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Alex James Ellison Talks FIVER THE CONCERT at Southwark Playhouse Interview Alex James Ellison Talks FIVER THE CONCERT at Southwark Playhouse
by Eleni Cashell - November 23, 2020, UK / West End

Alex James Ellison, co-writer of the award-nominated show Fiver, chats about its online revival and what's next for this smash-hit show....
Hiba Elchikhe Talks OUT OF THE DARKNESS, INTO THE SPOTLIGHT Interview Hiba Elchikhe Talks OUT OF THE DARKNESS, INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
by Eleni Cashell - November 19, 2020, UK / West End

We chat to West End performer Hiba Elchikhe about producing her new online theatre series, Out Of The Darkness, Into The Spotlight....
Chris Stafford Talks Reopening The Curve Theatre Interview Chris Stafford Talks Reopening The Curve Theatre
by Eleni Cashell - November 18, 2020, UK / West End

Before the second lockdown in England came into place, we chatted to Curve’s Chief Executive, Chris Stafford, about the venue's reopening and their community work....
Robert Myles reflects on The Show Must Go Online Interview Robert Myles reflects on The Show Must Go Online
by Debbie Gilpin - November 15, 2020, UK / West End

As the series draws to a close, completing 40 shows within eight months, actor and director Robert Myles looks back on the successes of The Show Must Go Online and the rise of Zoom theatre. The Tempest ​​​​​​​will be the final show in the Shakespeare series that began at the end of March....
Rob Houchen Talks LES MISERABLES - THE STAGED CONCERT Live Cast Recording Interview Rob Houchen Talks LES MISERABLES - THE STAGED CONCERT Live Cast Recording
by Jenny Ell - November 14, 2020, UK / West End

Recorded live at the Gielgud Theatre last year with an all-star cast, the much celebrated Les Misérables score was captured in a staged concert format on CD and DVD. The DVD is now available for home audiences to enjoy but ahead of the live cast recording release, we caught up with the concert's Mar...
Clare Perkins Talks EMILIA Ahead Of Online Stream Interview Clare Perkins Talks EMILIA Ahead Of Online Stream
by Cindy Marcolina - November 10, 2020, UK / West End

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's groundbreaking piece Emilia gets another outing in online form after empowering audiences on the Southbank and in the West End last year. The show will be streamed on emilialive.com tonight and made available for two weeks on demand....
Fiona Button Talks WHAT A CARVE UP! Interview Fiona Button Talks WHAT A CARVE UP!
by Eleni Cashell - November 05, 2020, UK / West End

Fiona Button, star of The Split and Out Of Her Mind, talks starring in the online production of What A Carve Up!, rehearsing in a pandemic and what she's missing about live theatre....
Street-style Magician Nathan Earl On Why West End Busking Must Be Saved Interview Street-style Magician Nathan Earl On Why West End Busking Must Be Saved
by Constance Drugeot - November 04, 2020, UK / West End

After a rise in complaints, Westminster City Council is planning to ban all street performing and busking across the West End. Save London Busker's campaign is trying to block these new laws, which could be devastating for hundreds of street performers and buskers....
Joseph Millson Talks THE DEFINITIVE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC 2020 CAST RECORDING of MARY Interview Joseph Millson Talks THE DEFINITIVE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC 2020 CAST RECORDING of MARY POPPINS
by Jenny Ell - October 30, 2020, UK / West End

The Mary Poppins team will continue to entertain and spread joy to fans with the release of a brand new live cast recording next week....
Emily Costello Talks PRIVATE PEACEFUL at the Garrick Theatre Interview Emily Costello Talks PRIVATE PEACEFUL at the Garrick Theatre
by Eleni Cashell - October 27, 2020, UK / West End

After a successful run at both Barn Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, Private Peaceful is heading to the Garrick Theatre. Emily Costello chats about making her West End debut in the show and the audience reactions so far....
Hayley Wareham Talks BOTTLED on BBC Radio 4 Interview Hayley Wareham Talks BOTTLED on BBC Radio 4
by Cindy Marcolina - October 26, 2020, UK / West End

