The Spectator

20 April 2019

The way of the cross

Without Christ we would not have western values

Arts

Northern soul: Whitby Abbey was built on the site where the date of Easter was decided

Arts feature

Whitby Abbey is at the heart of Britain's spiritual and literary history

Home to saints, vampires and the first English poet: will the new museum do justice to the assorted stories of this magical place?

‘Landline Star’, 2017, Sean Scully

Exhibitions

A beautiful exhibition of a magnificent painter: Sean Scully at the National Gallery reviewed

Plus: a welcome show of another painter who has still not quite received his due, Leon Kossoff

Radio

The daunting, uplifting prose of The Psalms

Plus: what it’s really like to have to section a patient

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) having some quality time together

Television

I admire the scale and ambition of Game of Thrones – but isn’t it just a little bit corny?

The ability to keep us entirely in the dark as to how it will all end is impressive, but there is a tendency towards tin-eared dialogue

Music

The early death of Lili Boulanger is the most grievous of all among composers

Both Boulangers were amazing: how many composers could sustain a series of concerts dedicated to works written before they were 25?

Theatre

A gratifying evocation of 1960s sweets – but I wanted more: Toast reviewed

Plus: Ghost Stories is contrived and formulaic but the audience loved it

Cinema

Manspreading, The Movie: Loro reviewed

Paolo Sorrentino’s latest is a sprawling mess that caters exclusively to the male gaze

Aspiring to profundity: Robyn at Ally Pally

Pop

At her best Robyn is magical – but her contribution to pop is hardly unique

Captivating as her gig at Alexandra Palace was, can ecstatic misery set to hammering synths really be considered original?