The Spectator

15 September 2018

All battle, no plan

The divisions within the Tory party are dangerously complex

Arts

‘The Miracle of St Mark Freeing a Slave’, 1548, by Tintoretto

Arts feature

Tintoretto unmasked

Daisy Dunn on the little cloth dyer who made it big

The play’s the thing: concept art for The Last of Us™ , 2013–14, created by Naughty Dog

Exhibitions

High culture or state-of-the-art murder simulators?: Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt reviewed

Artistry, political subversion and the joy of play can’t disguise the fact that gaming is mostly about shooting people in the face

‘Catholic music is often excruciating – I call it “Joan Baez meets Hildegard of Bingen in a 1970s cocktail lounge.”’ Baez: Pierre Andrieu /AFP/Getty Images Bach: Rischgitz/Getty Images

Music

How Bach lifted my spirits at my mother's funeral

Choosing the music for my mother’s funeral was an honour as well as a duty and I had to get it right

Teen spirit: Karla Crome in Dance Nation at the Almeida Theatre

Theatre

Its producers should tape a cyanide pill to the programme: The Humans reviewed

Plus: Dance Nation is a wonderful piece of drama but send your teenage daughters to see it without you

It’s trash of course, but high-octane, watchable trash: John Krasinski and Wendell Pierce in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon Studios)

Television

Gloriously macho: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan reviewed

For too long the leftie-dominated entertainment industry has been ignoring the truth about our world

Chorus of approval: the ENO chorus gives it the full Broadway, triple threats to a man, in Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan (Photo: Genevieve Girling)

Music

Often baffling but ultimately entertaining: Britten’s Paul Bunyan reviewed

Plus: who needs a plot when you have music as rapturously lovely as Handel’s Theodora?

Awkwafina, as Peik Lin Goh, brings some much-needed liveliness to Crazy Rich Asians