fri 18/08/2017

Features & Interviews

Christopher Shinn: 'I did not know if I would be alive and someone wanted me to write a play'

Christopher Shinn

Plays do not usually come into being in isolation. When I search my gmail archive I see that my first communication with Robert Icke about a commission came in April 2012. Rupert Goold and Rob were still at Headlong then. I was busy so asked that we keep the conversation going but not commit to anything.

h.Club 100 Awards: Theatre and Performance - is this a new golden age for the stage?

Matt Wolf

Could we be inhabiting a new golden age of theatre? It sometimes seems that way, not least in the blurring of boundaries that increasingly is the norm. Few might have guessed, for instance, that the author of the hottest play in years – Jack Thorne, who wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – would be a by-product of the Royal Court.

Michael Volpe on a Requiem for Grenfell: '...

Michael Volpe

On the morning of the Grenfell Tower disaster, as the news of the fire gathered pace and gravity, our phones were abuzz with concern for our front of...

When Sam Shepard was a Londoner

Jasper Rees

Sam Shepard came to live in London in 1971, nursing ambitions to be a rock musician. When he went home three years later, he was soon to be found on...

Lisa Jewell: 'I’d never killed anyone before...

Lisa Jewell

I started writing my first novel in 1995. I was 27 and I’d just come out of a dark, dark marriage to a controlling man who’d kept me more or less...

h.Club 100 Awards: Publishing and Writing - it's not all about the mainstream

Liz Thomson

This year's nominees include some remarkable ventures in not-for-profit and diversity

theartsdesk at Bergman Week - finding the spirit of the great Swedish filmmaker

Demetrios Matheou

Every summer on the tiny island of Fårö, holidaymakers and film buffs are jointly cast in a celebration of one of cinema’s master directors

'I were crap at school': Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor Who

Jasper Rees

She made her debut opposite Peter O'Toole, faced down aliens in Peckham, and has Yorkshire vowels as flat as caps

'You win in the end!' Deborah Bruce introduces her play 'The House They Grew Up In'

Deborah Bruce

How a new play at Chichester Festival Theatre was inspired by a conversation overheard in a café

theartsdesk in Karlovy Vary: Warm thermals at the International Film Festival

Ronald Bergan

There's a low star count, but the Czech spa town is the best place to catch new cinema from Eastern Europe

Pick of the 2017 BBC Proms: from Orthodox chant to Oklahoma!


theartsdesk's classical music writers make their choices

'Oh, the glamour!' - Roderick Williams weighs up a singer's life

Roderick Williams

The baritone and composer on reaching out to the audience

Matthew Dunster on adapting 'A Tale of Two Cities'

Matthew Dunster

Across the centuries: finding contemporary London in Dickens's French Revolution novel

theartsdesk at Budapest Wagner Days: Bayreuth on the Danube

David Nice

Conductor Ádám Fischer masterminds a mighty 'Ring', 'Rienzi' and 'Parsifal'

theartsdesk at the Istanbul Music Festival: East and West in perfect balance

David Nice

From Sufi music magically reimagined to high-quality Mozart from Turkish players

'The challenge is to make something of not very much': Iestyn Davies on Britten's Oberon

Iestyn Davies

The countertenor, singing the Fairy King at Aldeburgh, traces the role's history

'You are my hero, dear Jiří': Karita Mattila and others remember Jiří Bělohlávek


A younger conductor, a diva and four players salute the greatest of Czech musicians

Sergei Vikharev, master ballet-reconstructor, 1962-2017

Ismene Brown

Sudden death at 55 of bold seeker after 'authentic' classical ballet

theartsdesk Q&A: Claude Barras and Céline Sciamma on My Life as a Courgette

Demetrios Matheou

The director and writer of the acclaimed animation discuss social realism for kids

theartsdesk in Göttingen: Handel for all

David Nice

Dazzling singers, clavichord at sunrise and a generous spirit in the heart of Germany

A Time to Live: 'I did not want to reveal at the end who was alive or dead'

Sue Bourne

Sue Bourne had a huge impact with her 2016 film 'The Age of Loneliness'. Here she introduces her new documentary

theartsdesk on the Seine: a second new concert hall for Paris

David Nice

Laurence Equilbey's Insula Orchestra launches a revolutionary new residency

theartsdesk at The Hospital Club


Announcing a new partnership with the most creative club in London

'It was probably the most effective act of resistance in the history of the Third Reich'

Stephen Unwin

Stephen Unwin on 'All Our Children', his play for Jermyn Street Theatre about Nazi persecution of the disabled

theartsdesk in Tallinn: From Dusk to Black at Estonian Music Days

David Nice

Imaginative brilliance in a spectacular showcase for thriving new music scene

Jazz FM Awards 2017

Peter Quinn

UK and international stars from jazz, blues, soul and film honoured in London

Decade Zero, Dave Maric, Phronesis, Engines Orchestra - preview

Matthew Wright

Composer, conductor and star bassist on exploring the worlds between jazz and classical chamber music

'What did you do?' Actors reveal their Shakespearean secrets

Julian Curry

On the 401st anniversary of the Bard's death, actor-author Julian Curry introduces his new book of interviews, Shakespeare On Stage Vol 2

theartsdesk in Panama: Latin heat

Demetrios Matheou

The Panama film festival showcases a new wave of filmmakers across Central America


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