An intimate and elegant reflection on the life of author-illustrator Maurice Sendak by playwright Tony Kushner appears in the Guardian today.
Luke Jennings offers an intriguing dissection of the Bolshoi-Mikhailovsky rivalries in his article Who’s pulling the strings in Russia’s ballet revolution?
A neat reflection on the so-called director’s theatre from my friend Michael Billington appears in today’s Guardian.
Hari Kunzru writes a brief history of postmodernism in The Guardian ahead of a new V&A exhibition. Meanwhile, Jonathan Glancey meets Frank Gehry to discuss his first New York skyscraper. Finally, a video of Zara Hadid’s breathtaking new opera house in Guangzhou China is well worth a look (unless you’re a Cardiff-based opera lover!)
Stephen Sondheim asks ‘Who needs critics?’ in this Guardian feature.
A selection of Guardian features from the past few months. Two disheartening appeals for writers suffering at the hands of a collapsing publishing industry: Are books dead, and can authors survive? and Is Tony Kushner right that writing plays is a mug’s game?. Plus one article nostalgic for verse plays: Plays in verse were all the rage, but why are they missing from the stage?
The reopening of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre is worth celebrating, so believes this article in the Guardian.
An altogether unsurprising Guardian story today looks at the dubious contracts taken on by London’s top public relations agencies. PR firms make London world capital of reputation laundering. See Stephen Fry in BBC comedy masterpiece Absolute Power.
Today the Guardian previews Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre’s book of photography chronicling the deterioration of Michigan, Detroit in Ruins.
Two unforgettable scenes from the master of mise en scène, Philippe Genty.
London critic Michael Billington discusses the more robust aspects of Tennessee Williams in today’s Guardian article entitled The quiet revolutionary.
Judith Mackrell finds out how UK dance companies and choreographers are celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in her Guardian article today: A century of sensation.
Imogen Russell Williams offers her thoughts about operatic acting in her Guardian blog Never mind the arias, what about the acting?
Michael Billington considers the virtues of the great Shakespearean performer in the Guardian today in his feature First among equals.
A bittersweet history of the National Ballet of China appears in The Telegraph today.
Can dance ever be too sexy for art? is an acutely observed article from Guardian dance critic Judith Mackrell about the presentation and promotion of sexuality in dance.
David Jays went on a five-week tour of Asian with the Royal Ballet. His article The Royal Ballet’s Asian tour is a great lesson in cultural diplomacy appears in The Times today.
The Sydney Morning Herald reveals a posthumous interview with former Royal Ballet artistic director Ross Stretton in Ballet’s wild colonial stings from the grave.
Deborah Jones writes in The Australian today about two Ballet Russes legends living in Australia – Irina Baranova and Anna Volkova. Read Dancers still hold audience spellbound.
An interview with Gore Vidal to coincide with his appearance at this year’s Brighton Festival. Gore Vidal: Literary feuds, his ‘vicious’ mother and rumours of a secret love child appeared in The New Review (25 May 2008).
Jon Henley and a handful of European writers and thinkers contemplate the demise of the semicolon in an amusing feature, The end of the line? (The Guardian, 4 April 2008).
Deborah Jones examines the impact of the musical on theatre worldwide in her Weekend Australian article The genius of Broadway (15 March 2008).
Today the Scotsman reviews Laurence Bergreen’s detailed book, Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, a dissection of the accounts of 13th century China recorded by history’s most famous adventurer.
Pointe taken is a cheeky peek into the life of dance legend Sylvie Guillem, which appeared in Australian Vogue (December 2007).
Jay Rayner considers why contemporary playwrights are mostly drawn to the left in the The Observer today (11 November 2007), asking Why is nobody doing the right thing?
International authors and Harry Potter fans share their hypothetical scenarios for J. K. Rowling’s final Hogwarts adventure in I throw away my specs (Guardian, 21 July 2007).
A dated but interesting feature in which London’s chief newspaper critics of the time articulate the aims and motivations behind their role. The most powerful people in theatre? was published in Theatregoer magazine.
Gore Vidal discusses his controversial comments regarding Timothy McVeigh (aka the Oklahoma City Bomber) in The meaning of Timothy McVeigh (Vanity Fair, September 2001).
In Praised and confused in the Guardian today Charlotte Higgins interviews actor Mark Rylance about the difficulties he had during his 10 years as artistic director of London’s Globe Theatre.
Sylvie’s wake-up call by Ismene Brown is an astute and splendidly compiled interview with the ever articulate Sylvie Guillem in the Daily Telegraph.