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A couple stand on the stage, squaring up to each other. They are in the middle of an argument. The Man has just, out of the blue, suggested they have a baby. The Woman,...
Recent plays with the verb “to care” in their titles — another is Michael Wynne’s Who Cares — suggests that the inequalities of life in Britain today can no longer be treated with...
Perhaps only Sheridan Smith could have played the role of Lisa Lynch in The C Word [***], not just because of the no-messing directness she brought to the role, but because Lynch...
“Songs of Vienna” by the Britten Sinfonia turned out to be a concert of chamber works, with never more than six performers on the stage at any time. It was built around two...
Jiří Bělohlávek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are on to a good thing with Czech opera. Prague is a major centre for world-class opera, but much of the repertoire performed there...
How many words would you expect in an average libretto? 10,000? 15,000? Whatever that number is you can triple it and then some for The Virtues of Things – a new opera from Sally...
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From Cumbria to the Globe, it's Ted's beeswax
Digital technology and craft principles creating one-off designs
Meet the makers of objets de pop art in the heart of London
Stilgoe's gorgeous brassy arrangements will help you forget be-bop ever happened
LA six-piece lay down some dark psychedelia
Never mind the Finnish punk, the year Australia came to play is defined by musical sludge
An evening which needed stronger works and more convincing playing
Orchestral music from Poland and Iceland, and Viennese classical string quartets
Meticulous readings of 20th-century masterworks
Thrilling two-hander about a disintegrating relationship
New play about zero-hour contracts is powerfully authentic, but depressingly unentertaining
Jonathan Munby's Merchant is quiet, but delivers a deadly final blow
A forgotten artist eclipsed by Van Dyck as portrait painter to Charles I
The Laurel and Hardy of the art world venture from comedy to failed utopian dreams
Eclipsed by her painter husband, the artist is finally receiving full recognition
Family lore and deep-seated fears explored with surprising humour, and a technical glitch
Impressive talents in remarkably gimmick-free Beeb competition
Ashton's pastoral comedy of love among the haystacks continues to thrill and delight
Drag artist tells her charming and funny story
The art of pickpocketing explained, plus some corny patter
Al Murray on terrific form with his appalling creation