mon 24/04/2017

Features & Interviews

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

Julian Curry

Much of the brilliance of Shakespeare lies in the openness, or ambiguity, of his texts. Whereas a novelist will often describe a character, an action or a scene in the most minute detail, Shakespeare knew that his scenarios would only be fully fleshed out when actors perform them. He was the first writer to create character out of language. Falstaff has an idiosyncratic way of speaking that is quite distinct from Juliet, as she does from Shylock, and he from Lady Macbeth.

theartsdesk in Panama: Latin heat

Demetrios Matheou

It’s a close, steamy evening in Panama City. A short walk out of the Casco Viejo, or old quarter, leads to the coastal belt – a rush of highway with an accompanying, exhaust-flogged pedestrian walkway that hugs the Bay of Panama. It’s an inauspicious route, too close to traffic and the pungent smells of the city’s fish market, but I’m drawn towards the far-off sounds of an unlikely cinema congregation.

Michelangelo's Madonna and Child

Alison Cole

Michelangelo's Taddei tondo, which depicts the Madonna and Child with the Infant St John in a rocky landscape, is the only Michelangelo marble in...

First Person: 15 years of Tenebrae, a lifetime of...

Nigel Short

Having just celebrated a birthday the wrong side of 50 years of age I confess to regularly pinching myself when I dare to look back and see the...

Fracked! Alistair Beaton on his anti-fracking...

Alistair Beaton

If you’d asked me five years ago whether I might one day write a comedy about fracking, I’d have wondered whether you were entirely in possession of...

Tim Pigott-Smith: from The Jewel in the Crown to King Charles III

Jasper Rees

The actor played pillars of the establishment, but there was much more to him than that

There's more to Karen Blixen than Meryl Streep

Paul Tickell

A new play celebrates the Danish storyteller. Its adapter explores her unique appeal

Road Art: Art's wildest frontier


Street art is so last millennium. All the signs are that road art is the next big thing

Davos in the Desert: the Global Education and Skills Forum's vision for teaching the arts

Alison Cole

Luminaries, gurus, CEOs, teachers, politicians and educationalists gather in the Gulf

Fourth Plinth: How London Created the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World

Grayson Perry

Celebrating Trafalgar Square's infamous empty plinth, and its role in changing attitudes to contemporary art

French Touch, Red Gallery

Kieron Tyler

Ground-breaking exhibition digs into the history of French electronic music

thertsdesk in Oslo: Mozart beneath a Munch sun

David Nice

A great Norwegian pianist and a live-wire chamber orchestra collaborate with fresh results

Back in the Line of Duty

Adam Sweeting

Jed Mercurio's fiendishly-wrought police thriller comes to BBC One

'Backstabbing, betrayal and love': Ryan Craig on Filthy Business

Ryan Craig

The birth of a very personal new work at Hampstead Theatre about a small family business

Refugees and referendums: Ramin Gray on staging Aeschylus's The Suppliant Women

Ramin Gray

The second oldest play, adapted by David Greig for the Actors Touring Company, bursts with contemporary resonance

Oscars 2017: Moonlight and La La Land go toe to toe

Matt Wolf

Climactic cock-up caps most engaging Oscar ceremony in years

Farewell, Stanisław Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

Gavin Dixon

A tribute to the conductor and composer who has died at the age of 93

'My father Sabahattin Ali is being rediscovered'

Filiz Ali

The Turkish author, murdered in 1948, is back in print. His daughter remembers him

Listed: How I Do Love Thee


Let theartsdesk count the ways with our romantic favourites from all over the arts

The private life of Stefan Zweig in England

Jasper Rees

His great novel 'Beware of Pity' is being staged at the Barbican. Who was Zweig, and the woman with whom he committed suicide?

Dr Michael Scott: How to make the most of globalisation

Michael Scott

We urgently need to learn more about our globalised past, argues the historian

John Hurt: 'If I’ve been anything I’ve been adventurous'

Jasper Rees

Remembering the magical actor who was most comfortable playing enigmatic outsiders

Interview: Claire Foy, Netflix queen

Jasper Rees

Celebrating the great British actress who rules the waves (and the Golden Globes)

Natalie Clein: 'The cello is part of my being'

Natalie Clein

The acclaimed musician writes for theartsdesk about her contributions to the year-long Cello Unwrapped season at Kings Place

Radio Cymru: Penblwydd Hapus (= Happy Birthday)

Betsan Powys

The BBC's Welsh-language station is 40. Its editor explains its continuing importance

John Berger: the critic as artist

Florence Hallett

Remembering the influential and radical thinker who has died aged 90

theartsdesk in Cape Town: Summer of nostalgia

Boyd Tonkin

In a divided nation, holiday season shows look back to harsher but more hopeful times

theartsdesk in Budapest: Prophecy in the world's best concert hall

David Nice

Great Hungarian musicians look outwards as the country's government closes the door

Seasons of love: Rent 20 years on

Jasper Rees

Jonathan Larson died before his musical struck gold. Was there more to come?


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