tue 01/09/2015


Miss Julie

Demetrios Matheou

The television series Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, along with Robert Atman’s film Gosford Park, notably illustrate the public’s continued fascination with the relation between masters, mistresses and their servants. Yet none of them, not even the Altman, charted that relation with quite as much complexity and ferocity as Strindberg’s Miss Julie, in which no-one emerges well from the class struggle.Written in 1888, the play represented Strindberg’s attempt to bring a new degree of...

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One astonishing creature was missing from the cavalcade of meerkats and whatnot featured in Sunday afternoon’s Life Story Prom introduced by Sir David Attenborough. I mean, of course, the species known as henricuscowelliensis. Or otherwise, plain Henry Cowell – the American composer-pianist and modernist famous for banging the keyboards with forearms and elbows, slithering around in the most brazen dissonances, and generally creating a ruckus that briefly made him a central figure among 20th...

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Tom Birchenough

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David Kettle

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Beethoven proves immune to Ticciati magic

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David Nice

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Veronica Lee

Into the final lap at the world's biggest and best arts festival

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Alexandra Coghlan

A magical Flute, but an insufficiently human one

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Graham Rickson

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45 Years

Jasper Rees

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay shine in Andrew Haigh's wintry marital drama

McGregor/Spuck, Ballett Zürich, Edinburgh Playhouse

Hanna Weibye

Contemporary dance formula ticks boxes, but fails to inspire

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Marianka Swain

Jumbled revue is salvaged by its bright young things

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Alexandra Coghlan

Moments of poignancy and humour don't quite add up to this play's full dramatic weight

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Peter Quantrill

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Kieron Tyler

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Simon Munk

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Matt Wolf

Visuals threaten to swamp Shakespeare - and, yes, Sherlock

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A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol, BBC Four

Florence Hallett

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David Nice

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Marina Vaizey

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Graham Rickson

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