Arts

‘Portrait of a Musician’, thought to be Claudio Monteverdi, c.1590, by a Cremonese artist

Thoroughly modern Monteverdi

18 February 2017 9:00 am

‘Eppur si muove’ — And yet it moves. Galileo’s defiant insistence that the Earth revolves round the Sun, his refusal…

Alex R. Hibbert and Mahershala Ali in ‘Moonlight’

Three ages of man

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Moonlight is, in fact, a traditional story about identity, and finding out who you are, but it has rarely been…

‘Peasants’, c.1930, by Kazimir Malevich

The good, the bad and the ugly

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Vladimir Putin notoriously declared the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 to be one of the greatest disasters of…

Doing a disservice to a lovely opera: Angela Gheorghiu as Adriana Lecouvreur

British sea power

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The story so far: in 1986 English National Opera hired Jonathan Miller to direct Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. The…

School children listen to a radio broadcast given by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in 2014

United nations

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The Indian Prime Minister has twigged something that President Trump has yet to understand. On Monday, celebrated as World Radio…

The SAS in the Western Desert, c.1942. John Tonkin second from right.

Fatal attraction

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Recently on holiday I did a very bad thing. I nearly left the Fawn to die on a precipitous mountain…

Sheila Reida (Gloria), Keziah Joseph (Hope) and Rachel Davies (Maureen) in Sandi Toksvig’s Silver Linings Photo by Mark Douet

Stuffed but dissatisfied

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Sandi Toksvig’s new play opens in a Gravesend care home where five grannies and a temporary nurse are threatened by…

Some like it hot

11 February 2017 9:00 am

In the mid-6th century, legend has it, St Brendan set off from Ireland with a currach-load of monks on a…

Mother superior

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Unlike with buses, you wait ages and ages for one fabulous film as framed by the older female perspective to…

Sunny delight

11 February 2017 9:00 am

No Californian could have painted Hockney’s pools. No La-La Land artist, raised on sun and orange juice, would have done…

Age concern

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Brahms didn’t always have a beard. The picture in the London Symphony Orchestra’s programme book showed him clean-shaven, and rightly.…

Losing the plot

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Fully to enjoy Opera North’s new production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel you need to take a trinocular perspective on…

Rules of engagement

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The BBC foreign correspondent Hugh Sykes was meant to be talking about how music has shaped his life with Sarah…

Impaired vision

11 February 2017 9:00 am

With the Shannon Matthews story, it’s not easy to accentuate the positive — but BBC1’s The Moorside (Tuesday) is having…

Timeless and dated

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Tennessee Williams’s breakthrough play is a portrait of his dysfunctional family. A young writer, Tom (Williams’s real name), lives with…

Hull’s a poppin’

4 February 2017 9:00 am

In early January, lastminute.com recommended its top 15 destinations for 2017. In 12th spot, just above Montreal, Croatia and Japan,…

Metal fatigue

4 February 2017 9:00 am

‘All that glisters is not gold,’ wrote Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice), and you have to hand it to the…

Seeing everything in black and white

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Two divergent approaches to printmaking are on view in an exhibition of graphic work by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud…

Notes on a scandal

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Kids: who’d have them? Certainly no one who has ever been to the opera. If they’re not murdering you, they’re…

Sign of the times

4 February 2017 9:00 am

As if on cue, The World At One on Monday (Radio 4) ended with a short (too short) interview with…

The real George III

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Before he died aged 44 (probably of a pulmonary embolism, poor chap), Frederick, Prince of Wales, compiled a list of…

Playing dead

4 February 2017 9:00 am

It could be the nuttiest idea ever. The protagonist of this American musical is Death, who secretly reprieves a beautiful…

Wall eyed

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Any impressively long wall is bound to cause us to recall the midfield dynamo and philosopher John Trewick. In 1978…

The only way is up

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Michael Andrews once noted the title of an American song on a scrap of paper: ‘Up is a Nice Place…

Sloppy seconds

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Danny Boyle introduced T2 Trainspotting at the screening I attended and said that, throughout filming, he’d seen the cast looking…