Lloyd Evans 13 July 2019 9:00 AM 13 July 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp EuropeDonmar Warehouse, until 10 AugustThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The MusicalAmbassadors Theatre, until 12 October Europe. Big word. Big theme. It was used by David Greig as the title of his 1994 play about frontiers in the age of mass migration. The setting is a railway station in eastern Europe and it opens like a kids’ TV show with each character entering and doing something ‘typical’. Everyone is either good or bad. The stationmaster is a bullying xenophobe. His deputy, Adele, is a meek, well-meaning housewife unhappily married to a dim, angry factory worker whose unemployed mates are as stupid as he is, apart from one who wants to go travelling and another who makes stacks of evil cash out of smuggling. Two migrants arrive, father and daughter. The father is a sublimely intelligent amateur philosopher with a … [Read more...] about A cartoonish look at migration: Europe at the Donmar reviewed
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4 Roger Lewis reviews Chanel's Riviera: Life, Love and the Struggle for Survival on the Côte d’Azur, 1930–1944 by Anne de Courcy (W&N) Coco Chanel, according to Anne de Courcy, remains “the most famous dress designer ever”, whose graceful black-and-white creations were a world away from Edwardian flowers and feathers. “To my mind,” said the seamstress, “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” It was Chanel’s idea to introduce shoulder pads to emphasise a slender waist. She also invented a classic perfume, Chanel No 5, which made her fortune. “Spray it on wherever you expect to be kissed,” ran the instruction on the box – did anybody dare? Though Chanel retained a suite at the Ritz in Paris,... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only … [Read more...] about The Nazi skeletons in Coco Chanel’s closet
The title gives little to nothing away and unless you've spoken in detail to someone who has seen the Book of Mormon, or read a review prior to seeing the show, you're going into it blind. And that's vital, because this is the type of production which thrives on the punchline, the shock factor and the unknown. The Book of Mormon is not for anyone easily offended. Its satire pushes and highlights racial and sexual stereotypes, picks on the poor, de-humanises women and ridicules religious practices. We begin by meeting a group of soon-to-graduate American 'Elders', who are young men sent to preach the teachings of the Book to communities around the world, and convert them to the the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They're sent to far away lands and sing about them in Two by Two; Japan (land of soy sauce), Norway (land of trolls) and France (land of pastries and turtlenecks). It errs on the edge of risque, but turns out to be a relatively tame introduction to what is to come. … [Read more...] about Review: The Book of Mormon at Manchester Palace Theatre
Martin Vander Weyer 13 April 2019 9:00 AM 13 April 2019 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp This is no time for schadenfreude — but take comfort from the fact that the UK isn’t built like Germany. Being a world-leading exporter of manufactured goods — which they are and we’re not — is all very well until orders from China fade, Donald Trump adds you to his list of trade foes, your flagship car industry goes into spasm, and even the mystic waters of the Rhine get in on the act by falling to levels that impede the movement of cargo. Now the German economy is close to recession, with falling factory orders and a Purchasing Managers’ Index for manufacturing (in which results below 50 indicate contraction) of 44.7, its lowest since 2012. Consensus 2019 growth forecasts have dropped to 1 per cent, and some pundits expect much worse. Since Germany accounts for three tenths of eurozone economic activity, none of … [Read more...] about Germany’s economy is crashing – but its fall may help save us
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and novelist MacKenzie Bezos, his wife of 25 years, have reached a settlement following one of the most high profile divorces of all time. Details of the arrangement were posted by MacKenzie in her one and only Twitter post on Thursday evening, in which she revealed she would be keeping 25% of their previously joint Amazon stock as well as her interests in the Washington Post and space travel company Blue Origin. She also revealed that she would be giving Bezos “voting control of [her] shared to support his continued contributions”. Prior to the divorce, the Bezos family owned a 16.3% stake in the company which made $232.8 billion last year according to Forbes. Per the agreement, MacKenzie will now own a 4% stake in the retail giant. No further details have been revealed about their other assets, which include a number of real estate properties across the United States that NDTV estimated were worth “tens of millions of dollars”. Prior … [Read more...] about MacKenzie Bezos net worth: Who is Jeff Bezos’ wife and will she become the richest woman in the world after they divorce?