sat 29/04/2017

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

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

David Nice

Traditional musical formats rarely suit the individual talent, but the highly-motivated player always finds a way. I first got to talk to Alec Frank-Gemmill in the very sociable surroundings of the Pärnu Festival in Estonia, a gathering most musicians describe as the highlight of their year, with the phenomenal Estonian Festival Orchestra brought together by Paavo Järvi as its core. Frank-Gemmill's secure base is the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, another army of unusual generals. His solo...

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

Liz Thomson

The seizième arrondissement, the Paris equivalent of Kensington and Chelsea, or Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Haussmann’s Paris par excellence. Here, in a gated complex where American heiress Florence Gould hosted lavish wartime salons, indulging in conduct which, come the liberation, she was required to explain, lives Charlotte Rampling. The marble foyer is vast, the lift small and cranky, like something out of a movie.

Brighton Festival 2017: 12 Free Events

Thomas H Green

The Brighton Festival, which takes place every May, is renowned for its plethora of free events. The 2017 Festival is curated by Guest Director Kate...

Anna Maxwell Martin: 'I like playing baddies...

Heather Neill

She was Lyra in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at the National, she has shared the stage with Eileen Atkins (in Honour and The Female of the...

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer David Storey, pt 1

Jasper Rees

David Storey, who has died at the age of 83, was the last of the Angry Young Men who, in fiction and drama, made a hero of the working-class...

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'?

10 Questions for TV Producers Stan Lee and Gill Champion

Ralph Moore

The Marvel Comics legend and his production partner talk 'Lucky Man', London and longevity

10 Questions for Musician Kevin Rowland

Thomas H Green

The Dexys main man talks songs, books, and much else - but not the 1980s

10 Questions for Actor Conleth Hill

Jasper Rees

He's George to Imelda's Martha, Varys in 'Game of Thrones', and an acting genius

Andrew Marr: 'I don’t want to look like I'm in pain'

Saskia Baron

Filmmaker Liz Allen explains how she persuaded a wary political journalist to let down his guard

10 Minutes with Director Paolo Sorrentino

Nick Hasted

A rapid visit with the Youth and The Young Pope maestro in Rome

theartsdesk Q&A: Actress Emily Watson

Jasper Rees

From 'Breaking the Waves' to 'Apple Tree Yard', the actress discusses her remarkable career

10 Questions for Actress Phoebe Fox

Jasper Rees

Cumberbatch's queen, Mark Strong's guilty secret, and now she's pocket Olivia to Tamsin Greig's Malvolia

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Jakub Hrůša

David Nice

Heir to the Czech tradition discusses his Bamberg orchestra's links to the homeland

10 Questions for Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight

Jasper Rees

'Moonlight' is second only to 'La La Land' among this year's Oscars nominations. Meet its maker

Interview: Marius de Vries, musical director of La La Land

Jasper Rees

Everything you need to know about the creation of the music for an instant classic

When Snowdon starred in Peter Sellers' home movie

Jasper Rees

Remembering an awkward encounter with the royal photographer to talk about Sellers. Then Goldie Hawn turned up

Interview: Claire Foy, Netflix queen

Jasper Rees

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

10 Questions for Hull 2017's Martin Green

David Kettle

Interview with the 2017 UK City of Culture director about curating a 365-day project

Richard Adams: 'If I'd known how well I could write I’d have started earlier'

Jasper Rees

The author of 'Watership Down', who has died, explains the book's deep roots in his childhood

10 Questions for Director Christopher Luscombe

Jasper Rees

The master of ceremonies who is bringing his double bill of Shakespearean comedy to the West End

10 Questions for Playwright James Graham

Jasper Rees

The author of This House on the arcane world of Parliamentary whips

theartsdesk Q&A: Pianist Idil Biret at 75

David Nice

A great artist's life, from lessons with legends to playing marathons from memory today

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