tue 17/01/2017

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

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

Jasper Rees

La La Land needs no further introduction. A homage to the golden age of the movie musical, to Michel Legrand and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, it contains perhaps the catchiest score to come out of Hollywood in many years.

When Snowdon starred in Peter Sellers' home movie

Jasper Rees

On screen, two hoodlums in macs and homburgs debate the best way to waste a victim. One of them, played by Peter Sellers, proffers a revolver. The other, who from under his hat has something of Herbert Lom about his profile, pulls on a cigarette and shakes his head. How about the acid in the bath routine? Another shake of the head. Case him in cement and drop him in the river? No. Sellers’ gangster is bemused. No gun, no acid, no cement: so how’s he going to do it?

Interview: Claire Foy, Netflix queen

Jasper Rees

It was a good night for British thespians at the 2016 Golden Globes. The stars of The Night Manager – Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman...

10 Questions for Hull 2017's Martin Green

David Kettle

Hull has just become the UK’s 2017 City of Culture, with director Martin Green overseeing a mammoth 365 days of artworks and art events – both home-...

Richard Adams: 'If I'd known how well I...

Jasper Rees

Richard Adams, who has died at the age of 96, was the high priest of anthropomorphism. Much his most famous and loved novel is his first, Watership...

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

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'


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