fri 18/04/2014

Features & Interviews

A 21st-century Three Sisters

Anya Reiss

About a week after my modern adaptation of The Seagull closed in 2012 at Southwark Playhouse the director Russell Bolam texted me, "Same again?" So it’s now in 2014 that at (the new) Southwark Playhouse we’ve got our modern take on Chekhov’s Three Sisters, which has just opened.I made it modern because I can’t see any other reason for me to do it. There are loads of eloquent, clever versions of the original knocking around and I don’t feel any need to throw another one in unless I’m doing...

theartsdesk in Sydney: Strictly Ballroom's back

Jeremy Eccles

"Everyone is beautiful when they dance,” oozes the ballroom MC in the midst of a competition that reveals just how un-beautiful terpsichorean people can be when seriously challenged by other dancers, or by anyone radical enough to try to dance to a different tune. Yes, Strictly Ballroom the 1992 film has become Strictly Ballroom the Musical – premiered in Sydney last weekend with Kylie Minogue in attendance – as it was always destined to be.It is less well known that the work actually...

Celluloid Man: Preserving the heritage of Indian...

Tom Birchenough

This April is proving the kindest month for cinephiles. Hot on the heels of Mark Cousins’ engrossing A Story of Children and Film comes another...

theartsdesk at the Final Frontier: Trekkie...

Jasper Rees

“I don’t do the costumes,” says an intense bloke called Adrian. “That’s for people without a life. I’ve no interest in that.” Further down the...

theartsdesk in Panama: Hubris, suffering and...

Demetrios Matheou

The contradictions and iniquities of Panama City were very much in evidence last week. The city opened Central America’s first subway system, which...

What Graeae did next

Jenny Sealey

The company director for deaf and disabled performers introduces their collaboration with a Brazilian circus troupe

Listed: Top 10 Children's Theatre Shows

Katie Colombus

Looking for a spot of cultural activity for your family this Easter hols?

Brighton Festival: A Journey Back

Thomas H Green

Andrew Comben chooses highlights from his time as CEO of the Brighton Festival

Alan Davie, 1920-2014

Mark Hudson

An artist who astonished with the visceral intensity of his paintings, but who came to see himself as an outsider

Listed: Hauschka's Abandoned Cities


Experimental musician describes the abandoned cities that inspired his elegiac new album

Interview: Karol Conka - a shiny new rap star from Brazil

Peter Culshaw

Music and politics with Brazil's newest star, who opened the La Linea Festival with a bang

theartsdesk in Estonia: Freedom and Music Thrive in the Shadow of Putin’s Russia

Kieron Tyler

Tallinn Music Week unites Pussy Riot and neighbouring Baltic states to confirm the power of song

10 Questions for Screenwriter Sarah Phelps

Adam Sweeting

Stage and TV veteran turns to the experiences of nurses on the Western Front in 'The Crimson Field'

Barry is ready for her close-up

Bridget Keehan

The town that gave us Gavin and Stacey investigates its past in a new site-specific piece, all aboard a bus

Frankie Knuckles, 1955-2014

Joe Muggs

RIP the Godfather of House

News Exclusive: Tina Turner records with Led Zeppelin

Thomas H Green

First lady of rhythm & blues in the studio with rock legends

Miles Davis: Live at Fillmore East

Tim Cumming

A boxset of all the incendiary music from the trumpeter’s 1970 residency is a revelation

Listed: Celebrating Dylan Thomas

Jasper Rees

As the great Welsh poet turns 100, theartsdesk lists 10 must-see centenary events

theartsdesk in Calais: Monument, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Mark Sheerin

Contemporary artists respond to the idea of the monument in remembrance of two world wars

Dangerous Acts: filming Belarus Free Theatre

Madeleine Sackler

The director introduces her striking new documentary about making theatre under Europe's last dictatorship

theartsdesk in Sydney: Beyond the Cringe

Alexandra Coghlan

High art and low comedy on a cultural trip Down Under

Preview: Martin Amis's England

Mark Kidel

The director tells the story behind this Sunday's controversial documentary

10 Questions for musician Burnt Friedman - with video exclusive

Joe Muggs

The Berlin-based musician on taking his experiments to Africa

I Found My Horn: Afterlife of a Book

Jasper Rees

How a book about the French horn moved on to the next stage. Plus author/actor Q&A

theartsdesk in Bilbao: Yoko Ono at the Guggenheim Museum

Fisun Güner

A fine retrospective of a conceptual artist whose work offers more light and shade than her spoken words

Remembering Derek Jarman

Ron Peck

Memories of a very British film director, 20 years after his death

A silver rose for Glyndebourne's 80th

David Nice

Season preview for this opera-house aristocrat's new era under conductor Robin Ticciati

Kiri at 70


The great New Zealand soprano embraces septuagenarian status in Covent Garden style

theartsdesk at the Marrakech Biennale: "Where Are We Now?"

Mark Sheerin

The bienniale has left its mark on the city, but the artworks still have to compete with the colourful backdrop


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