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October 30, 2017

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White, National Gallery, London, review: I was not bowled over by it

This is a perplexing show, taking us on a journey through seven centuries of art in monochrome. Some of its ideas don’t stand up to too much scrutiny, and the curatorial arguments are not always best served by the choice of National Gallery images and loans. I was not bowled over by the show but there are many intriguing works to enjoy along the route. The elephant in the room – or not in the room, in this case – is the greatest monochrome picture of them all, Picasso’s Guernica. Also missing are the Spanish artists who served as Picasso’s great sources of inspiration, notably Velázquez – that absolute master of black and white – and Goya, in whose hands a restricted palette of [...]

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October 26, 2017

Harvey Weinstein accused of raping Natassia Malthe in London hotel after Bafta awards ceremony

Actress Natassia Malthe has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in a London hotel after a Bafta awards ceremony, in the latest allegation against the disgraced movie mogul.

The model and actress, who has appeared in around 50 films, said on Wednesday that she met Weinstein at the after party of the 2008 ceremony while she was working as a spokeswoman for LG.

In the latest of dozens of allegations of sexual harassment and assault, she told a press conference in New York that she felt pressured into telling Weinstein she was staying at the Sanderson Hotel after being put on the spot.

​Malthe, now 43, said after her shift on February 10 she went back to her room [...]

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October 11, 2017

BalletBoyz, Fourteen Days, Sadler’s Wells, London, review: The company dance with assurance

Plenty of new work, wildly varied results. BalletBoyz, the all-male company founded by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, has always had a focus on ambitious commissions, even when resources were tight. Fourteen Days makes a point of it. Trevitt and Nunn gave four choreographers two weeks to make a new work, each teaming up with a different composer. The works range from an intimate duet by leading ballet choreographer Christopher Wheeldon to a rambling, showbizzy confrontation by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood.

Javier De Frutos’ The Title Is In the Text is the longest and loudest of these pieces. Nine dancers work their way around a giant seesaw. Scott [...]

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October 10, 2017

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Wyndham’s Theatre, London, review: The two actors have superb chemistry

To launch her new company, Elliott & Harper Productions, director Marianne Elliott has elected to reassemble the team that mounted the all-conquering Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  But this two-hander by Simon Stephens, first staged in New York in 2015 and now receiving its UK premiere, is altogether more intimate in scale.  Don’t be daunted – or over-excited –  by the title.  The German physicist is invoked only once by name and Stephens applies the famous Uncertainty Principle – the idea that the more precisely you measure the position of a subatomic particle, the less precisely you can measure its momentum – to human relationships. Quantum physics here [...]

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