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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Leslie Phillips: 'I can be recognised by my voice alone' by Jasper Rees

Saying goodbye to the actor famous for saying hello Leslie Phillips would have known for half a century that at his death, which was announced yesterday, the obituaries would lead with one t…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 12:24PM
Friday, September 23, 2022

'The first thing I do when I wake up is write.' Hilary Mantel, 1952-2022 by Jasper Rees

An interview with the novelist the morning after she won the Man Booker Prize for the first time Hilary Mantel, who has died at the age of 70, was a maker of literary history. Wolf Hall, an…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:37AM
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

‘I was not ready to be killed’: Belarus Free Theatre prepare to perform in the UK by Jasper Rees

The theatre troupe created art in secret under the dictatorship of Alexander Lukashenko but went into exile after their latest encounter with the Belarusian KGB. They talk to Jasper Rees abo…

SOURCE: The Independent at 01:54AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Antony Sher: 'I discovered I could be other people' by Jasper Rees

Remembering the brilliant actor knight who revealed himself both on stage and in pioneering performance diaries The energy of Antony Sher, who has died at the age of 72, was prodigious. He n…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:42AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Remembering Henry Woolf, Harold Pinter's oldest friend by Jasper Rees

The school friend who commissioned, directed and acted in Pinter's first play Henry Woolf's place in the theatre history is small but significant, a bit like Woolf was himself. Until his dea…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:36AM
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Helen McCrory: 'If there's one interesting thing about acting it's trying to lose your ego' by Jasper Rees

Three encounters with the great actor who has died at the age of 52 Each generation is given one actress who can do everything and is loved by all. There was Judi Dench, and then there was I…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:18AM
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

'I loved being a dresser': Sir Ronald Harwood, Oscar-winning writer, dies at 85 by Jasper Rees

A memorial interview with the playwright and scriptwriter who enjoyed a remarkable Indian summer Ronald Harwood, who has died at the age of 85, was best known for his play about tending to t…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:24AM
Saturday, June 20, 2020

Ian Holm, British film's best supporting actor by Jasper Rees

From King Lear to Bilbo Baggins - remembering the great film actor who vanquished stage fright Ian Holm was once in his local cinema on High Street Kensington, enquiring at the ticket office…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:24PM
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Larry Kramer: 'I think anger is a wonderful useful emotion' by Jasper Rees

Remembering the AIDS activist who wrote The Normal Heart and the screenplay for Women in Love Larry Kramer, who has died at the age of 84, was the Solzhenitsyn of AIDS who indomitably report…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:54AM
Saturday, November 16, 2019

'By the end I’d lost me': Joe Simpson, mountaineer and writer - interview by Jasper Rees

The story of Touching the Void has been told and retold. Its author explores its appeal In Peru in 1985, Joe Simpson - then 25 - and his 21-year-old climbing partner Simon Yates were descend…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 07:12AM
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special' by Jasper Rees

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96 "I am amazed to be still alive. Two hours of medieval torment.” Franco Zeffirelli - who has died at the …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 01:18PM
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Don Quixote rides again, and again by Jasper Rees

The RSC's stage version reaches the West End, while Terry Gilliam's film is stuck in a legal vortexIt’s a story of a mad old man who imagines himself to be a knight errant. On hi…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:06AM
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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

The vampish comic actress has died at 90 not long after receiving an MBEFenella Fielding - “one of the finest female impersonators in the business,” joked Eric Morecambe – has died at …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:18PM
Monday, August 27, 2018

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

The great technician of stage comedy, who has died at 91, recalls writing the likes of Sweet Charity and The Odd Couple Asked to nominate the most important playwright in America since the w…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 11:24AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Brian Friel, the private playwright of Ballybeg by Jasper Rees

A celebration of the Northern Irish stage craftsman whose play Aristocrats is revived at the Donmar Warehouse Brian Friel, who died in 2015 at the age of 86, was a shy man who shunned interv…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:48AM
Monday, May 21, 2018

Ian Rickson: 'I'm an introvert, I want to stop talking about myself' - interview by Jasper Rees

