Arts

A surefire international hit: Lungs reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

No power on earth can stop Lungs from becoming an international hit. Duncan Macmillan’s slick two-handed comedy reunites Matt Smith…

A last dose of vitamin D before the clocks go back: Royal Ballet’s triple bill reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Were those gerberas in Francesca Hayward’s bouquet on opening night? Gentlemen admirers take note: no woman, ballerina or otherwise, has…

The truth about food photography

2 November 2019 9:00 am

While looking at the photographs of food in this humorous exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery, I thought of how hopelessly…

BBC wildlife documentaries are just a chance to tell us all off

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Older readers may remember a time when landmark BBC wildlife documentary series were joyous celebrations of the miraculous fecundity of…

Patently insincere: Kanye’s Jesus is King reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Grade: B– Kanye West has found Jesus Christ. Lucky old Christ. If I were Christ I’d have hidden out a…

From Brexit to Beethoven: John Humphrys returns to radio

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Some listeners will have had quite a shock first thing on Monday. Turning on at six to Classic FM they…

Scooby Doo with better CGI: Doctor Sleep reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Wheeeere’s Johnny? Nearly 40 years ago Jack Nicholson went berserk in a snowbound Rockies hotel, smashing an axe through a…

In his new piano concerto Thomas Ades’s inspiration has completely dried up

2 November 2019 9:00 am

There’s nothing like a good piano concerto and, sad to relate, Thomas Adès’s long-awaited first proper attempt at the genre…

How did Richard Herring become the comedy podcast king?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

How did the comedian Richard Herring become a podcast king? Robert Jackman finds out

Why Lucian Freud hated having his picture taken

26 October 2019 9:00 am

One of Lucian Freud’s firmly fixed views about himself was ‘I’m not at all introspective’. This was, like many opinions…

English National Opera's triumphant new production of Harrison Birtwistle's The Mask of Orpheus, directed by Daniel Kramer. [Photo: Alistair Muir]

A triumph: ENO's Mask of Orpheus reviewed

26 October 2019 9:00 am

ENO’s Mask of Orpheus is a triumph. It’s also unintelligible. Even David Pountney, who produced the original ENO staging in…

A 90-minute slog up to a dazzling peak: ‘Master Harold’... and the boys reviewed

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Athol Fugard likes to dump his characters in settings with no dramatic thrust or tension. A prison yard is a…

Ronald Blythe took us back to an age when a tenant could be turfed out of a tied house simply for being 'rude'

Can giving voice to the horrors of the past re-traumatise?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It is 50 years since Ronald Blythe published Akenfield, his melancholy portrait of a Suffolk village on the cusp of…

Praise be to Mary MacLeod Trump. [Photo: The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images]

If we do get a good Anglo-American trade deal, we should thank Trump’s mother

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In an uncharacteristic fit of almost-robustness, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is ‘open-minded’ about scrapping the BBC licence…

The best Terminator film since the first: Terminator Six reviewed

26 October 2019 9:00 am

The first Terminator film, which came out in 1984, was a high-concept sci-fi serial killer thriller. You can just imagine…

Slowthai at the Brixton Academy. [Photo: Visionhaus]

Witty, clear-eyed and free of self-pity: Slowthai at Brixton Academy reviewed

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Those who cherish the notion that the current prime minister really is ‘electoral Viagra’ should have paid a visit to…

The enduring allure of 'er indoors

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Laura Gascoigne visits an exhibition that explores our enduring fascination with images of confined women

The beauties of the universe are revealed in the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

19 October 2019 9:00 am

In the early 1660s, Pieter de Hooch was living in an area of what we would now call urban overspill…

Manon can be magnificent, this one was merely meh

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Manon: minx or martyr? There are two ways to play Kenneth MacMillan’s courtesan. Is Manon an ingénue, a guileless country…

The joy of Malcolm Arnold's optimistic, hummable tunes

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Never meet your heroes, they say. But if you grew up with classical music in the 1980s, there was fat…

The beauty of Soviet anti-religious propaganda

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Deep in the guts of Russian library stacks exists what remains — little acknowledged or discussed — of a dead…

At their best the Psychedelic Furs are fantastic

19 October 2019 9:00 am

It’s amazing what the movies can do. In 1986, the John Hughes teen flick Pretty in Pink — the one…

Should we be playing the surveillance state for laughs? Celebrity Hunted reviewed

19 October 2019 9:00 am

One of the many great things about The Capture was that we could never be sure whether the British authorities’…

Without Joe Grundy The Archers feels lost

19 October 2019 9:00 am

There was something really creepy about listening to the ten-minute countryside podcast released last weekend by Radio 4 supposedly transporting…

A hoot from start to finish: The Man in the White Suit reviewed

19 October 2019 9:00 am

The Man in the White Suit, famously, is a yarn about yarn. A brilliant young boffin stumbles across an everlasting…