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Katherine Rundell’s essay is a brilliantly smart and engaging defence of the importance of children’s literature for all readers, of all ages, writes our arts contributor Jo Hemmings.
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Matthew White and Bill Deamer successfully revive Sandy Wilson’s 1950s hit musical, The Boy Friend, about a group of young women at a finishing school in the French Riviera.
Read More “Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend, at the Menier Chocolate Factory”
The wonderfully witty improv comedy troupe returns to the Fortune Theatre, but how will Austentatious be received by our Austen super-fan and theatre critic, Jo Hemmings?
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Laura Wade’s witty theatrical rewrite of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, The Watsons, comments on female authorship, agency and joyfully sends up actors, writers and pseudo-intellectualism.
Read More “Jane Austen’s The Watsons at the Menier Chocolate Factory”
Following the ambitions of several talented teens in a New York performing arts school, Fame – the original 80s musical – is still electric with energy in its thirtieth year, writes our theatre critic Jo Hemmings.
Read More “Fame at the Peacock Theatre, London”
Tara Overfield-Wilkinson’s revival of Falsettos, the Tony award-winning musical about an unconventional New York Jewish family, is a worthy and emotionally powerful production, writes our theatre critic Jo Hemmings.
Read More “Falsettos at The Other Palace Theatre”
Tate’s latest exhibition, Van Gogh and Britain, reveals the extent to which the artist was inspired by British culture and in turn, influenced it. In her review, Jo Hemmings asks why we’re still captivated by Van Gogh and his work.
Read More “The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain”
A dinner party brings together five iconic female figures from history and myth in Caryl Churchill’s famous play, Top Girls. Our arts contributor, Jo Hemmings, reviews the National Theatre’s latest revival of Churchill’s feminist classic.
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The National Theatre’s revival of Sondheim’s Follies is a shining example of what musical theatre at its very best can offer, writes our arts contributor Jo Hemmings.
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Our contributor, Jo Hemmings, glimpses ancient grandeur, the story of Gilgamesh and a King who loved to hunt lions in the British Museum’s latest show, I am Ashurbanipal.
Read More “I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria at the British Museum”