The Spectator

25 May 2019

Corbyn isn’t working

Labour is being picked apart by its new enemies


Metamorphosis in progress: a mosaic of the giant Orion being turned into a constellation

Arts feature

The new treasures of Pompeii

Daisy Dunn reports on the excavations in the north of the Roman city that shed fresh light on the secrets of Roman life

Lusty, roistering Suranne Jones as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack. Image: BBC / Lookout Point / Jay Brooks


Sunday night on the Beeb was an orgy of virtue-signalling

Plus: why a cultish New Zealand horror-comedy fly-on-the-wall mockumentary about vampire housemates is worth your time

George the Poet in 2014. Photo: Ben A. Pruchnie / Getty Images


Forget the Reith Lectures. To understand the world listen to George the Poet

Have You Heard George’s Podcast? outdoes Jonathan Sumption’s hard-to-follow first lecture in making you look at current issues differently

The odd couple: Sting and Shaggy on tour in 2018. Photo: Zoltan Balogh / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock


A very odd two hours: Sting and Shaggy reviewed

There were moments when one thought: honestly, how has it come to this?

Eerily accurate: Will Barton as Boris Johnson in The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson. Image: Pamela Raith


This Boris play only gets it half-right

Plus: the flop-factory that is the Royal Court churns out another nasty, ill-plotted drama


A mesmerising retrospective: Victoria Crowe at City Art Centre, Edinburgh, reviewed

The painter's often sublime landscapes and interiors dominate this show

Composer Amy Beach. Photo: Bridgeman Images


The forgotten masterpieces of Amy Beach

The composer's lifelong romantic style explains why demand for her music dried up, not, as some would like to think, prejudice

Sun & Sea (Marina), the Golden Lion-winning opera at the Venice Biennale. Photo: © Andrej Vasilenko


If opera survives, it’ll be thanks to artists and curators, not opera houses

There were two extraordinary Gesamtkunstwerks at this year’s Venice Biennale that thoroughly, depressingly, outshone Glyndebourne’s new production of Damnation of Faust

Sublime: Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman


Rocketman is cheesy and clichéd – and all the better for it

The film also has a terrific central performance from Taron Egerton that captured the Elton-ness of Elton without ever resorting to mimicry