Judith Flanders writes regularly about theatre, dance and the contemporary arts and is a frequent contributor to the Sunday Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Spectator and She is the dance critic for the TLS. She has also broadcast on historical topics for BBC Radio 3 and was recently commissioned to record a series of short pieces about Charles Dickens’ London for BBC Radio 7

Don Q and Dracula, Royal Ballet and Mark Bruce Company

    Double visions Should anyone need an object lesson in archetype vs stereotype, the dip back into the nineteenth century performed by these two radically different companies could scarcely be bettered as an example. Potential dance audiences tend to be gun-shy, skittering at unfamiliar titles or mixed bills. The… Read more

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sleeping Beauty

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Sometimes, of course, it’s even better to be both. And Birmingham Royal Ballet, in their all-too-brief London season, have been both lucky and good. Lucky, because they have Peter Wright’s little jewel of a production to dance; and good because, well, they’re… Read more

Wilkie Collins: A Life of Sensation, by Andrew Lycett

Andrew Lycett: Wilkie Collins, A Life of Sensation (Hutchinson, 544 pp.) A nondescript street near Regent’s Park in London bears a blue plaque. It uses the old, postwar style, with a minimum of information: ‘Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), novelist, lived here’. Whenever I pass it, I always wonder, if I only… Read more