Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar starring Ben Whishaw and David Morrissey involves the audience in gruesome murder scenes

It’ll be difficult to know where to look at The Bridge Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar, which will be a promenade staging, meaning audiences …

William Shakespeare

Why Macron's Bayeux Tapestry offer struck chord with Britain

By Adam Boulton, Editor At Large<p>President Macron hit the spot with his promise that the Bayeux Tapestry will go on display in Britain for the first …

Darkest Hour

Firsts: Gene Roddenberry's original pitch for Star Trek

It was nearly 54 years ago that a TV writer named Gene Roddenberry came up with a pitch for a show that he described as "<i>Wagon Train</i> to the stars" …

Star Trek

A Genius in Draft Form

The Met’s superb exhibition of Michelangelo drawings sheds new light on the origins of the artist’s mastery.<p>On the façade of the church of …

Art

Sky Atlantic's Britannia: "Game of Thrones meets the most debauched year you ever had at Glastonbury"

Sky Atlantic’s Britannia: “Game of Thrones meets the most debauched year you ever had at Glastonbury”<p>Sky's historical romp set in ancient Britain may …

Television (UK)

Londoner's Diary: E-mail drama stabs critics of new Caesar

ES News Email<p>WE’VE all been there: you send an e-mail to a confidant before realising, with horror, that you have accidentally distributed your …

Adwoa Aboah

Britannia, Sky Atlantic review - Druids, sex and sorcery

What did the Romans do for us? On this evidence, they pillaged, murdered and tortured, but also found themselves mesmerised by the psychedelic Druid …

From the moon landing to Martin Luther King: Experts reveal the most important 50 decisions that changed the world

From Hitler ’s 1941 decision to ­invade Russia, to the partition of India, from Spain funding the ­voyages of Christopher Columbus to Decca records …

World History

Samuel L. Jackson on Nick Fury, Mace Windu, and the power of a great wig

<i>Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles</i> …

African-American News

“Britannia”: mad as a snake and the best thing on TV

Sky Atlantic’s new drama about the Roman invasion of Britain is weird and spectacular in equal measure<p>A hawk snatches a dove out of the air, a …

TV

Sky Atlantic’s new Romans show Britannia is truly baffling

The Druids, for instance, are straight out of Shameless.<p>It is AD 43, and on the coast of Gaul, Aulus Plautius, a general in the Roman army, is …

TV

Britannia review – Jez Butterworth's epic fantasy rules the airwaves

The first episode in this tale of swords and druids from the writer of The Ferryman, more than fills the Westeros-shaped gap in the schedules<p>Want to comment? Have your say on our series recap<p>I like a programme that sets out its stall early, and the opening seconds of Britannia, a new 10-part series …

Acclaimed Shakespeare stage productions to be shown on BBC

Other highlights of broadcaster’s culture programming for 2018 include reboot of Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation series<p>The Donmar Warehouse’s agenda-setting all-female Shakespeare trilogy and Andrew Scott’s acclaimed Hamlet are to be shown on the BBC.<p>Announcing its arts and culture programming for …

Claudia Winkleman

He's Everywhere, He's Everywhere

There is a specter haunting American popular culture: the specter of Donald Trump.<p>In many cases, the president is quite literally a specter, insofar …

Donald Trump

Britannia review: Game Of Thrones has nothing to worry about with this soulless drama

Britannia has been unfortunately touted ‘the next Game Of Thrones’ – a possible successor to one of the greatest TV phenomena where every detail is …

TV

What's on? TV highlights for Thursday

Sky Atlantic's much-hyped drama Britannia arrives tonight, as does BBC 2's comic current affairs show The Mash Report, while Derry Girls continues on …

News (Ireland)

What’s the real history behind ‘Britannia’?

Short Title: The real history behind ‘Britannia’ It’s AD 43 and the Romans are coming. With the advertising tagline “No one wants to be civilised", …

Ancient History

Britannia: Everything you need to know

Jez Butterworth's new TV show is a lot weirder and wilder than <i>Game of Thrones</i>. Our writer separates fact from fiction<p>It’s by Jez Butterworth<p>Jez …

TV

Is Britannia really in the Game of Thrones’s league?

The problem with Jez Butterworth’s series for Sky Atlantic is it can never stop smirking at its own irreverence<p>It’s a terrible thing for a TV critic to admit but I just don’t know what to make of <i>Britannia</i>, the new Sky Atlantic drama set during the Roman invasion of Britain, scripted by Jez …

Game of Thrones

One Year In: Trump and Trauma, Threats and Tribalism

A year into one the most divisive presidencies Americans have seen in their lifetimes, free speech is in crisis. Protests opposing alt-right and …

Liberal View

Britannia: Jez Butterworth talks his first major foray into TV, Druids and Brexit

You have to love a historical drama that begins with a caption informing viewers that in 55BC Julius Caesar landed in Britain and “turned his armies …

TV

Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where we're giving Mark Trumbo a birthday pie

Hello, friends.<p>There are now 72 days remaining until Orioles Opening Day. This uniform number was only ever used once, by Robert Machado in 2003 and …

Baltimore Orioles

Shakespeare, Off the Cuff

<i>The following are recently discovered quotes from interviews that William Shakespeare conducted while promoting various plays, in which he speaks candidly about writing, life, love, and even battling the common cold.</i><p>“Writing is everything to me. I love writing in that weird, flowery language. It …

Romeo and Juliet

Everything You Need To Know About Britannia

With <i>Game of Thrones</i> only set to return in 2019, television is crying out for another blockbuster fantasy series. Enter <i>Britannia</i>, Sky Atlantic’s new …

Perhaps historians have the advantage in evaluating Trump’s mental health

I lack the authority to pronounce grandiosity a mental disorder, but I do know it can be dangerous — especially to the subjects of a ruler who exempts himself from human fallibility.<p>So it was disconcerting to realize I was regularly glancing at my cellphone’s screen while reading “Fire and Fury: …

Donald Trump

Six of the best TV shows this week

George Lee looks at farmers, Brexit and the future while Next of Kin focuses on radicalisation of a family in London<p>Most Read

TV

South Korea's winter of bitcoin discontent as government fights over proposed ban

South Korea’s crackdown on bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading has turned into a comedic farce worthy of a Shakespeare play with varying reports …

South Korea

Here’s What The Trumpists Don’t Understand About American Greatness

Consider what the state of our nation would be without the accumulated protections over a century of progressive legislation.<p>The case for Donald …

U.S. Politics

Britannia: will Jez Butterworth’s epic new show plug the gap left by Game of Thrones?

What it lacks in sibling sex and skeleton armies Britannia makes up for in plain weirdness with savagery, superstition and strange visions abound<p>Coast of Gaul, AD43. Roman commander and all-round hard bastard Aulus Plautius (David Morrissey) surveys his prisoners, an animal carcass draped …

Game of Thrones

Cracking the Bob Dylan code - a new book by a Kiwi professor

<b>Why is a New Zealand classics professor chasing Bob Dylan around the world? Philip Matthews explains.</b>

Literature