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Backstage with Richard Ridge: Lonny Price Opens Up About the Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened Backstage with Richard Ridge: Lonny Price Opens Up About the Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
by BroadwayWorld TV - November 26, 2016

One of the truly legendary musicals in the history of Broadway, Merrily We Roll Along opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. For the first time, Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened  draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show's creation - and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it. Directed by Lonny Price, a member of the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choice... (more...)

Karen Hardy and Anita Rani Talk STRICTLY Live Tour
LET THERE BE LIGHT: Lucy Carter On Dance, Multimedia and Expressing Ideas
Alexia Khadime Talks SLEEPING BEAUTY at Hackney Empire Alexia Khadime Talks SLEEPING BEAUTY at Hackney Empire
by Marianka Swain - November 30, 2016 in UK / West End

Alexia Khadime made her West End debut in The Lion King aged 17, and went on to play Nala. Her other West End leads include Wicked, Les Miserables and The Book of Mormon, and this Christmas she stars as Princess Tahlia in Hackney Empire's Sleeping Beauty.... (more...)
Lisa Dillon On LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Lisa Dillon On LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by Marianka Swain - November 29, 2016 in UK / West End

Actress Lisa Dillon's numerous stage credits include King John at Rose Theatre, Kingston, Hapgood at Hampstead Theatre, Design for Living at the Old Vic, The Knot of the Heart at the Almeida, and The Taming of the Shrew for the RSC. She's back with the RSC playing Rosaline and Beatrice in Love's Lab... (more...)
BWW PANTO Q&A: Lee Mead BWW PANTO Q&A: Lee Mead
by Gary Naylor - November 29, 2016 in UK / West End

BWW catches up with one of Britain's pantomime favourites, currently appearing as Prince Charming in Cinderella at the London Palladium.... (more...)
BWW PANTO Q&A: Joe McElderry BWW PANTO Q&A: Joe McElderry
by Natalie O'Donoghue - November 24, 2016 in UK / West End

Joe McElderry speaks to BWW ahead of his pantomime run at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.... (more...)
BWW PANTO Q&A: The Chuckle Brothers BWW PANTO Q&A: The Chuckle Brothers
by Natalie O'Donoghue - November 24, 2016 in UK / West End

Children's television favourites The Chuckle Brothers speak to BWW ahead of their pantomime run at Nottingham's Theatre Royal.... (more...)
Jack Shalloo On THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL AND OTHER HAPPIER TALES Jack Shalloo On THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL AND OTHER HAPPIER TALES
by Marianka Swain - November 17, 2016 in UK / West End

Singer and actor Jack Shalloo's theatre credits include Madness musical Our House, Departure Lounge and Hamlet the Musical, and he released an album, London Soul, in 2011. He's currently appearing in The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales at Shakespeare's Globe, which begins previews on 24 Nov... (more...)
Actor Jeremy Irvine Talks BURIED CHILD Actor Jeremy Irvine Talks BURIED CHILD
by Marianka Swain - November 16, 2016 in UK / West End

Actor Jeremy Irvine got his big break as the lead in Steven Spielberg's film version of War Horse. His other screen credits include Great Expectations, The Railway Man and Stonewall, but he's now back on stage alongside Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and Charlotte Hope in Sam Shepard's Buried Child, current... (more...)
Karen Hardy and Anita Rani Talk STRICTLY Live Tour Karen Hardy and Anita Rani Talk STRICTLY Live Tour
by Richard Barber - November 16, 2016 in UK / West End

It will be a decade since its first live tour but, when Strictly Come Dancing takes to the road on January 20, 2017 in Birmingham, audiences will experience for themselves the magic of the TV show at arenas throughout the UK.... (more...)
LET THERE BE LIGHT: Lucy Carter On Dance, Multimedia and Expressing Ideas LET THERE BE LIGHT: Lucy Carter On Dance, Multimedia and Expressing Ideas
by Marianka Swain - November 14, 2016 in UK / West End

The latest instalment of LET THERE BE LIGHT, our series showcasing some of Britain's best theatrical lighting designers, focuses on Lucy Carter. A regular collaborator with Wayne McGregor, as well as numerous other leading choreographers and dance companies, she's also worked on operas and plays, in... (more...)
Actor Clive Francis On AN INSPECTOR CALLS Actor Clive Francis On AN INSPECTOR CALLS
by Marianka Swain - October 31, 2016 in UK / West End

Clive Francis's varied stage and screen career includes A Clockwork Orange, Entertaining Mr Sloane, the original Poldark and upcoming Netflix drama The Crown. He's currently starring in Stephen Daldry's lauded revival of An Inspector Calls at Playhouse Theatre, which begins previews on 4 November.... (more...)
THE TEMPEST, Orange Tree Theatre, 27 October 2016 THE TEMPEST, Orange Tree Theatre, 27 October 2016
by Aliya Al-Hassan - October 28, 2016 in UK / West End

Kelly Hunter, a Royal Shakespeare Company actress, began working with autistic children in 2002. Through this work and a desire to bring Shakepeare to children who do not have access to it, she developed the Hunter Heartbeat Method. Through this technique, autistic children are introduced to Shakesp... (more...)
Gillian Bevan On Playing The Title Role in CYMBELINE Gillian Bevan On Playing The Title Role in CYMBELINE
by Marianka Swain - October 24, 2016 in UK / West End

Gillian Bevan has done everything from Holby City and Teachers on TV to RSC productions and extensive musical theatre, including Into the Woods, Billy Elliot and Grand Hotel. She's currently starring in the RSC's Cymbeline - the first woman to play the title role for the company. The production come... (more...)
Lucy O'Byrne On Playing Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC Lucy O'Byrne On Playing Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by Marianka Swain - October 21, 2016 in UK / West End

