Kate Duchêne and Paul Hilton in ‘The Cherry Orchard’ at the Young Vic
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The Cherry Orchard/Uncle Vanya, Young Vic/St James Theatre, London – review

Two productions that draw out Chekhov’s contemporary resonances

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Rocío Molina in 'Bosque Ardora'
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Rocío Molina, Barbican, London – review

The flamenco dancer enters – and conquers – a new world

Basil Twist's 'The Rite of Spring'
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Basil Twist, White Light Festival, New York

A puppeteer takes on Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’

Anna Prohaska in ‘Die Entführung aus dem Serail’
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Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Paris Opera (Garnier) – review

A disappointing debut production from Zabou Breitman

Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall, London – review

Dynamic, dramatic recitals of Schubert and Beethoven

Self-Portrait with Two Circles by Rembrandt
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Simon Schama on Rembrandt

The late masterpieces on show at London’s National Gallery are products of a difficult time for the artist

Neil Diamond
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Interview: Neil Diamond

At 73 and with a new album, the singer-songwriter talks of his path to becoming one of pop’s great entertainers

Hannes Langolf in DV8’s ‘JOHN’
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DV8: dancing out the devil within

The controversial company has sparked its share of anger over 28 years

Jacques Tati, with his signature pipe, in ‘Mon Oncle’ (1958)

Waiting for Monsieur Hulot

As France’s comic genius gets a BFI season, Ian Thomson looks back at the films of Jacques Tati

Michelle Terry
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‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’/’Love’s Labour’s Won’, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – review

Simon Higlett’s set design, especially in the first part of this diptych, conjures an Oxbridge college