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Nancy Durrant

Nancy Durrant is the Arts Editor at the Evening Standard, covering art, theatre, film, TV, opera and dance, music of all kinds and comedy. She can usually be found in a darkened room, watching somebody pretend to be somebody else.

Music

The Wigmore Hall at 120: classical stars on the London icon they love

From its banging acoustics to its welcoming audience - and one of the music world’s best-loved artistic directors, the venue’s charms have won the hearts of musicians

Exhibitions

Tracey Emin on life after cancer and living with a disability

She’s gone from enfant terrible to grande dame of art and now, as her dream exhibition reopens, the artist is making the most of it

Culture

Curtain up on London: how the arts sector can recover and thrive

London’s creative scene is the best in the world but has been hit hard by the pandemic. Arts leaders tell us how the industry can and will rebuild to be even better

Opera

Encore! How Opera Holland Park is rebuilding after the pandemic

A sexy new auditorium, a fabulous new season and a lot more space, all under that iconic canopy (but maybe bring an extra jumper)

Exhibitions

‘We’re all mad here’: why Alice’s adventures are always an inspiration

Fancy a trip through the looking glass? A forthcoming V&A exhibition dives deep into Wonderland

TV

The best British period dramas, from Pride and Prejudice to Downton

Romance! Gorgeous costumes! Brooding glances! As we await the BBC’s new adaptation of The Pursuit of Love, we pick our faves

Comedy

My comedy hero: stand-up stars on the comedians who inspire them

Some much needed laughs are on their way thanks to the BBC’s Festival of Funny. We asked its stars to share their stand-up faves

Books

The Book of the Tree - how artists have been drawn to their beauty

Take a moment to luxuriate in these glorious depictions of our favourite huggable plant

Music

Darcey Bussell, Joanna Lumley and more pick their classical faves

Missing live concerts? A host of names have shared their favourite classical choices to transport us back to them

Exhibitions

How 21 London galleries teamed up to bring art back into our lives

A digital exhibition space created because of the pandemic could in fact be a gamechanger for busy art lovers

Comment

The government road map is upside down for the arts

‘Not before’ dates are a boon to the culture sector, but some of the detail of this plan is topsy turvy

Exhibitions

Who vandalised The Scream? The painter himself, Edvard Munch

New research has proven that it was the artist who scribbled on his most famous work

Film

Darling! This is the best of fashion on film

Start your London Fashion Week with our pick of the rag trade on screen

Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Theatre in danger of collapse if it can’t open up

The impresario fears that the government hasn’t grasped the importance to other sectors of the entertainment industry

TV

It’s a Sin: why women and the West End were heroes of the Aids crisis

Russell T Davies’ new drama focuses on a group of young gay men living in London during the Aids crisis - but at their centre is one of his favourite people, his real life best mate, Jill

Exhibitions

Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Winner announced

Robert Irwin's stunning photograph of the devastation wrought on the pristine landscape by Australian wildfires won the public vote

Culture

Life in Lockdown: our photography and video competition is now live!

We want to see your photos and videos telling personal stories of lockdown in the capital

Culture

The best London exhibitions you can see online now

Even at home, there are still plenty of opportunities for art lovers to get their fix

Exhibitions

Ten of London’s best public artworks to elevate your daily walk

Art is all over the city – and we’ve never needed its mood-boosting qualities more

TV

It’s a Sin review: Channel 4 drama by turns uplifting and devastating

The writer’s much-anticipated series about young men living through the Aids crisis doesn’t disappoint