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Arts & Entertainment

  • World’s a stage for Bard’s works

    The life and works of William Shakespeare will be celebrated across the world in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the writer’s death. The British Council is drawing up plans for a global programme of events that will recognise Shakespeare as...

  • In-flight show marks playwright’s birth

    The Reduced Shakespeare Company is believed to have set a world record after its actors performed an abridged version of the playwright’s works at 11,275 metres – on an Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Verona, Italy. The Bard's plays were performed...

  • Of relationships and life

    A random drive down an unfamiliar road and a chance encounter with a stranger force a soft-spoken bank employee to reassess his life and acknowledge his true self in the new indie drama Boulevard, starring Oscar winner Robin Williams. Williams,...

  • ‘Lost’ Peter Sellers film clips released

    The first clips of two Peter Sellers films which had been thought lost until they were salvaged from a skip have been released ahead of a world premiere event. Dearth of a Salesman and Insomnia is Good for You are two of the earliest examples of...

  • Starting over

    A bored housewife is given the opportunity to go on holiday with her friend for two weeks in Greece. She packs her bags, leaves a note for her husband, and heads for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. What she finds is romance and a new awareness...

  • Avengers director releases film online

    Avengers director Joss Whedon released his newest film, In Your Eyes, online just as it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, joining the ranks of film-makers experimenting with straight-to-consumer digital distribution. In a surprise video...

  • Blurred Lines is the most downloaded track in UK

    Robin Thicke’s controversial chart-topper has been named the most downloaded track in UK music history. According to a new countdown compiled by the Official Charts Company and unveiled by BBC Radio 1, the track Blurred Lines – which also features...

  • Film releases

    KRS is today releasing the following films: The Other Woman (12A)Divergent (12A)The Grand Budapest Hotel (12A) For reviews of these movies, check this week’s culture section on The Sunday Times of Malta.

  • Canadian singer climbs UK music charts with debut

    Female Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza grabbed the top spot in Britain’s music charts with her debut single Hideaway, which sold more than 136,000 copies, the Official Charts Company said. Calgary-born Kiesza is a classically-trained ballerina...

  • What are you trying to say, Ozzy?

    Ozzy Osbourne and Lady Gaga’s songs leave fans scratching their heads – the singers have topped a poll of acts whose lyrics people find most difficult to make out. Veteran British rock star Ozzy takes first place in the list, followed by eccentric...

  • Ultravox’s Vienna named top ’80s hit

    Moody chart hit Vienna by Ultravox has been named the favourite song from the 1980s in a British radio poll. The track, which famously failed to make it to number one after being held off the top slot by novelty hit Shaddap You Face by Joe Dolce,...

  • Hollywood films play to the faithful

    Hollywood has embraced God in a big – and lucrative – way. The movie Heaven is for Real, which depicts the story of a young boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, is the fourth faith-based film this year to stir...

  • Picky vampires land in West End

    A vampire who is a picky eater might seem to be a contradiction but is the star of the show in Let the Right One In, the latest transfer of a cinema hit to the stage. Although the main characters are teenagers – albeit one of whom is several...

  • So simple and sophisticated

    Even when he was in his 80s and in frail health, the French painter, sculptor and, latterly, master of painted cut-out paper Henri Matisse, still had it. That, in part, is what an exhibition of Matisse’s late-life works, some huge and covering...

  • New exhibition is a load of rubbish

    The Science Museum in London is planning a rubbish new exhibition – based on the amount of refuse it throws out every month. It is teaming up with artist Joshua Sofaer and asking visitors to help collect, sort and document the rubbish generated at...

  • No one expects the Inquisition

    Particularly if it’s sporting sequins! The Dazzle Troupe is back with another instalment of Burlesque, and Jo Caruana finds herself glamoured by this year’s Middle Ages-themed edition.   Life doesn’t have to be taken that seriously, does it?...

  • Vassalli’s chains and demons

    Tyrone Grima’s Ċittadin Vassalli, staged at the Manoel Theatre as part of the Staġun Teatru Malti, is – as the play’s producer/director Mario Philip Azzopardi warns us in his programme note – a “socio-political fantasy”, as opposed to a...

  • Shakespeare made fun

    A new version of Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, is being shown in Malta after a short tour in South Yorkshire, the UK. Titled What You Will – A Sea Dog’s Tale, the play is the result of an international artist collaboration between South...

  • Pope Francis inspires an oratorio in tribute to Mary

    An oratorio titled Marija fil-Qalb Maltija (Mary in the Maltese Heart) has been composed by Alfred Massa, with a musical arrangement by Hermann Farrugia Frantz. The oratorio was inspired by an exhortation of Pope Francis to “learn from Mary and...

  • Applications for Notte Bianca now open

    Applications for this year’s Notte Bianca, which will be held on October 11, are now open. Now in its ninth year, Notte Bianca attracts over 60,000 people to the capital, making it the largest cultural event in Valletta and transforming the...

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