Jamie Parker, third from right, and the cast of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — ‘Thrilling’

The boy wizard grows up and moves to the stage

The Life of a Song

Bob Dylan ©Getty
The song threw open the possibilities for pop lyrics and kicked off the folk-rock boom
Aretha Franklin, c1972 ©Getty Images
The one-size-fits-all spiritual began as a redemption hymn composed by a slaver
Paul Appleby and Stéphanie d’Oustrac. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
©Richard Hubert Smith

Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, West Sussex, UK — review

A fine cast salvages wit and humanity from Berlioz’s opera

Afro-Puerto Rican troupe Bombazo perform at Hearst Plaza. Photo: Darial R Sneed
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Global Beat of The Bronx, New York: ‘Vivid’

West African drums and Afro-Puerto Rican dance foreshadowing hip-hop

Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon at the SXSW festival earlier this year. Photo: Rahav Segev/Getty
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Sun Kil Moon, RFH, London — ‘Compelling’

Mark Kozelek’s downbeat monologues are cumulatively hypnotic

Still from Bruce Conner's 'Crossroads' (1976)

Bruce Conner: It’s All True, Museum of Modern Art, New York — review

MoMA’s show celebrates a complicated genius

Pascal Rénéric in 'Le Bourgeois gentilhomme'. Photo: Pascal Victor
©Pascal Victor

Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Lincoln Center Festival, New York — review

As weird and wonderful as when it was first performed

‘Triptych — Studies of the Human Body’ (1970)
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Francis Bacon at Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

Jackie Wullschlager on ‘the last great European Modernist’

©Will Wilkinson

Larmer Tree Festival: frontier spirit

This year’s acts embraced a multiplicity of styles — but the issue of borders provided a common thread

The strange case of JT LeRoy probed on film

The relationship between author and persona is unpicked in a new documentary

‘Mobile’ features Kylie Walsh as a woman telling her story to eight audience members inside a caravan
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Latitude Festival: a little more conversation

Beyond the headline music acts were more than 300 events in the festival’s more intimate pockets

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