When Ziggy Played Guitar – review
By Yo Zushi - 18 July 16:44

Hero-worshipping David Bowie.

Sir Simon Rattle
Music as Alchemy - review
By Suzy Klein - 18 July 16:39

The age of the super conductor.

Obi Abili at the Criterion theatre
Actors over athletes
By Anna Lezard - 18 July 11:35

Beneath the Cultural Olympiad, the Criterion theatre will show the funny side of the Olympics in two new plays.

A Doll's House, The Young Vic
A Doll's House - review
By Sophie Cohen - 16 July 16:59

Sexuality and sacrifice in a new production of Ibsen's play.

Classical music should be about more than elite parties and private schools
By Andrew Mellor - 15 July 11:04

Exclusion in the classical music world stretches far beyond race.

TROSP Orchestra
The death of the concert hall
By En Liang Khong - 12 July 17:24

John Adams’s epic Harmonielehre is being re-imagined in a multi-storey car park.

I was never a full-throttle punk but how I loved the scene’s brief chaos
By Jo Brand - 11 July 16:44

Notes from a Pathetically Uncommitted Punk

Eva-Marie Westbrook as Dido and Brian Hymel as Aeneas in Les Troyens.
Les Troyens - review
By James Naughtie - 11 July 14:48

Ambitious storytelling is vital to our culture, writes James Naughtie

Too cool
By Francis Newton - 04 July 15:30

Jazz in the 1950s produced few musicians of stature.

A fine romance
By Christopher Reid - 04 July 13:07

I came late to jazz but when I listen to it now, I can travel to another dimension.

Poetry Parnassus, a gathering of poets from every Olympic nation
Poetry Parnassus: "This global chorus"
By Alice Gribbin - 03 July 12:44

An audacious celebration at the Southbank Centre.

Review: Le Nozze di Figaro
By Alexandra Coghlan - 03 July 10:22

Michael Grandage's Figaro settles into drawing-room farce

Baaba Maal
Baaba Maal, voice of the people
By Charlotte Simmonds - 29 June 15:51

The Senegalese musician's “Africa Utopia” festival puts a positive vision of the continent centre stage.

Johnny Marr on the cover of The Word in 2007
The Word magazine shuts down after nine years
By Joe Derry-Malone - 29 June 10:29

"The Word - a magazine, a website, a podcast, a way of life."

"The many moods of Marilyn, à la Andy Warhol": a poem by John Kinsella
By John Kinsella - 27 June 12:45

1.
Solemn as stony
enclaves closed with evening;
late light lingering.

2.
Your eyes adjusting
to her eyes so accustomed
to ideas of night.

3.
So! Razzle-dazzle
spotlight enfilade colour
splash in the tabloids.

The Last of the Haussmans - review
By Andrew Billen - 27 June 12:08

Andrew Billen is impressed by Julie Walters as a hedonistic old junkie

Michael Frayn
Review: Democracy
By Sophie Cohen - 25 June 9:52

A revival of Michael Frayn's dissection of cold war politics.

Tracy Gillman, Hywel Morgan and John Hodgkinson
Review: A Walk on Part
By Emily Wight - 22 June 15:12

Stage adaptation of Chirs Mullin's diary is visionary, worrisome and totally endearing.

One Man, Two Guvnors
Posh panto: One Man Two Guvnors
By Gina Allum - 19 June 11:09

Our theatre blogger goes to see what the fuss is all about.

Standing up for Burma
By Helen Lewis - 13 June 16:49

Zarganar, the Burmese comedian, and Rambo IV.

The NS Interview: Yukio Ninagawa, theatre director
By Yo Zushi - 13 June 16:30

“Forks in the road come suddenly. I take the dangerous route”

New Statesman
Tooth and claw
By Alexandra Coghlan - 06 June 17:16

Alexandra Coghlan enjoys two operas wrestling with the follies of old age.

New Statesman
Tooth and Claw
By Alexandra Coghlan - 30 May 15:36

Alexandra Coghlan enjoys two operas wrestling with the follies of old age.

"I'm younger than that now": Dylan on ageing
By Yo Zushi - 24 May 17:13

A top-five list of his lyrics on growing old, to celebrate his 71st birthday.

New Statesman
Entirely bare: Sacha Baron Cohen
By Alice Gribbin - 18 May 12:51

The comedian's first-ever British interview as himself.

New Statesman
Donna Summer dies, age 63
By Alice Gribbin - 17 May 18:01

The "Queen of Disco" has died of cancer.

Review: Babel
By Miriam Gillinson - 16 May 16:35

Thank God the Brits love queueing in the rain. The preamble to Babel feels a lot like Wimbledon, as an audience of nearly 1,000 waits outside a sodden Caledonian Park in London. Unfortunately, just like poor old Tim Henman and Andy Murray, Babel fails to live up to the hype.

"I'm an old lion" Profile: Harrison Birtwistle
By Alexandra Coghlan - 16 May 15:26

“I find composing is either completely impossible or too easy – it’s never just running on the flat.” At 78, Harrison Birtwistle may have

New Statesman
Review: Love, Love, Love
By Andrew Billen - 09 May 17:52

Andrew Billen is engaged by a monstrous couple born at the right time.

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