arts

Music: Revisiting Britten’s parable

Published: January 17, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Curlew River London, St Bartholomew the Great Composed in 1964, Curlew River is the first of Benjamin Britten’s three Church Parables to a libretto by William Plomer, and based on …

Theatre: Manners, ideas and fun

Published: January 15, 2018
Written by Aleks Sierz

Misalliance Orange Tree Theatre, London George Bernard Shaw was a theatrical superman. A critical attack dog, as well as a creator of problem plays both pleasant and unpleasant, he invented …

Film: What cash can’t buy

Published: January 15, 2018
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

All the Money in the World Director: Ridley Scott Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, ­Missouri Director: Martin McDonagh The kidnap of 16-year-old Paul Getty, the grandson of oil billionaire Jean Paul …

TV: Comedy times two

Published: January 15, 2018
Written by Les Hull

300 Years of French and Saunders BBC 1 Eric, Ernie and Me BBC 4 A high number of programmes over the festive period were retrospective compilations and tributes – notably …

Books: Fallout from a ghastly day

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Basket Of Deplorables by Tom Rachman Riverrun £8.99 Donald Trump’s victory is providing fresh meat for comedians and Tom Rachman shows that the consequences for American life can also be …

Theatre: Journey to where fault lies

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by William Russell

Dear Brutus Southwark Playhouse, London Goats Royal Court Theatre, London The Melting Pot Finborough Theatre, London Mention JM Barrie these days and the automatic reaction by most people is to …

Books: Crushed by the wheels of Schäuble

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis Bodley Head £20 Talking To My Daughter About The Economy: A Brief History Of Capitalism by Yanis …

Books: Damaging ignorance

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Kamila Kingstone

The Sun Tyrant: A Nightmare Called North Korea by JP Floru Biteback £12.99 This is the tale of a standard tourist trip to North Korea. Over nine days in 2016, …

Books: Kind and merry

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Scarlett MccGwire

Money Power Love by Joss Sheldon CreateSpace £8.99 Not so much a novel, more an extended allegory on love trumping power and money, Joss Sheldon’s tale also gives us the …

Books: Rise and fall of a medieval SAS

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Nigel Nelson

The Templars: The Rise and Fall of God’s Holy Warriors by Dan Jones Head of Zeus £25 Forget all the myths, mysteries and conspiracy theories about the Templars. Their real …

Books: Original East End thrills

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Carole Dawson Young

Mensah by Gbontwi Anyetei Dedalus £9.99 This has to be one of the year’s most unusual crime novels. It is set in the Hackney ‘badlands – a world away from …

Theatre: Blood and relevance

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

The Secret Theatre Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London Daisy Pulls It Off Park Theatre, London History is a good place to talk about our contemporary concerns. And British theatre loves plays …

Films Of the Year 2: All hail the boys from Brazil

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Neil Young

For every great darkness, a counterbalancing light: just eight days after the despair-inducing inauguration of the United States’ 45th President, the International Film Festival Rotterdam hosted the world premiere of …

Film: A tasty pudding movie

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Daddy’s Home 2 Director: Sean Anders Christmas comes once a year and with it come the “Christmas pudding’ movies. Hollywood bakes them with the same essential ingredients: Christmas decorations, trees …

TV: Didn’t they do well?

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Strictly Come Dancing BBC 1 Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain BBC 2 The success of Strictly Come Dancing over the past 15 years is all the more remarkable when …

Film: New bear necessities

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Paddington 2 Director: Paul King Rarely can a sequel beat the original, especially when the original was a five-star box-office-hit, but Paddington 2 may be one of those precious examples …

At last an insight into Osama

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Chris Proctor

The Exile: The Flight of Osama Bin Laden by Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy Bloomsbury £25 Not long after the recent terrorist attack in Barcelona, I was packing for a …