Sep 12

Sir Peter Hall has died yesterday aged 86

Peter HallAll Images: Peter Hall directing rehearsals for Antony and Cleopatra, 1987 National Theatre production with Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins © John Haynes


Theatre director Sir Peter Hall has died yesterday aged 86

Peter Hall founded the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as the Peter Hall Company and the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames. He was director of the National Theatre from 1973 – 1988 and artistic director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera from 1984 – 1990.

22 November 1930 – 11 September 2017


Antony And Cleopatra by William Shakespeare Antony And Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Sep 12

Last Night of the Proms 2017

Last Night of the PromsSakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra during the Last Night of the Proms 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall, London © Chris Christodoulou.


The 2017 Proms season drew to a close on Saturday, and Lebrecht photographer Chris Christodoulou was on hand to capture the action of the famous Last Night performance. Click here for images, or contact us at

For more images of this year’s Proms season, click here.


Sep 11

Controversial new film in Russia to be screened for first time today


The controversial new film Matilda tellls the story of a love affair between Nicholas II and Mathilde Kschessinskaya, a prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. Some members of the Orthodox Russian Church claim the film is blasphemous because it depicts the Tsar (who was canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000) in erotic scenes. A movement called Christian State-Holy Rus, a radical Russian Orthodox movement, has warned that ‘cinemas will burn’ if the film is screened.


Sep 06

Last night of the Proms this Saturday! Contact Lebrecht for images

Jirí Belohlávek conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra during the Last Night of the Proms 2007 at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, on 8 September 2007.Jiří Bělohlávek conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra during the Last Night of the Proms 2007 at the Royal Albert Hall, London © Chris Christodoulou.


The Last Night of the Proms is coming up this Saturday! Lebrecht photographer Chris Christodoulou will be there recording the action. Contact us at to arrange delivery of images.

Take a look at this year’s Proms highlights here, or delve into the archive here to view the Last Night of Prom seasons past.


Aug 24

German pianist Aloys Kontarsky has died

Sur Scéne by Mauricio KageSur Scéne, chamber music play by Mauricio Kagel performed by the mime Rolf Scharre and pianists Alfons and Aloys Kontarsky, Munich, 1964. Photograph by Franz Hubmann © Imagno


Kontarsky was best known for performing contemporary works for two pianos with his brother Alfons. As a duet, they gave the world premiere performances of works by Luciano Berio, Sylvano Bussotti, Mauricio Kagel, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henri Pousseur, Luis de Pablo, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann.


Aug 14

Anniversaries of Musical Greats: John Lee Hooker

JLHookerFrom left: Performing live at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1987. © Stephen Parker. Performing in Copenhagen, 1968 © JazzSign.


Coming up this month, 22 August is the centenary of the birth of John Lee Hooker, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist.

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Aug 09

Pepita’s Grand Pas from Paquita – Mariinsky Ballet at the Royal Opera House

Grand Pas from Paquita

The Mariinsky Ballet’s mixed programme Contrasts opened yesterday at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Images from the third act in the programme, Pepita’s Grand Pas from Paquita with Viktoria Tereshnika as Paquita and Vladimir Shklyarov. Closing night tonight.

Photographs © Leo Mason. Click here for more images or contact

Grand Pas from Paquita Grand Pas from Paquita


Aug 08

August Literary Anniversaries

August is a literary month for anniversaries this year – look out for poetry greats including Baudelaire and Blake.

AugLitClockwise from left: Newton by William Blake, monotype print finished in ink and watercolour on paper, 1795 (reworked in 1805) © Derek Bayes. Charles Baudelaire, caricature © Neale Osborne. Stephen Fry in Cell Mates by Simon Gray, 1995 © Sheila Rock


9 August – 55th death anniversary of Hermann Hesse, Swiss novelist, poet and painter

11 August – 80th death anniversary of American novelist Edith Wharton

12 August – 190th death anniversary of English poet and painter William Blake

14 August – 150th birth anniversary of novelist John Galsworthy

24 August – 60th birthday of Stephen Fry, English actor, writer and television personality

31 August – 150th death anniversary of French poet Charles Baudelaire