After a stellar run at the VAULT Festival, Hayley Wareham's debut play Bottled has been turned by the writer into a radio drama. We had a chat with Wareham about rewriting the piece for a different medium, the impact of domestic violence, and the role of art in society....
Tom Littler Talks 15 HEROINES at Jermyn Street Theatre Interview Tom Littler Talks 15 HEROINES at Jermyn Street Theatre
by Louise Penn - October 22, 2020, UK / West End

Next month Jermyn Street Theatre, the smallest producing house in the West End, celebrates 15 Heroines in a series of monologues written and performed by female and non-binary creatives. We asked the theatre's Artistic Director (and co-director of the plays) Tom Littler to tell us more....
Maiya Quansah-Breed Talks RENT at Hope Mill Theatre Interview Maiya Quansah-Breed Talks RENT at Hope Mill Theatre
by Eleni Cashell - October 21, 2020, UK / West End

Maiya Quansah-Breed is going from playing Parr in SIX to Mimi, as she joins the cast of Rent. She chats about keeping her casting a secret for 7 months, rehearsing during a pandemic and why her love for the Six queens is indescribable....
Glen Neath Talks Darkfield's Immersive Audio Experiences Interview Glen Neath Talks Darkfield's Immersive Audio Experiences
by Constance Drugeot - October 20, 2020, UK / West End

BWW talked to Glen Neath, artistic director of DARKFIELD, a British immersive theatre company, which has been producing innovative work at the forefront of technology and theatre. As a response to the current climate, Darkfield Radio has been developed as a new project which delivers immersive audio...
Kath Haling and Erico Montes Discuss New Dance Film HUSH Interview Kath Haling and Erico Montes Discuss New Dance Film HUSH
by Constance Drugeot - October 19, 2020, UK / West End

Performers from West End theatre and the Royal Ballet united to create a new song and accompanying dance film, Hush. The piece aims to highlight mental health issues during the Coronavirus pandemic, and to raise awareness of the UK's incredible performing arts sector during a difficult time....
Simon Lipkin Talks FIRST DATE: THE MUSICAL at Crazy Coqs Interview Simon Lipkin Talks FIRST DATE: THE MUSICAL at Crazy Coqs
by Caroline Cronin - October 16, 2020, UK / West End

Austin Winberg's musical First Date was first seen on Broadway in 2013. It's a classic American story of two mis-matched singletons in New York - Aaron and Casey - who end up on a blind date, and all the complications that come with that. Featuring a contemporary rock score by Alan Zachary and Micha...
Kerry Ellis Talks CABARET ALL STARS at Proud Embankment Interview Kerry Ellis Talks CABARET ALL STARS at Proud Embankment
by Eleni Cashell - October 14, 2020, UK / West End

Kerry Ellis chats about joining Proud Embankment Cabaret All Stars, how she's been coping during lockdown and her favourite show costumes....
Nicholas Pitt Talks New Dramatic Podcast SEEDS Interview Nicholas Pitt Talks New Dramatic Podcast SEEDS
by Eleni Cashell - October 06, 2020, UK / West End

Before Covid-19 hit, Nicholas Pitt was directing a new stage production, Seeds. Based on a true story, the show explored the history behind the world's first seed bank. Now, Seeds has now become an eight-episode podcast series instead. Pitt talks to us about the process of making an audio show, dire...
Georgia Christou and Lizzie Nunnery Talk Writing for Tonic Theatre's Platform Project Interview Georgia Christou and Lizzie Nunnery Talk Writing for Tonic Theatre's Platform Project
by Maya Bowles - October 02, 2020, UK / West End

In 2015 Tonic Theatre launched the Platform project, in which they commissioned plays that put young women and their stories at the heart of the action, with mainly or entirely female casts. The two latest additions to the Platform series are 'Bright. Young. Things.' by Georgia Christou and 'Heavy W...
Tsemaye Bob-Egbe Talks PIPPIN at the Garden Theatre Interview Tsemaye Bob-Egbe Talks PIPPIN at the Garden Theatre
by Laura Fuller - September 25, 2020, UK / West End

