The Philadelphia Story

Despite the fact that, out of its six nominations, only James Stewart and Screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart actually took home Oscars, The Philadelphia Story is unquestionably Katherine Hepburn’s film. Whilst she was already a big name who had an academy award under her belt, a string of commercial failures had...

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Rubens and His Legacy

Rubens and His Legacy Royal Academy Until 10 April 2015 Admission £16.50 www.royalacademy.org.uk When my children were little, they used to spend hours peering at a series of books called Where’s Wally? They are mostly grown-up now, but had they visited this big and blowsy exhibition at the RA, they...

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Inherent Vice

In his early directorial career around Boogie Nights and Magnolia, Paul Thomas Anderson was held up as the successor to Robert Altman. This changed when he unleashed 2007’s There Will Be Blood, a brooding masterpiece starring Daniel Day Lewis in an Oscar winning performance as a feral and misanthropic oil...

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The Parthenon Marbles

It is no coincidence that the monumental south entrance to the British Museum, with its octastyle portico, steps and fluted Ionic columns, bears more than a passing resemblance to the Parthenon in the Acropolis, with its eight fluted Pentelic marble Doric columns on which sits a pediment, containing various pieces...

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The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studios

When the old Whitehall Theatre was transformed into the Trafalgar Studios in 2004, they must have left some residue of grease paint and powder in a dusty corner of Brian Rix’s dressing room, as Jamie Lloyd has directed a revival of Peter Barnes’s ‘baroque comedy’ The Ruling Class as an...

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Olympia International Arts & Antiques Fair reschedules run

The 2015 edition of Olympia International Arts & Antiques Fair will run at the later date of 18 – 28 June, coinciding with a host of important cultural events in London. This significant date change consolidates the capital’s influential position as the hub of the global art world during late June and...

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Statute: Winston Churchill

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, held by many to be not only one of the greatest British leaders but one of the greatest British citizens of all time.  A multifaceted man who still inspires debate and controversy to this day, he will always be...

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Brian Blessed collapses on stage playing King Lear.

Actor Brian Blessed, perhaps best remembered for his roles in Z-Cars and Flash Gordon, collapsed on stage playing King Lear, then returned 20 minutes later. The 78 year old was delivering the opening lines of the play when he fainted and fell from a raised platform. The Daily Mail’s Quentin Letts reported...

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Artistic publisher TASCHEN announce January sales

Luxury publisher TASCHEN has announced today its warehouse super sale. From January 22nd to 25th there are 50 to 75% discounts available in all TASCHEN stores worldwide. That a minimum of half-price on titles spanning cutting-edge design, photography and unearthed historical treasures.   The London store in Duke of York’s...

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Tomorrow’s World on West Cromwell Road

“Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.” Le Corbusier understood the importance of our everyday relationship with architecture as few others have. Architecture, not only as shelter from the elements, but also as...

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