The Merry Widow review: a ‘snazzy, frothy tunefest’

In recent years Britain’s leading opera companies have sought to “broaden their audiences and expand their repertory”, said Nicholas Kenyon in The Daily Telegraph. We’ve had “Sweeney Todd” at the Royal Opera and Gilbert and Sullivan at English National Opera; Opera North was an early adopter with its RSC-linked “Show Boat” in 1990, and currently […]

The House of Beckham: why Tom Bower’s book won’t topple the Golden Balls empire

Tom Bower’s new book – “House of Beckham: Money, Sex and Power” – is brimming with scandal. But will the unauthorised biography really pierce the “golden armour and dismantle the Beckham machine”, asked Katie Rosseinsky in The Independent. Given their “staggeringly slick” PR machine, it is a big ask.  The book comes off the back of […]

Best new films out in 2024

Inside Out 2 It’s been nine years since Pixar released its hit animation Inside Out, but this sequel has been worth the wait. Even “funnier, cleverer and more awesomely inventive” than the original, it marks a “triumphant return to form for the studio behind Toy Story and Up”, said Larushka Ivan-Zadeh in the Daily Mail. […]

New television shows out in 2024

Sign up to The Week’s Culture & Life newsletter for reviews and recommendations. House of the Dragon The hotly anticipated follow-up to HBO’s well-received first season of “House of the Dragon” is finally here. The prequel to “Game of Thrones” had massive shoes to fill but is doing so admirably. Author George R.R. Martin described the opening […]

Best podcasts of 2024: from Just One Thing to Thief at the British Museum

Have you missed the biggest news of the week? Or the stories that will shape our lives in years to come, when the passing hype of the day’s headlines have faded from memory. That’s what we explore on The Week’s own award-winning podcast, “The Week Unwrapped”, which seeks out under-reported stories with unexpected consequences. Listen […]

Best TV crime and detective dramas: from Eric to Presumed Innocent

Sign up to The Week’s Arts & Life newsletter for reviews and recommendations Eric In Abi Morgan’s six-part drama, the son of a brilliant puppeteer Vincent Anderson (Benedict Cumberbatch) goes missing in 1980s New York. “It’s a city riddled with squalor, homelessness, racism and rampant crime,” said Adam Sweeting at The Arts Desk, and Vincent’s […]

The UK’s best film and TV studio tours

There’s something about stepping into the world of a film or TV show that feels strangely familiar. Perhaps it’s the local pub in a soap you’ve watched since you were a kid, or a grand old hotel that served as the backdrop to your favourite movie. Whatever the location, an immersive tour is a great […]

8 cocktail recipes for your every summer need

A margarita stretched for maximum quenching; a blended daiquiri heavy on the coffee; a supremely classic Mint Julep: summer’s drinking requirements are a bit scattered. This game plan has you covered.  Margarita Soda  A well-constructed margarita is always a good idea. A margarita with a base of tequila, agave syrup and fresh lime juice, lengthened […]

Best true crime podcasts: from White Devil to The Trial of Lord Lucan

Sign up to The Week’s Arts & Life newsletter for reviews and recommendations. The Trial of Lord Lucan The Daily Mail’s “The Trial” podcasts have taken listeners behind the scenes of a handful of high-profile criminal cases, including the prosecutions of Lucy Letby, Contance Marten and the teenage killers of Brianna Ghey. “The Trial of Lord Lucan” […]

House of the Dragon: ‘finally the show it was always meant to be’

The first episode of “House of the Dragon” season two may not be the kind of “all-guns-blazing” opener to entice new fans, said Rebecca Nicholson in The Guardian. But the series “worms its way into your mind” with its “deceptive gentleness”, and gradually draws you in “almost by stealth”.  It is “more mannered, more sombre” […]

The best eco-friendly hotels around the world

Many hotels tout their “sustainable” credentials, but these green pledges often amount to little more than phasing out single-use plastics. Some hotels are making real efforts to minimise their environmental impact, though, and to give something back. Here are some of the best eco-friendly options in locations worldwide, from the white sandy shores of Zanzibar […]

5 downright temperate places to hike this summer

This summer, do not let sweltering temperatures force you to put your hiking boots away. There are plenty of places to go on a temperate trek, from the wilds of Alaska to the caves of Kentucky. When you go to one of the following five spots, the calendar may show July, but the cool air […]