FT Life of a Song

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Each month FT music critics and contributors discuss the story of a song, from its origins and early recordings through cover versions good and bad. Formerly called FT Arts.

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FT Life of a Song

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261 Interactive theatre and the role of the audience2011-12-09 18:43:00
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262 Enough Hamlet?2011-11-18 18:13:00
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263 Postmodernism: what's not to like?2011-09-20 11:50:00
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264 Ken Loach on political filmmaking2011-09-06 17:15:00
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265 The late, great Amy Winehouse2011-07-29 16:15:00
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266 Is this a golden age for children’s theatre?2011-07-19 15:20:00
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267 Edinburgh Festival 2011 Preview2011-07-15 16:49:00
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268 Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life2011-07-07 16:45:00
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269 Pop festivals, retromania and the iCloud2011-06-12 16:00:00
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270 Venice Biennale preview2011-05-25 15:02:00
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271 3D or not 3D?2011-04-01 14:46:00
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272 Musicals: serious art or just plain silly?2011-03-01 15:45:00
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273 Oscars 2011 preview2011-02-25 15:35:00
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274 Anna Nicole: the opera2011-02-18 18:10:00
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275 Brit Awards preview2011-02-14
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276 Sky Atlantic, Boardwalk Empire and the state of TV drama2011-01-28 17:09:00
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277 Classical ballet and contemporary dance2011-01-14 19:16:00
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278 Best pop music of 20102010-12-17 16:58:00
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279 Does farce matter?2010-12-10
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Does farce matter?

Slapstick; sexual jealousy; and mistaken identity. At its best, farce can be sublime – its intricate plotting and sheer silliness combining to blissful comic effect. But should we take farce seriously, or is is mere lowbrow entertainment? What makes a good farce, and how should a director approach it? On the opening of Georges Feydeau’s 1907 farce 'A Flea in Her Ear' at the Old Vic in London, Jan Dalley puts these questions to its distinguished director, Sir Richard Eyre, who was artistic director of the National Theatre for a decade, and to Sarah Hemming, the FT's theatre critic. Produced by Griselda Murray Brown.…read more

280 The artist as businessman2010-12-03
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