Charles Rennie Mackintosh's drawing of his Martyrs’ School, Glasgow
©The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

Mackintosh Architecture, Riba, London — review

A stripped-down show focuses on Mackintosh’s drawings of buildings

The Life of a Song

Scene from 'Shrek'
In an age of artistic credibility, The Monkees were unashamedly plastic, the original manufactured boy band
John Bonham in 1972 ©Getty Images
Like a fair amount of Led Zeppelin’s material, the song had its origins in the American blues, an old tune of 1929
'The Dancing Master'
©Clive Barda

The Dancing Master, Guildhall School of Music, London — review

Malcolm Arnold’s work is staged as part of a zany double bill

Renato Guttuso: 'Still Life with Skull and Lamp'
©Galleria d'Arte, Maggiore

Renato Guttuso: Painter of Modern Life, The Estorick Collection, London — review

A London show fails to engage with the Sicilian artist’s politics

Thomas Eakins’ ‘William Rush Carving His Allegorical Figure of the Schuylkill River’ (1876-7)

In the Studio, Gagosian Gallery, New York — review

Twin exhibitions explore the vast theme of artists’ workspaces

‘Gianni Schicchi’
©Monika Ritterhaus

Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi/Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Komische Oper Berlin — review

Lewd humour and cheap thrills undermine masterful scores

Benedict Nelson as Giovanni
©Donald Cooper

Giovanni, The Vaults, Waterloo, London — review

Silent Opera’s production sacrifices drama for gimmickry

Noah Stewart and Julia Bullock in ‘The Indian Queen’.
©Richard Hubert Smith

The Indian Queen, Coliseum, London — review

A retelling of Purcell’s semi-opera is badly in need of an edit

Father John Misty on stage at Village Underground
©Gus Stewart/Getty

Father John Misty, Village Underground, London — review

Joshua Tillman’s performance is an extravagant courtship display

Mark Rylance in 'Farinelli and the King'
©Marc Brenner

Farinelli and the King, Shakespeare’s Globe (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), London — review

Mark Rylance’s King Philippe V finds affinity with a castrato

Detail. Sandro Botticelli. ‘Cristoforo Landino presents his Disputationes Camaldulensesto Federico da Montefeltro’
©Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica

The Ottomans in Renaissance art

European images of the Ottomans offer a revealing insight into how the all-conquering empire was perceived in the west