tue 19/09/2017

Features & Interviews

'Fanny Price’s pained silences gave me the impulse to write music for her'

Jonathan Dove

When I first read Mansfield Park, some 30 years ago, I heard music. That doesn’t always happen when I read, and it certainly didn’t happen when I read other novels by Jane Austen. There is something about this particular book that provoked musical ideas.

‘A massive party full of treats and surprises’: Annabel Arden on six mini masterpieces at Opera North

Annabel Arden

The first day of rehearsals for The Little Greats was thrilling and terrifying in equal measure: the casts of six shows, the whole chorus, all the creative teams and management milling around and talking nineteen to the dozen in the big, reverberant Linacre Studio at Opera North. Old friends, new colleagues – it was like a mixture of freshers’ week and a first night party. The noise was stupendous.

'Making it new' - Blake Morrison on...

Blake Morrison

Is there anything more terrifying for a playwright than the first day of rehearsals? For months, even years, you’ve been working and reworking the...

Peter Hall: A Reminiscence

Matt Wolf

Theatre artist, political agitator, cultural advocate: Sir Peter Hall was all these and more in a career that defies easy encapsulation beyond...

'No matter where our intersections lie, we...

Tanya Moodie

Trouble in Mind, written by Alice Childress, the black actress, playwright and novelist, first opened at New York’s Greenwich Mews Theatre in...

'We're Still Here': Rachel Trezise on her NTW play about Port Talbot steelworkers

Rachel Trezise

The novelist and playwright introduces her new verbatim play about the last industrial outpost in Wales

Aspiration, ecstasy, melancholy: 'The Tale' of Torbay

Philip Hoare

Three weekends of performance, sound and vision on the English Riviera

'The kaleidoscope of an entire lifetime of memories'

Maggie Bain

Maggie Bain on discovering the world of Manfred Karge's newly-revived 'Man to Man'

h.Club 100 Awards: Art, Design and Craft - weaving magic at Dovecot Tapestry Studio

Florence Hallett

Introducing one of this year's nominees, from a shortlist packed with talent

The 'self-experimenter': Howard Brenton on Strindberg in crisis

Howard Brenton

Brenton's new play 'The Blinding Light' tells the story of August Strindberg’s Paris breakdown

h.Club 100 Awards: Music - opening up the future

Thomas H Green

This year's shortlist recognises visionaries in the studio and music business

Sue Steward 1946-2017: She came, she saw, she salsa'd


The Arts Desk's adventurous music and photography critic remembered

Green Man Festival review - rustic Welsh epic is wet but joyful

Phoebe Michaelides

Until the rain inevitably arrives on Sunday, a rip-roaring success story

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Nitin Sawhney

Matthew Wright

Musical pioneer discusses Dystopian Dream for dancers, the nature of genius, and Ed Sheeran

h.Club 100 Awards: Film - in a blockbuster world, originality thrives

Tom Birchenough And Nick Hasted

Best of British: this year's shortlist salutes a new generation of independent film-makers

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

Christopher Shinn

The playwright explains the gestation of Against, his new play for the Almeida Theatre starring Ben Whishaw

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

Matt Wolf

If this is a great era for theatre, it is not only welcome but necessary

Michael Volpe on a Requiem for Grenfell: 'one of the most remarkable evenings in our history'

Michael Volpe

Opera Holland Park's General Director on the company's response to losing a team member in the Grenfell Tower fire

When Sam Shepard was a Londoner

Jasper Rees

The great American playwright, who has died aged 73, spent three formative years in London. Those who were there remember

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

Lisa Jewell

The bestselling author explains how she gave up relationship novels to write thrillers

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'


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