The Spectator

16 March 2019

It’s not over yet

Extending Brexit could revive May’s deal

Arts

All the world’s a stage: Luwam Teklizgi (Rita) and Toby Jones (Peter) in BBC2’s forthcoming Don’t Forget the Driver

Arts feature

Toby Jones on the allure of the everyman – and the glamour of coach-driving

The actor talks to Steve Morris about his latest BBC role as a coach driver from Bognor Regis

Soft cell: ‘Hôtel du Pavot, Chambre 202’, 1970–73, by Dorothea Tanning

Exhibitions

Wicked, humorous and high-spirited: Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern reviewed

Plus: why the Celts are better at surrealism than the buttoned up English

Radio

Scala Radio is a real threat to Radio 2

Plus: the importance of doubt and why we crave the sound of the human voice

Dance

Still far from perfect but chaps will like it: Royal Ballet’s Frankenstein reviewed

Plus: Richard Alston offers up the super, soporific and meh at Sadler’s Wells

Dance

Almost triumphs over the absurdity of its premise: Northern Ballet’s Victoria reviewed

The young Queen begins one scene with her legs wrapped around the groom like a sex-starved koala

Opera

Deft humour and daft imagery: WNO’s Magic Flute reviewed

Plus: the superb performances in ETO’s Idomeneo is yet another reminder of the home-grown singers ENO should be celebrating

Theatre

Slow-moving tale with a strong echo of Brideshead: Alys, Always at the Bridge reviewed

Plus: a sensational Broadway import at the Adelphi that feels like it’s in the West End for keeps

Colin Morgan as Benjamin and Phénix Brossard as Noah in Simon Amstell’s Benjamin

Cinema

Tender, sweet, affecting: Simon Amstell’s Benjamin reviewed

The stand-up’s debut film is all about him – but there's nothing wrong with that