Peter Macon as Othello, Rebecca O’Mara as Desdemona and Marty Rea as Iago in the Abbey’s Othello. Photograph: Pat Redmond

When veteran Abbey director Joe Dowling speaks about his latest production of Othello, you would be forgiven for thinking he was describing the lates(...)

Paul Giamatti: “I’ve never done anything solely for the pay cheque. Believe me, I’m perfectly well motivated by a  pay cheque, but I’ve  never done something  only for the money.” Photograph: Damon WinterNew York Times

I seem to have annoyed Paul Giamatti. I have asked him about being typecast. People have in their head a specific idea of a Paul Giamatti character, (...)

Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson in 1977. Photograph: by Ron Galella/WireImage

In 1977, Rita Coolidge was 33 and one of the most in-demand rock vocalists in LA. The legendary Delta Lady of the song had won two Grammys for perfor(...)

Neneh Cherry: “I still feel so unfinished, in a way, and that can really piss me off sometimes.” Photograph:  Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images

‘Hello, darling.” Neneh Cherry answers the phone to you like you’re her best friend. She is just in from the market and is a bit flustered and can I (...)

Gavan Ring on The Barber of Seville: “To sing Rossini, I tell ya, you’d be sweating at the end of it”

In the taxi on the way to meet baritone Gavan Ring (28), from Kerry, I find myself telling the driver who I’m off to see. “I don’t believe you,” he s(...)