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Peterloo film brings a class revolt to life

18 October 2018
Watching Mike Leigh's film makes you feel like you were actually there on the day the massacre took place in Manchester in 1819.

Modern Couples’ relationships influence artistic work

16 October 2018
Over 80 artists’ work from the early 20th century are collected here. They were each in relationships with at least one other featured artist.

History of making things skips over some inconvenient truths

16 October 2018
A new six-part series on the BBC looks at the history of manufacturing in Britain. It glosses over the crucial dynamic—class, argues?Blythe Taylor

Reviews round-up: The Burning Tower

25 September 2018
Burning Tower makes a case for investment in social housing.

The Captain film points a finger at trappings of authority

25 September 2018
It’s two weeks before the end of the Second World War and the German army is disintegrating.

Shakespearean roles turned on head in Queen Margaret

25 September 2018
Gender roles and how they shape society are explored in an innovative new play set in the world of William Shakespeare’s plays, says Pat Clinton

Inspiring anti-racist message from 1978

11 September 2018
The Northern Carnival against the Nazis—a rally and concert held on 15 July 1978 in Moss Side, Manchester—was a defining moment in establishing anti-racism in the city and beyond.

The Seagull can't rise above period drama convention

11 September 2018
Anton Chekov made his name casting a critical eye on the Russian middle class in the twilight years of Tsarist rule.

Dissent reinterpreted in new exhibition curated by Hislop

11 September 2018
Powerful pieces are on display at British Museum’s latest big show but its eclecticism means their context is lacking, argues Hassan Mahamdallie

Reason in Revolt

14 August 2018
“Revolutions would be a lot more successful if we could make them with the people of the future, not the flawed, self-centred specimens we have now,” says Bolshevik soldier Pavel in Alan Gibbons’s fictional account of the Russian Revolution.

Twisted images of a shattered society

14 August 2018
The term “magical realism” is today generally used to describe a form of literature and is strongly associated with writers in South America.

The importance of politics for the art of Orson Welles

14 August 2018
Mark Cousins’ documentary The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of the filmmaker. He spoke to Simon Basketter about his work and how Welles still resonates today

Edinburgh offers a festival feast of elevating theatre

31 July 2018
Theatre critic Mark Brown offers a guide to the forthcoming Edinburgh Festival—including spectacle, solo performances, Shakespeare and comedy

An analogue hangover or a contemporary triumph?

31 July 2018
If you are in London this summer it is worth dropping in to Somerset House to an exhibition paying homage to magazines—Print! Tearing it up.

Richter’s techniques show seamless transition between artistic mediums

23 July 2018
If you are in Southampton before 18 August, make your way to the John Hansard Gallery to see this free Gerhard Richter exhibition.

A stylish tribute to Glasgow’s Mackintosh

23 July 2018
A new exhibition displays Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work. Dave Sherry looks at the life of the artist who defined Glasgow’s unique look

When the American Dream turned into a nightmare

17 July 2018
The Lehman Trilogy is a three-hour, three-person play that tells the story of the rise and fall of US banking giant Lehman Brothers.

In the Fade is a complex story of racism

26 June 2018
In the Fade is a film filled with raw emotion. It gives a sensitive and realistic portrayal of Islamophobia and its consequences for the main character, Katja.

Wilde is the tragic prince in new film about his final years

22 June 2018
A new release about the life of Oscar Wilde is testament to his wit and an attack on the callousness of the British ruling class, writes?Alistair Farrow

Beat Positive

22 June 2018
In 1987, while British pop music was dominated by the coma-inducing sounds of Rick Astley and Shakin’ Stevens, hip hop was getting busy planning global domination.

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