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Features & Interviews

Seasons of love: Rent 20 years on

Jasper Rees

On January 25 1996, after Rent's final dress rehearsal at the off-off-Broadway New York Theater Workshop, its composer Jonathan Larson went home to his scuzzy loft round the corner, switched on the electric kettle and, before the water had boiled, keeled over with an aortic aneurism. Later that night his roommate found his body on the floor of the kitchen.

When Sam Shepard was a Londoner

Jasper Rees

Sam Shepard came to live in London in 1971, nursing ambitions to be a rock musician. When he went home three years later, he was soon to be found on the drumstool of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder tour. But as soon as he arrived in London was waylaid by the burgeoning fringe scene, and the rock god project took a back seat.

'Hamlet’s actors are kings of infinite space...

Kelly Hunter

“I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, Were it not that I have bad dreams…” 2016, with all its protectionist...

'Before punk, there was Rauschenberg'

Justin Adams

In this cut and paste world, we have become used to a multiplicity of images: screens, words and pictures from across the globe and across history...

ENO's Marvellous Miller in pictures

David Nice

It should have been unmodified rapture: a gathering of English National Opera team members old and new celebrating the doyen of the company's best-...

'What would it feel like to watch women sew?'

EV Crowe

EV Crowe introduces 'The Sewing Group', her new Royal Court play set just before the Industrial Revolution

theartsdesk in Reykjavík: Iceland Airwaves 2016

Kieron Tyler

PJ Harvey, John Lydon, Björk and Iceland’s next sure thing Mammút assemble at the festival that’s about more than music

Leonard Cohen: Turning the Darkness Into Beauty

Mark Kidel

A singer-songwriter for post-Holocaust times

'I am dismayed by the tone of the debate'

Heather Neill

A member of the Globe's Council sees both sides in the Emma Rice furore

'We should take a 1:1 ratio of male to female talent as the norm'

Odaline De La Martinez

Conductor Odaline de la Martinez on the female composers featured in this year's London Festival of American Music

Howard Davies: An Appreciation

Matt Wolf

The peerless directors' director cast a spell over audiences across the repertoire

Opinion: ArtReview Power 100

Marina Vaizey

Hans Ulrich Obrist tops a list dominated by globetrotting gallerists, curators and museum directors

Martyn Brabbins: a safe pair of hands at ENO

David Nice

Noble choice for new Music Director under difficult circumstances

Half a century of the Roundhouse

Marcus Davey

The director of the charismatic venue celebrates its history and its work transforming young lives

First Person: 'Schizophrenia is still a taboo subject'

Vladimir Shcherban

Award-winning director introduces Belarus Free Theatre's new play about mental health

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Agnes Obel

Kieron Tyler

The Danish singer-songwriter opens up about her third album ‘Citizen of Glass’

On the road with Bob Dylan: the mother of all rockumentaries

Mark Kidel

DA Pennebaker’s 'Dont Look Back' created new myths for musicians

First Person: Nico Muhly on music for two pianos

Nico Muhly

Composing 'Fast Patterns' for Kings Place's new London Piano Festival

Interview: Sir Neville Marriner and the I, Culture Orchestra

Peter Culshaw

The conductor has died aged 92. We revisit an interview from 2011 when his energy remained undimmed

Helaine Blumenfeld: 'Beauty has become synonymous with something banal'

Rachel Halliburton

To coincide with her retrospective 'Hard Beauty', the sculptor talks about philosophy, language and the conflicting roles of artist, mother and wife

Ed Vaizey: 'We must invest more in the arts'

Ed Vaizey

The long-serving former culture minister calls on the UK Government to increase arts funding

First Person: The Juilliard Experiment

Mark Kidel

Introducing an intimate film of a painter working with music, premiered at Raindance

First Person: Steven Isserlis on Schumann's advice to the young

Steven Isserlis

The cellist and writer on a new book annotating a great composer's wisdom

Lammermuir Festival 2016, East Lothian

David Kettle

Biggest and boldest event yet for Scotland's early autumn musical harvest

First Person: 'Leaving the house can feel like walking into battle'

Veronika Szabo

In 'War Paint', four women transform themselves for a night out. A performer explains how

Who's afraid of Edward Albee?

Jasper Rees

Remembering the playwright who fearlessly looked under the surface of the American Dream

10 Questions for Pianist Morten Schantz

Matthew Wright

Danish jazz-fusion pianist on how to blaze a trail after JazzKamikaze

theartsdesk at the D-Marin Festival: Turkish poetry in music, Bach at sunrise

David Nice

Open-air adventures from an epic Turkish oratorio to solo strings by the sea

First Person: Portrait of Britain

Bill Knight

Bill Knight on his prizewinning photograph and the competition that turns advertising screens into art galleries

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