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London stage, 2016: a year for the women

1 January 2017

Best female performances: Jade Anouka, Adelayo Adedayo It’s been a rich year for female roles. Denise Gough in People Places and Things (Wyndham, transferred from the National...

French dystopias: Soumission, Houellebecq /2084, Sansal /Gratis, Herzog

28 February 2016

To judge by the publishers’ lists, dystopias are big literary business in France right now. Three 2015 releases propose different views of a political future and the role of memory....

Art in the City: Piercing the Veil, Simmons & Simmons

13 February 2016

Above the door to this City law firm’s auditorium hangs a pink neon sign: ‘Trust Me’. It’s far from your average bit of corporate art; it’s a Tracey Emin...

When sex goes wrong: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Donmar Warehouse

17 January 2016

Well, that didn’t disappoint. I booked Les Liaisons Dangereuses in some trepidation, though: not only is it up there amongst my favourite novels, but for anyone of my generation,...