Tsemaye is a Nigerian-born, London-based West End performer. She most recently starred in the World Premiere of a?oeTina: The Tina Turner Musicala?? at the Aldwych Theatre where she performed as Alline Bullock/Ikette, also understudying and performing the role of Tina Turner. Other credits include J...
Rachel Tucker Chats SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at the London Palladium Interview Rachel Tucker Chats SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD at the London Palladium
by Bella Bevan - September 23, 2020, UK / West End

The live-streamed production of Jason Robert Brown's Songs For A New World that we enjoyed during lockdown is now coming to the stage, with two socially distanced shows at the London Palladium on 11 October. Rachel Tucker, who is known for Come From Away and Wicked amongst an impressive list of West...
Peter McKintosh Talks TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon Interview Peter McKintosh Talks TWELVE ANGRY MEN at Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon
by Eleni Cashell - September 22, 2020, UK / West End

Award-winning scenic and costume designer Peter McKintosh was meant to be working on a production of 12 Angry Men at the Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon in Tokyo until Covid-19 hit. But with social distancing now in place, the show is going ahead, with McKintosh working his magic virtually instead....
Opera Holland Park's James Clutton Talks Programming During The Pandemic Interview Opera Holland Park's James Clutton Talks Programming During The Pandemic
by Marianka Swain - September 20, 2020, UK / West End

Opera Holland Park unfortunately couldn't proceed with its planned 2020 summer season, but this very special venue was among the first to leap into action with a series of open-air concerts instead - from all-star operatic galas to a dash of musical theatre with Sondheim's A Little Night Music (read...
The Creative Team Talk THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Minack Theatre Interview The Creative Team Talk THE LAST FIVE YEARS at Minack Theatre
by Caroline Cronin - September 18, 2020, UK / West End

The Last Five Years is one of the few musicals that seems as if Jason Robert Brown wrote it precisely with a pandemic in mind. ...
Martin Sherman Talks ROSE at Hope Mill Theatre Interview Martin Sherman Talks ROSE at Hope Mill Theatre
by Eleni Cashell - September 10, 2020, UK / West End

Martin Sherman's Olivier-nominated play Rose is getting an online revival thanks to Hope Mill Theatre. He talks about his legacy, why the theatre was such a lifeline for him and what he's missing about it....
Earl Carpenter Chats VOICES OF THE WEST END TOUR Interview Earl Carpenter Chats VOICES OF THE WEST END TOUR
by Fiona Scott - September 03, 2020, UK / West End

Earl Carpenter is known for his leading roles in The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and most recently appeared in The Pirate Queen at the London Coliseum. e is now preparing to tour England with John Owen-Jones, Kerry Ellis and Katie Hall in Voices of the West End. We spoke to Earl about the c...
Harriet Thorpe Talks SLEEPLESS at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre Interview Harriet Thorpe Talks SLEEPLESS at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
by Laura Fuller - August 31, 2020, UK / West End

Harriet Thorpe is perhaps best known for her work on Absolutely Fabulous and The Brittas Empire. However she has also enjoyed an extensive theatre career including roles in Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, Crazy For You and The Dresser. Shea??s currently starring as Eleanor in the new musical Sleepless (...
Jonathan Suffolk Talks Smart Caption Glasses and Accessibility Interview Jonathan Suffolk Talks Smart Caption Glasses and Accessibility
by Maya Bowles - August 25, 2020, UK / West End

After training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Stage Management and Technical Theatre, Suffolk went on to work at a number of different theatres, before becoming the Technical Director at the National Theatre, and eventually moving on to focus on his work with the National Theatre Smart Caption...
Anoushka Lucas Talks JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre Interview Anoushka Lucas Talks JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by Anthony Walker-Cook - August 23, 2020, UK / West End

Anoushka Lucas first played the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2016. She has now returned to a socially distanced concert production of the show at the same venue, which is directed by Timothy Sheader. ...
Tom MacRae of EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Talks One Night Only Reunion Interview Tom MacRae of EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Talks One Night Only Reunion
by Eleni Cashell - August 20, 2020, UK / West End

Cast and creatives of Everybody's Talking About Jamie are taking part in a special 'One Night Only' virtual reunion. Tom MacRae, who wrote the book and lyrics to the show, talks about what fans can expect....
Alice Blundell Talks SHAKESPEARE SNAPSHOTS at the RSC Interview Alice Blundell Talks SHAKESPEARE SNAPSHOTS at the RSC
by Rona Kelly - August 18, 2020, UK / West End

