Igor Toronyi-Lalic

Igor Toronyi-Lalic is editor of The Spectator's Culture House and Culture House Daily blog

The return of the What’s That Thing? Award for bad public art

16 March 2017 16:00

Wouldn’t it be nice, in these divided times, for humanity to have a common enemy – preferably an inanimate one. Welcome to the What’s…

Joan Rivers (1933 – 2014) was the best

5 September 2014 0:03

Joan Rivers has died from complications resulting from throat surgery. She was 81. For many, she was the best. The funniest, sharpest, most mischievous comic we…

Remember Richard Attenborough for his acting – not his directing

25 August 2014 12:44

Jurassic Park has a lot to answer for. When I was growing up, I was convinced Richard Attenborough was a…

If the Edinburgh Fringe thinks it’s fine to give in to bigots, I might have to give up on the Edinburgh Fringe

31 July 2014 15:38

When is a great international arts festival not a great international arts festival? When it can’t uphold even the most basic…

‘They started it!’ Joan Rivers weighs in on Gaza conflict

28 July 2014 13:44

With characteristic bluntness and admirable concision, Joan Rivers has offered her thoughts on the Israel-Hamas conflict: ‘Let me just tell…

Don’t knock Cool Britannia II – it’s a clever move by the Tories

30 June 2014 17:04

It sounds like a cruise liner, doesn’t it? The Cool Britannia II: stopping at Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and…

Is a Luis Suárez musical on the cards?

26 June 2014 13:29

For the moment we only have one genius song by Tom Rosenthal, Hey Luis Don’t Bite Me (hear it below), but surely…

Jeremy Paxman’s last Newsnight made me want to be sick

19 June 2014 14:12

Did you not threaten to overrule him, Paxman? Did you not threaten to overrule your editor when he told you…

The BBC’s music strategy is a shambles

17 June 2014 16:14

Tony Hall made some terrible music announcements yesterday. They come hot on the heels of some terrible arts announcements he…

Marina Abramović is no fraud – or no more so than any religious leader

17 June 2014 14:46

If art is the new religion, we were always going to end up here. With high priests, acolytes and ‘energy’.…

Why is the opera world so damn uptight?

12 June 2014 14:07

God, opera singers are touchy. You dare to analyse how they look, you dare to criticise the enormous subsidies they…

When The Spectator helped butcher Richard Strauss

11 June 2014 10:34

To be honest I’m not certain that Michael Nyman, The Spectator‘s music critic in the late 60s, was one of…

It’s not the job of the arts industry to get more ethnic minorities through its doors

10 June 2014 18:44

You’ve got to feel sorry for the arts world. Decades of self-imposed diversity drives and community outreach schemes and still…

The best of Rik Mayall (1958 – 2014), master of the grotesque

9 June 2014 17:27

Sad news reaches us at Culture House that Rik Mayall, one of the mainstays of my TV-addicted teenage years, has…

Let’s not stop at Maria Miller. Let’s get rid of the Department of Culture completely

9 April 2014 10:20

The arts world will not shed a tear at the news that Maria Miller has resigned. Though it was Jeremy…

Powder Her Face: Amanda Roocroft would never give a random bell-boy a blowjob

3 April 2014 18:44

Before we talk fellatio, let me get the boring, snide observations out of the way. It’s great to see the…

Remember what really bad, racist TV looked like? I give you London Live

1 April 2014 19:27

So Lebedev’s London Live has launched. And I don’t know about you but I’m hooked. I’d totally forgotten what really…

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…

Televising theatre and opera will not attract new audiences. It will repel them

28 March 2014 16:52

Always try to get the worst seats for the opera. Upper circle. Foyer. Toilet. The nearest bus stop. The further…

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…

The poetry and poignancy of the Consumer Prices Index

14 March 2014 9:39

Tufted carpets out, flavoured milk in. Canvas shoes in, take away coffee out. Last year we accepted spreadable butter, dropped…

Culture House Pick of the Week: Minogue, Mahler, Strauss and Johansson

10 March 2014 16:50

FILM: Under the Skin (dir. Jonathan Glazer)  Critics who saw it at the Venice Film Festival thought it either ‘laughably…

Politics trumps artistry at the Oscars — full list of winners

3 March 2014 7:37

There were two possibilities for the 86th Academy Awards, joked host Ellen DeGeneres, either ‘12 Years a Slave wins the…

Film-maker who divided critics dies aged 91

2 March 2014 15:02

One of the greats of French cinema, Alain Resnais (1922 – 2014), has died. His early films, Hiroshima Mon Amour…

Who will win best film at the Oscars? Here are the runners and riders.

2 March 2014 13:30

The Oscars dispenses its wisdom tonight. By tradition the award for the past year’s best film won’t go to the…