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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

10 Questions for sound designer Adam Cork

Jasper Rees

No one ever went to the theatre for the sound design. Indeed, only the nerdiest theatregoers could name a single practitioner of the art. But imagine attending a production by Katie Mitchell or Robert Icke or Ivo van Hove – or any less overtly authorial theatremakers – with the sound design stripped out. The visual story would be immeasurably impoverished.

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Jez Butterworth

Jasper Rees

Jez Butterworth is back. Even before the critics have uttered a single word of praise The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes and set in rural Derry in 1981 at the height of the IRA hunger strikes, sold out its run at the Royal Court in hours. It transfers to the West End in June.

theartsdesk Q&A: Horn-player Alec Frank-...

David Nice

Traditional musical formats rarely suit the individual talent, but the highly-motivated player always finds a way. I first got to talk to Alec Frank-...

Charlotte Rampling: 'I had to survive!...

Liz Thomson

The seizième arrondissement, the Paris equivalent of Kensington and Chelsea, or Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Haussmann’s Paris par excellence. Here,...

Brighton Festival 2017: 12 Free Events

Thomas H Green

The Brighton Festival, which takes place every May, is renowned for its plethora of free events. The 2017 Festival is curated by Guest Director Kate...

Anna Maxwell Martin: 'I like playing baddies' - interview

Heather Neill

She's been Sally Bowles, Lady Macbeth and Elizabeth Darcy. Now for a gritty courtroom drama about rape

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer David Storey, pt 1

Jasper Rees

The playwright on rugby league, Lucian Freud's dog and bashing Billington

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer David Storey, pt 2

Jasper Rees

This writing life: second instalment of biographical interview with the Royal Court's Booker winner

Artist Tyler Mallison: 'I don’t think about materials as being merely visible objects or things'

Mark Sheerin

Technology as material, Madonna as muse: the artist talks about the themes shaping his current exhibition

10 Questions for Poet Tommy Sissons

Thomas H Green

Rising young poet talks war, grime, social media and... poetry

10 Questions for Director Olivier Assayas

Nick Hasted

The director of 'Personal Shopper' on Kristen Stewart, the supernatural and the secret meaning of texts

10 Questions for Conductor Paavo Järvi

David Nice

Following in the family tradition, a musical Estonian on London and Tokyo orchestras

10 Questions for Director Ellen McDougall

Heather Neill

On directing 'Othello' at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and taking over at the Gate

10 Questions for Director Gurinder Chadha

Jasper Rees

Her new film 'Viceroy's House' chronicles the partition of India. How did she get there from 'Bend It Like Beckham'?

10 Questions for TV Producers Stan Lee and Gill Champion

Ralph Moore

The Marvel Comics legend and his production partner talk 'Lucky Man', London and longevity

10 Questions for Musician Kevin Rowland

Thomas H Green

The Dexys main man talks songs, books, and much else - but not the 1980s

10 Questions for Actor Conleth Hill

Jasper Rees

He's George to Imelda's Martha, Varys in 'Game of Thrones', and an acting genius

Andrew Marr: 'I don’t want to look like I'm in pain'

Saskia Baron

Filmmaker Liz Allen explains how she persuaded a wary political journalist to let down his guard

10 Minutes with Director Paolo Sorrentino

Nick Hasted

A rapid visit with the Youth and The Young Pope maestro in Rome

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Emily Watson

Jasper Rees

From 'Breaking the Waves' to 'Apple Tree Yard', the actress discusses her remarkable career

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

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