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Features & Interviews

Robert Hastie: 'a seam of love runs through the play' - interview

Heather Neill

Robert Hastie is a little late for our meeting. Directing Shakespeare's darkest tragedy in London while also running Sheffield Theatres must sometimes cause a logjam of simultaneous demands, but whatever the morning's problem in the north of England, he remains smiling, relaxed, thoughtful and gracious during a break from rehearsals.

Don Quixote rides again, and again

Jasper Rees

It’s a story of a mad old man who imagines himself to be a knight errant. On his quests he sees virgins in prostitutes and castles in roadside inns. His adventures have spawned an adjective that describes delusional idealism, typified by the activity of tilting one’s lance and charging at windmills one has mistaken for an army of giants.

First Person Plural: the Calidore String Quartet...

Calidore String Quartet

Classical musicians spend much of their lives inhabiting the realms of the past. To effectively practise and perform the music of Bach, Brahms,...

Refreshing the sonic spectrum: disability and...

Joe Turnbull

Classical music struggles to shrug off the perception of being something of a rarefied world. Or “hermetically sealed” as Charles Hazlewood, founder...

More Blood, More Tracks review - Bob Dylan opens...

Tim Cumming

You get plenty of Dylan for your buck these days, with the Mondo Scripto exhibition currently at the Halcyon Gallery in London, and a totemic and...

theartsdesk in Stockholm: the Birgit Nilsson Prize unites two great Wagnerian sopranos

David Nice

Nina Stemme does honour to her compatriot, who would have been 100 this year

Montserrat Caballé (1933-2018): from Bellini to 'Barcelona'

David Nice

Glimpses of the Spanish soprano who could float a line like no other

James Graham: 'the country of Shakespeare no longer recognises arts as a core subject'

James Graham

Full transcript of the playwright's passionate speech about the importance of the arts at the Hospital Club's h100 Awards

Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto: 'We figured Molière would have toyed with it too'

Anil Gupta And Richard Pinto

The co-adaptors of the RSC's new 'Tartuffe' talk about translating a French classic to our times now

10 Questions for singer Live Foyn Friis

Matthew Wright

Charismatic Norwegian singer on her journey through genre

'I read French from left to right and Arabic from right to left': remembering Algerian rebel rocker Rachid Taha

Peter Culshaw

Recalling a night out drinking in Paris with the Algerian rocker who died this week

Jeanie O'Hare: 'The play taught me how European we really are'

Jeanie O'Hare

The playwright introduces 'Queen Margaret', her new play for the Royal Exchange, Manchester

Sir Peter Hall: a day of thanksgiving and celebration for a colossus of culture

Matt Wolf

A year after his death, the great director was honoured by the stars at Westminster Abbey and the National Theatre

'You won't be able to handle this lady': remembering Fenella Fielding

Jasper Rees

The vampish comic actress has died at 90 not long after receiving an OBE

Like a baton out of hell: Conductors at the 2018 Proms

Theartsdesk

Chris Christodoulou snaps mostly men at work, but the women are coming

'I saw that death is beautiful, unspeakable and strange': on filming 'Island'

Steven Eastwood

Filmmaker Steven Eastwood introduces his documentary about the last moments of life

theartsdesk in Cologne: urban boutique on the Rhine

Kieron Tyler

c/o Pop festival clouded by uncertainties about Britain’s departure from the EU

theartsdesk at the Suoni dal Golfo Festival - romantics shine in the Bay of Poets

David Nice

A Liszt novelty proves worth revealing, while a fine pianist takes a castle by storm

theartsdesk at the Lucerne Festival - all-Beethoven and all-Ravel concerts from the greatest

David Nice

Haitink conducts an unearthly 'Pastoral' while Chailly ignites symphonic dances

h 100 Awards: Art, Design and Craft - making art public

Florence Hallett

Showcasing the strength of British visual culture, and the people bringing it to public attention

theartsdesk at bOing! International Family Festival - the best of European children's theatre

Katie Colombus

Visual and aural adventures at well-programmed weekend introduce the young to the arts

Neil Simon: 'I don’t think you want it really dark'

Jasper Rees

The great technician of stage comedy, who has died at 91, recalls writing the likes of Sweet Charity and The Odd Couple

h 100 Young Influencers of the Year: James Bingham on community choirs

James Bingham

The first of the four finalists in theartsdesk's award in association with The Hospital Club writes provocatively about a choral crisis

'I wanted a juke box that plays nothing but flip-sides' - Jeremy Sams on The Enchanted Island

Jeremy Sams

Creator of a 'new' Baroque opera anticipates British Youth Opera's takeover of a Met hit

theartsdesk at Itinéraire Baroque 2018 - canaries in front of a Périgord altar

David Nice

Distinguished Dordogne dweller Ton Koopman and friends meet in a Romanesque priory

theartsdesk at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music - stratospheric performances by a tropical sea

Jessica Duchen

New artistic director Kathryn Stott personalises a much-loved Antipodean fixture

h Club 100 Awards: Video games - pioneers with heart and soul

Steve O'Rourke

High tech meets high calibre in this year’s list of gaming’s brightest sparks

F Off: National Youth Theatre puts social media on trial

Tatty Hennessy

NYT's new work is aimed at digital natives. Its playwright introduces it

Greed as the keynote: Robert Carsen on the timelessness of 'The Beggar's Opera'

Robert Carsen

The director brings his contemporary take on John Gay's satire to the Edinburgh Festival

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