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, 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)
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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

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