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Rudy Giuliani expected to join protest against Met's Klinghoffer opera

New York’s Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous opening in decades on Monday, as protesters get ready to picket The Death of Klinghoffer, the John Adams opera about the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by Palestinian guerrillas.

Our Town review an unforgettable evocation of Everytown

Almeida, LondonDavid Cromers cooly observant narrator leads a radically reworked version of Thornton Wilders classic that taps into collective folk memory Continue reading...

Dark Tides by Chris Ewan review Halloween chills, Manx style

Drawing on classic horror films, this Isle of Man-set thriller avoids schlock cliches to deliver a chilling readIt is 31 October on the Isle of Man. Eight-year-old Claire Cooper is out with her mother, celebrating Hop-tu Naa, the Manx version of Halloween

Once Upon a Time review Marina Warner's scholarly history of the fairytale

A lifetime of investigation into storytelling has gone into this gem of a book from the queen of fairytalesMarina Warner is our doyenne of fairy stories, the British equivalent to Americas Jack Zipes and Maria Tatar, only, it must be said, with a better p

Ade Edmondson: I never laughed as hard as I did with Rik

Ahead of appearing in stage play Nevilles Island in the West End, Ade Edmondson reflects on his life and work, and on the recent deaths of three close friends, including his Young Ones co-star Rik Mayall.

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime review the grisly evolution of swab justice

Crime novelist Val McDermid charts the history of forensics and interviews crime scene investigators to get the maggots-and-all storyThe other day, friends of ours were raided by the Metropolitan police, who confiscated computers and digital storage devic

Thurston Moore: The Best Day review recalls prime Sonic Youth

(Matador)Dorian Lynskey meets Thurston MooreListen to a stream of The Best DayThere is a significant tranche of alternative-minded music lifers for whom the break-up of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon and the dissolution of their seminal band Sonic Youth i

Joan of Arc: A History review a new window on to a strange chapter in French history

Helen Castors attempt to put Joan of Arc in context impresses, even if its subject remains elusiveJoan of Arc feminist icon?On 8 May 1429, a 17-year-old French peasant girl sat facing the English army north of Orléans. She was on horseback, in full armo

Rembrandt: The Late Works review dark, impassioned, magnificently defiant

This astonishing show of Rembrandts late works reveals an artist out of favour, widowed, bankrupt and at his most profoundly original and compassionate.

Here Lies Love; The Infidel the Musical; Gypsy review

Dorfman; Theatre Royal Stratford East, London; Festival, ChicesterImelda Marcos takes to the dance floor, David Baddiel takes real risks and Imelda Staunton takes no prisoners in a good week for musical theatreDont put a fatwa on it: Baddiel hopes The Inf