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28 Feb 10:41am Classical highlights: concerts and opera to watch in March
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From witches to Weber, and Andriessen to Zimmermann – our pick of this month’s streamed music NB events are liable to be cancelled at short notice. Please check websites for latest details Scottish Opera’s filmed staging of Humperdinck’s masterpiece, directed by Daisy Evans, with David Parry conducting a reduced version of the score by Derek Clark. Kitty Whately and Rhian Lois are the errant children; Nadine Benjamin is their mother and the witch, and Charlie Drummond the Sandman and the Dew Fairy.
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28 Feb 8:00am In brief: The Walking People; Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain; A Long Petal of the Sea – reviews
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Mary Beth Keane’s rich debut is republished, Lisa Feldmann Barrett makes neuroscience snappy, and Isabel Allende engrosses with a Spanish saga
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28 Feb 8:00am Updated Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs dies aged 85
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Actor who played Mike Baldwin in long-running ITV soap dies after long illness The Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs, who played Mike Baldwin in the ITV soap for 30 years, has died, his family have said. Briggs, who also appeared in several Carry On films, was 85. In a statement issued on Sunday, his family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, Johnny Briggs.
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28 Feb 6:55am Restless Natives team to turn Scottish crime caper into musical
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Stage musical adapted from 1985 film about two teenage highwaymen will feature music from Big Country It is a Scottish crime caper that was loved in Scotland and largely loathed by English film critics when it was released in 1985. But
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28 Feb 5:15am Will tourists follow James Nesbitt’s murder trail along the Ards Peninsula?
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Hoteliers and distillers hope visitors will be drawn to their part of Northern Ireland by the dark drama Bloodlands
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28 Feb 4:00am Rein Gold by Elfriede Jelinek review – a wearying Wagner update
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The Nobel prize-winning writer turns the Ring cycle drama into a grim dialogue about capitalism’s perils Imagine a Wagner opera without the music – seven hours of dense verbal repetition, lacking the benefit of an oceanic orchestra and exultant singing voices. That’s what Elfriede Jelinek, winner of the Nobel prize in 2004, serves up in this so-called “dramatic essay”.
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28 Feb 3:45am Theatre designer warns of obstacles for arts workers in Europe post-Brexit
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Andrew Edwards urges government in open letter to reopen talks to renegotiate an EU-wide visa system for arts workers A British opera and theatre designer has told of an “intimidating” post Brexit experience in Schiphol airport in Amsterdam which nearly cost him his first paid job since the pandemic started a year ago. Andrew Edwards says the “roadblock” he experienced is a foretaste of the “humiliation” to come once Europe reopens its borders with musicians, crews, and crafts people working in the arts now required to have paperwork to ply their trade in each country.
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28 Feb 3:30am Pleas to save historic ‘Versailles of Wales’ before it falls into ruin
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Campaigners will ‘shame’ mansion’s offshore owners into fully restoring national treasure or selling it on A vast architectural gem, often nicknamed “the Welsh Versailles”, is crumbling into ruin, despite its Grade-I heritage status and several unique claims to fame, much to the distress of the building’s many fans. Now the sad state of
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28 Feb 3:15am Drawing comfort: the sketchbooks that got Chris Riddell through 2020
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For the Observer’s cartoonist, keeping a daily pictorial record of events was the only way to make sense of last year. He tells how a new book was the result On 13 December 2019 I woke up and reached out for the “on” button of my bedside radio. I lay back and listened to the familiar voices of Radio 4’s
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28 Feb 3:00am Lakeith Stanfield: ‘I don’t hold anything back’
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Imagination, energy and a surrealist streak have made Lakeith Stanfield one of Hollywood’s most unusual – and sought-after – stars. Here, he talks about his toughest role yet To spread the word about his anarchic, brilliantly batshit 2018 comedy
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28 Feb 2:45am Dark side of wonderland: ahead of V&A show, book explores Alice’s occult link
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As museum prepares to celebrate Lewis Carroll’s heroine, ties to mysticism and magical societies have come to light in a new work, Through a Looking Glass Darkly Great art spawns imitation. And great weird art, it seems, spawns still weirder flights of fancy. Lewis Carroll’s twin children’s fantasies,
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28 Feb 2:00am Albert and the Whale by Philip Hoare review – his greatest work yet
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The gifted writer summons the eclectic travels of Albrecht Dürer with captivating passion, poignancy, pure wonder and a personal twist Albrecht Dürer was the first great sightseer in the history of art, travelling Europe to see conjoined twins, Aztec gold, Venetian gondolas and the bones of an 18ft giant. He crossed the Alps more than once and voyaged for six days in the freezing winter of 1520 to see a whale on a beach in Zeeland. The ship was nearly wrecked, but somehow Dürer saved the day and they eventually reached the shore. The sands were empty. The great creature had sailed away. This magnificent new book by Philip Hoare takes its title from that tale, but only as a point of departure. The narrative soon turns into a trip of another kind entirely, a captivating journey through art and life, nature and human nature, biography and personal memoir. Giants walk the earth: Dürer and Martin Luther, Shakespeare and Blake, Thomas Mann, Marianne Moore, WH Auden, David Bowie. Hoare summons them like Prospero, his writing the animating magic that brings the people of the past directly into our present and unleashes spectacular visions along the way.
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28 Feb 1:45am Sunday with Tim Key: ‘Those comforting evenings in the pub will be back’
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The actor on football drills, online gigs and overdone potatoes
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28 Feb 1:00am TV tonight: detective duo McDonald and Dodds are back with a bang
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A hot air balloon crash sees the unlikely pair investigating a group of 80s stars. Plus: Attenborough’s Life in Colour begins. Here’s what to watch this evening
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