Following her success on The Voice, singer and actress Lucy O'Byrne took on the iconic role of Maria Von Trapp in the UK tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein's indelible The Sound of Music; she's since performed the show more than 250 times. Next week, it makes a London stop at New Wimbledon Theatre.... (more...)
Playwright Howard Brenton On MAGNIFICENCE Playwright Howard Brenton On MAGNIFICENCE
by Marianka Swain - October 20, 2016 in UK / West End

Renowned playwright Howard Brenton's work ranges from The Romans in Britain and Pravda to 55 Days and Drawing the Line. Now, his eerily resonant 1973 play Magnificence - featuring idealistic squatters, police brutality, slippery politicians and radicalisation - is being revived at Finborough Theatre... (more...)
Jonah Hauer-King on Kenneth Branagh and THE ENTERTAINER Jonah Hauer-King on Kenneth Branagh and THE ENTERTAINER
by Marianka Swain - October 19, 2016 in UK / West End

Aged just 21, Jonah Hauer-King has appeared in Punk Rock at Lyric Belfast and is currently making his West End debut in the Kenneth Branagh-starring revival of The Entertainer at Garrick Theatre - all while juggling his university studies. The production plays until 12 November, and will be broadcas... (more...)
Lucie Jones On The 20th Anniversary UK Tour Of RENT Lucie Jones On The 20th Anniversary UK Tour Of RENT
by Marianka Swain - October 19, 2016 in UK / West End

Lucie Jones rose to fame on The X Factor, and has since built up a strong list of theatre credits, including Les Miserables in the West End, American Psycho at the Almeida and Legally Blonde at Leicester Curve. She's now playing Maureen in the 20th anniversary UK tour of Jonathan Larson's Rent, whic... (more...)
Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford Talk SIDE SHOW Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford Talk SIDE SHOW
by Marianka Swain - October 14, 2016 in UK / West End

Actresses Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford have an impressive musical haul between them, with Louise the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in Wicked, as well as starring in Guys and Dolls and Kiss Me, Kate, while Laura's recent credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Flo... (more...)
Des Clarke on CINDERELLA Des Clarke on CINDERELLA
by Natalie O'Donoghue - October 13, 2016 in UK / West End

BWW speaks to comedian Des Clarke about returning to the King's Theatre panto for the fifth year running.... (more...)
Actor David Birrell On New Musical THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Actor David Birrell On New Musical THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
by Marianka Swain - October 13, 2016 in UK / West End

David Birrell's extensive stage work ranges from An Enemy of the People at Octagon Theatre, Bolton, to Spamalot in the West End, as well as several years with the RSC. He's currently playing Badger in the highly anticipated new musical version of The Wind in the Willows, which features a book by Dow... (more...)
Ophelia Lovibond On THE LIBERTINE Ophelia Lovibond On THE LIBERTINE
by Marianka Swain - October 07, 2016 in UK / West End

Actress Ophelia Lovibond has done a range of screen roles, from beleaguered Izzy in W1A to Elementary, Guardians of the Galaxy and new Sky 1 series Hooten & The Lady. Now, she's making her West End debut, playing 17th-century actress Elizabeth Barry in The Libertine opposite Dominic Cooper as the in... (more...)
Adam Gillen On Playing Mozart In AMADEUS Adam Gillen On Playing Mozart In AMADEUS
by Marianka Swain - October 06, 2016 in UK / West End

Actor Adam Gillen's credits include A Taste of Honey at the Royal Exchange Theatre, The School for Scandal at the Barbican and the RSC's Wendy and Peter, as well as TV hits Fresh Meat and Benidorm. He's currently starring as Mozart, opposite Lucian Msamati as rival composer Salieri, in the National ... (more...)
Actress Harriet Thorpe On THE DRESSER Actress Harriet Thorpe On THE DRESSER
by Marianka Swain - October 03, 2016 in UK / West End

Harriet Thorpe's diverse career ranges from hit musicals Les Miserables, Wicked, Mamma Mia! and Crazy For You to Absolutely Fabulous and extensive work with the National. She's currently starring in The Dresser, alongside Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith, which begins previews at Duke of York's Theatr... (more...)
Ventriloquist Nina Conti Talks IN YOUR FACE Ventriloquist Nina Conti Talks IN YOUR FACE
by Marianka Swain - September 30, 2016 in UK / West End

Ventriloquist Nina Conti got her break when Ken Campbell specially devised Let Me Out!!! for her in 2001, and she's since won numerous awards, headlined shows, appeared in Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration. She's now on a major UK tour with improvised show In Your Face, which sees audience ... (more...)
The National Theatre's Toby Coffey on VR, 360 Film and New Ways to Tell Stories The National Theatre's Toby Coffey on VR, 360 Film and New Ways to Tell Stories
by Marianka Swain - September 29, 2016 in UK / West End

It's hard for people to grasp the possibilities of something like virtual reality or 360 film, as most don't have a frame of reference yet, so the best thing is to show them,' explains Toby Coffey, the National Theatre's Head of Digital Development. 'That's a big part of our job at the moment: invit... (more...)
Director Nigel Harman On Reviving Berkoff's LUNCH and THE BOW OF ULYSSES Director Nigel Harman On Reviving Berkoff's LUNCH and THE BOW OF ULYSSES
by Marianka Swain - September 29, 2016 in UK / West End

As an actor, Nigel Harman's numerous credits include EastEnders, Guys and Dolls, Downton Abbey and Shrek The Musical, the latter of which he also directed. He's now helming the revival of a Steven Berkoff double bill: Lunch, about an abortive one-night stand, and The Bow of Ulysses, revisiting the c... (more...)

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