Edward Armitage's 'Retribution'
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‘Artist & Empire’ at Tate Britain

A survey of art made in response to empire reflects national pride — and a legacy of lingering ambivalence, writes Maya Jaggi

The Life of a Song

The record of ‘Walk on the Wild Side’
Despite references to sex and drugs, the Lou Reed tune slipped past the censors and became a hit
Bob Dylan backstage at the Manchester Free Trade Hall concert in 1966 ©Redferns
Bob Dylan’s tumbling, cascading 1965 hit was originally written as a vengeful stream of ‘vomit’ directed at an antagonist
Writer-director Jill Soloway
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Interview: ‘Transparent’ creator Jill Soloway

The Amazon TV series has won acclaim for its handling of transgender issues — but its director says her work isn’t done

Théo Touvet (in wheel) in ‘Les Glaciers grondants’
©Pascal Victor

Staging climate change

A theatre festival is set to coincide with the COP21 conference — but does science make good drama?

The opera version from composer Will Todd
©Alex Brenner

The curious appeal of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Why is the classical world still in love with the 19th-century novel? Hannah Nepil listens to 13 new works by 13 contemporary composers

Gary Kemp as Teddy in ‘The Homecoming’
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The Homecoming, Trafalgar Studios, London

Staged with deliberately macho swagger, the family drama emerges as a study of territorial powerplay in an all-male household

James Garnon as Pericles and Jessica Baglow as Marina
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Pericles, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Outgoing Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole stages a revival

From left, Billy Magnussen, Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks in 'Bridge of Spies'

Bridge of Spies — film review: ‘Suspense and wit’

Tom Hanks stars in Spielberg’s flawed but thrilling cold war tale

Cate Blanchett in 'Carol'

Carol — film review: ‘Gorgeous, beguiling’

Impeccable acting and heavenly visuals in Todd Haynes’s romance

Rory Cochrane and Johnny Depp in 'Black Mass'

Black Mass — film review: ‘Patience-wearing’

Johhny Depp stars in the tired tale of a real-life Boston gangster

'The Good Dinosaur'

The Good Dinosaur — film review: ‘A soppy yarn’

Pixar’s new animation has corny dialogue and a trite plot

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