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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for Actor Stellan Skarsgård

Kieron Tyler

“Haven’t we met before?” We hadn’t, but Stellan Skarsgård’s friendly greeting immediately sets the tone for an encounter which is so relaxed that thoughts of the explosive Nils, the quiet man who boils over in In Order of Disappearance, almost evaporate. How did this affable, chatty and thoughtful Swede become a man who kills repeatedly and so gruesomely on screen?Balancing this with his role as a world-weary banker in the recent Hector and the Search for Happiness and, less-recently as...

10 Questions for Singer Sarah-Jane Morris

Matthew Wright

Sarah-Jane Morris is in every sense an original voice. One of Britain’s most distinctive and versatile singers, she has enjoyed commercial success, spending five weeks at number 1 with the Communards’ version of "Don’t Leave Me This Way" in 1986, and selling 100,000 of her self-titled solo album in 1989. She has the distinction of having “Me and Mrs Jones”, which featured on the album, banned by the BBC for suspected lesbianism.She decided, however, that the baubles of a mainstream pop career...

10 Questions for Playwright Nicholas Wright

Jasper Rees

This year the nation has been spirited back to 1914. Every aspect of the First World War has been explored - its causes debated, the horrific...

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Sofie Gråbøl

Jasper Rees

Sofie Gråbøl as Danish royalty: it hardly stretches credulity. The face of Nordic noir has been a star in her home country ever since appearing in...

10 Questions for Horn Player Sarah Willis

Jasper Rees

Sarah Willis's day job is as a member of the horn section of the Berlin Philharmonic. In recent years she has also become a roving ambassador for the...

10 Questions for Director Hong Khaou

Katherine McLaughlin

Fresh new talent on film-industry diversity and his debut feature Lilting, starring Ben Whishaw

10 Questions for Actress Celia Imrie

Sebastian Scotney

The versatile actress and author celebrates the act of stepping into the unknown

theartsdesk Q&A: Tenor Michael Fabiano

David Nice

American singer on the brink of superstardom talks Verdi, competition and inspiration

theartsdesk Q&A: DJ Gilles Peterson

Matthew Wright

Taste-making DJ and broadcaster on jazz, how to stay relevant, and John Peel's legacy

10 Questions for Bassist Marcus Miller

Tim Cumming

Marcus Miller talks musical and cultural origins and the philosophy of fusion

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer Jimmy McGovern

Jasper Rees

Television's premier dramatist on righting wrongs in his new courtroom drama Common

theartsdesk Q&A: Mezzo-soprano and Director Brigitte Fassbaender

Sebastian Scotney

A great singer and musical force for the good talks about opera from two sides and Lieder

10 Questions for Artistic Director John McGrath

Jasper Rees

All of Wales is a stage for the boss of National Theatre Wales

theartsdesk Q&A: Chris & Cosey

Joe Muggs

We meet the electronic duo in Barcelona to talk past, present and future

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Kristine Opolais

David Nice

The Royal Opera's Manon Lescaut talks about new roles, ones she won't sing any more, and looks versus voice

theartsdesk Q&A: Guitarist Hank Marvin

Thomas H Green

The original Brit guitar legend talks Jerry Lee Lewis, Django Reinhardt, Oxo cubes, 'Apache' and, of course, Sir Cliff

10 Questions for Director Annemarie Jacir

Tom Birchenough

Memories of exile: the Palestinian director on the making of her new film, 'When I Saw You'

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Jonathan Kent

Jasper Rees

From the Almeida to musicals via opera: the director with a finger in every pie

The Seckerson Tapes: Soprano Corinne Winters

Edward Seckerson

From Traviata to Benvenuto Cellini: the ENO's new American star

10 Questions for Howling Bells' Juanita Stein

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Ahead of gloom-pop quartet's fourth album, songwriter shares longevity secrets

10 Questions for Soprano Pretty Yende

David Nice

A wise, vivacious young singer on the journey from South Africa to La Scala and the Met

10 Questions for Choreographer Wim Vandekeybus

Thomas H Green

The multi-disciplinary Belgian pace-setter talks about good and evil, abstract jazz and time machines

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Anne Schwanewilms

David Nice

The great Strauss interpreter on valuing stillness and why she chose to sing less Wagner

10 Questions for Filmmaker Bill Forsyth

Jasper Rees

The writer-director recalls the making of his much-loved teen comedy romance Gregory's Girl

10 Questions for Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE

Mark Sheerin

The artist talks about his ambitious new work and tells us why he could never belong to a political party

theartsdesk Q&A: The Hilliard Ensemble

Matthew Wright

Early music ensemble that splashed with Jan Garbarek's saxophone-infused spirituality retires after 40 years

10 Questions for Director Lukas Moodysson

Emma Simmonds

The Swedish helmer revisits childhood mischief with his latest

10 Questions for Director Dmitry Krymov

Thomas H Green

Moscow's theatrical vanguardist talks Shostakovich, Shakespeare and more

Celluloid Man: Preserving the heritage of Indian cinema

Tom Birchenough

Outstanding documentary tribute to living legend of film conservation, PK Nair

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