Interviews

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE!

Exclusive Interview: Bennett and Gaga on Jazz

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga sat down with PBS for an exclusive interview about singing jazz, their live concert on PBS, and more. In this segment of their interview, the two stars — Tony Bennett, a jazz legend, and Lady Gaga, a young internationally acclaimed pop star — talk about jazz and making their collaborative […]

Sting: The Last Ship

Sting Interview on Creative Process

Sting talks to Paula Zahn of NYC-ARTS about his creative process for The Last Ship, which took place after a near decade-long hiatus from songwriting. His Broadway-bound musical is based on the shipbuilding history of his home town. Watch Sting Interview

Barrymore, Starring Christopher Plummer

Interview with Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer talks to Paula Zahn, co-host of NYC-ARTS, about his remarkable performance as the fabled but faded star John Barrymore in his twilight days. Great Performances airs Barrymore on January 31, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).