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From cartoons to stage design: the genius of Osbert Lancaster

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Osbert Lancaster was a cartoonist, editor, critic and bestselling author, but the stage was his destiny, says Laura Freeman

‘Tennis’, 1930, by Eric Ravilious

How artists from Ravilious to Rauschenberg fell for tennis

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Tennis is best played with a wooden racket on a shady lawn somewhere close to Dorking. There is no need…

Josette Day and Jean Marias in La Belle et La Bête, one of Cocteau’s most visually stunning films

Jean Cocteau: confessions of an opium addict

7 January 2017 9:00 am

All biography is both an act of homage and a labour of dissection, and all biographers are jealous of their…

The writer Natalie Barney and painter Romaine Brooks in Paris c. 1915

From Auden to Wilde: a roll call of gay talent

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Comintern was the name given to the international communist network in the Soviet era, advancing the cause wherever it…

Rambert Dance: one piercing masterpiece - and one dud

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Mark Baldwin, artistic director of Rambert Dance, must take responsibility for most of the good times I’ve had recently, midwife…

Russians made the theatre space the most liberating imaginative device ever invented

1 November 2014 9:00 am

You have to hand it to the Russians. They beat us into space, beat us to sexual equality, and a…

Sochi Olympics: Why picking on gays has backfired so horribly for Vladimir Putin

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Russia’s thuggish President has picked on the wrong minority

A century before Miley Cyrus, it was male performers — like Nijinsky — who bared all 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

While the airwaves resonate with celebrations of Britten’s birth, I cannot help thinking that what was happening in Paris at…

Nijinski by Georges Barbier in ‘Le Festin /L’Oiseau d’or’ (1912)

Nijinsky, by Lucy Moore - review

15 June 2013 9:00 am

The first biography of Vaslav Nijinsky, which appeared in 1934, was written by his wife Romola with the help of…

A place to dream

9 October 2010 12:00 am

As regular readers of this column will know, I am not an admirer of large exhibitions.