tue 04/08/2015

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Broadcaster Bettany Hughes

Jasper Rees

How do you live a good life? Is wealth a good thing? How do you create a just society? The United Kingdom's electorate recently pondered such questions in the polling booth, and made their decision. The Labour Party is agonising over them as it chooses its next leader. And yet while these anxieties may feel very now, they have deep roots. According to the historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, such questions first crystallised in the minds of three thinkers, born within a century of one...

theartsdesk Q&A: Actor Roger Rees

Jasper Rees

Roger Rees, whose death at the age of 71 was announced yesterday, never intended to act. He trained at the Slade and made extra money painting theatrical scenery. One day a director asked if he’d like to act, and he laid down his brush. The second time he applied to join the RSC, he got in. He stayed with the company for a now unimaginable 22 years and in due course became one of the great stars of British theatre in the 1980s.He was a mercurial Hamlet, but overwhelmingly his best remembered...

Q&A Special: Pianist Lucas Debargue

Ismene Brown

Last week the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow was rung down with a sigh of relief for the home team, with once again a Russian...

We Made It: Stage Technician Tom Robinson

Bella Todd

If you’ve read any of the glowing reviews for the current revival of Caryl Churchill’s cloning play A Number, you’ll know all about the extraordinary...

Sinatras on Sinatra: 'He was a lonely soul...

Jasper Rees

Frank Sinatra is back in London in the centenary of his birth. His disembodied voice is returning in a show called Sinatra: The Man & His Music....

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Michael Longhurst

Jasper Rees

The stellar young theatremaker who is suddenly everywhere

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Richard Thompson

Russ Coffey

Folk-rock master on Kanye, songwriting, vagrants, cricket and much besides

Robert Glasper: 'When hip hop took over the world'

Matthew Wright

Genre-straddling pianist on his covers project, and how the hip hop home studio denudes music

We Made It: Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Marianka Swain

Gallery director Alice Workman on housing contemporary art in the threshing barn

10 Questions for Musician Kevin Martin (AKA The Bug)

Guy Oddy

The electronica titan talks collaboration, fatherhood and the Supersonic Festival

We Made It: Jonathan Thomas, Maker

Simon Munk

The designer maker on the future of furniture and working with Thomas Heatherwick

10 Questions for Musician Pokey LaFarge

Lydia Perrysmith

American roots music's freshest face talks dancing, touring and 'dreamlike melancholia'

10 Questions for Actress Pippa Bennett-Warner

Marianka Swain

The rising star talks comedy, corsets and colour-blind casting

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Thea Gilmore

Lisa-Marie Ferla

On looking forwards, not back; and why 'female singer/songwriter' is not a genre

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin

David Nice

Phenomenal Russian talks about thinking orchestrally, inspirations, partnerships and Scriabin

theartsdesk Q&A: Spooks, the movie

Adam Sweeting

How the popular MI5 drama finally made it to the big screen

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Peter Perrett

Thomas H Green

The Only Ones' elusive frontman tells all – a tale of love, sex, drugs and extraordinary music

10 Questions for Human Rights Campaigner Shami Chakrabarti

Thomas H Green

The leading civil rights advocate talks Brighton, Billy Bragg, the war on drugs and more

10 Questions for Musician Ron Sexsmith

Russ Coffey

Canadian songwriter talks yoga, dogs, hipsters and much more besides

Percy Sledge: 'When a man loves a woman he can't even think right'

Jasper Rees

The great soulman, who has died, on the creation of his classic ballad

10 Questions for Mezzo-Soprano Alice Coote

Thomas H Green

The singer speaks about opera, loneliness, time machines and her special Brighton Festival event

theartsdesk Q&A: Günter Grass

Kate Connolly

An unplanned encounter with the great German writer, who died on Monday

theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Stephen Mear

Marianka Swain

The theatrical dance dynamo talks striptease, triple threats and the power of escapism

10 Questions for Composer Unsuk Chin

Gavin Dixon

Introducing her latest work, inspired by dance, but also by tales of sinister obsessions with artificial life

10 Questions for Artist Marcus Coates

Thomas H Green

Eccentric visionary talks birds, shamanism, intoxicated animals and the Brighton Festival

10 Questions for Playwright Richard Nelson

Thomas H Green

Ahead of the UK premiere of his Apple Family plays at the Brighton Festival, the award-winning playwright talks theatre, cinema and television

'The Pain Swallowed Her Up' – Rebecca Ferguson Sings Billie Holiday

Matthew Wright

X Factor soul-pop star on her new album to celebrate the jazz singer's centenary

'Most of the time I play complete losers'

Jasper Rees

From the archive, an encounter with Hugh Bonneville as one of his finest roles at last appears on DVD

10 Questions for Composer Dobrinka Tabakova

Sebastian Scotney

The Grammy-nominated Bulgarian-British composer talks about her music

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