A Russian theatre giant brays against artistic repression

Anatoly Vasiliev’s productions were too radical for the Russian authorities. Now, he’s turned to cinema – and donkeys – to get his message across

Aidan O’Brien: the trainer who is leading the pack

The Irishman is a deserved winner of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities international award

A weekend retreat for keen pianists (and absolute beginners)

Finchocks, a former piano museum in Kent, is now a luxurious destination for people keen to brush up on their key skills

How the childhood home of a great artist was left to rot

Romanian authorities have failed to protect the house where Constantin Brancusi grew up

The Kinks’ misunderstood masterpiece

Village Green Preservation Society is not the document of English cultural conservatism it is often described as

The best exhibitions to see this autumn

From Mantegna and Bellini to Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Nine books to read this autumn

The best new novels and non-fiction to curl up on the sofa with

Sean Scully: ‘Fatherhood has given my art a new lease of life’

The prolific artist on how doing the school run in his 70s has brought a fresh dynamism to his work

London’s best art fairs

Where to go if you want to buy – or just gawp at – some fine art

The great second places

Mark Mason celebrates the people and things forgotten by history for not quite finishing first

London Film Festival 2018: Five under the radar gems

Tickets are at a premium for the best films at LFF – but here’s a selection still available to book (if you’re quick)

Meet the queens of cryptocurrency

James Delingpole on the women shaping a male-dominated industry

Stop talking! Men who overshare are not seductive

Do I look like a woman who relishes too much information?

The Pompidou Centre, Paris’s great blemish

From no angle does this ostentatious building fit in with its surroundings, nor did it occur to its architects that it should

How the Oscars became a casualty of the streaming wars

An award for achievement in ‘popular film’ is being considered for the Oscars – but the Academy is behind the times

Terry O’Neill captured celebrity from the start

His photographs defined the democratic post-war age. Stephen Bayley hears the stories behind previously unseen pictures

Maggi Hambling: ‘You can’t make art without love’

The outspoken artist talks to Mary Wakefield about letting go, drinking in Soho — and why we should be rude to friends

In search of the real Frankenstein

Was a Somerset scientist and his daring electrical experiments the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece?

Open House London 2018: the best buildings to visit

The doors to the capital’s architectural gems are being thrown open once again

Gallery: Courtauld Impressionists

A stunning exhibition at the National Gallery featuring Manet, Seurat, Van Gogh and more

A hungry history of the Houses of Parliament

From William Pitt the Younger’s passions for pies to Margaret Thatcher’s favourite tea room

10 TV shows to watch this autumn

Doctor Who, Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs and a new John Le Carré adaptation are heading to the small screen

Plays to book ahead for

Must-see shows including Martin McDonagh’s new play and a Game of Thrones star taking to the stage