Arts

Only fitfully funny: Chris Morris’s The Day Shall Come reviewed

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The Day Shall Come is a second feature from British satirist Chris Morris and like the first, Four Lions, it…

Inspiring and sweet-smelling: David Nash’s 200 Seasons at Towner Art Gallery

You'll be blubbing over a wooden boulder at David Nash's show at Towner Art Gallery

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Call me soppy, but when the credits rolled on ‘Wooden Boulder’, a film made by earth artist David Nash over…

A modern-day El Dorado: the Serra Pelada gold mine, Brazil, 1986

Sebastiao Salgado – master of monochrome, chronicler of the depths of human barbarity

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Claudia Massie talks to the photographer Sebastiao Salgado about how he lost his mind documenting the depths of human barbarity and found salvation in nature

Joyce DiDonato seduces you within the first 10 minutes: Royal Opera's Agrippina reviewed

5 October 2019 9:00 am

‘Laws bow down before the desire to rule…’ Centuries before ‘proroguing’ had entered British breakfast-table vocabulary there was Handel’s Agrippina,…

Did Radio 2 really need to give us four days of the Beatles to celebrate Abbey Road?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

This Changeling Self, Radio 4’s lead drama this week, clearly ought to have gone out in August. It’s set —…

A solid costume drama but Dame Helen has been miscast: Catherine the Great reviewed

5 October 2019 9:00 am

It’s possibly not a great sign of a Britain at ease with itself that the historical character most likely to…

Spellbinding: Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck in Joker

If you ever want to sleep again, step away from Joker

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Judy is in cinemas this week and so is Joker and if you have to choose between the two, then…

Do Jews think differently?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Could a common ancestral way of thinking have freed Jews to change the way we see the world

Flimsy and pretentious sketches: Caryl Churchill’s Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. reviewed

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Caryl Churchill is back at the Royal Court with a weird collection of sketches. The first is set on a…

‘Body’ and ‘Fruit’, 1991/93, by Antony Gormley

A cast of Antony Gormley? Or a pair of giant conkers? Gormley’s RA show reviewed

5 October 2019 9:00 am

While Sir Joshua Reynolds, on his plinth, was looking the other way, a little girl last Saturday morning was trying…

The poetry of sewers

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the history – and poetry – of Joseph Bazalgette’s sewers

Radio 4’s The Art of Innovation is a series that — for once — deserves the label ‘landmark’

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Radio 4, how do I love thee? Rather as one loves the flocked wallpaper that came with the house. It…

In praise of cultural elitism

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Cosmo Landesman fondly recalls a time when admitting to a love of Abba was social suicide

Gloriously un-PC: Ronan Bennett’s Top Boy reviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Sir Lenny Henry, the former comedian, is wont to complain to anyone who’ll listen that there isn’t enough ‘diversity’ on…

More Grace Kelly than Grace Jones: Welsh National Opera’s Carmen reviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

How do you take your Carmen? Sun-drenched exotic fantasy with a side order of castanets, or cool and gritty, sour…

You may not wish to kiss the ground when you finally leave the cinema, but I did: The Goldfinch reviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The Goldfinch is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt that centres on a great work of…

One for pauper-gawpers: Faith, Hope and Charity at the National reviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Tony Hawks’s musical, Midlife Cowboy, has transferred from Edinburgh to the Pleasance, Islington. At press night, the comedy elite showed…

Proggery beyond parody: Iggy Pop’s Free reviewed

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Grade: D+ Pleasant memories — of hearing ‘Raw Power’ for the first time and later the amiably shambolic chug of…

The untold story of Judy Garland

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Tanya Gold talks to the Essex-born civil servant who became Judy Garland’s right-hand woman

Simon Rattle’s Messiaen is improving with age

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Two flutes, a clarinet and a bassoon breathe a chord on the edge of silence. As they fade, the sound…

How refreshing to see a show about prejudice that barely mentions white people

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Lynette Linton opens her stewardship of the Bush with a drama about racial and sexual bigotry. Four British women decide…

What’s the point of the Today programme?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

What else is there to write about in the week that John Humphrys, that titan of the BBC airwaves, retires…

The rare gifts of Peter Doig

21 September 2019 9:00 am

‘My basic intention,’ the late Patrick Caulfield once told me, ‘is to create some attractive place to be, maybe even…

Abba, Twitter vs Instagram, and papal selfies: the modern face of the Catholic Church

21 September 2019 9:00 am

As a lifelong Catholic, I’ve often thought that two of the Church’s chief characteristics are a) how weird it is…

An eight-year-old’s dream: Muse at the O2 reviewed

21 September 2019 9:00 am

‘Butterflies and Hurricanes’ by Muse was on heavy rotation on MTV at a time, 15 years ago, when my infant…