sun 23/07/2017

Features & Interviews

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

Demetrios Matheou

In his biography The Magic Lantern, Ingmar Bergman recalls his first encounter with the Swedish island of Fårö, in 1960, when location scouting for his next film, Through A Glass Darkly.

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

Jasper Rees

“Jodie is a remarkable young woman. She’s game. She’s a good actress, and she’s willing.” So said Peter O’Toole of the first female Doctor Who.

'You win in the end!' Deborah Bruce...

Deborah Bruce

My inspiration for The House They Grew Up In, my new play at Chichester Festival Theatre came about five years ago, in the café of an art gallery...

theartsdesk in Karlovy Vary: Warm thermals at the...

Ronald Bergan

The sleepy, picturesque Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary (formally Carlsbad) wakes up every July to the noisy bustle of one of Europe's oldest, largest...

Pick of the 2017 BBC Proms: from Orthodox chant...


It’s the best-looking Proms season on paper for quite a few years. That might just be a different way of saying we like it, but no-one could reproach...

'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

Michelangelo's Madonna and Child

Alison Cole

Why the Taddei Tondo, on loan to the National Gallery's Michelangelo & Sebastiano exhibition, makes the perfect Easter image

First Person: 15 years of Tenebrae, a lifetime of choral music

Nigel Short

As his choir prepares to light up Holy Week, its founder Nigel Short looks back

Fracked! Alistair Beaton on his anti-fracking satire

Alistair Beaton

The playwright explains the genesis of his fiery comedy starring Anne Reid and James Bolam

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


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