Nicholas Gleaves, centre, in 'Light Shining in Buckinghamshire'
©Marc Brenner

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London — review

The 17th century-set play speaks to our own debates on nationhood

The Life of a Song

Metallica’s juggernaut of a song was founded on an inspired, or possessed, moment of insomnia
Billy Paul ©Michael Putland/Getty Images
This supremely worldly 1973 song about adultery has been covered by artists such as Amy Winehouse
Peter Eötvös

London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican, London — review

Peter Eötvös conducted a fitting tribute to Pierre Boulez

Noélani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite in 'Roméo et Juliette'
©Alice Blangero

Roméo et Juliette, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Coliseum, London — review

Jean-Christophe Maillot’s version diminishes the lovers’ tragedy

Detail from Francis Bacon's Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne
©Tate/Estate of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon and the old masters

A new show in Norwich pairs the painter with masterpieces from the Hermitage — and delights Jackie Wullschlager

TV in black and white

Shows made by people from minority backgrounds gain visibility

Portrait of Shirin Neshat in her studio in New York
©Tim Knox

Interview: Iranian artist Shirin Neshat

In exile from her home country, the multimedia artist has shows in Washington and Baku

‘Study for a Mural’ (c1951-1953), by Louis Khan
©Courtesy of the estate of the artist

Architectural drawings at Hauser & Wirth

Vibrant sketches from the greatest names of the 20th century

Leonardo’s preparatory study for ‘Adoration of the Magi’ (1481)
©Uffizi, Florence

‘Leonardo: Drawing the World’, Milan

The exhibition reveals an artist riveted by how the world works

'Three Tales' video opera
©Gillean Denny

Three Tales, Imax Cinema, Science Museum, London

Steve Reich and Beryl Korot tackle hubris with ‘video opera’

Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

What drives the dance is its pact with the music

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