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Spot the Dog creator Eric Hill dies aged 86

Eric Hill, the children's author who topped bestseller charts with his brightly-coloured picture books about the mischievous yellow puppy Spot, has died at the age of 86 at his home in California after a short illness.<p>Hill's publisher, Puffin, has confirmed the news, describing him as "a master of …

Why we should stand up for good taste

We shouldn’t have to accept all statements on art as equally valid personal opinions – some works are good and others are just bad, writes Tiffany Jenkins.<p>“It is natural for us to seek a Standard of Taste,” wrote the Scottish philosopher David Hume in 1757, “a rule by which the various sentiments …

How Shakespeare influences the way we speak now

Even if you’ve never seen a Shakespeare play, you’ll have used one of his words or phrases. Hephzibah Anderson explains his genius – and enduring influence.<p>If you missed Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, you can be sure he’d have had a zinger of a putdown to sling your way. Or better yet, a whole …

Stanley Kubrick: Photos taken as a teenager

A new show reveals how the 2001: A Space Odyssey director first developed the vision that set him apart. BBC Culture takes a look at ten rarely seen images.<p>In April 1945, at the age of 16, Stanley Kubrick snapped a newspaper vendor looking at headlines that shouted ‘Roosevelt Dead!’. This was no …

Maleficent: What do fairy tales really mean?

Maleficent is the latest in a long line of fantasy adaptations. Hephzibah Anderson looks at their dark, sexual messages – and why we’re fascinated by them.<p>Once upon a time, an animation studio known as the Walt Disney Company cast a magical spell, allowing it to seize control of the fairy tale …

Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare's Globe theatre – in pictures

Lucy Bailey's 2006 production of Titus Andronicus – the Bard's bloodiest play – is back at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London. Its graphic depictions of murder and revenge are causing some audience members to faint … would you?

European theatre is still foreign to us

Back in 2008, I wrote a piece for this blog inspired by Sebastian Nübling's production of Simon Stephens's play Pornography, bemoaning the lack of any comparable work here in the UK. Five and a half years on, it feels as if the situation has improved beyond recognition.<p>Just before Easter, London …

Theatre, leave those kids alone … to think for themselves

Theatre for children and young people has changed a great deal in recent years. It tackles many subjects traditionally considered too weighty for a young audience. These range from death, in shows such as the Unicorn's Something Very Far Away and Paradise, created by my own company, Theatre-Rites, …

The immersed audience: how theatre is taking its cue from video games

A new era of theatre is borrowing conventions from video games, making invigorating performances in which the viewer becomes a player<p>Under the arches of London Bridge two policemen pursue a murder suspect. The man gasps for breath, desperately searching for an escape route as the cops close in. …