Arts

Sigrid Thornton

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It was the thought of Stephen Sondheim’s death that made us watch Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. It’s the second musical…

Radio 4's Moominland Midwinter restores Moomintroll's innocence

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Moomins do not like winter. In one of Tove Jansson’s stories, Moomin’s Winter Follies, young Moomintroll bumps his head when…

Tells us more about today than the early 1960s: BBC1's A Very British Scandal reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

For people who like a good upper-class scandal (or ‘people’, as they’re also known), 1963 was definitely a vintage year.…

This radical Nativity is also one of the great whodunnits of art history

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Martin Gayford on a radical Nativity that is the subject of one of the great whodunnits of art history

The art of the Christmas card

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It’s the thin end of the wedge, the slippery slope, the beginning of the end of a civilised Christmas. It…

Clive Rowe is astonishing: Hackney Empire's Jack and the Beanstalk reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Jack and the Beanstalk is a big, sprawling family show that opens with a baffling gesture. A booming voiceover announces…

The Nutcracker wasn’t always considered quite such a box of delights

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The enduring appeal of The Nutcracker. The ballet wasn’t always considered quite such a box of delights

The genius of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The enduring appeal of The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score is nothing less than the sound of Christmas

Entirely gripping: The Lost Daughter reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The Lost Daughter is an adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel about motherhood that says, quite ferociously: it’s complicated. And:…

In praise of seasonal chart fodder

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Christmas: the most vulnerable time of the year. I heard ‘A Winter’s Tale’ by David Essex on the radio the…

Truly godawful: Ed Sheeran's = (Christmas edition)

18 December 2021 9:00 am

 Grade: C= My wife’s ill with Covid and demanding inexhaustible libations and difficult meals, which she will leave uneaten. The…

How crazy was Louis Wain?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Before Tom Kitten, before Felix the Cat, before Thomas ‘Tom’ Cat, Sylvester James Pussycat Sr, Top Cat and Fat Freddy’s…

Jane Campion

11 December 2021 9:00 am

A new film by Jane Campion is always going to be a magnetsing prospect and the idea of it suddenly…

Reprehensible – but fun: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's Complete DG Recordings reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

 Grade: B It must have been an interesting day in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s press office when Blair Tindall’s memoir…

Why? Spielberg's remake of West Side Story reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

When you first hear that a remake of West Side Story is on the cards, it’s: God, why? Why would…

Modernism's back, baby: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

It’s not everyone’s idea of fun, a trip to Huddersfield in the depths of November. But as any veteran of…

An amazing technical achievement: Life of Pi at Wyndham's Theatre reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi is a complicated organism. The action starts in southern India where we meet a…

A show of ample and eerie majesty: British Museum's Peru: A Journey in Time reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Growing up on a farm outside Lima, I was aware that indigenous Peruvians did not understand time in the same…

‘I am not able to answer your question’: an irascible Paolo Sorrentino interviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Hermione Eyre talks to an irascible Paolo Sorrentino about therapy, Vesuvius and why he kept things simple and easy for his latest film

Even worse than the book: Amazon Prime's The Wheel of Time reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

A couple of years ago, in that near-forgotten era when we could travel almost freely, I canvassed social media as…

Brought me to tears: Tortoise Media's Sweet Bobby podcast reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Eleven years ago, Kirat Assi received a message on Facebook from a man named Bobby. There was a family connection…

Nitram

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Nitram is the Martin Bryant film which sent shivers down everyone’s spine at the mere prospect. Justin Kurzel’s film about…

Zany and sensory-rich: Scottish Dance's Amethyst/TuTuMucky at The Place reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The Barcelona-born choreographer Joan Clevillé has form for off-beat storytelling with a streak of sincerity. Before becoming artistic director of…

When will the Nineties revival end?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

We’ve been living through a nostalgia for the 1990s that has lasted longer than the decade itself. That was back…

Ignore the wall text and focus on the magnificent paintings: Tate Britain's Hogarth and Europe reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

There are, perhaps, two types of exhibition visitor. Those who read the texts on the walls and those who don’t.…