Arts

Very much NSFW: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet/Quatuor Danel at Wigmore Hall reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

‘Drammatico’, wrote César Franck over the opening of his Piano Quintet, and you’d better believe he meant it. The score…

Grimy, echt and gripping: Netflix's The Forgotten Battle reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The Forgotten Battle is a Dutch feature film commemorating the desperate and relatively little-known Allied assault on the Scheldt estuary…

Joyous perfection from a band that's sure to go far: Gabriels at The Social reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The bigger the next big thing, the smaller the room you want them playing in. You want the people who…

Small but perfectly formed: the Royal College of Music Museum reopening reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Haydn is looking well — in fact, he’s positively glowing. The dignified pose; the modest, intelligent smile: it’s only when…

Bob Dylan

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Only in Australia and perhaps only in Sydney, that cradle of the cons and the jailers, the Rum Corps and…

A highly polished exercise in treading water: Season 3 of Succession reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

At one point in an early Simpsons, Homer comes across an old issue of TV Guide, and finds the listing…

How the Beano shaped art

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Stuart Jeffries on the cultural influence of the comic that said it was good to be bad

The death of the live album

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Next week The The release The Comeback Special, a 24-track live album documenting the band’s concert at the Royal Albert…

Paintings dominate – the good, the bad and the very ugly: Frieze London 2021 reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

There’s a faint scent of desperation wafting through the Frieze tent this year. Pre–pandemic, this was where you came to…

Somewhere in this production lies Shakespeare's tragedy: Almeida's Macbeth reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Yaël Farber’s Macbeth sets out to be a great work of art. The director crams the Almeida’s stage with suggestive…

You'll tire of the wackiness and the whimsy: The French Dispatch reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

The American filmmaker Wes Anderson has an apartment in Paris and has always yearned to make a French movie but…

'You should see some of the other scripts that come through': Robert Carlyle interviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Robert Jackman talks to Robert Carlyle about Begbie, playing a Tory prime minister and the merits of keeping your head down

Maggie Smith

16 October 2021 9:00 am

And so we look like being able to see live performance again in the two biggest cities in Australia: Sydney…

Granada’s Brideshead Revisited remains the sine qua non of mini-series

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Sumptuous, glorious, luminous, lavish: Granada’s 40-year-old adaptation of Brideshead Revisited remains the sine qua non of mini-series, says Mark McGinness

Hang in there for the gripping final half an hour: The Last Duel reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel is set in the 14th century and is a tale of rivalry and rape told…

Lurking beneath the gore are moments of wit and sensitivity: Squid Game reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Should we be worried that Squid Game is the most popular show in Netflix’s history? If it’s a case of…

The frisky side of a classical master: National Gallery's Poussin and the Dance reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

In the winter of 1861, visitors to the Louvre might have seen a young artist painstakingly copying one of the…

A triumph: Young Vic's Hamlet reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Here goes. The Young Vic’s Hamlet, directed by Greg Hersov, is a triumph. This is a pared-back, plain-speaking version done…

We'll be talking about Royal Opera's Jenufa two decades from now

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Leos Janacek cared about words. He’d hang about central Brno, notebook in hand, eavesdropping on conversations and trying to capture…

A terrible joke gone wonderfully right: Rick Astley and Blossoms Perform the Smiths reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Many of us who grew up loving the Smiths have rather shelved that affection in recent years. Many of us,…

The best podcasts where girls sit around talking about ghosts

16 October 2021 9:00 am

‘I’ve actually seen ghosts.’ This statement comes less than ten minutes into the first episode of Dark House, a limited-series…

Clive Owen

9 October 2021 9:00 am

A time of plague makes us brood on the culture we share in the absence of personal preference. One person…

How the culture wars are killing Western classical music

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Ian Pace on musicology’s culture wars

Hits you where it hurts: Welsh National Opera's Madam Butterfly reviewed

9 October 2021 9:00 am

‘It’s generally agreed that in contemporary practice, this opera proposes significant ethical and cultural problems,’ says the director Lindy Hume…

Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution should be called ‘The Tragedy of Gordon Brown'

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Murder Island features eight real-life ‘ordinary people’ seeking to solve a fictional killing on a fictional Scottish island. What follows…