The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and directed by Adrian Noble at the Vaudeville Theatre. Imogen Doel as Cecily Cardew, Philip Cumbus as Algernon Moncrieff and David Suchet as Lady Bracknell. Picture by Nigel Norrington. Mobile 07930 336261 E Mail n.norrington@btopenworld.com. Press night Wednesday 1st July 2015

The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre, London — review

A man playing a woman makes perfect sense in Wilde’s comedy of pretence

The Life of a Song

Robert Johnson ©Corbis
The tale of one of only a handful of records by Robert Johnson, who is said to have sold his soul to the Devil
Elvis Costello in 1982 ©Getty
Written by Elvis Costello during the Falklands War, the song’s specific setting and political subtext didn’t deter covers

A$AP Rocky/Drake, Wireless Festival, London — review

Triumphant set from Drake roused the rap festival from its torpor

Simon Rattle conducts the London Philharmonic. Photo: Getty

LSO/Rattle, Barbican, London

London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle, Barbican, London

Chana Kowalska’s ‘Shtetl’ (1934)
©Ben Uri Collection

What is ‘Jewish art’?

Jackie Wullschlager visits Ben Uri Gallery’s centenary show in search of answers

Roger Vignoles at home in London
©Anna Huix

The complex art of the accompanist

Roger Vignoles talks about the growing profile of his profession

Amerapoora: Colossal Statue of Gautama Close to the North End of the Wooden Bridge
©Collection of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro

Photography by Linnaeus Tripe at the V&A

The captain’s surveys of 19th-century India and Burma were at once technically pioneering and lyrical

Mbongwana Star
©Florent de la Tullaye

Mbongwana Star head to Womad UK

Kinshasa’s musical richness is reflected in the band’s futuristic sound

Amy — film review

A compelling documentary about the rise and fall of Amy Winehouse

Dominic Rowan as Duke Vincentio in Dominic Dromgoole’s production of 'Measure for Measure'
©Marc Brenner

Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

More broad comedy in this troubling play, excavating every dirty joke possible

Ten and rising: the record label reviving Swedish pop

Slow-burn approach is behind global ambitions

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