Arts

The astonishing stories behind today’s culture wars: Radio 4’s Things Fell Apart reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Martin McNamara, the writer of Mosley Must Fall, a play on Radio 4 this week, must have had a jolt…

Hockney’s Rake’s Progress remains one of the supreme achievements

20 November 2021 9:00 am

With Glyndebourne’s The Rake’s Progress, the show starts with David Hockney’s front cloth. The colour, the ingenuity, the visual bravura:…

Bert Newton

13 November 2021 9:00 am

And so the world finally bestirs itself in the direction of going out because it’s now allowable. A young millennial…

The unseen Victoria Wood

13 November 2021 9:00 am

For a few years now I have been living with Victoria Wood. That sounds all wrong, obviously, and yet no…

Albrecht Dürer was a 16th-century Andy Warhol

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Gossipy, amusing, a little vain, Albrecht Dürer was a 16th-century Andy Warhol, says Martin Gayford

The best podcasts about money

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Stories about money are never about money. They are about pain, about family, about atrocity, about luck, about health, about…

The sound of a hunch coming good

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Graeme Thomson talks to the cult singer Joan Wasser about the robotic nature of pop, finding salvation in songwriting and Tony Allen

Lumpily scripted and poorly plotted: Cry Macho reviewed

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Clint Eastwood is 91; Cry Macho may well be his last film. Or maybe not. He has, after all, been…

Profound and original and unashamedly religious: Midnight Mass reviewed

13 November 2021 9:00 am

I was turned on to Midnight Mass by Ricky Gervais who raved about it in one of his social media…

An affectionate exercise in comic sabotage: Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) reviewed

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Let’s be honest. Jane Austen is popular because War and Peace doesn’t fit inside a handbag. Austen’s best-loved novel, Pride…

The Crucible

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Sometimes you think the Apocalypse doesn’t go away. It just takes new and frightful forms. No sooner was the lockdown…

The tyranny of the visual

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the tyranny of the visual

The genius of Caveh Zahedi

6 November 2021 9:00 am

365 Stories I Want To Tell You Before We Both Die is a podcast that experimental filmmaker Caveh Zahedi started…

A blisteringly bonkers first episode: Doctor Who – Flux reviewed

6 November 2021 9:00 am

BBC1 continuity excitedly introduced the first in the new series of Doctor Who as ‘bigger and better than ever’ —…

A riveting cheese dream of a film: Spencer reviewed

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Go see Pablo Larrain’s Spencer, which stars Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, and the next day you will wonder: did…

Like Alan Bennett but less funny: 'night, Mother at Hampstead Theatre reviewed

6 November 2021 9:00 am

’night, Mother is a two-hander that opens like a comedy sketch. ‘I’m going to kill myself, Mama,’ says Jessie. She’s…

This is how G&S should be staged: ENO's HMS Pinafore reviewed

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Until 1881, HMS Pinafore was the second-longest-running show in West End history. Within a year of its première it had…

In 1980s Bennington it was a badge of dishonour not to have slept with your professor

6 November 2021 9:00 am

It is incredibly hard to convey the fleeting invincibility and passionate self-significance that we feel on the cusp of adulthood.…

Oh dear, Abba’s new album is a bit of a dog: Voyage reviewed

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Time has been very kind to Abba. No one back in the 1970s thought of them as geniuses. But they've even lost the talent for writing memorable tunes

Keith Michell

30 October 2021 9:00 am

So the lockdowns end, even in Melbourne, and we get a glimpse of what artistic performance may loom in a…

'What do you think the English will say?' Pablo Larrain on his pop horror Diana film

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Jasper Rees talks to the Chilean director Pablo Larrain about his new film, Spencer, which makes The Crown look like royalist propaganda

Richly layered and intricate: Royal Ballet's The Dante Project reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Where does the artist end and their work begin? Like 2015’s Woolf Works, Wayne McGregor’s new ballet swirls creator and…

Every MP must see this play: Value Engineering – Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry is a gripping, horrifying drama. Nicolas Kent and Richard Norton-Taylor have sifted through the public…

The best podcasts to help you become a better painter

30 October 2021 9:00 am

There’s a great documentary film on Netflix at the moment about the late artist Bob Ross, he of the happy…

Exquisite to look at, strangely tense and wholly riveting: Netflix's Passing reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Passing is Rebecca Hall’s adaptation of the Nella Larsen novella (1929) about two biracial women, one of whom chooses to…