Opera (and more) online

29th July 2016

On Wednesday the Guardian reported that the Edinburgh Festival was offering a refund to opera lovers who had purchased tickets for Christophe Honoré’s production of Così fan tutte (above). First seen at Aix-en-Provence earlier this month, the production is apparently a “provocative more

Monarchy on screen – free!

15th July 2016

Academic open access publishing is a complex issue but developments in the field mean that an increasing number of titles are available as freely downloadable e-books. I think one of the services that this blog can provide is highlighting a different volume each week, more

Natalia Osipova at Sadler’s Wells

9th July 2016

A week ago we were thrilled to record for Sky Arts Natalia Osipova's trio of new contemporary dances at Sadler’s Wells. Osipova was joined on stage for two of the pieces by Sergei Polunin, which was the first time that they have danced together in the UK. The programme more

The Wars of the Roses – grrrr!

1st July 2016

We have discovered that a number of the first box sets of The Wars of the Roses include mis-labelled discs. This is especially disappointing for us given how much effort has gone into their production. The duplication facility has ackowledged their more

The Wars of the Roses released

28th June 2016

A nation split in two, bitter struggles over national identity and the country's relationship with Europe, factional fighting for control of the ruling party, roiling discontent barely suppressed in the streets... This is England in 2016, perhaps, and most certainly England more

A good end for ‘The Good Wife’

25th June 2016

DO NOT READ THIS POST (OR LOOK AT IMAGE ABOVE) IF YOU INTEND TO WATCH THE GOOD WIFE S7 E22. My chosen method of coping with the hideous, disastrous events of Friday was not to resort to alcohol or other mind-numbing substance, more

The King and President Nixon

22nd June 2016

Linda Zuck writes: Friday sees the release in the UK of Elvis and Nixon. Starring Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey, practiced presidential impersonator, as Nixon, the film is the truly bizarre story of the day in December more