Email Artswrap on Twitter Artswrap on Facebook

The Guardian

A comedian's guide to what makes different British cities laugh

Cardiff loves a bodily function joke, Leeds prefers a storyteller and Manchester is half Liams and half Noels ... Nish Kumar reviews the differing sense of humour of cities across the UK Why do British cities get such a bad name in sitcoms?Being a comedia

James Acaster: 'Normal people perv solo'

An offhand comment on a night out about infidelity led me to this routine about apples, orchards and dismal nightclubs Continue reading...

James Acaster: 'Normal people perv solo'

An offhand comment on a night out about infidelity led me to this routine about apples, orchards and dismal nightclubsThis routine is based on a real-life event, but I changed a lot of the details, such as people's names and where it took place and the ci

Age of Ambition review an intimate portrait of China

How do you write about China? Evan Osnos shows us the lives of its citizens including dissidents Ai Weiwei and Liu XiaoboOf the many detailed portraits of politicians, dissidents and strivers that make up Evan Osnos's lively panorama of evolving contempo

Banksy 'Spy Booth' near GCHQ preserved by millionaire for community

There had been concerns Cheltenham artwork by guerilla graffiti artist would be auctioned off.

Prom 17: Les Arts Florissants/Christie familiar finesse, classy soloists

Rameau's vivid, emotionally immediate Grand Motets brought a flavour of his importance as a composer of sacred music to the anniversary celebrations.

Prom 16: Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic/Goetzel review

This was a classy, enthusiastic ensemble and Sascha Goetzel the consummate showman at this Middle East-inspired evening.

The Secret Garden review ingenious design in an alfresco setting

Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre, ChesterKate Saxon's adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel boasts heart, charm and a thoroughly convincing cast Continue reading...

Richter Plays Schubert Live review genius on small and grand scale

The centenary of the birth of Sviatoslav Richter, the supreme pianist of the second half of the 20th century, falls next March.

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes review an Iraqi's identity crisis

Arcola, LondonThis story of a Sunni man who flees sectarian Iraq for a life in Britain is more striking in individual scenes than as a whole Continue reading...