Packing ’em in

17 January 2007 8:14 pm

Wicked is a musical based on the early life of the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of…

Dessay delights

17 January 2007 8:11 pm

Donizetti’s La fille du régiment is one of his three comedies that retain a place in the repertoire. It is…

No time to hibernate

17 January 2007 8:04 pm

Just at the moment it is winter temperatures which particularly concern me

The yes man

11 January 2007 9:08 am

Lloyd Evans talks to the director Ed Hall about his latest ventures

Luminous serenity

11 January 2007 9:04 am

Born in Gujarat, western India, in 1951, Shanti Panchal studied art in Bombay before coming to London on a British…

Shock tactics

10 January 2007 5:39 pm

Until last week I was the only person on the planet not to have seen The History Boys. I now…

Shared hardship

10 January 2007 5:32 pm

If Sean Langan isn’t the bravest, best and most likeable foreign correspondent on TV, I don’t know who is

The discoverer of death

3 January 2007 5:52 pm

A new film about Truman Capote stars Toby Jones. Here, he writes about the tortured man he portrays

In tune with Dylan

3 January 2007 5:41 pm

Bob Dylan on Radio Two? Sounds like an oxymoron to me. His Bobness, the hippie troubadour and Voice of Sixties…

Visual treats for 2007

28 December 2006 8:39 am

Andrew Lambirth finds plenty of exhibitions to look forward to in the coming year

Festive delight

28 December 2006 8:36 am

Joy, exuberance, happiness, delight, celebration, ecstasy; and all these without anything cheap or dumbed-out into puerility.

Taking the plunge

28 December 2006 8:26 am

Shakespeare’s ill-advised reimagining of Falstaff as a buffoon at large in Windsor has always been fair game for adaptation. The…

Sweet singing in the choir

28 December 2006 8:11 am

You won’t yet have made your New Year resolutions but one thing you might want to add to your list is Join a Choir

Singing in exultation

13 December 2006 3:01 pm

Every Christmas, I face the problem of choosing an official card. The National Gallery Company sends through the range of…

Rooms and rituals

13 December 2006 2:59 pm

Another major show at the V&A, this time devoted to the more distant past, and thus inevitably of less general…

Chorus of disapproval

13 December 2006 2:57 pm

In the five years that I’ve been The Spectator’s drama critic, one of the nicest afternoons I’ve spent was in…

Christmas cheer

13 December 2006 2:54 pm

Puccini’s Bohemians really knew how to have a good time at Christmas. Huddled in a freezing cold Parisian garret, Rodolfo…

Screen savers

13 December 2006 2:47 pm

There is a strange kind of amnesia that overtakes me in certain shops: bookshops, DVD shops, CD shops. I stare…

On the couch

13 December 2006 2:44 pm

Lucy Beresford reveals what your favourite film says about you

How comic is it?

13 December 2006 2:41 pm

Monteverdi’s last opera, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, is an excellent choice for one of the music colleges to put on, containing…

A gift for rhetoric

13 December 2006 2:36 pm

It’s always puzzled me that so few theatre critics are involved in making (rather than interpreting, dissecting and sometimes destroying)…

Winning ways

13 December 2006 2:32 pm

This Bosnian film about the devastating emotional consequences of war has all the things you might expect from a Bosnian…

For portly old hippies

13 December 2006 2:30 pm

I have been listening a lot to David Gilmour’s album, On An Island (EMI). We must now call him David,…

The young ones

13 December 2006 2:28 pm

I wonder whether Tony (‘Education, education, education’) Blair or any of his cohorts in the Education Department were listening to…

Powerful but grim

13 December 2006 2:26 pm

This being the Spectator’s bumper Christmas issue, we asked the television companies for a few seasonal preview discs. There wasn’t…