THE WORD The operatic canon in crisis?

Following an international research project and a meeting of stakeholders at the Royal Opera House earlier this month, the picture remains complex, writes Cormac Newark.

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Fireworks on Blackheath, South London, tower over the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich, Nov 4, 2017 (a three image combo), by Roger Jackson

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Drama of Becket's assassination, back in the cathedral

Great drama has a way of always being relevant whenever it is performed, even if, like T S Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, it isn’t performed very often, writes Simon Tait.

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GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE RSC/Barbican see new hope for arts in Ofsted move

Figures show that arts subjects in schools are still declining but, following the announcement of their joint conference series starting in January, Jacqui O’Hanlon of the RSC and Jenny Mollica of the Barbican show a new Ofsted framework offers renewed hope

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Black Saturn, 2019, by Martin Lewis

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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THE WORD The art of reviving a high street

Historic England is the caretaker of a £95m fund to help struggling high streets. Its chief executive, Duncan Wilson, explains how his organisation will involve arts and culture to help these areas get their mojo back.

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TAITMAIL The Fed’s road map away from the abyss

Just over a year ago the Creative Industries Federation was facing an abyss. Staff were leaving, so were the members that provide its revenue, and a large part of its reserves was being spent on non-disclosure agreements. 

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The fabulous Zandra

Zandra Rhodes is celebrating 50 years in the fashion business with an exhibition at her own museum. Simon Tait reports

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Sara Shamma: Slavery and motherhood

The Syrian painter Sara Shamma has chosen modern slavery as her residency subject at King's College, and through the pain and fear of her interviews she saw the importance of motherhood in their stories. She spoke to Simon Tait 

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Designing the new Africa Centre: what does ‘Welcome’ feel like?

The Africa Centre has commissioned the young architectural practice Freehaus to help design its future, and tomorrow evening (Sept 18), as part of the London Design Festival, the centre’s director Kenneth Tharp and Freehaus’s Jonathan Hagos will have an open discussion about their collaboration, and the challenge. Simon Tait spoke to them first

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Fighting to save the ‘rarest spirits’ of the De Morgans

AI PROFILE: Sarah Hardy, curator and manager, The De Morgan Foundation

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Elizabeth Taylor, London, November 1948, by Chris Ware

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image

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