Arts

Christopher Plummer

6 March 2021 9:00 am

A few weeks ago that great Canadian actor Christopher Plummer died. Everyone knows him as Captain Von Trapp opposite Julie…

Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Saint Zenobius was a Florentine nobleman who was converted to Christianity and baptised as an adult, ultimately becoming the first…

It'll please small kids, but they're never to be trusted: Raya and the Last Dragon reviewed

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Raya and the Last Dragon has everything you might want nowadays from a major Disney film — feisty kick-ass heroine,…

Unhappy blend of melodrama and allegory: Southwark Playhouse’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice reviewed

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a musical fantasy set in a Nordic town near the Arctic circle. Johan is a magician…

Claudia Winkleman’s new Radio 2 show gets off to a brainless start

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Last Saturday on Radio 2 Claudia Winkleman was inaugurated as the host of what was formerly Graham Norton’s mid-morning spot.…

Astonishing, relentlessly pleasurable rediscovery – tantric opera: Luigi Rossi's Il Palazzo incantato reviewed

6 March 2021 9:00 am

I don’t say this lightly, but after 20 years of opera-going, Luigi Rossi’s Il Palazzo incantato might just be the…

How stupid do the script writers of Sky’s Devils think we are?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Here’s a worried question I want to plant in your head: when is TV drama going to start depicting the…

How Algernon Newton made great art out of empty streets and dingy canals

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Quite late in life Walter Sickert paid his first visit to Peckham Rye. He was excited, apparently, because he had…

In Chet Baker's albums you can hear America’s romantic self-image curdling

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The thing to remember about Chet Baker, an old acquaintance says of the errant jazz musician in Deep In A…

The triumph of bedroom pop

6 March 2021 9:00 am

A short history of lo-fi, by Robert Barry

Anne-Marie Duff

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Melbourne was just stirring into public cultural life when the hotel quarantine mishap led to that last alarming lockdown that…

Australian Love Stories: Celebrating love in all its guises at the NPG

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The National Portrait Gallery seems to be floundering. That may be unfair but the announcement of the next exhibition left…

Perfect English songs in fresh new colours: Roderick Williams sings Butterworth

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Another week, another online concert; and since orchestral music seems likely to be confined to screens and stereos for a…

Even Adrian Lester's sweetness, grace and nobility can't rescue Almeida's Hymn

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The Almeida is fighting back against lockdown with a sprawling family drama about two long-lost siblings. Adrian Lester plays Gilbert…

Why I'm obsessed with this podcast's merciless little romps: Browned Off reviewed

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Everything is too long these days, isn’t it? Every series is at least two episodes too long, podcasts go on…

'I like upsetting people': Steven Wilson interviewed

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Michael Hann talks to the cult rock star Steven Wilson about why it’s harder to write a pop song than prog

Contains nothing you couldn't get from Wikipedia or YouTube: Netflix's Pelé reviewed

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Pelé is a two-hour documentary about the great Brazilian footballer — the greatest footballer ever, some would say — who…

The Sistine Chapel as you've never seen it before

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Rosie Millard gets her gloved hands on one of the world’s most lavish – and expensive – art books

Bloodlands is well worth watching – just don't expect Line of Duty

27 February 2021 9:00 am

To begin on a cheerful note, it’s certainly been a good week for fans of slow-burn British crime dramas with…

The Dig

20 February 2021 9:00 am

It was gratifying to see such a quiet and impeccably made film as The Dig make it to independent cinemas…

Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Second thoughts are sometimes better thoughts. The NSW government had second thoughts about closing down the Powerhouse Museum at Ultimo…

Why is the smoky, febrile art of Marcelle Hanselaar so little known?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I first became aware of the work of Marcelle Hanselaar in a mixed exhibition at the Millinery Works in Islington.…

Epic prog rock without the widdly-woo solos: Mogwai at the Tramway reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

You very possibly know the music of the Glaswegian band Mogwai, even if you don’t think you do. You might…

The funniest current affairs show since Brass Eye: Into the Grey Zone reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

It was something a friend said to me about The Revenant, Leonardo diCaprio’s bloody-minded and brutal Oscar vehicle: ‘The problem…

Horrible – but in a very fun way: I Care a Lot reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I Care a Lot is a deliciously dark comic thriller that You’ll Enjoy a Lot. It’s heartless. It’s vicious. It’s…