‘Zulma’ (1950) by Henri Matisse
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Matisse: The Cut-outs

Tate Modern’s new show of the artist’s late works is a visually stunning triumph, writes Jackie Wullschlager

Culture columns

‘If the femme fatale indicates female power, then the present age isn’t doing too well’
‘Research may disprove what we think we know but artists are used to living with risk’
©Morne van Zyl and Brett Bailey

A dictator for all seasons

Verdi in 90 minutes; ‘Macbeth’ in the Congo: director talks about his unusual postcolonial vision

Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester in ‘Of Mice and Men’

Of Mice and Men, Longacre Theatre, New York

The signature themes of John Steinbeck’s novel – the loneliness of the migrant worker, the yearning for land of one’s own – have not abated

Michael Slattery as the Madwoman in ‘Curlew River’

France’s festival of Britten

The composer’s music resonates far and wide in Lyon

Detail from an untitled work by Sigmar Polke
©Alex Jamison

Labyrinth of excess

The startlingly diverse career of Sigmar Polke, Germany’s ‘Warhol with politics’, is dragged into focus at MoMA in New York

Elbow's Guy Garvey on stage at the O2 Arena, London
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Elbow, O2 Arena, London

There were warning signs amid the band’s customary excellence

The Roaring Girl, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The season takes its name from Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker’s Jacobean comedy (c1610) centred on Moll Cutpurse

Tom Hardy in 'Locke'

Film review – Locke

One man in his car makes for very exciting cinema

Ciarán Hinds in 'The Sea'

Film review – The Sea

An atmospheric screen rendering of John Banville’s novel

From left, Mira Barkhammer, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne in 'We Are the Best!'

Film review – We Are the Best!

Stockholm girls form a punk band in Lukas Moodysson’s new film