Performances by Angela Gheorghiu and Jonas Kaufmann provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on operatic star power.
Anthony Sher takes on the great role of Lear, skilfully capturing the king’s transition from demagoguery to haunting collapse.
Sex-swapping the lead role provides a fresh insight into Shakespeare's classic tragedy.
Many of those, myself included, protesting the famous nightclub's demise hadn't set foot on its dancefloor for some time.
The poet John Burnside on the heart and artistry of Leonard Cohen
Female masturbation is often used to signal that a woman is a crazed, obsessive stalker.
The announcement of Cohen’s death is a reminder of what real grief feels like.
As Bowie seems to have known his terminal cancer prognosis for much of the period of working on the show, there is a grave fascination to Lazarus.
A genuine lyric: “She’s a woman so gets treated unfairly / Ain’t nothing new motherf**ker she’s Hillary”
On the pop culture podcast this week: teen Doctor Who spin-off Class, true crime podcast In the Dark and Laurie Anderson's experimental musical film Heart of the Dog.
The formality and reticence of Zayn: The Official Autobiography – which doesn’t once mention his former One Direction bandmates by name – jars with the singer’s handwritten lyrics and online presence.
Across the political spectrum, the New Statesman introduces you to the personalities who shape our world. Where else would you find Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Blair and Theresa May in the same place?