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Thomas Ades and Crystal Pite's 'Polaris' at Sadler's Wells. © Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Ismene Brown’s best of dance in 2014

30 December 2014 11:49

As the revels of the year end, here are my best memories. I think new was the word: new names, and…

The highlight of the Christmas shows: Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl. Photo: Phil Conrad

The best (and worst) of ballet and dance over Christmas

19 December 2014 15:50

The Nutcracker, English National Ballet, until 4 Jan *** The Little Match Girl, Lilian Baylis Studio, until 4 Jan ***** Edward Scissorhands, Sadler’s Wells, until 11 Jan *** Alice’s…

Sergei Polunin, the brilliant wildcard who deserted the Royal Ballet, is trying his luck in Hollywood. Image: Bryan Adams for Zoo Magazine

In praise of #WorldBalletDay, Ivan Vasiliev and beautiful butts

8 October 2014 10:00

The Twittersphere never fails to surprise but it’s still hard to believe that last week #WorldBalletDay actually beat #HongKong and…


Is Anna Nicole’s absurd life worth our while? Not as much as Otello’s

15 September 2014 17:43

Otello ENO, in rep until 17 October Anna Nicole Royal Opera, in rep until 24 September So how did London’s…

Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna. Photo: Bill Cooper/Royal Opera House

Opera tickets are too cheap

31 March 2014 17:55

A revival of Anna Nicole will open the Royal Opera House new season, it was announced today. And students will be…

Tony Hall, the BBC director-general

Tony Hall’s new vision for BBC Arts: waffle, stale buns and chief execs

25 March 2014 13:48

I can’t remember the last time I turned to the BBC for cultural guidance. That’s not to say that the…


Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

20 September 2013 17:16

Yorkshire, says William Cook, is the sculpture capital of Britain. It was the birthplace of ‘Britain’s greatest sculptors, Barbara Hepworth…

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Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

13 July 2013 9:44

Deborah Ross reviews two films for us this week. The first is Pacific Rim, a ‘giant monsters v. giant robots’…

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Spectator Play: what’s worth – or not worth – watching, listening to or going to this weekend

3 May 2013 18:38

I’m So Excited is the latest offering from Pedro Almodóvar who, Deborah Ross says, she would usually love. But is…

Zambian-born journalist Alan Rusbridger,

Alan Rusbridger’s swan song

6 December 2012 12:04

Look out for Steerpike in this week’s Spectator — here is a taster of what Alan Rusbridger has been up…