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The renegade art school proving that painting is not dead

As conceptual art becomes the academic orthodoxy, the new Turps art school is fighting for the place of painting in contemporary art.

Xerxes review Hytners staging remains fresh and fluid

Alice Coote brings tremendous vocal swagger to this ENO revival of Handel's comic opera.

James Dacre: Theatres must learn to collaborate more

The artistic director of Northamptons Royal and Derngate explains why he is overseeing a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that will also be seen in Manchester and Newcastle.

Constable: The Making of a Master in pictures

Theres more to Constable than chocolate boxes and jigsaw puzzles. A new exhibition pits him against the old masters, from Rembrandt to Rubens, that he admired and tried to outdo. The results are a revelation.

Constable: The Making of a Master review a feast of a show

Constable didnt just find inspiration in wild seas and brooding skies. As a new show illustrates, he steeped himself in the old masters and tried to outdo them.

Cardinal Burns review an absurd night of cut-above comedy

There are some great moments in this infectiously ridiculous show, which doesn't rely too much on the pairs hit TV series.

The Sense of Style review Steven Pinkers comedy of linguistic bad manners

The psycholinguists guide to modern usage is at its best when highlighting hilarious gaffes.

Otello review musically magnificent but there's an emotional vacuum at the heart of ENO's new production

Coliseum, LondonWith Stuart Skelton in the title role, this is the tragedy of an ordinary jealous man; its Jonathan Summerss totally compelling Iago who holds centre stageEnglish National Operas last Otello, 16 years ago, set it in the army barracks of a

The Undertaking review Audrey Magee's German wartime love story is 'authentic, relevant and powerful'

Audrey Magee's spare and resonant tale finds ordinary, flawed Germans swept up in the horrors of Nazi GermanyAt the end of this absorbing wartime tale, Audrey Magee points readers towards the work of Hans Fallada the "rediscovered" writer whose anti-fasc

The Girl Next Door review Ruth Rendell's acute investigation of old age

Yes, there's a murder, but the veteran crime writer explores death from a different angle in her latest novelShortly before the second world war, a man nicknamed Woody murders his wife and his wife's lover. In an act of psychopathy, he cuts off the couple