wed 23/05/2018

Features & Interviews

Michel Hazanavicius: 'Losing himself is how he found himself'

Demetrios Matheou

French director Michel Hazanavicius made a name for himself with his OSS 117 spy spoofs, Nest of Spies (2006) and Lost in Rio (2009), set in the Fifties and Sixties respectively and starring Jean Dujardin as a somewhat idiotic and prejudiced secret agent.

Jazz FM Awards 2018 - a banner year for Ezra Collective

Peter Quinn

Hosted by Jazz FM presenters Chris Philips and Jez Nelson on UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, rising stars and international icons were honoured at the fifth Jazz FM Awards on Monday night.

theartsdesk in Ramallah - the music biz turns its...

Peter Culshaw

Maen, a member of the rap collective Sa’aleek, was working one night in their small makeshift studio in the Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah. He...

10 Questions for Courtney Pine: 'How do you...

Matthew Wright

Over 30 years after he made his debut as a solo artist, woodwind multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine is still Britain’s most prominent and...

theartsdesk in Bremen: 150 years of A German...

David Nice

They did things differently in 1858. Between the movements of Brahms's surprising new Requiem in the Biblical German of Martin Luther, resounding in...

Helaine Blumenfeld: Britain’s most successful sculptor you’ve never heard of

Rupert Edwards

The director of a new Sky Arts documentary profile of the sculptor explores her work

theartsdesk in Kraków - Easter music with a British focus

Miranda Heggie

Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort in residence at one of Poland’s flagship music festivals

Soprano Ruby Hughes on Handel's last prima donna

Ruby Hughes

Giulia Frasi researched and reincarnated in a much-loved singer's latest CD

Manon, Royal Ballet review - glitter and betray

David Nice

Francesca Hayward makes a virtue of a pleasure-loving enigma in pacy MacMillan revival

theartsdesk at the Lucerne Easter Festival: Haitink, Schiff and an alternative Passion

David Nice

Greatest living conductor lights the way as mentor in three days of musical excellence

Glyndebourne Opera Cup - a view from inside

Jessica Duchen

A Mozartian challenge pulls its weight at prestigious new forum for young singers

Listed: The 10 Best Biblical Novels

Michael Arditti

An Easter pick of Scriptural stories that command belief

Sir Matthew Bourne remembers Scott Ambler 1960-2018 – 'A prince among men'

Matthew Bourne

New Adventures Artistic Director's tribute to his core collaborator and star performer

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

Alexandra Baraitser

Painter Alexandra Baraitser on curating her sixth exhibition, 'Silent Painting'

Antony Sher: Year of the Mad King - extract

Antony Sher

The actor's Lear Diaries tell of his preparation to clamber up theatre's tallest peak for the RSC

'In order to write my book I had to kill Jane Austen'

Rachel Halliburton

Rachel Halliburton's novel The Optickal Illusion confronts the settled narrative of Regency heroines

theartsdesk in Korea: national pride and candour

Peter Quantrill

Music and art without borders in a country cut in half

Oscars 2018: The shape of a snoozefest

Matt Wolf

Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman and 'The Shape of Water' triumph at a very serious ceremony

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


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