Drama of Becket's assassination, back in the cathedral

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.

TAITMAIL   Come to Dada

TAITMAIL Come to Dada

What do you think this is, a swastika or two noodle strands arranged in a visual pun? And how seriously should you take it?

Jonathan Church launches new company

Jonathan Church launches new company

Award-winning theatre director Jonathan Church is launching a new company, in partnership with Trafalgar Entertainments’ Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire.

God’s House Tower to open as arts centre

God’s House Tower to open as arts centre

The 700-year-old God's House Tower at Southampton’s centre opens as an arts and heritage venue next month after a £3.1m refit.

Call for artists to breathe life into dead spaces

Call for artists to breathe life into dead spaces

A challenge has gone out to artists, architects and creatives to revive unloved areas of London’s 2019 Borough of the Year, Waltham Forest.

Creativity in schools vital for later success – Durham Report

Creativity in schools vital for later success – Durham Report

Creativity in the curriculum is essential if young people are to be properly prepared for a successful work life, according to an Arts Council/Durham University led research programme whose report is published today.

Carnegie’s Dunfermline home is most friendly museum

Carnegie’s Dunfermline home is most friendly museum

The tiny Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum in Dunfermline is is the UK’s most family friendly museum this year, it was announced today.

Restored figureheads centrepiece for Plymouth’s £40m The Box

Restored figureheads centrepiece for Plymouth’s £40m The Box

Fourteen carved 19c figureheads from Devonport, Plymouth, have been saved from decay in a unique project by three teams of conservators.

DCMS announces £250m for regional cultural investment

DCMS announces £250m for regional cultural investment

The government today announced a new £250m Cultural Investment Fund for heritage projects around the country, in its biggest ever single investment in cultural infrastructure.

 Moving Roots reaching out from Battersea

Moving Roots reaching out from Battersea

Battersea Arts Centre’s touring network Moving Roots has announced five partners around the country for its three year programme.

Cater to lead UK Theatre

Cater to lead UK Theatre

Sebastian Cater is to be the new head of UK Theatre, the membership organisation that represents the performing arts and theatre outside London.

Turner Contemporary features on new £20 note

Turner Contemporary features on new £20 note

Turner Contemporary, the Margate art gallery opened eight years ago, is to feature on the new £20 on which the artist J M W Turner is to be the theme.

Annilese Miskimmon to be ENO’s next artistic director

Annilese Miskimmon to be ENO’s next artistic director

The Ulster-born director of Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Annilese Miskimmon, is to be English National Opera’s next artistic director.

Sales, tickets up at British Art Fair

Sales, tickets up at British Art Fair

British Art Fair last weekend broke records for both sales and attendance in its 31 year existence.

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

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

Marlow to leave RA to head Design Museum

Marlow to leave RA to head Design Museum

Tim Marlow, artistic director of the Royal Academy, is to leave after six years to become director of the Design Museum.

Glasgow’s Hunterian to benefit from Bruno art gift

Glasgow’s Hunterian to benefit from Bruno art gift

Art dealer and curator Philip A Bruno is to mark his 90thbirthday by giving over 70 works of contemporary and modern art to the Hunterian Gallery in Glasgow.

Now National Theatre cancels Shell sponsorship

Now National Theatre cancels Shell sponsorship

The National Theatre has announced a “climate emergency” and is cancelling its partnership with Shell.

Gursky portrait of Apple’s Ive for NPG

Gursky portrait of Apple’s Ive for NPG

The German photographic artist Andreas Gursky has been commissioned to make a portrait of Apple’s chief designer, Sir Jonathan Ive.

RSC sacks BP

RSC sacks BP

The Royal Shakespeare Company is ending its sponsorship from BP early.

Richard III makes first public appearance

Richard III makes first public appearance

This portrait of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king, goes on public display at Hever Castle today – his 567thbirthday - for the first time.

Bob Marley gets blue plaque

Bob Marley gets blue plaque

English Heritage has awarded the Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Marley a blue plaque.

Strike hits Bradford’s libraries and museums

Strike hits Bradford’s libraries and museums

Staff at Bradford's 14 Bradford libraries and museums are to strike for 14 days in protest against budget cuts.

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

THE ART OF PHOTOJOURNALISM Image of the month

Black Saturn, 2019, by Martin Lewis

Alan Sparrow introduces this month’s image