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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Peter Kosminsky, Part 1

Jasper Rees

The name will never trip off the public tongue. Millions watch his work - most recently his superb realisation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. But there is no hall of fame for television directors. It’s only on the big screen that they get to be big shots. The difference with Peter Kosminsky (b 1956) is, although it’s the title he takes in the credits, he's not really just a director.

'It was appealing to make a thriller about mental illness': Gareth Tunley and Alice Lowe on 'The Ghoul'

Thomas Barrie

Gareth Tunley, director of the psychological drama The Ghoul, and Alice Lowe, one of its stars, are a duo with eclectic tastes. They share a background in comedy, but cite everything from punk to surrealism and the occult as influences on Tunley’s directorial debut, which was produced by Ben Wheatley.

Robin Ticciati on conducting Mozart - 'I...

David Nice

When Glyndebourne's Music Director Robin Ticciati conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the new production of Mozart's La clemenza di...

Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs...

Jasper Rees

Olivia Williams’s first film was, (in)famously, seen by almost no one. The Postman, Kevin Costner’s expensive futuristic misfire, may have summoned...

10 Questions for Adeel Akhtar: 'The first...

Jasper Rees

Earlier this year Adeel Akhtar won the BAFTA for best actor. In Murdered By My Father, he gave a heartbreaking performance as the widowed father of a...

10 Questions for actress Tracy-Ann Oberman: 'it's made me pretty fearless'

David Benedict

The TV and theatre star charts her route from 'EastEnders' and 'Toast of London' to 'Fiddler on the Roof'

10 Questions for George Stiles and Anthony Drewe: 'we are optimistic people'

Jasper Rees

The makers of quintessentially English musicals on heading back to the Edwardian era for 'The Wind in the Willows' at the Palladium

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Alison Moyet

Russ Coffey

'Alf' talks mortality, people-watching and not living by other people's rules

theartsdesk Q&A: Nicholas Bullen, founder of Napalm Death

Guy Oddy

The grindcore legend on the 30th anniversary of Napalm Death’s 'Scum', the Supersonic Festival and politics in music

10 Questions for The Radiophonic Workshop's Paddy Kingsland

Barney Harsent

The composer talks synthesizers, 'Doctor Who' and a new project that has a foot in the past

h.Club 100 Awards: Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Theartsdesk

Joseph Houston and William Whelton found a storage space on Gumtree and turned it into a musical theatre. Here's how

Koen Kessels: 'there's a joke in ballet we only have two tempi' - interview

Hanna Weibye

The Belgian conductor on composers, conducting Swan Lake, and helping young musicians in the dance world

Muhsin Al-Ramli: 'During Saddam’s regime at least we knew who the enemy was' - interview

Rachel Halliburton

Iraqi author of the acclaimed novel The President’s Gardens on life under Saddam Hussein and after

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Aida Garifullina

David Nice

The Kazan-born prima donna on Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stephen Frears

10 Questions for film director Roger Donaldson – 'motor racing in the 1960s was incredibly dangerous'

Adam Sweeting

The story of his new documentary about racing driver Bruce McLaren, who was killed 47 years ago

10 Questions for sound designer Adam Cork

Jasper Rees

Meet the sound magician behind 'Enron', 'London Road' and now Yaël Farber's 'Salomé'

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Jez Butterworth

Jasper Rees

Frank and wide-ranging interview as his new play 'The Ferryman' opens at the Royal Court

theartsdesk Q&A: Horn-player Alec Frank-Gemmill

David Nice

Four horns, four pianos, one CD; an original among musicians tells us why, and more

Charlotte Rampling: 'I had to survive!' - interview

Liz Thomson

While she's never been hotter as an actress, her new memoir Who I Am bares all about grief and depression

Brighton Festival 2017: 12 Free Events

Thomas H Green

Brighton Festival CEO Andrew Comben's guide to this year's best free stuff

Anna Maxwell Martin: 'I like playing baddies' - interview

Heather Neill

She's been Sally Bowles, Lady Macbeth and Elizabeth Darcy. Now for a gritty courtroom drama about rape

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer David Storey, pt 1

Jasper Rees

The playwright on rugby league, Lucian Freud's dog and bashing Billington

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer David Storey, pt 2

Jasper Rees

This writing life: second instalment of biographical interview with the Royal Court's Booker winner

Artist Tyler Mallison: 'I don’t think about materials as being merely visible objects or things'

Mark Sheerin

Technology as material, Madonna as muse: the artist talks about the themes shaping his current exhibition

10 Questions for Poet Tommy Sissons

Thomas H Green

Rising young poet talks war, grime, social media and... poetry

10 Questions for Director Olivier Assayas

Nick Hasted

The director of 'Personal Shopper' on Kristen Stewart, the supernatural and the secret meaning of texts

10 Questions for Conductor Paavo Järvi

David Nice

Following in the family tradition, a musical Estonian on London and Tokyo orchestras

10 Questions for Director Ellen McDougall

Heather Neill

On directing 'Othello' at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and taking over at the Gate

10 Questions for Director Gurinder Chadha

Jasper Rees

Her new film 'Viceroy's House' chronicles the partition of India. How did she get there from 'Bend It Like Beckham'?

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