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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Musician Kevin Rowland

Thomas H Green

After 27 years away, band leader Kevin Rowland (b 1953) successfully relaunched Dexys as a recording unit in 2012. The album, One Day I’m Going to Soar, then became a theatrical show that was performed extensively, including nine nights at London’s Duke of York Theatre in 2013.

10 Questions for Actor Conleth Hill

Jasper Rees

Some know him only as Lord Varys the scheming eunuch, spymaster to the king of the Seven Kingdoms. Game of Thrones fans may be less familiar with Conleth Hill's other career as a nimble. light-footed stage actor of staggering range and skill whose name, mystifyingly, is less celebrated than his talents deserve. That is about to change.

Andrew Marr: 'I don’t want to look like I...

Saskia Baron

Television audiences love seeing familiar faces in different contexts – whether it’s actors exploring their ancestry in Who Do You Think You Are? or...

10 Minutes with Director Paolo Sorrentino

Nick Hasted

Two Neapolitans are wrestling for Italian cinema’s crown. Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone’s rivalry was for a time so personal that, though they...

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Emily Watson

Jasper Rees

Emily Watson made her remarkable debut in Breaking the Waves (1996). In Lars von Trier’s grim parable, Watson plays Bess, an ingénue from a remote...

10 Questions for Actress Phoebe Fox

Jasper Rees

Cumberbatch's queen, Mark Strong's guilty secret, and now she's pocket Olivia to Tamsin Greig's Malvolia

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Jakub Hrůša

David Nice

Heir to the Czech tradition discusses his Bamberg orchestra's links to the homeland

10 Questions for Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight

Jasper Rees

'Moonlight' is second only to 'La La Land' among this year's Oscars nominations. Meet its maker

Interview: Marius de Vries, musical director of La La Land

Jasper Rees

Everything you need to know about the creation of the music for an instant classic

When Snowdon starred in Peter Sellers' home movie

Jasper Rees

Remembering an awkward encounter with the royal photographer to talk about Sellers. Then Goldie Hawn turned up

Interview: Claire Foy, Netflix queen

Jasper Rees

Celebrating the great British actress who rules the waves (and the Golden Globes)

10 Questions for Hull 2017's Martin Green

David Kettle

Interview with the 2017 UK City of Culture director about curating a 365-day project

Richard Adams: 'If I'd known how well I could write I’d have started earlier'

Jasper Rees

The author of 'Watership Down', who has died, explains the book's deep roots in his childhood

10 Questions for Director Christopher Luscombe

Jasper Rees

The master of ceremonies who is bringing his double bill of Shakespearean comedy to the West End

10 Questions for Playwright James Graham

Jasper Rees

The author of This House on the arcane world of Parliamentary whips

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Idil Biret at 75

David Nice

A great artist's life, from lessons with legends to playing marathons from memory today

Mobydick: North Africa's outrageous rapper

Peter Culshaw

North Africa's dissenting rapper talks about opposing ISIS, women's rights and manga

'It’s a much more freeing experience than Harry Potter'

Jasper Rees

David Yates, director of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them', on moving on from Hogwarts

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


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