Gruesome twosome

15 March 2007 9:04 am

A courier staggered up the stairs to my flat bearing Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures with an essay by…

Lost in translation

15 March 2007 8:38 am

Which language should students at a music college perform an opera in for the public? I’d have thought that, though…

Prophet warning

15 March 2007 8:31 am

Happy birthday to The Entertainer. The ultimate state-of-the-nation play is 50 years old. I’ve never quite bought the idea that…

Beyond belief

15 March 2007 8:25 am

In this film Sandra Bullock plays Linda Hanson, wife of dishy Jim Hansom (Julian McMahon), mother to two adorable little…

War on the web

15 March 2007 8:23 am

The pity of war has been well documented ever since we as rivalrous, destructive human beings developed pen and paper.…

A natural approach to Chekhov

8 March 2007 8:57 am

Henrietta Bredin talks to Joanna Lumley about messing around with the playwright’s text

Forgotten giant

8 March 2007 8:54 am

It’s always a pleasure to visit Pallant House. At the moment, it seems particularly good value: three separate exhibitions plus…

Torments of love

8 March 2007 8:53 am

Handel’s Orlando, apparently one of his greatest operas, is much more impressive in the first revival of Francisco Negrin’s production…

Lower the volume, please

8 March 2007 8:52 am

‘How I hate!’ is the first line of Torben Betts’s new play. Not a promising start. A teenage Goth with…

Hearing voices

8 March 2007 8:17 am

One of the most persistent and tiresome misunderstandings about how sacred music was performed in the past is that boys’ voices were always involved

Can of worms

8 March 2007 8:14 am

Just to remind you, this is the week my splendid anti-Left polemic How To Be Right is published

Heaven and hell

8 March 2007 8:12 am

‘Keep your angels about you,’ was the inspiring advice given by William Blake in Peter Ackroyd’s Drama on 3

The squinter triumphs

1 March 2007 8:56 am

To be called ‘the squinter’, which is what ‘il Guercino’ means, might not seem an auspicious nickname for an artist,…

Saint for all ages

1 March 2007 8:54 am

‘His clothes are drenched in brine, his beard drips with seawater, and his brow is covered in perspiration due to…

Glower power

1 March 2007 8:15 am

The Illusionist is one of those films that gains points for trying to be clever and different and ingenious but…

Pyrotechnic display

1 March 2007 8:08 am

Sunday evening at the Barbican was a revelation, no less gushy word will do. Janacek’s comic opera The Excursions of…

Hectic romp

1 March 2007 8:06 am

Michael Keegan-Dolan is to dance–theatre what radical and elusive Banksy is to the visual arts. Indeed, these two acclaimed bad…

Man with a mission

1 March 2007 7:57 am

I used to write a few political profiles in my time, and the one thing I always hoped was that…

I don’t believe it!

22 February 2007 10:31 am

Lloyd Evans meets the actor Richard Wilson, and is surprised by the twinkle in his eye

Distinguished company

22 February 2007 10:25 am

If ever there was an exhibition which warranted a speedy and assessing first look, and then a longer, more lingering…

Feathered friends

22 February 2007 10:20 am

The Parrot in Art? Unraise your eyebrows: parrots have featured in Western European art for 500 years, depicted by Dürer,…

The importance of being British

22 February 2007 10:19 am

Sheridan Morley died suddenly last weekend. He was The Spectator’s theatre critic from 1990 to 2001. His knowledge of both…

Dynastic dissonance

22 February 2007 10:11 am

The RSC’s Complete Works festival continues to produce wondrous juxtapositions. In the Courtyard Theatre Michael Boyd has rounded off his…

Marriage of minds

22 February 2007 9:51 am

‘Made in Heaven’: the contrasts and complements linking Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky in two-way reciprocality form a felicitous marriage of true…

Act of sabotage

22 February 2007 9:33 am

Exactly 400 years ago, 24 February 1607, the first great opera received its première in Mantua. It’s a crucial date…