a liberal left-winger
‘Mr Hallé’s Band’ began giving concerts 150 years ago. Michael Kennedy on the great orchestra
Lloyd Evans believes that Wilde’s comedy is the best play ever written. The Importance of Being Earnest with Penelope Keith is at the Vaudeville Theatre from 22 January.
Mary Wakefield talks to Eileen Atkins about acting as an out-of-body experience. Eileen Atkins opens in The Sea at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 23 January.
Andrew Lambirth urges those who think they don’t like this artist to go and see this show