Charlton Heston as Moses in Cecil B de Mille’s ‘The Ten Commandments’
©The Kobal Collection

Gospel according to Hollywood

As Tinseltown rediscovers religious epics, Randy Boyagoda explores the Bible’s shifting place in our cultural lives


Montage of petrochemical plant and crucifix
In 2011, actor Michael Sheen returned to his home town in Wales to star in a modern version of the Passion play
– Sarah Hemming
Police surround an ambulance on the pitch at Hillsborough ©Getty
Simon Kuper, writing in 2009, on how a football tragedy redeemed the game
Illustration by James Ferguson of Jagdish Bhagwati
©James Ferguson

Jagdish Bhagwati

The economist with a reputation for skewering his enemies talks about who he’s backing in India’s elections, and whether he’s given up hope of winning a Nobel Prize

‘Zulma’ (1950) by Henri Matisse
©Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Matisse: The Cut-outs

Tate Modern’s new show of the artist’s late works is a visually stunning triumph, writes Jackie Wullschlager

GHL210064 View of London, published 1647 (engraving) (facsimile copy) (detail) by Hollar, Wenceslaus (1607-77); London Metropolitan Archives, City of London; Czech, out of copyright
©London Metropolitan Archives

Shakespeare at war

A lady as potent as a lord: The story of the battle that led to the creation of the Globe theatre

©Jim Davies

Biking in Bhutan

A new cycling trip through the remote Himalayan kingdom provides the ideal way for visitors to immerse themselves in its traditions and culture

Street style images
©Silvia Olsen

The power of yellow

The colour of daffodils and Easter sunshine, yellow is now being worn to stand out in the workplace

‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’

Thomas Piketty’s economic, social and political history of the evolution of income and wealth

The view from the hotel Alila Jabal Akhdar
©Chris Caldicott

Oman’s Green Mountain

The Arab state has a glut of luxury hotels on the coast but attention is moving inland, where a dramatic new property opens next month

Illustration, The Diary: Constantine Phipps
©Luke Waller

Constantine Phipps

The novelist delights in folk music, rhyming couplets and train journeys

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Short-cut to summer shirts

The crop-sleeved shirt has a mixed reputation but this season’s looks are cool and sophisticated



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