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Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Steven Knight and Cillian Murphy of Peaky Blinders

Ralph Moore

Like a lot of people, I came late to Peaky Blinders, bingeing on the first two brutal, but undeniably brilliant, series like the proverbial box-set sensation it quickly became.

Douglas Henshall: 'You can get stuck when you’ve been in the business for 30 years' - interview

Jasper Rees

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” In 1976 American anger about the state of the nation was channelled into Network, in which cinema satirised its kid sibling television as vapid and opportunistic. Paddy Chayefsky’s script, directed by Sidney Lumet, starred Peter Finch as Howard Beale, a news anchor who has a nervous breakdown on screen in which he starts preaching and becomes the news.

theartsdesk Q&A: Homer Flynn, spokesman for...

Kieron Tyler

An encounter with Homer Flynn is disconcerting as the extent of his involvement in The Residents is unclear. He acknowledges that he speaks for the...

David Oakes: 'I haven’t done anything as bad...

Jasper Rees

“He has something of Dillane about him.” Thus Patrick Marber on David Oakes. “I rate him very highly indeed. One of the very best of his generation...

Nikki Amuka-Bird interview: 'There’s huge...

Heather Neill

Nikki Amuka-Bird spent the summer in Antigua, swimming and scuba diving and could have claimed to be working. She is playing Ellida in Ibsen’s The...

Santtu-Matias Rouvali on conducting in Gothenburg - 'they just want to make music. No bullshit'

David Nice

Electrifying Finn on Sibelius, national identity and feeling at home in Sweden

'English music is lumpy if you don't play it well': interview with folk trio Leveret

Tim Cumming

Instrumental trio on old English dances and their new album Inventions

10 Questions for Pianist Søren Bebe

Matthew Wright

Lyrical jazz composer discusses the fulfilment of classical music and the lure of internet success

Walter Becker, 1950-2017 - 'we play rock and roll, but we swing when we play'

Adam Sweeting

In this interview from 2008, Steely Dan's co-founder talks about Donald Fagen, touring, jazz and solo albums

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Albert Hammond

Russ Coffey

The songwriting supremo talks Justin Bieber, rapping, and his new musical 'The Matterhorn'

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Susanne Sundfør

Kieron Tyler

Concerns about climate change and nods to country colour the Norwegian's sixth album ‘Music for People in Trouble'

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Peter Kosminsky, Part 2

Jasper Rees

The director of C4's new drama The State has always taken the pulse of modern Britain. Here he talks about his Blair trilogy

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Peter Kosminsky, Part 1

Jasper Rees

The State, his new drama about Britons joining ISIS, begins on Sunday. But who is the campaigning film-maker?

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

Thomas Barrie

The director and one of the stars on The Ghoul and low-budget British movies

Robin Ticciati on conducting Mozart - 'I wanted to create a revolution in the minds of the players'

David Nice

Glyndebourne and Scottish Chamber Orchestra MD on three great symphonies

Olivia Williams interview: 'Are you on drugs?' 'No I've just spent the day acting'

Jasper Rees

The actress summoned to Hollywood who lived to tell the tale, wittily

10 Questions for Adeel Akhtar: 'The first form of defiance is to laugh'

Jasper Rees

Brilliant in Four Lions and Murdered By My Father, now the BAFTA winner is in a delightful American romcom

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

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