sun 29/05/2016

Features & Interviews

theartsdesk in Warsaw: Moniuszko Vocal Competition 2016

Gavin Dixon

We don’t hear much about composer Stanisław Moniuszko in the West, but in Poland he’s considered a key figure in the history of opera. Moniuszko’s statue stands at the entrance of the National Opera House in Warsaw, and inside he’s depicted by several busts and portraits. In the second week of May, the venue hosted not only the Ninth International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition but also – in its Moniuszko Auditorium – Straszny dwór (The Haunted Manor), one of his most famous works....

Alistair Beaton: 'If you’re bored, it’ll be my fault'

Alistair Beaton

It’s either serious or it’s funny. That’s a view I quite often encountered when working in Germany. A theatre professional there once advised me to remove all references to writing television comedy from my biography in the theatre programme.“Why?” I asked.“People will think you’re not a serious playwright.”“A serious playwright can’t write comedy?”“It’s a bit worse than that.”“How, exactly?”“Well, it’s not just that you’re writing comedy, it’s that you’re writing comedy for television.”“Is...

Antonia Bird: 'I get lumped together with...

Jasper Rees

Antonia Bird died in 2013 at the age of 62. The last television drama with her name on it was the first series of The Village, but the career which...

theartsdesk in Göttingen: HandelFest 2016

David Nice

What Auden called "the sexy airs of summer" arrived early in Göttingen this year. Frog action in the Botanical Gardens of the town's pioneering...

First Person: Tackling FGM

Charlene James

I knew that if I was going to write a play about female genital mutilation, I would have to try and understand why any mother or grandmother would...

'We played to the Queen of Denmark. We did a turn for Barack Obama'

Matthew Romain

After two years with the Globe's 'Hamlet' world tour, a company member attempts to sum up an experience like no other

theartsdesk at Tectonics Glasgow 2016

David Kettle

Hits and misses amid the weekend's genre-colliding exuberance

First Person: 'I am one of only three percent'

Susanna White

Female film directors are an industry minority. With her second film out this week, Susanna White argues it's time for a change

2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Peter Quinn

Freesheets to free jazz celebrated at the House of Commons

Who was St Clair Bayfield?

Jasper Rees

Florence Foster Jenkins's biographer tells the true story of her common-law husband, played by Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears's new film

Daniel Kramer for ENO Artistic Director: cause for cautious optimism?

David Nice

Can the new incumbent hold out against the company's impoverishment?

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two at the 50th Brighton Festival!

Thomas H Green

Prize includes hotel, a meal and event tickets

Jazz FM Awards 2016

Peter Quinn

Legends and up-and-coming stars are recognised at the third Jazz FM Awards

theartsdesk at the Savannah Music Festival, Georgia

Martin Longley

Georgian charm and high-quality roots music make for a delightful programme

Shakespeare: The Top 10 Deaths

Thomas H Green

Four centuries on from the Bard's passing, director Tim Crouch picks his favourite death scenes

Prince, 1958-2016

Joe Muggs

Unique, irreplaceable, unequalled: the incomprehensible loss of a complete one-off

Victoria Wood: 'Please could you repeat the question?'

Jasper Rees

She was the most gifted comedian of her generation, male or female

theartsdesk in Tallinn: Estonian Music Days

David Nice

Women as composers and performers just happen to be top of the eco-bill

Samuel West: 'There’s no them and us. It’s all us'

Samuel West

In a speech to new coalition Creatives for Europe, the actor ponders the future for UK arts in the event of Brexit

Arnold Wesker: His Life and Career in 10 Scenes

Jasper Rees

The angry young playwright's career was as dramatic off the stage as on

Preview: International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016

Hanna Weibye

Rich cultural programme in England's second city aims to stimulate economy, promote gender equality

theartsdesk in Estonia: Tallinn Music Week 2016

Kieron Tyler

A Presidential exhortation to save our Europe and our freedom

We Made It: Guitar Maker Brian Cohen

Adam Sweeting

The incredible one-man string band

'What’s he doing - this kid - where’s he going?'

Leo Butler

'Boy', the Almeida's latest new work, grapples with poverty. Its playwright introduces it

Zaha Hadid: 'The most extraordinarily gifted architect of her generation'

Hugh Pearman

The fierce, funny and brilliant Baghdad-born trailblazer remembered

First Person: Couple in a Hole

Paul Higgins

A festival favourite that opens this week very nearly didn't get made, explains its star

Brighton Festival: 1967 and All That

Thomas H Green

Brighton Festival CEO Andrew Comben discusses the ongoing influence of the first Festival

theartsdesk at WOMADelaide

Martin Longley

Adelaide edition of the world music festival has its own distinct atmosphere

We Made It: Basket-maker Lois Walpole

Thomas Rees

Weaving works of art from 'ghost gear' and the detritus of consumerism

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