Oases of retreat across England

Oases of retreat across England

    Shallowford House, a Christian Retreat Centre in Staffordshire. The 19th Century building, which was originally a private home, has extended its invitation to all people, having once been the centre for clergy and parishioners from the Lichfield Diocese. The house is easily accessible by train or the M6, and is set within five […]

Review: Shrek: The Musical

Review: Shrek: The Musical

  By Peter May **** It’s been three years since everybody’s favourite jolly green ogre packed up his bags in the West End to make room for Willy Wonka on Drury Lane. This time he returns as part of a UK & Ireland tour. I couldn’t see any evidence for this elaborate theatrical spectacle being […]

Art highlights for the year ahead

Art highlights for the year ahead

  By Brian Cooper From Caravaggio’s classic idiom to Conceptual constructions, Dutch Golden Age paintings, and Monet’s visions of lovely gardens to Giorgione’s Venice, Delacroix’s revolutionary vision and Paul Nash’s surreal British landscapes, major art shows scheduled for 2016 promise a rich diversity of aesthetic and intellectual satisfaction. National Gallery opens with 60 works of […]

Art highlights for the year ahead

Art highlights for the year ahead

By Brian Cooper From Caravaggio’s classic idiom to Conceptual constructions, Dutch Golden Age paintings, and Monet’s visions of lovely gardens to Giorgione’s Venice, Delacroix’s revolutionary vision and Paul Nash’s surreal British landscapes, major art shows scheduled for 2016 promise a rich diversity of aesthetic and intellectual satisfaction. National Gallery opens with 60 works of Eugene […]

Review: A good old-fashioned panto

Review: A good old-fashioned panto

Dick Whittington & His Cat  *** By Peter May    It has taken 150 years for Europe’s oldest music hall to put on its first pantomime, and it’s all thanks to veteran actor Roy Hudd who managed to make it happen just in time for the festive season. Hudd infact wrote this version of the famous tale and takes the lead […]

Contrasting Images – Goya, Giacometti and Pop

Contrasting Images – Goya, Giacometti and Pop

    Fascinatingly contrasting portraiture styles are on show at National Gallery’s ‘Goya: The Portraits’ and National Portrait Gallery ‘Giacometti Pure Presence’ exhibitions, both running to 10 January 2016. Seventy works by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes [1746-1828] – almost half his surviving genre – splendidly showcase his classical Grand Manner style, re-affirming his portraiture […]

Celebrating Celtic Art

Celebrating Celtic Art

Celts: Art and Identity Exhibition at British Museum until 31 January 2016   Towering field crosses, weird statues from 5th-century BC Germany, striking bronze flagons from France, the Iron Age ‘Battersea Shield’ found in the Thames, intricately wrought gold jewellery, horned helmets and mediaeval illuminated Gospels are among the splendid array of significant treasures featured […]

Ai Weiwei: Art for Human Rights

Ai Weiwei: Art for Human Rights

Three thousand plastic-looking porcelain crabs, marble statuettes of surveillance camera and video recorder, hundreds of steel rods straightened after being contorted by seismic forces, furniture attached Magritte-like to walls, a dark block of compressed tea, a bricked-up door – such are the strikingly memorable works of Ai Weiwei, Chinese dissident, human rights activist – and […]

Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

★★★★ By Peter May Another week, another touring West End hit has arrived in the South West London suburbs, this time we are transported to the French Riviera for the 1988 musical comedy of the same name. Written by David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane, it tells the funny story involving two conmen Lawrence and Freddy, […]

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