Gladstone’s Library: a retreat for readers and writers
The vibrant residential library founded on the bequest of the former prime minister can be both productive and restorative, finds Emma Rees
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, by Caryl Churchill
A staging of the 1647 Putney Debates poses inconvenient questions about political means and ends, says Liz Schafer
The seldom seen world of women without men
Films about female kinship and community are rare, precious exceptions to cinema’s enduring focus on groups of men, says Davina Quinlivan
Perhaps I’ll draw and you complete the story...
Anthony Trollope’s style is characterised by equivocation. How could Simon Grennan replicate this visually in a graphic novel adaptation?
Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Östlund
The repercussions of a man’s cowardice at a French ski resort entertain Duncan Wu in a most uncomfortable way
The Jew of Malta, by Christopher Marlowe
Justin Audibert’s sparkling production showcases the tragedy’s uneasy blend of offence and elation with just a hint of Tarantino, says Peter J. Smith
Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray
An exhibition of Georgian satirical prints is a timely study of the medium’s enduring power, finds Alexander Massouras
Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint
An artist often portrayed as an orthodox portraitist is depicted as having an ‘unquenchable thirst’ for innovation and experiment, finds Shahidha Bari