wed 07/12/2016

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Director Christopher Luscombe

Jasper Rees

 When Shakespeare visits the bearpit of the West End, it is usually in the company of a big name: Judi Dench, Sheridan Smith, Martin Freeman. This Christmas the bard enters the Theatre Royal, Haymarket without any such support. And there is a further hurdle to clear: Love’s Labour’s Lost is barely ever been seen outside the subsidised sector.

10 Questions for Playwright James Graham

Jasper Rees

Coalitions make for drama, and for comedy. We know that from, respectively, Borgen and the final series of The Thick of It. It is little wonder therefore that soon after the 2010 election delivered a hung Parliament, the National Theatre commissioned a play. And yet the drama that emerged was not about deals struck in back rooms by the Cameron-Clegg government.

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Idil Biret at 75

David Nice

Has any living pianist had a richer or more charmed life than Idil Biret? As a child prodigy she studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and Alfred...

Mobydick: North Africa's outrageous rapper

Peter Culshaw

A couple of years ago I saw an extraordinary outdoor concert where a rapper called Muslim (great name if you want to be hard to find on Google)...

'It’s a much more freeing experience than...

Jasper Rees

David Yates is not the best-known film director in the world, but he has been at the helm of four of the most successful. All of them had “Harry...

10 Questions for Actor David Troughton

Heather Neill

The RSC stalwart, Gloucester in Gregory Doran's production of King Lear, talks politics, blinding and cricket

theartsdesk Q&A: Mezzo Anne Sofie von Otter

David Nice

Most elegant and eclectic of singers on new operas and fresh collaborations

theartsdesk Q&A: Actor Robert Vaughn

Adam Sweeting

An encounter with the former Napoleon Solo, who has died aged 83

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Marc Almond

Thomas H Green

In an epic interview, the veteran singer talks Soft Cell, parrots, rehab, blues rock, and much, much more

10 Questions for Director Lucy Bailey

James Woodall

Is Milton's rarity Comus such a far cry from her shocking Globe hit Titus Andronicus?

theartsdesk Q&A: John Lydon

Tim Cumming

Here's Johnny: the PiL singer lifts the lid on 'Metal Box'

10 Questions for Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Peter Quantrill

Mendelssohn and Monteverdi still challenge a musical explorer

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Agnes Obel

Kieron Tyler

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

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Katori Hall

Jasper Rees

'The Mountaintop', the Olivier-winning play about Martin Luther King, has two new productions. Its author talks about its genesis

10 Questions for Conductor Thomas Dausgaard

David Kettle

A Dane in Scotland on wall-to-wall Beethoven and working on a farm in China

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

10 Questions for Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac

Ralph Moore

The peacemaker of Fleetwood Mac on Mirage, Maui and missing the buzz

Captain Fantastic

Tom Birchenough

Viggo Mortensen stands out in unusual family comedy-drama of colliding worlds

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician John Foxx

Kieron Tyler

The leader of the original Ultravox on challenging the punk era’s orthodoxies and the band as an art project

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician/DJ Mark Hawkins aka Marquis Hawkes

Joe Muggs

The eye-popping back story of Houndstooth Records' house sensation

10 Questions for Actor Don Cheadle

Jasper Rees

On making 'Miles Ahead', now out on DVD, and fighting Hollywood's glass ceiling

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Jules Buckley

Matthew Wright

Pioneer of the non-classical repertoire on musical seriousness, Beardyman and Quincy Jones

10 Questions for Musician Jasper Høiby

Peter Quinn

The Danish bassist on the perils of consumerism, playing without the dots, and why 4/4 isn't a crime

Marni Nixon: 'It ended up being totally my voice'

Jasper Rees

Heard but not seen: the Hollywood legend, who has died, tells the inside story of dubbing Natalie Wood in 'West Side Story'

theartsdesk Q&A: Garrison Keillor

Jasper Rees

As he hosts 'A Prairie Home Companion' for the last time, its creator looks back

10 Questions for Actor Toby Jones

Jasper Rees

The English everyman is now the king of a make-believe Italian castle in 'Tale of Tales'

Paul Simon Introduces 'Stranger to Stranger'

Adam Sweeting

Not so crazy after all these years

10 Questions for Photographer Tanya Habjouqa

Thembi Mutch

The award-winning photographer talks about her new book, 'Occupied Pleasures'

10 Questions for Musician Martin Fry

Adam Sweeting

The ABC mastermind on how he got his mojo back and finally made 'The Lexicon of Love II'

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