Makram J. Khoury as Shylock and Gwilym Lloyd as Tubal in 'The Merchant of Venice'
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The Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK — review

Polly Findlay’s production shows a hollow Shylock in a cold world

The Life of a Song

As it was, the song written by Burt Bacharach was a gift for every easy-listening singer on the planet
Procol Harum, c1970 ©Getty
The song’s complicated history stretches all the way from Bach to the House of Lords

Poliuto, Glyndebourne, East Sussex, UK — review

Donizetti’s rarely-seen opera comes across as gloomy and formulaic

Tatsuya Fujiwara, centre, as Hamlet
©Takahiro Watanbe

Hamlet, Barbican, London — review

Yukio Ninagawa’s visually sumptuous staging justaposes east and west, tradition and rebellion

The cast of ‘Youth’ (left to right: Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, director Paolo Sorrentino and Rachel Weisz
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Cannes Film Festival

The FT’s film critic on the contradictions, surprises and disappointments of 2015’s showcase event

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates — artist or activist?

One of the contemporary scene’s hottest figures talks about social practice art

Algerian Singer Souad Massi performs during the 13th Mawazine World Rhythms international Music Festival in Rabat June 5, 2014
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Souad Massi’s homage to Arabic poetry

The singer talks about the inspiration she finds in the golden age of poet-scholars

David Hockney’s ‘Perspective Should Be Reversed’ (2014)
©Courtesy of David Hockney/Richard Schmidt

David Hockney: twisted perspective

How the artist combines photographs and ‘painterly’ computer touches to replicate the way we see

Ellie Piercy with Daniel Crossley in 'As You Like It"
©Simon Kane

‘As You Like It’, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Michelle Terry as Rosalind gets to play with that double-whammy gender-bend

Sheila Vand in ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — film review

Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut film is clever, cool — and funny

Britt Robertson and George Clooney in 'Tomorrowland'

Tomorrowland — film review

Brad Bird’s live-action sci-fi romp is whizzy but muddled