Christopher Werth

Immersing Oneself in the Drama

A night out at the opera to see an adaptation of an obscure 17th-century English play may sound like an expensive nap. But what if audience members were handed Venetian masks and invited to wander around the theater as the action unfolded? That's exactly what the London-based theater company Punchdrunk and the English National Opera have done with The Duchess of Malfi, which opened July 13 in an empty office complex outside the city.

World Cup 2010: South Africa Gets Ready

Victor Gumbi sits pensively beside a smoldering fire in a newly cleared lot, literally in the shadow of the recently renovated Ellis Park Stadium, one of the many venues where South Africa will host the World Cup football tournament, which kicks off this week.

Forged Paintings on Display--for Real

The measure of a great fake is being mistaken for the real thing. In 1947, when the Courtauld Gallery in London acquired Virgin and Child, a vibrantly colored panel attributed to Botticelli, the painting took its place as a revered part of the museum's collection.

Will Britain Hang Together?

The U.K. elections this week have the country's politicians wringing their hands over the vote's probable outcome--especially the threat of a hung Parliament.

Should Libel Laws Apply To the Web?

London is the capital of many things--England, financial services. And slapping people with libel lawsuits. Plaintiffs from around the globe--or "libel tourists"--flock to Britain to take advantage of its pro-litigant libel laws that make suing for defamation nearly a guaranteed win.

Should Libel Laws Apply to the Web?

London is the capital of many things—England, financial services. And slapping people with libel lawsuits. Plaintiffs from around the globe—or "libel tourists"—flock to Britain to take advantage of its pro-litigant libel laws that make suing for defamation nearly a guaranteed win.

Britain's Fight for Buried Treasures

Sometime in the middle of the 15th century, a well-to-do merchant from London buried more than 6,700 gold and silver coins on a sloping hillside in Surrey.

'A Prophet' Heralds a New Wave of French Auteurs

Ever since the French new wave of the 1950s and 1960s, few French filmmakers have gone on to find wider international fame. With rare exception—most notably, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 romantic comedy Amélie—French cinema has flourished primarily in France, where it enjoys a robust system of public subsidies and protection from Hollywood imports.Now Jacques Audiard is poised to become the next native director to move into the global spotlight.

Northern Ireland Slides Back Toward Bloodshed

Nearly 12 years after Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace accord, violence is on the rise. Last week a 1,000-pound truck bomb was found under a highway connecting Dublin and Belfast.

Tourists Journey to Their Favorite Film Locations

Long before I ever set foot in London, I formed an impression of the British capital based entirely on the movies I'd seen. Mary Poppins—one of my mother's favorite films—left me with a rather outdated image of a city full of black umbrellas and dapper chimney sweeps.

Remaking 'Gavin & Stacey' for U.S. TV Audiences

When the third and final season of Gavin & Stacey begins this fall, fans of the BBC sitcom will finally discover whether young lovers from opposite sides of the tracks—Matthew Horne plays a well-to-do suburbanite from outside London and Joanna Page a girl from a rather run-down seaside resort town in Wales—can overcome their cultural divides.

The End of Pop Art

Even in those first tumultuous weeks last year when it looked as if the entire global financial system might collapse, art dealers and gallerists from New York to London were stuck in the euphoria of the boom years, convinced that prices for contemporary art could only keep climbing.

Two New Positions Created to Head European Union

With Ireland expected to pass the Lisbon Treaty this time around, Europe could soon see the creation of two new positions vying to lead the EU: a full-time European Council president and a new and improved EU "foreign minister." The question now is which office will wield more power?

Green Clouds in Northern Climes

Just google the words "carbon footprint" and you've added seven grams of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, say Harvard researchers. Google disputes this number, but there's little doubt the IT industry is becoming one of the biggest contributors to global warming.

Europe Slashes Its Defense Budgets

The global arms race is slowing for only one major contestant, Europe, with potentially long-range implications for its status as a big power. Despite the worldwide recession, global arms sales rose 4 percent last year, with the U.S. and China leading the pack at $607 billion and $85 billion, respectively.

Tracing the Travails of the Green Art Movement

In the 1970s, around the time of the first Earth Day celebrations, artists such as Robert Smithson set out into the great American West with bulldozers, eager to redefine mankind's relationship with the natural world.

Europe's Fringe Parties Could Win Big In June

State power is rising as governments scramble to stop the global financial crisis, so why are Europeans so indifferent to who runs the European state? Just 34 percent of citizens plan to vote in European parliamentary elections this month, down from the previous record low of 45 percent in 2004.

Technology: Internet Filtering Processes

Internet censorship used to be pretty easy to spot. When China blocks YouTube or prohibits anything on the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, it's not hard to figure out what's going on.

Seeing Britain by Canal Boat

Britain may be an island surrounded by majestic sea-scapes and old, beguiling ports, but its finest waterways actually lie inland. The U.K. has 3,200 kilometers of navigable canals, left over from the 19th century, when it was the industrial manufacturer to the world.

Britain Considers a Second Industrial Revolution

As London seeks to end the financial crisis, some Brits want to go back to how things used to be—way back. Last year, then–business secretary John Hutton pinpointed industrial manufacturing as "central" to recovery, an idea echoed in March by Tory leader David Cameron, whose party has long been inimical to manufacturers.

Saving Britain's Titians

Now that the bankers have fled for Dubai, what's the next victim of Britain's credit crisis to face offshoring? An unlikely pick: a pair of Titian canvasses in Edinburgh's National Galleries.

Capa War Photography At London's Barbican

In 1939, an assistant to photographer Robert Capa fled Paris before Hitler's troops descended. With him, he took three boxes of Spanish Civil War negatives by Capa and Capa's partner, Gerda Taro.