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.
Spring: ‘a spirit of youth in every thing’
Is there anything better than British springtime? Tomorrow marks the official beginning of the new season. It is a time of renewal that has inspired poets and artists for centuries…
‘Music bible’ NME stops printing after 66 years
What killed NME? For decades, the popular music magazine had the power to make or break bands. Now it has been broken in turn: as of next week, it will no longer print its weekly edition.
When Michelle Obama met her littlest superfan
Are celebrities the best role models for young girls? On International Women’s Day, a viral photograph shows two-year-old Parker Curry in awe of Michelle Obama’s official portrait…
‘World’s greatest girl band’ in royal reunion
Should we admire the Spice Girls? With a reunion (sort of) underway, the 90s stars may perform at Prince Harry’s wedding. Some say their message of “Girl Power” is needed now more than ever.
Humble cartoonist holds secret to happiness
Do we take life too seriously? For decades Matt Pritchett has turned hard-hitting news into funny cartoons. He says humour can be found (almost) anywhere because “nothing matters very much.”
Style v fashion: Queen steals the show
Is fashion overrated? When the Queen sat next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour at London Fashion Week some saw it as proof of Yves Saint Laurent's...
How a derelict factory became a work of art
Can graffiti be considered “art”? A group of 21 people have been awarded $6.7m in damages after a building they covered with tags was demolished. But many believe it was simply vandalism.
‘Three Billboards’ inspires copycat protests
Can films change the world? Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which has won five Baftas, tells the tale of one woman’s protest against authority. Activists are...
How ancient Troy reveals very modern wisdom
What can we learn from the fall of Troy? A new BBC series recounts the epic legend of war and revenge. The tale may be ancient, but some see clear parallels with our own volatile world.
Marvel’s first black superhero fights bigotry
Will the Black Panther help smash racism? The reviews are brilliant, but can the film really herald a new era for black superheroes and go deeper than mere thrills and box office records?
Shakespeare exposed by plagiarism detector
Is the world's greatest writer a cheat? Software normally used to outwit exam fraud has disclosed an obscure manuscript that was the source of many of the Bard's most famous lines.
The life of Ikea’s penny-pinching billionaire
Has Ikea made our lives better? Ingvar Kamprad certainly thought so. Ikea’s famously frugal founder, flat-pack furniture pioneer and former fascist has died. But his company is here to stay.
‘No guitars in sight’ at R&B-heavy Grammys
Is the era of the guitar finally over? For years, the Grammy Awards have been criticised for sidelining diverse artists in hip hop and rap music. Last night, however, the tables were turned.
‘British rock’s cult hero’ dead at 60
Would you rather be a cult hero or a star? Mark E. Smith definitely knew which he wanted to be. The brilliant, violent singer of The Fall hated the mainstream — and people loved him for it.
Real-life ‘Rosie’ who inspired a generation
What does the iconic “We Can Do It” poster teach us about feminism? Around 75 years after it first burst upon the world, the woman who inspired the image has died at the age of 96.