Royal Academy Summer Show

Royal Academy Summer Show

Grayson Perry is everywhere. He is in the Summer Exhibition with two pieces, a glazed ceramic piece entitled Stupid White Thing and a woodcut called Selfie with political causes, in an edition of 12 and priced at £51,600 each. He was hosting a tour of the exhibition at the press view, flouncing through the galleries in...

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Brains vs beauty: Love Island special

Brains vs beauty: Love Island special

Love Island has been the talk of the masses since it started two weeks ago. The show aims to help contestants find love, with the winning couple winning £50,000. When money is involved in a show attempting to help people find love, it is slightly concerning. It defies the main...

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High-Rise

High-Rise

“Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.” – High Rise, Chapter One. Every writer longs to at one point have their name become an adjective....

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Review: Finishing the Picture

Review: Finishing the Picture

Arthur Miller’s Finishing the Picture, the final play before his death, is a brutal self-examination into the playwright’s marriage to one of the world’s most iconic figures, Marilyn Monroe. The play centres on persuading Kitty, Monroe in all-but-name, to finish the film’s production that is five weeks overdue. We never...

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Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Chelsea Flower Show 2018

I f it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, is an old adage. Because it makes garden shed-loads of money for the RHS with record attendances and exhibitors’ fees, raises the profile of corporate investment businesses and provides hour upon hour of television coverage on the BBC, it should be left...

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ABRSM and St Pancras Station unite to create a Make Music Day medley to bring cheer to commuters

ABRSM and St Pancras Station unite to create a Make Music Day medley to bring cheer to commuters

To celebrate Make Music Day, taking place on Thursday 21 June, ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) will be joining forces with St Pancras Station to bring some musical cheer to commuters. Make Music Day is an annual celebration of music around the globe. This year, following...

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The Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts

Redevelopment of Burlington Gardens The RA has always been pretty pleased with itself. Now, having spent £56m expanding into what was the Museum of Mankind, and increasing its size by 70%, it could writhe with insufferable smugness. We are told that there will be free areas to which the public...

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Badajoz Carnival

Badajoz Carnival

Unbeknownst to many is the plucky province of Badajoz that sits snuggly next to Portugal inside the south-west border of Spain. Its eponymous capital is steeped in a rich history of conquest, culture and creativity, the latter of which goes on full display during the Badajoz Carnival in February. Originally...

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Guys and Dolls! at the Royal Albert Hall

Guys and Dolls! at the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall rolls the dice this October with a semi-staged version of the classic musical comedy, Guys and Dolls, directed and choreographed by two-time Olivier Award-winner, Stephen Mear. This sizzling, New York tale of gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers – plus one missionary – features some of Broadway’s greatest show-stoppers, including ‘Luck...

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Hay Festival: Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Hay Festival: Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez

On May 30th, the Instituto Cervantes in partnership with MacLehose Press and the British Library held an event during the Hay Festival in which acclaimed authors Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vásquez spoke to a fully packed venue about their work as well as the history and current state of...

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