Hugh Cecil Obituary The Times

Accessibility Links Skip to content Search The Times and The Sunday Times Today’s sections Past six daysMy articles Times+ My account Register OBITUARY Hugh Cecil obituary Historian and biographer with a Bloomsbury background who unearthed forgotten writers of the...

A Slice of Life in Lockdown

HOME ABOUT Plain English Paul Levy Contact OTHER AJBLOGS ARTSJOURNAL March 31, 2020 by Paul Levy A pre-lockdown magazine feature The Amazon delivery guy rang the bell, then scampered off to safety behind the garden gate, a good distance, but not so far that he...

The Young Rembrandt: not a prodigy

Self-portrait in a cap, wide-eyed and open-mouthed, 1630 When you walk down one corridor in the current Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition of Young Rembrandt you see half a dozen tiny-to-small, though not quite postage stamp-size etchings, which are self-portraits of the...

Beckett: A bit of Rough at the Old Vic

February 5, 2020 by Paul Levy Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe in Rough for Theatre II (Photo Manuel Hardan) For one reason or another, we hadn’t been to the Old Vic since the daft unisex loos were installed, and, said my wife, “Something else has changed.” It was...

The Mystery / History of the Bottle in the Box

THE BOTTLE On Thursday, 23rd January, we had a small party at Millwood Farm. Though as it happened all our guests had our recovered good health to celebrate, that was not the reason for the gathering. Our excuse to dine on foie gras, tomato salad and burrata, and...

How Brilliant Are My Friends, After All?

A scene from My Brilliant Friend Part 1, image by Marc Brenner As I’ve relished all four volumes of the identity-mysterious Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, I was more than willing to sit through the four/five hour double-bill of the National Theatre’s production...

La guerre de Troie n’aura pas lieu, Or did it ever do anyway?

Jean Giraudoux’ 1935 play’s title in English claims “The Trojan War Will Not Take Place,” but his tragedy’s use of the future tense is actually a denial of Cassandra’s prophecy – in the face of all the evidence that an even worse war was to begin shortly. For the...

Not such a little list

ENO revives Jonathan Miller’s 1986 Mikado <image001.jpg>Sir John Tomlinson as the Mikado photo by Genivieve Girling Despite some newsworthy casting, there don’t seem to have been many reviews of the current revival of Sir Jonathan Miller’s bankable production of...