The Royal Shakespeare Company is providing a series of free, live outdoor performances this summer. Alice Blundell about what it's like to return to a rehearsal room (well garden!) and perform once again....
Layton Williams Talks WEST END MUSICAL DRIVE-IN Interview Layton Williams Talks WEST END MUSICAL DRIVE-IN
by Caroline Cronin - August 14, 2020, UK / West End

Layton Williams will be headlining his own concert as part of the West End Musical Drive-In series on 29 August...
Angel Coulby Talks ALBION On BBC Four Interview Angel Coulby Talks ALBION On BBC Four
by Eleni Cashell - August 12, 2020, UK / West End

Mike Bartlett's production of Albion is being broadcast on BBC Four. Angel Coulby, who plays Anna in the show, explains why its themes are more relevant than ever before....
Janie Dee Talks A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Opera Holland Park Interview Janie Dee Talks A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Opera Holland Park
by Marianka Swain - August 11, 2020, UK / West End

Among the hopeful shoots of returning theatre is a new concert version of Stephen Sondheima??s A Little Night Music, coming to Opera Holland Park on 15 August. West End leading lady Janie Dee is wearing two hats for this project: shea??s both starring as Desiree, and co-producing with Alex Parker. S...
Sam Tutty Discusses The GODSPELL 50th Anniversary Concert Interview Sam Tutty Discusses The GODSPELL 50th Anniversary Concert
by Cindy Marcolina - August 10, 2020, UK / West End

West End star and Dear Evan Hansen's current title character Sam Tutty is taking part in Michael Strassen's 50th anniversary celebrations of Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebalak's Godspell. We had a chat with Sam to hear everything about the show's digital revamp and its topical importance....
Rosie Day Chats INSTRUCTIONS FOR A TEENAGE ARMAGEDDON at BarnFest, Cirencester Interview Rosie Day Chats INSTRUCTIONS FOR A TEENAGE ARMAGEDDON at BarnFest, Cirencester
by Bella Bevan - August 07, 2020, UK / West End

Rosie Day will perform her self-devised one-woman show Instructions For A Teenage Armageddon at the upcoming BarnFest....
Caroline Friedman Talks SCENESAVER Interview Caroline Friedman Talks SCENESAVER
by Jonathan Marshall - August 06, 2020, UK / West End

In 2019, when we were all blissfully ignorant of the impending pandemic, award winning theatre and film producer Caroline Friedman had the idea to create an online platform to showcase fringe theatre performances. Her streaming site Scenesaver could not have arrived at a better time. While such t...
Paul Hart Discusses The Socially Distanced Summer Season at The Watermill Theatre Interview Paul Hart Discusses The Socially Distanced Summer Season at The Watermill Theatre
by Bella Bevan - August 04, 2020, UK / West End

We spoke to Paul about the process of putting together these summer shows so quickly, COVID-19 safety measure, and how the Watermill is surviving the pandemic....
Vikki Stone and Natasha J Barnes Chat FUNNY GALS at BarnFest, Cirencester Interview Vikki Stone and Natasha J Barnes Chat FUNNY GALS at BarnFest, Cirencester
by Fiona Scott - August 01, 2020, UK / West End

Award-winning comedy performer Vikki Stone and West End leading lady Natasha J Barnes teamed up during lockdown. They crafted a revue of the funniest comedy songs in musical theatre for female performers. The show, Funny Gals, will make its debut at the BarnFest, the Barn Theatre's premiere outdoor ...
Kwame Kwei-Armah Chats imagine... MY NAME IS KWAME Interview Kwame Kwei-Armah Chats imagine... MY NAME IS KWAME
by Fiona Scott - July 31, 2020, UK / West End

Kwame Kwei-Armah is the Artistic Director of the Young Vic, which is marking its 50th anniversary this  year. As part of the celebrations, Kwei-Armah is the subject of an episode of the latest BBC imagine... series. We spoke to him about lockdown and going back over his childhood as part of the proj...