Television’s first King Lear

12th October 2016

Tonight RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcasts Gregory Doran's production of King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role. If we can achieve something of what we got in the second camera rehearsal yesterday, then I think it will more

My ‘Last Night’

8th October 2016

Tonight it's the Last Night of the Proms for me. I know most people celebrated this oddly English and - especially in the current climate - deeply contradictory occasion a month ago. But for me Saturday 8 October is the more

Sunday links

14th August 2016

Links as usual to articles that I have found interesting or stimulating over the past seven days. Thanks as ever to those who have pointed me towards some of them, via Twitter and in other ways, and apologies for the absence of appropriate name-checks. • 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