wed 02/12/2015

Features & Interviews

Around the World in 80 Days: why now?

Laura Eason

I adapted Around the World in Eighty Days very specifically for my own theatre company, Lookingglass Theatre of Chicago, where I am one of 24 multi-skilled ensemble members who are writers, directors, actors, and/or designers. Although Lookingglass’ work varies, we most often do adaptations of classic stories, frequently epic in scale, told in a highly theatrical, strongly visual and/or physical way. Some of the novels/stories/myths that Lookingglass members have adapted include Dickens’s Hard...

Adele at the BBC, BBC One

Adam Sweeting

As you all know by now, Friday is D-Day for Adele's new album 25, and part of the all-media Adelathon is Friday night's show on BBC One, Adele at the BBC. It's a mix of live performances and taped sequences linked together by chunks of interview with Graham Norton, and makes the perfect relaunch package for the reclusive superstar. It opens, aptly enough, with her performing "Rolling in the Deep".It probably won't surprise you to learn that a visibly excited Norton is not at his most critical....

Measure for Measure to music

Ellie Nunn

West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, even The Lion King – all have shown us how Shakespeare’s stories can translate into musical form. It’s not hard...

Yolanda Sonnabend: designer of MacMillan's...

Ismene Brown

Ever since Diaghilev’s day the relationship of dance movement to its visual design has been a lively, sometimes combative affair. Sometimes people...

Farewell to Stravinsky's right-hand man

David Nice

Missionary angel or twelve-tone devil? Musical figures like Poulenc, perhaps too much attached to the diabolical element in Thomas Mann’s Doktor...

theartsdesk in Reykjavík: Iceland Airwaves 2015

Kieron Tyler

A full-bore Mercury Rev, an MP and determination at the festival with something for everyone

Warren Mitchell - ‘If you could be Welsh and Jewish you really couldn’t miss’

Jasper Rees

The creator of Alf Garnett, and Arthur Miller’s favourite British actor, remembered

Jazz Central - London... or Odessa?

Peter Culshaw

With the biggest ever EFG London Jazz Festival here, where is Jazz Central?

RIP musician and producer Allen Toussaint

Joe Muggs

Farewell to a giant of New Orleans and global music

We Made It: Stage Designer John Napier

Mark Sheerin

The celebrated designer of 'Les Mis' and 'Cats' is putting on a show of his sculpture

'We want you guys to do the video in the nude'

Travis Barker

Read an extract from 'Can I Say', the memoir by superstar punk drummer Travis Barker

theartsdesk in Paris: Peregrinations on the Pigalle

Kieron Tyler

Assorted flavours of France’s music stimulate at the MaMA Festival

First Person: 'We Have Found a Better Land'

Mark Bowden

BBC National Chorus of Wales's composer-in-residence seeks inspiration in Welsh Patagonia for a new commission

CD Special: Bob Dylan, The Cutting Edge 1965–1966

Tim Cumming

Got a few hours to spare? Listen as Dylan creates his masterpieces

When Hamlet came to a Syrian refugee camp

Matthew Romain

The Globe's epic two-year world tour has just performed in a Jordanian camp. One of the company reports

Ex Kirov ballet chief takes not-so-Bolshoi job

Ismene Brown

Acid-blighted Sergei Filin to hand over to Makhar Vaziev next spring

First Person: Writing about the transgender experience

Jon Brittain

Jon Brittain on gender, sexuality and the journey of researching his new play

Listed: The 100 Funniest Things about Downton Abbey


Julian Fellowes' juggernaut has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous in six series. Here's how he did it

First Person: The Laurel and Hardy Roadshow

Ross Owen

A lifelong passion for the legendary comic duo informs two touring double bills

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Stephen Kovacevich

David Nice

A living legend gives a grand retrospective in his 75th birthday week

London Film Festival 2015: Dressed to Thrill

Adam Sweeting

Are the best films the ones you can't squeeze into categories?

An Open Book: David Lan

Marianka Swain

The Young Vic's artistic director on Steinbeck, his love of social history, and the only theatre book 'that really matters'

Hugh Scully: From Antiques to Downing Street

Jasper Rees

Remembering the broadcaster who made bric-a-brac box office, and persuaded Mrs Thatcher to tell her story on television

10 Questions for Director Sarah Gavron

Demetrios Matheou

As Suffragette opens the London Film Festival, its director reflects on a group of women ahead of their time

theartsdesk in Hamburg: Reeperbahn Festival 2015

Kieron Tyler

Bright lights and the shadow of The Beatles at Germany’s prime showcase for new music

Brian Friel, the private playwright of Ballybeg

Jasper Rees

The Northern Irish stage craftsman celebrated for Dancing at Lughnasa and Faith Healer

theartsdesk at the Music@Malling Festival

David Nice

Bach, Sibelius and child-friendly concerts beneath the Pilgrims' Way

Rio+Film, Barbican

James Woodall

Diverse films gave a glimpse beyond the tourist veneer of Brazil's cultural capital

An Open Book: Laurent Garnier

Thomas H Green

Albert Camus to Thelonious Monk. Plus graphic novels and a nihilist hamster


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