New Shakespeare play celebrates warrior queen
Is it brilliant or blasphemy? The ambitious production combines material from the Bard’s plays with fresh lines from playwright Jeanie O’Hare to tell the bloody history of Margaret of Anjou.
The real story behind miracle Thai cave rescue
Should the story be made into a film? In an extraordinary press conference, the Thai cave boys spoke about their “miracle” rescue. Two movies based on the tale are already in the works.
Kylie to be youngest self-made billionaire
Is she a role model? Aged 10, Kylie Jenner was a reality TV star, standing in the shadow of her sisters. Aged 20, she is one of the world’s most successful businesswomen with an Instagram...
Dua Lipa, Beyoncé and the art of music videos
Should music videos count towards the charts? Teeming with social commentary and dynamic self-expression, music videos are having a heyday. For others, they are a big-budget distraction.
Beyonce: Love is an endless act of forgiveness
Should we forgive cheating? Last week Beyoncé and Jay-Z released their joint album. In it, Beyoncé appears to forgive her husband for his earlier infidelity. Should others follow her lead?
£350m Banksy rejected from art exhibition
Is Banksy any good? The graffiti artist submitted a piece to a famous London exhibition under a false name. They turned it down. And many others believe this pioneer is on the decline.
Miss America embraces #MeToo revolution
Are beauty pageants sexist? Miss America has scrapped its controversial swimsuit round, and contestants will no longer be judged on their looks. But some say the event must be abolished.
Giant of American fiction Philip Roth dies
Do great writers offer great wisdom? Legendary American novelist Philip Roth has died aged 85. Love, death, sex, faith: his era-defining prose left no side of human life unexamined.
Eurovision faces new call to cut the politics
Is the world’s favourite and most bizarre singing contest becoming too political? Amidst the silliness, this year there are songs inspired by #MeToo, terrorism and the global refugee crisis.
Selfies, #MeToo and glamorous films at Cannes
Is cinema dead? The world’s most prestigious film festival is underway. This year, Cannes has been rocked by a slew of silly and serious scandals. But the movies themselves are promising...
‘Android’ Janelle Monáe comes out as pansexual
Do labels matter? For years, singer Janelle Monáe insisted that she “only dates androids”. Now, in an interview with Rolling Stone, she has said that she is pansexual....
‘Colossal, cataclysmic and preposterous’
Can you have too much of a good thing? Yesterday, Avengers: Infinity War opened in cinemas around the world. It is Marvel’s 19th superhero movie,...
The shy ‘beautiful soul’ who died too soon
Is fame a curse? Swedish superstar DJ Avicii has died aged 28. Millions around the world adored his unique brand of dance music, but he struggled to cope with the celebrity spotlight.
Siri-ous business: Apple learns new dad jokes
Are corny jokes the best form of wit? Apple’s AI assistant, Siri, has been updated with new groan-worthy jokes. Some say they are “hilarious”, others “stupid” — a debate with a long history…
Meet Hollywood’s first gay teen blockbuster
Did Love, Simon arrive too late? The romantic comedy is the first mainstream teen movie to feature a gay character in the leading role. But some...
A Wrinkle In Time: a lovely, messy, warm, flop
Does it matter what film critics think? A Wrinkle In Time adapts a beloved American fantasy novel. Some reviewers praise the film as revolutionary...