thu 04/06/2020

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: actor Gemma Whelan

Adam Sweeting

She's not quite a household name yet, but Leeds-born Gemma Whelan is heading speedily in that direction. Having started out as a standup comedian, winning the Funny Women Variety Award in 2010, Whelan began notching up film and TV roles, en route to making a significant breakthrough by being cast as Yara Greyjoy in HBO's Game of Thrones.

Remembering John Prine, one of the great American singer-songwriters

Jasper Rees

John Prine, who has died at the age of 73 from a Covid 19-related illness, was one of the great American folk poets. Having spent his early adulthood pounding the sidewalks as a mailman in Chicago, he never quite shucked that blue-collar aura of the working man's minstrel.

Director Marjane Satrapi: ‘The real question is...

Jill Chuah Masters

Marjane Satrapi, the Iranian-born French filmmaker, has a reputation that precedes her. Her upbringing was the subject of the acclaimed films...

10 Questions for Irina Nalis

Joe Muggs

Normally we'd put a descriptor - "cellist", "film maker", "techno producer" for example - in the title of this interview, but for Irina Nalis there...

Roy Hudd: 'I was just trying to make '...

Jasper Rees

Roy Hudd, who has died at the age of 83, was the last link to the age of entertainment before television. Born in 1936, he entered the business just...

theartsdesk Q&A: musician Rick McMurray

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Ash drummer on 25 years as an indie rock teen titan

Actress Noémie Merlant: 'This is something that hasn't been told yet'

Demetrios Matheou

The star of 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' talks about a film that asserts the female gaze, behind and in front of the camera

theartsdesk Q&A: soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn

David Nice

Returning to ENO to sing Verdi's Luisa Miller, a great singer-actor reflects

'She was revolutionary': Tanztheater Wuppertal's new director on the legacy of Pina Bausch

Jenny Gilbert

Bettina Wagner-Bergelt talks violence and taped music in a monumental early masterpiece

Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland: 'Without journalism, democracy will not survive'

Owen Richards

'Mr Jones' director discusses why she's fascinated by Europe's darkest hours

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Olari Elts in Tallinn

David Nice

From contemporary ensemble to top orchestra, the latest major Estonian has arrived

'In every concert, I want to try to tell a story': Conductor Omer Meir Wellber at the BBC Philharmonic

Robert Beale

The new man in Manchester discusses past, present and future

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Sir Jonathan Miller

Igor Toronyi-Lalic

The legendary director lets rip

10 Questions for Techno Musician Carl Craig

Joe Muggs

Catching up with the prince of Detroit techno as he revives an old alter ego

'Shakespeare is mistakenly considered something for the elite': director Claire McCarthy on 'Ophelia'

Owen Richards

Upcoming adaptation shines a new light on Shakespeare's famous tragic maiden

'By the end I’d lost me': Joe Simpson, mountaineer and writer - interview

Jasper Rees

The story of Touching the Void has been told and retold. Its author explores its appeal

'I’m having too much fun writing novels': author Nicolas Searle on The Good Liar

Joseph Walsh

Writer explains the journey from debut novel to prestige film

theartsdesk Q&A: Shakespears Sister

Russ Coffey

After 27 years they're back and chatting about reconciliation, yoga, the desert, Bananarama, and much more

10 Questions for musician Craig Finn

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Hold Steady frontman on his "more vulnerable" solo work and mental health on the road

theartsdesk Q&A: Gianandrea Noseda on conducting Mahler and the Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra

David Nice

The Italian conductor reflects after a blazing 'Resurrection' at the Tsinandali Festival

'A laboratory for everything': Jasper Parrott on the future of his classical music agency

Jasper Parrott

As Harrison Parrott celebrates 50 years with concerts on Sunday, its main mover reflects

10 Questions for conductor Charles Hazlewood

Thomas H Green

The man with the baton talks books, Brexit, minimalism, techno and time machines

10 Questions for author Martin Gayford

Marina Vaizey

The prolific writer on his love of art and jazz, and what makes a good writer

theartsdesk Q&A: composer Alastair White on his new opera ROBE

Miranda Heggie

Emerging Scottish talent describes creating layers of reality in his latest work

theartsdesk Q&A: Lia Williams on the challenges of theatre

Heather Neill

As 'The Night of the Iguana' opens, the actor renowned for playing dual roles talks Tennessee Williams, Pinter - and Wallis Simpson

Bob Dylan Special - theartsdesk Q&A: Scarlet Rivera

Tim Cumming

The violinist on 'Desire' and 'Rolling Thunder Revue' talks about working with Dylan at his peak

'I wrote a letter to Björk in Icelandic and it did the trick': Helgi Tomasson on an intervention that saved a ballet

Jenny Gilbert

The artistic director of San Francisco Ballet heralds its all-new season at Sadler's Wells

Chamber Music, Brighton Festival 2019 review - Wu-Tang Clan depths divined

Nick Hasted

The social and musical roots of the Wu-Tang Clan's debut discussed

10 Questions for Cellist Raphael Wallfisch

Gavin Dixon

On composers in exile, the forgotten beauty of English cello concertos, and why you shouldn’t mess with Beethoven

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