The director staging Brian Friel's Translations at the National talks about Ireland, England and the changing face of theatreIan Rickson’s route into theatre was not conventional. Gro…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:18AM
Monday, February 26, 2018

theartsdesk in Minsk: feasting with Belarus Free Theatre by Jasper Rees

THEARTSDESK IN MINSK Feasting with the remarkable Belarus Free TheatreThe renowned underground theatre company confronts the past and present at home and abroadBudzma! (Cheers!) At a long, f…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:00AM
Sunday, October 2, 2016

theartsdesk Q&A: Playwright Katori Hall by Jasper Rees

Is Katori Hall (b. 1981) the embodiment of Martin Luther King’s dream? She was born in Memphis, the city where King died. The Mountaintop, her play about his last night alive, had its worl…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:04AM
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Who's afraid of Edward Albee? by Jasper Rees

"I've always thought there's nothing worse than coming to the end of your life and realising that you haven't participated in it, and so I write about people who've done that to a certain ex…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:25AM
Monday, May 9, 2016

10 Questions for Playwright Joe Penhall by Jasper Rees

Joe Penhall first thwacked his way to the attention of British theatregoers more than 20 years ago with a series of plays about schizos and psychos and wackos. An iconoclastic laureate of li…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:10PM
Friday, May 6, 2016

10 Questions for Artistic Director Emma Rice by Jasper Rees

In his last minutes as the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, Dominic Dromgoole took to the stage to reflect on his years at the helm. Behind him was the cast of Hamlet, home after …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:04PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Arnold Wesker: His Life and Career in 10 Scenes by Jasper Rees

Of all the dramas with the name Arnold Wesker attached to them, the most absorbing ran as long as The Mousetrap, but offstage rather than on. It was in the style of a remorselessly black far…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:33AM
Monday, November 16, 2015

10 Questions for playwright Patrick Barlow by Jasper Rees

Patrick Barlow’s last play was parked in the West End for nine years. The 39 Steps finally closed this autumn, but not before travelling all over the world, most prestigiously to Broadway …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:43AM
Monday, October 26, 2015

10 Questions for Director Roger Michell by Jasper Rees

It’s not easy to see the pattern in Roger Michell’s career. More than most British directors, he has zigzagged between the stage and the screen. He was the one who first rehearsed such c…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 03:40AM
Friday, October 2, 2015

Brian Friel, the private playwright of Ballybeg by Jasper Rees

Brian Friel, who has died at the age of 86, was a shy man who shunned interviews, keeping his powder dry for the work and shrouding his personal life in mystique. Not that he never opened hi…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 12:45PM
Monday, August 24, 2015

10 Questions for Actor Jason Hughes by Jasper Rees

Jason Hughes belongs to an influential generation of actors who emerged from South Wales in the 1990s. A promising rugby player as a teenager, his head was turned by theatre. Ruth Jones and …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:18AM
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sinatras on Sinatra: 'He was a lonely soul' by Jasper Rees

Frank Sinatra is back in London in the centenary of his birth. His disembodied voice is returning in a show called Sinatra: The Man & His Music. At the London Palladium, where he made hi…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:07AM
Monday, July 6, 2015

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Michael Longhurst by Jasper Rees

Is there more than one Michael Longhurst? As sometimes happens in theatre, a rising young director seems to be everywhere at once. His calling card is the modestly universal Constellations. …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:38AM
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Keeping up with the Joneses by Jasper Rees

Gruff Rhys has called it as the Great Welsh Media Gang-Bang. This year everyone who is anyone (who can get funding) has hopped on a plane for Argentina to follow in the footsteps of the 150 …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 04:24AM
Monday, June 22, 2015

Gurinder Chadha interview: why Bend It Like Beckham still matters by Jasper Rees

The director tells Jasper Rees why she's turned her hit 2002 film into a West End musical

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 02:00AM
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Arise, Sir Van, Sir Lenny and Sir Kevin. Dame who? by Jasper Rees

If the honours system is used to award individuals, its other job is to provide an aspirational marker for the country as a whole. This, it tells us twice a year, is who we want to be: inclu…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 03:12AM

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