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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

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

Miranda Heggie

A robe can be many things. Sure, it’s a garment, but it can also be cover, a disguise, a costume or a uniform. It’s also something composed of many different threads woven together to create something much bigger. It’s these kinds of layers of multiplicity which form the basis of the inspiration for Scottish composer Alastair White’s new opera, ROBE, premiering at this year’s Tête à Tête opera festival.

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

Heather Neill

Lia Williams is not an actor who looks for easy options. Twice she has played two characters in the same production, switching between them for different performances.

Bob Dylan Special - theartsdesk Q&A: Scarlet...

Tim Cumming

As Martin Scorsese’s new feature film, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, hits Netflix and cinemas, and a new 14 CD boxed set enters the...

'I wrote a letter to Björk in Icelandic and...

Jenny Gilbert

Visits from major foreign ballet companies are always news, but a two-week London season by one of America’s “big three” is something to get excited...

Chamber Music, Brighton Festival 2019 review - Wu...

Nick Hasted

Martial arts mayhem, Shaolin philosophy, a tribe of masked hip hop warriors emerging from the mist of Staten Island, a Funkadelic-Parliament...

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

10 Questions for Director Benedikt Erlingsson

Nick Hasted

Woman at War's Icelandic director on eco-activism, being chained to a whaling ship and a peculiar Cold War childhood

10 Questions for Musician Will Gregory

Thomas H Green

The Goldfrapp mainstay talks physics, Moogs, Morricone and his work with the British Paraorchestra

10 Questions for Musician Soumik Datta

Mark Sheerin

The British-Indian sarod player talks jazz, colonialism, film and more

theartsdesk Q&A: playwright William Nicholson

Heather Neill

The 'Shadowlands' author talks about CS Lewis, love, pain and being a writer

10 Questions for actress and playwright Nicôle Lecky

Thomas H Green

The rising star of stage and screen talks grime, feminism, sex work, Nicki Minaj and SENSE8

theartsdesk Q&A: Bananarama

Thomas H Green

The indestructible girl group on singing, clubbing, post-punk, Lemmy, George Michael and much more

Director Jason Barker: ‘Trans lives are often portrayed so bleakly’

Owen Richards

A Deal with the Universe filmmaker shares the story behind his pregnancy

Interview with director Agnès Varda, who has died at 90

Demetrios Matheou

The French/Belgian filmmaking legend talked with Demetrios Matheou about her career

10 Questions for Brighton Festival CEO Andrew Comben

Thomas H Green

Helmsman talks art forgery, politics and the highlights of this year's programme

Q&A special: The making of Local Hero

Jasper Rees

As it becomes a stage musical, the film's writer-director and stars recall the birth of a masterpiece

An encounter with John Richardson, Picasso's biographer who has died at 95

Jasper Rees

Picasso's definitive biographer recalls the artist he knew

10 Questions for Candice Edmunds of Theatre Company Vox Motus

Thomas H Green

The Glasgow-based artistic director talks theatre with a difference

Director Toby Macdonald: 'Comedy is something people need at the moment'

Owen Richards

Old Boys director talks about adapting Cyrano de Bergerac into a boarding school

Q&A Special: Actor Bruno Ganz on playing Hitler

Jasper Rees

The Swiss actor, who has died aged 77, was the first to play the Führer in a lead role in German

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician, writer and performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti

Guy Oddy

The “Wrecker of Civilisation” on artistic independence, magick and motherhood

theartsdesk Q&A: Robert MacFarlane's Spell Songs

Tim Cumming

The nature writer discusses a stage version of The Lost Words, featuring musicians including Julie Fowlis and Seckou Keita

theartsdesk Q&A: Matthew Heineman on directing 'A Private War'

Adam Sweeting

Getting inside the mind of Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Michel Legrand

Jasper Rees

He worked with everyone: the veteran composer tells his life story

Screenwriter Adam Price on 'Ride Upon the Storm' - 'If we discuss faith, we will possibly not kill each other'

Adam Sweeting

Lars Mikkelsen stars in new Channel 4 drama Ride Upon the Storm about a flawed priest battling his many demons

'I'll show the lot of you!' Richard E Grant's Oscar nomination

Jasper Rees

The Withnail star celebrates his Academy Award nod for 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

Director Alexandria Bombach: 'I feel like a completely different person'

Owen Richards

Director of On Her Shoulders on filming Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad

theartsdesk Q&A: Hedvig Mollestad, Norway's bridge between heavy metal and jazz

Kieron Tyler

The genre-busting guitarist talks about new album 'Smells Funny', a rotting eyeball and more

theartsdesk Q&A: concert pianist Lucy Parham

Sebastian Scotney

Sixth Composer Portrait marks the Clara Schumann bicentenary

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