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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281 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

282 The artist as businessman2010-12-03
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283 Miami Basel: the rise of Latin American art2010-12-03
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284 New opera: does it exist?2010-11-25 18:58:00
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285 Pop stars of a certain age2010-11-22
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286 Chekhov on the small screen2010-11-15 17:00:00
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287 Contemporary British art and the cult of celebrity2010-10-29 17:00:00
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288 Jan Dalley and Peter Aspden discuss A History of the World in 100 Objects2010-10-25 16:53:00
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289 Simon Schama on beasts and beastliness in contemporary art2010-10-14 23:49:00
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290 Shadow Catchers at the V&A2010-10-11 23:00:00
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291 Has Mad Men lost its mojo?2010-10-07 23:00:00
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292 Jan Dalley interviews Sir Nicholas Serota2010-10-06 23:00:00
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