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Features & Interviews

F Off: National Youth Theatre puts social media on trial

Tatty Hennessy

F Off came about off the back of a meeting I had with Paul Roseby, the artistic director of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. I’d come in to talk to him about my writing and through complete coincidence, someone had just auditioned for Paul with a monologue from one of my plays, so we started talking about me potentially writing something for the NYT.

Greed as the keynote: Robert Carsen on the timelessness of 'The Beggar's Opera'

Robert Carsen

In the time of composer John Gay, greed and self-interest were the main motives for life; and his work The Beggar’s Opera is an open critique on the way that society behaved. The work’s opening number sets the tone, basically saying: “we all abuse each other, we all steal from each other, we all want to get as much as we can and to hell with everybody else.”

theartsdesk at the Pärnu Music Festival 2018 -...

David Nice

Unanticipated miracles happen every summer in the quiet paradise of Estonia's seaside capital. The first this year came as a total surprise. Having...

h 100 Awards: Theatre and Performance -...

Matt Wolf

Amidst ever-uncertain times, one thing is for sure: this country's ability to regenerate and renew itself theatrically remains alive and well. From...

theartsdesk at Camp Bestival 2018 - from Astley...

Thomas H Green

Gusting. It’s not a word I’ve ever given much thought. You hear it on weather forecasts but I’m not a farmer of a fisherman so when they say it’ll be...

Box office poison? Joan Crawford at BFI Southbank

David Benedict

Joan's back! Fierce, she most certainly was, but how about funny?

Brian Friel, the private playwright of Ballybeg

Jasper Rees

A celebration of the Northern Irish stage craftsman whose play Aristocrats is revived at the Donmar Warehouse

theartsdesk in Riga - 43,290 Latvians sing and dance for their country

David Nice

Individual souls conjoined with a passionate belief in peace and music achieve miracles

theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival - Italians, Ukrainians and an American promote peace

David Nice

Muti, Malkovich and friends glow in the city of transcendental mosaics

'Stepping right out of my comfort zone': James Gilchrist on mixing Debussy with jazz

James Gilchrist

The tenor writes about working on Eddie Parker's boundary-crossing project

Charlotte Jones: ‘Plays come from your scar tissue’

Charlotte Jones

The playwright introduces 'The Meeting', her new play for Chichester Festival Theatre

theartsdesk at the East Neuk Festival 2018 - Bach as bedrock

David Nice

Music along the Fife coast at the highest level, fluidly and expertly programmed

theartsdesk in Orkney: St Magnus Festival 2018 - choral music to the fore

David Kettle

No visiting orchestra, but Orkney's annual cultural celebration felt as rich as ever

10 Questions for Trumpeter Keyon Harrold

Matthew Wright

Acclaimed trumpeter discusses crossing genres, speaking out and Miles Davis

theartsdesk in Paris - following in the footsteps of Gounod

Alexandra Coghlan

Two operatic rarities prove that a revival is long overdue

theartsdesk at Leipzig's Blüthner Piano Factory - a perfect family business

David Nice

From the wood to the polished final article, a living lesson in piano-making

Ismaili a Go-Go: How the Aga Khan funded a music renaissance

Peter Culshaw

Musical extravaganza focusing on enigmatic Central Asia comes to the Royal Albert Hall

'That brick red frock with flowers everywhere': painting Katherine Mansfield

Roger Neill

Anne Estelle Rice painted the New Zealand writer 100 years ago, spinning a tale of love, friendship and artistic kinship

theartsdesk at the Setúbal Music Festival 2018: youth leads the way

David Nice

Community spirit infusing high-level events in a Portuguese port

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: 'good people like to work with good people'

Michael Chance

The countertenor turned impresario launches a second season of The Grange Festival

Franco Fagioli on performing the Baroque: 'a challenge is to interpret beyond the musical notation'

Franco Fagioli

The Argentinian countertenor on the pleasures and challenges of singing Handel and Co

Ryuichi Sakamoto: 'Ideally I'm recording all the time, 24 hours a day' - interview

Joe Muggs

From Xenakis to Oneohtrix Point Never via Bowie and Bootsy, Sakamoto recalls an extraordinary life in music

Michel Hazanavicius: 'Losing himself is how he found himself'

Demetrios Matheou

The Oscar-winning director's new film, 'Redoubtable', charts the turning point in the life and career of the legendary Jean-Luc Godard

Jazz FM Awards 2018 - a banner year for Ezra Collective

Peter Quinn

Free jazz icons to bona fide jazz royalty are honoured at the fifth edition of the Awards

theartsdesk in Ramallah - the music biz turns its sights on Palestine

Peter Culshaw

A new music Expo aims to highlight a music culture with massive potential

10 Questions for Courtney Pine: 'How do you express rage?'

Matthew Wright

Pioneering solo jazz artist hails the community of jazz

theartsdesk in Bremen: 150 years of A German Requiem

David Nice

Paavo Järvi conducts Brahms's dramatic masterpiece in its original cathedral location

Helaine Blumenfeld: Britain’s most successful sculptor you’ve never heard of

Rupert Edwards

The director of a new Sky Arts documentary profile of the sculptor explores her work

theartsdesk in Kraków - Easter music with a British focus

Miranda Heggie

Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort in residence at one of Poland’s flagship music festivals

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