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  1. August 6, 2014

    BBC Proms: European Union Youth Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    It’s always so touching when performers remember their manners, but Sinfonia, Berio’s collage of music and literary texts,...

  2. May 9, 2014

    Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s installation for Monumenta

    Fail better,” Samuel Beckett advised, and no space in the world invites artists to do so more flamboyantly than the...

  1. April 4, 2014

    ‘Echo’s Bones’, by Samuel Beckett

    Echo’s Bones, by Samuel Beckett, Faber, RRP£20, 128 pages Samuel Beckett, with his quizzically peering gaze and handsome,...

  2. January 26, 2014

    A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany, Courtauld Gallery, London – review

    Standing before Caspar David Friedrich’s gloomy Romantic painting “Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon”, Samuel Beckett...

  3. January 14, 2014

    Not I/Footfalls/Rockaby, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court, London – review

    On its first visit to the Royal Court last year, Lisa Dwan’s 40th-anniversary revival of Not I was publicised in part as a...

  4. October 21, 2013

    Avigdor Arikha: Works from 1966-2010, Marlborough Fine Art, London – review

    Among an abundance of outstanding works at the exhibition by Avigdor Arikha at the Marlborough Gallery, his 1975 painting...

  5. August 30, 2013

    Beckett plays, Edinburgh Festival

    “There’s nothing certain in mortality except mortality.” So says a character in the blood-boltered Revenger’s Tragedy, and...

  6. August 30, 2013

    Enniskillen’s Beckett festival

    The headmaster of Portora Royal School declares that Samuel Beckett baited a weakling teacher in the hall where we’re...

  7. June 13, 2013

    Cinema reviews: Man of Steel, Much Ado About Nothing and more

    Watching the bewildering cycles and recycles of the cinema’s comic-book superhero sagas, it is hard not to think you’re at a...

  8. May 24, 2013

    Tennis and termites

    Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011, by Paul Auster and JM Coetzee, Faber RRP£20/Viking RRP$27.95, 256 pages With the advent of...

  9. May 23, 2013

    Not I, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court, London – review

    It is dark except for a woman’s mouth which materialises eight feet in the air. The mouth utters amputated phrases at...

  10. March 5, 2013

    Watt, Barbican, London

    “An unsatisfactory book, written in dribs and drabs” – that is how Samuel Beckett described his second novel, written while...

  11. December 6, 2012

    So postmodern it’s criminal

    What is the difference between a film plot and a human being? If you blindfold human beings, they cannot walk a straight...

  12. November 9, 2012

    Beyond Bollywood

    A Catholic community in Mumbai takes on the shopping mall developers threatening its homes. A psychiatric doctor in war-torn...

  13. September 2, 2012

    Euro crisis on hold – till after US election

    “Let’s go. Yes, let’s go. (They do not move).” Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot Beckett’s 1953 play captures this moment in...

  14. August 31, 2012

    Waiting for Beckett

    Act One of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days opens with Winnie “embedded up to above her waist” in a mound. Act Two: Winnie is...

  15. FT Alphaville

    April 16, 2012

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Monday, - Why Spain has lost it. - Has Spain lost it? - ‘Daddy, you are more evil than I thought.’ - Why I sold...

  16. February 20, 2012

    Blood Knot, Signature Center, New York

    Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot received only one performance at its world premiere in Johannesburg in 1961. It has since become a...

  17. February 17, 2012

    Blood and ink

    New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families, by Colm Tóibín, Viking, £20, 346 pages Beware the family that has...

  18. The World

    February 15, 2012

    In the Picture: Greece under pressure

    Louisa Gouliamaki for AFP/Getty Images Want to know a little of how it feels to live in Greece today? This photo, taken in...

  19. December 28, 2011

    Manzoni: Azimut, Gagosian Gallery, London

    Had Piero Manzoni not made art out of excrement he would probably have enjoyed the status of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper...

  20. December 9, 2011

    Best words ho, from Beckett

    From Mr Matthew Hyland. Sir, Both Edward Luce (“Now on Broadway! Waiting for Euro”, December 5) and Lord Patten (Letters,...

  21. December 9, 2011

    Euro crisis and ‘Happy Days’

    From Mr Tony Delamothe. Sir, Following on from Edward Luce’s and Lord Patten’s suggestions for lines from the plays of...

  22. November 11, 2011

    On to the next stage

    “This is where Decca turned down the Beatles,” says Deborah Warner, a little ominously, as we meet inside English National...

  23. October 14, 2011

    Brassaï in America

    On April 2 1957, the Hungarian-born photographer, Gyula Halász, known as Brassaï, and his wife, Gilberte, boarded the liner...

  24. The World

    July 11, 2011

    A man on Mars, and other fiscal follies

    The space shuttle is in its last ever flight, and Washington is locked in debt talks that now resemble a Samuel Beckett play...

  25. June 6, 2011

    Fin de partie, Théâtre de la Madeleine, Paris

    Pitch-perfect: Isabelle Sadoyan as Nell and Michel Robin as Nagg   (Picture by Dunnara Meas) Samuel Beckett described...

  26. March 18, 2011

    Small talk: Manuel Rivas

    Manuel Rivas was born in Galicia, northern Spain, in 1957. He began his writing career as a journalist and continues to...

  27. March 9, 2011

    Auditors would deflate accounting bubbles

    Craggy-featured Irish writer Samuel Beckett supposedly said that he was sure of only three things – that he had been born,...

  28. February 26, 2011

    Small talk: Joseph O’Connor

    Joseph O’Connor was born in Dublin in 1963 and worked as a journalist before devoting himself to novel-writing. His debut,...

  29. February 18, 2011

    Far East Movement: Free Wired

    Far East Movement Free Wired (Cherrytree) Formed in LA’s Koreatown, Far East Movement are the first Asian-American band to...

  30. December 10, 2010

    Metaphysical indigestion

    Mesmerising: Michael Gambon in Dublin’s Gate Theatre production of Beckett’s ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ This time of year poses a...

  31. December 10, 2010

    Outside Edge: Gallic tips for heckled Clegg

    After a week of being hung in effigy by unruly university students, turned upon by some of his own MPs and ridiculed in the...

  32. November 25, 2010

    Ireland

    Is an affronted and ashamed Irish parliament about to do to its 2011 budget what an affronted and ashamed US Congress did to...

  33. November 12, 2010

    Kafka Fragments, Barbican, London

    By keeping in with maverick American director Peter Sellars the Barbican has secured itself a place at the international...

  34. August 13, 2010

    Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    Regular visitors to the Edinburgh Fringe sometimes feel the impression of the one-trickiness of certain ponies. Cork-born...

  35. May 4, 2010

    Clegg's Last Tape

    Nick Clegg says his hero is the playwright Samuel Beckett, author of Waiting for Godot . Beckett's characters press on in...

  36. March 4, 2010

    Better the devil you know

    Here is a tale of two Lewises. One wrote a small but great children's book that still delights, surprises and enchants. The...

  37. March 3, 2010

    Film releases: March 5

    He screams for ice cream: Doug Jones in ‘Legion’ Here is a tale of two Lewises. One wrote a small but great children’s book...

  38. October 15, 2009

    An over-fertile imaginarium

    Oh dear, even the title screams "Terry Gilliam". Lay on the rococo wackiness; gild all available lilies; let a thousand...

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