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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

Music

BRITs 2021 - our showbiz reporter goes out out for a glittering night

The British music industry’s first big night out in more than a year was a triumph

TV

Leigh-Anne: Pop, Race & Power - a moving look at music industry racism

As the only black member of one of the world’s biggest girl bands, the singer has a unique insight on systemic racism in the music industry

Film

Her Voice at BFI Southbank: Celebrating black women performers on film

The soon-to-reopen cinema returns with a fascinating film season

TV

Ann Skelly: Meet the breakout star of period sci-fi The Nevers

The show nearly got derailed by showrunner Joss Whedon’s departure, but, says the actress, it’s back on track and a chance to ‘reclaim’ the past

Exhibitions

Epic Iran at the V&A preview - the true story of a crucible of culture

The gulf that exists presently between Iran and the West is arguably a good reason for putting on this enlightening show

TV

Domina: the real woman behind the Sky series’ Livia Drusilla

This punchy new drama shows a different side to Roman women - one the leading character might have recognised

Culture

Why are we still so obsessed with the Mitford sisters?

As Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love comes to the BBC, we look at how the legacy of the Mitford sisters continues to fascinate

Music

Alfie Templeman is a rising teenage star - but he’s in no rush

The shape-shifting musician talks about turning 18 in lockdown and the power of taking things slow

Insider

An appreciation of Andrew Scott: the greatest actor of our generation

He’s all anyone can talk about in the BBC’s The Pursuit of Love. From Hot Priest to Hamlet, here’s why Andrew Scott has us bowing down

Books

Amazon Unbound by Brad Stone review

There’s a lot to enjoy in this unauthorised account of the world’’s richest man and his company, but the author fails to address the really tough moral questions, says Simon English

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

The Making of Rodin at Tate Modern review: a master of modernity

This new show that focuses on Rodin’s plaster casts reminds us just how pioneering he really was

Music

Who will, should and could win big at the BRITs?

Who’s going to scoop the top prizes? And who’s going home empty-handed?

TV

Frazzled mums and sharp one-liners - Motherland is still a joy

The knitwear is fancier this time around, but the jokes are as strong as ever

Books

Malice in Wonderland by Hugo Vickers review

Hugo Vickers’s authorised biography of the society photographer was a bestseller when it came out in 1985. The diaries he kept at the time form the basis for this illuminating and brilliantly scurrilous companion to his original book, says Marcus Field 

Exhibitions

David Hockney’s exhibition of iPad paintings is deeply unsatisfying

The inadequacies of the technology he’s using for these works are compounded by their enlargement for this Royal Academy show

TV

The Pursuit of Love review: A mischievous Mitfordian delight

Emily Mortimer’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s greatest novel is the best period drama we’ve had in years

Music

New festival for alternative hip hop and rock set for London

It’s due to land on Clapham Common for the August bank holiday

Books

What London’s Reading Now: this week’s bestselling top 5 books

The first in a regular series highlights the books that Londoners are loving right now. This week’s bestselling top five include a fresh way to look at issues of racism and anti-racism, a tender tale of transgender love and a haunting story of family loss told through a series of imagined letters

Music

Dodie - Build A Problem review: dark and rich, this is a power move

There’s nothing jolly or kooky about some of the icy ballads on the YouTuber’s debut album

Books

In pursuit of Nancy: the story of the wittiest Mitford sister

Nancy Mitford is not the frothy romance novelist that many think, but an accomplished writer who understood how dark life can be

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

Film

Mortal Kombat 2021 film review: Even the kombat is krap

Now we understand why it’s not getting a big screen release. Why bother?

Music

Rag’n’Bone Man - Life By Misadventure review: Restraint pays off

It’s the quality of the songwriting, more than that huge voice, that shines through here

Exhibitions

The Raphael Cartoons at the V&A - amazing what a lick of paint can do

Newly popping against the dark walls and with whizzy new digital access, Raphael’s masterpieces can finally be fully appreciated