Interactives & Extras

Young Men

The Making of Young Men

The Great Performances team spoke with BalletBoyz Artistic Directors William (Billy) Trevitt and Michael Nunn about the making of Young Men. This interview is an extension of the above 14-minute “behind the scenes” look into the making of the film. Young Men, a World War I-inspired feature-length dance film commemorating the Great War’s centennial, comes to Great […]

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Cast Interview: Adrian Dunbar as Plantagenet

What did you think of the first series of The Hollow Crown? The people gathered around the project were of really high standard. The quality of the acting, in particular, with people like Ben Whishaw, was particularly great. When I got an offer to play Plantagenet, I thought, ‘Oh my God, what a privilege to […]

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Cast Interview: Anton Lesser as Exeter

What’s the story of The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses? A power vacuum exists with Gloucester and Winchester vying for power over the new young king. Exeter is old-school, reliable, keeper of the peace. He wants to honor the deceased king but he watches that world fragmenting. His perspective is a nice continuity […]

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Cast Interview: Hugh Bonneville as Gloucester

Were you familiar with the plays before you came to The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses? It was one of the plays I was least familiar with. They are quite exciting because they are rough and sprawling being written early in the career of Shakespeare. I had seen them on the stage in […]

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Cast Interview: Sophie Okonedo as Margaret

How were you approached about taking part in The Hollow Crown? I’ve known Dominic Cooke for a long time and have worked with him before. He asked me if I wanted to play Margaret. I had seen Richard II from the first series and loved it. I’d never read the original plays until I got […]

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Cast Interview: Tom Sturridge as Henry VI

What was it about this series and Henry VI specifically that made you want to do it? First of all, it was a play which I didn’t know at all. I think very few people know it, so unlike with a lot of Shakespeare, people don’t come to it with preconceptions. It didn’t feel like […]

GP at the Met: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Fast Facts, Long Opera

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (“The Master-Singer of Nuremberg”) receives its first Great Performances at the Met broadcast, Sunday, April 12 at 11 am on PBS (check local listings; in New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 pm). Fast facts about Richard Wagner’s longest opera   Die Meistersinger is not just Wagner’s longest opera; it’s […]

Mark Morris Dance Group: L’Allegro

Interview with Mark Morris

Mark Morris interview conducted by Elisa Lichtenbaum of WNET. Choreographer Mark Morris first garnered international fame for L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato when it debuted at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in 1988. Considered a landmark achievement, the work was inspired by George Frideric Handel’s oratorio based on the 17th century […]

Bryan Adams in Concert

Bryan Adams the Photographer: Photo Gallery of Portraits

Bryan Adams’ Journey into Photography In the nineties Bryan Adams became curious about making photographic self-portraits for his album covers, and so chose to pick up the camera himself. That serendipitous decision was the beginning of a successful photographic career, parallel to Adams’ impressive achievements as a singer, songwriter and producer. Bryan Adams Exposed (Steidl, […]

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

Exclusive Interview: Bennett and Gaga on Performing Live

Lady Gaga calls the program Great Performances – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! “my favorite television performance that I’ve ever done,” in this interview. “The combination of the lighting with the authenticity of all the players, and us all following Mr. Bennett’s lead, it made for something that I think is […]