Arts

Great expectations

22 April 2006 12:00 am

ENO is having a mini-festival of operas whose plots relate to Greek mythology. Offenbach’s La belle Hélène is in a…

Utter madness or good fortune

15 April 2006 12:00 am

Ariane Bankes on an ambitious project to make a handwritten and illuminated Bible

Quality control

15 April 2006 12:00 am

Quality control

Breath of the Mediterranean

15 April 2006 12:00 am

The slightly warmer blustery weather of late March found me en route for Compton Verney, the charming Robert Adam house…

World of fear

15 April 2006 12:00 am

According to theatrical lore, no play can be considered an out-and-out masterpiece unless it’s initially rejected. The most famous example…

Pastel-shaded surprise

15 April 2006 12:00 am

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is an argument in favour of ordinary life, as opposed to a life ruled by passion and…

‘Enemy of obviousness’

8 April 2006 12:00 am

Lloyd Evans on the life and work of Samuel Beckett, who was born 100 years ago

Real life

8 April 2006 12:00 am

Real life

Taking shape

8 April 2006 12:00 am

The Serpentine Gallery is a pleasure to visit, which makes it all the more frustrating that its exhibition programme in…

New world orders

8 April 2006 12:00 am

This year’s Tate Triennial has been so universally panned it seems cruel to add to the chorus of criticism. Still,…

Family at war

8 April 2006 12:00 am

In a dark corner of the Museum of Natural History in New York there is a diorama of a giant…

Lessons from abroad

1 April 2006 12:00 am

Lessons from abroad

Spiritual journey

1 April 2006 12:00 am

There has been a certain amount of controversy about this exhibition, the first Michelangelo show at the British Museum for…

Stark vision

1 April 2006 12:00 am

English Touring Opera’s spring tour reached Cambridge the week after the undergraduates left for the Easter vacation, and, though I…

England, my England

1 April 2006 12:00 am

The Old Country, an Alan Bennett play that dates back to 1977, covers much the same ground as An Englishman…

Noel appeal

25 March 2006 12:00 am

Noel appeal

House proud

25 March 2006 12:00 am

House proud

Painful listening

25 March 2006 12:00 am

Painful listening

Bath time

25 March 2006 12:00 am

Three fine exhibitions are currently gracing the public galleries of Bath, and even though the new spa is shamefully late…

Guile and determination

18 March 2006 12:00 am

Guile and determination

Fighting talk

18 March 2006 12:00 am

Fighting talk

Hotchpotch of a show

18 March 2006 12:00 am

Forget for a moment the importation of ‘Gothic’, a term more usually confined to architecture or the novel, and consider…

An inside view

18 March 2006 12:00 am

It’s a little cheeky of Christopher Simon Sykes to have chosen a line from Rupert Brooke’s ‘The Soldier’ as the…

Good-natured glow

18 March 2006 12:00 am

Almost everyone who has written about Vaughan Williams’s opera Sir John in Love has defensively insisted that we put all…

Under the influence

18 March 2006 12:00 am

Has Harold Pinter become too dominant a figure? I’m not just talking about the trophies he’s picked up in the…