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  1. January 19, 2014

    Alcina, Norwegian National Opera, Oslo – review

    Slow TV is the latest Norwegian craze. Half the nation tuned in to watch a boat on a six-day journey through the fjords. An...

  2. January 5, 2014

    Lost Boy, Finborough Theatre, London – review

    The timing is neat: Phil Willmott’s new musical opened on January 2, forging a link between Christmas shows and the...

  1. December 22, 2013

    Wendy and Peter Pan, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – review

    A few years ago a version of Peter Pan was probably the worst Christmas show I have ever seen; now another version is...

  2. November 25, 2013

    Todo el cielo sobre la tierra (El síndrome de Wendy), Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, Paris – review

    Angélica Liddell’s brand of theatre is not for the faint of heart. Her latest opus, Todo el cielo sobre la tierra, is as...

  3. March 1, 2013

    Women in love

    Daphne du Maurier and her Sisters: The Hidden Lives of Piffy, Bird and Bing, by Jane Dunn, HarperPress, RRP£25, 423 pages...

  4. December 30, 2012

    How do you top 2012?

    A fter the Olympic party of 2012, will 2013 be the year of the Olympic hangover? In the wake of four years of build-up, and...

  5. October 12, 2012

    ‘Yes, we’re doing the Getty opera’

    A new opera called Usher House will have its stage premiere at Welsh National Opera in 2014. There is just one surprising...

  6. June 8, 2012

    Holding court in style

    Rebekah Brooks enters Westminster Magistrates’ Court this Wednesday – along with her husband Charlie Brooks, her PA, her...

  7. May 22, 2012

    Gupta in Rajaratnam’s ‘red book’

    Rajat Gupta’s name was included in a red notebook of “important people” who were allowed to interrupt Raj Rajaratnam, the...

  8. March 30, 2012

    Hot under the collar

    Blame Alexa Chung. Not only is she queen of the somewhat infantalising Peter Pan collar, she’s been styling her jumpers with...

  9. March 2, 2012

    Still swinging

    This week, a month-long exhibition opens at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, entitled...

  10. December 23, 2011

    The expert selection: Britain’s eccentric festive celebrations

    The next eight days will see a series of unconventional festive celebrations taking place across Britain. Benedict le Vay,...

  11. December 19, 2011

    Dick Whittington, New Wimbledon Theatre/Cinderella, Richmond Theatre, London

    At this time of year, London’s larger suburban theatres offer pantomime at its most traditional: eye-catching sets,...

  12. December 11, 2011

    Investment beliefs and fairytales

    Do you believe in fairies? the audience gets asked at performances of Peter Pan, and asked to clap hands if they do, to keep...

  13. November 5, 2011

    The scourge that threatens the ‘birthright of British boys’

    Cricket, said the writer J. M. Barrie, is a gift of the gods. Had Mr Barrie been at London’s Southwark Crown Court these...

  14. August 27, 2011

    How to give it: Joanna Lumley

    The actress Joanna Lumley, 65, is a campaigner for animal and human rights. She is also patron of the newly launched £4m...

  15. August 19, 2011

    The List: The real winners of ‘The X Factor’

    The X Factor, ITV’s brutal, blockbusting hybrid of freak, talent and reality show, returns for its eighth series Saturday...

  16. July 29, 2011

    Kabul television

    In 2006, David Ensor quit his job as CNN national security correspondent and moved from Washington DC to an apartment off...

  17. May 24, 2011

    Pan, Théâtre de Paris

    Peter Pan, like pantomime, is something I associate with Christmas so it felt very unseasonal crossing Paris in balmy...

  18. FT Alphaville

    March 21, 2011

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Monday, - Crude’s watchdog is ready to bark. - “You can’t build a car with 97 per cent of the parts.” -...

  19. March 9, 2011

    Peter and the Starcatcher, New York Theatre Workshop

    Frantic fun: ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ Did the world need to know the back story of Peter Pan? No more so than we needed...

  20. February 25, 2011

    Five more private islands in Britain

    Isle of Eriska, Argyll, Scotland Just off the Argyllshire coast, this 300-acre island, reached by road bridge, is home to a...

  21. December 21, 2010

    Peter Pan, New Wimbledon Theatre, London

    Most pantomime stories are centuries old, virtual if not outright folk tales, and so offer generous latitude for adaptation....

  22. December 9, 2010

    Panto wins the golden goose for UK theatre

    Oh yes it is! Pamela Anderson in ‘Aladdin’, this year being staged in Liverpool South London might be a bit chillier than...

  23. November 19, 2010

    My friend, the Cuban Peter Pan

    In August 1961 a 12-year-old Cuban boy landed alone in Miami with $3 in cash. Carlos Saladrigas’s parents had sent their...

  24. October 30, 2010

    Exit through the (Downing Street) gift shop

    You know that old saying: you should never look a gift shop in the mouth. Well, David Cameron apparently isn’t. The prime...

  25. July 20, 2010

    What Every Woman Knows, London

    We associate JM Barrie, of course, with Peter Pan, but here he is writing an astute and witty drama about women’s rights. Or...

  26. June 5, 2010

    Peter Pan’s First XI

    Peter Pan’s First XI: The Extraordinary Story of JM Barrie’s Cricket Team by Kevin Telfer Sceptre, RRP£16.99, 352 pages JM...

  27. May 18, 2010

    Peter Pan

    Forget the tight-clad sprite from the Disney movie. The Peter Pan in the National Theatre of Scotland's inspired new version...

  28. January 5, 2010

    Peter Pan

    If Londoners are in search of a last-minute seasonal show, one option could be this Peter Pan . Designer William Dudley's...

  29. January 5, 2010

    Peter Pan, O2 Arena, London

    If Londoners are in search of a last-minute seasonal show, one option could be this Peter Pan. Designer William Dudley’s...

  30. December 16, 2009

    Mariss Jansons

    The classical music business has become a victim of its own excellence. Here was an extremely fine performance of Mahler's...

  31. December 15, 2009

    Mariss Jansons, Barbican, London

    The classical music business has become a victim of its own excellence. Here was an extremely fine performance of Mahler’s...

  32. September 8, 2009

    Peter and Wendy

    Some years ago a wonderful US satire on academic analysis, The Pooh Perplex , assembled a collection of spoof essays...

  33. September 7, 2009

    Peter and Wendy, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

    Some years ago a wonderful US satire on academic analysis, The Pooh Perplex, assembled a collection of spoof essays...

  34. August 31, 2009

    Quit thy coveting

    Dear Book Doctor,I always compare myself to other people and think how much thinner, younger or better looking they are than...

  35. June 5, 2009

    ‘Peter Pan’ at Kensington Gardens

    When JM Barrie, author of Peter Pan, was six, his brother David died in a skating accident. His mother fell into obsessive...

  36. April 3, 2009

    Tusk Tusk

    Polly Stenham made waves with her first play, That Face . Written when she was just 19, it premiered to great reviews, won...

  37. April 2, 2009

    Tusk Tusk, Royal Court Upstairs, London

    Polly Stenham made waves with her first play, That Face. Written when she was just 19, it premiered to great reviews, won...

  38. March 26, 2009

    Witching hour at Edinburgh

    The hounding of Sir Fred Goodwin may be transfixing Scotland, but the Edinburgh International Festival yesterday promised a...

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