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Features & Interviews

'There's a poetry in painting that gives endless possibilities'

Alexandra Baraitser

It was always my dream to be an artist but I never expected to be a curator. Graduates considering vocations in critical and curatorial practice went to the Royal College of Art or studied art history at university. Not me: I trained at Chelsea College of Art and then went to the British School at Rome where I was the Abbey Scholar in Painting.

Antony Sher: Year of the Mad King - extract

Antony Sher

In 1982 Antony Sher played the Fool to Michael Gambon’s King in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear. Shortly after, he came back to Stratford to play Richard III, for which he won the Olivier

'In order to write my book I had to kill...

Rachel Halliburton

My heroine would not have appeared in a Jane Austen novel. Brilliant, arch and incisive though Austen was – as deft in dissecting the economics of...

theartsdesk in Korea: national pride and candour

Peter Quantrill

Fear not. The Arts Desk has not suddenly sprouted a Sports Desk. Heaven forfend. Korea in late February had more to offer than luge, bobsleigh,...

Oscars 2018: The shape of a snoozefest

Matt Wolf

Is #MeSnooze a hashtag? It could well be for those who sat through the 90th annual Academy Awards, an Oscar night so reined in by the current climate...

theartsdesk in Germany - Baltic mastery in Berlin and Leipzig

David Nice

Neeme Järvi conducts an Estonian epic, Latvian Andris Nelsons becomes 21st Gewandhauskapellmeister

theartsdesk in Minsk: feasting with Belarus Free Theatre

Jasper Rees

The renowned underground theatre company confronts the past and present at home and abroad

'The greatest play ever written': translating The Cherry Orchard

Rory Mullarkey

Rory Mullarkey introduces his new version of Chekhov's masterpiece for Bristol Old Vic

Tony Banks: ‘You either do it by diplomacy or you do it by violence’ - interview

Adam Sweeting

From Genesis to regeneration, the keyboard player's tale

Clio Barnard: 'We need to talk about sexual abuse' - interview

Owen Richards

The director of 'Dark River' discusses tackling sexual trauma and why she’s drawn to Yorkshire

'These star-crossed lovers are so young': adapting Brighton Rock

Bryony Lavery

How to turn Graham Greene's novel into a play: the playwright Bryony Lavery explains

John Mahoney: 'I wanted to be like everybody else'

Jasper Rees

How the Manchester-born star of 'Frasier' became a naturalised Midwesterner

Having a Verdi ball: conductor Richard Farnes on Opera North's upcoming production

Richard Farnes

Hugely respected former Music Director on returning for 'Un ballo in maschera'

Best of 2017: Dance


Classical ballet dominates the highlights reel as chosen by theartsdesk's critics

Best of 2017: Comedy

Veronica Lee

The shows that have stayed with me

Best of 2017: Classical concerts

David Nice

UK orchestras on top form, while there's a bright future for enterprise elsewhere

Best of 2017: Opera

David Nice

Company spirit and artistic teamwork top of the list

Bach Cantatas - not just for Christmas

David Nice

Plan a year of listening to the greatest music known to man

Bolshoi's controversial Nureyev ballet opens – to ovations and bans

Ismene Brown

Creator Kirill Serebrennikov, under house arrest, denied permission to see his own ballet

theartsdesk in Stockholm - HK Gruber and sacred monsters

David Nice

Viennese composer, conductor, chansonnier and double-bass player is a force of nature

'She has escaped from my Asylum!': The Woman in White returns

Jasper Rees

Two more versions of Wilkie Collins's thriller on stage and screen join a long rollcall

theartsdesk in Katowice - energy and imagination at the Fitelberg Conducting Competition

Gavin Dixon

Talented young conductors from around the world compete for a coveted prize

David Edgar: 'Ebenezer Scrooge is alive and well'

David Edgar

The playwright introduces his new version of A Christmas Carol for the RSC

Radically different: Horn player Anneke Scott on The Prince Regent's Band

Anneke Scott

Serpents, slides and valves: a journey into the history of brass instruments

Remembering Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)

David Nice

The great Siberian baritone, who has died at the age of 55, leaves behind a golden legacy

Highlights from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 - raw emotion, not always human

Bill Knight

One inveterate - and so far unsuccessful - participant sizes up this year's successes

Out from the Darkness: painting out prison

Patrick Maguire

Imprisoned as a child, his whole family wrongfully convicted of terrorism offences, Patrick Maguire found solace in art

Iceland Airwaves 2017 review - political change at Reykjavík's major music festival

Kieron Tyler

Brow-furrowing breakbeats and Russian post-punk jostle for attention in the land of lava

'Singers must act better than ever before'

Selina Cadell

OperaGlassWorks collaborate with singers from the start. Director Selina Cadell explains


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