UK / West End Interviews

Ashley Gilmour Talks MISS SAIGON Tour Ashley Gilmour Talks MISS SAIGON Tour
by Marianka Swain - June 23, 2017 in UK / West End

Ashley Gilmour's previous work includes Link Larkin in Hairspray and the ensemble of the original revival cast of Miss Saigon. Now, he's graduated to playing Chris in the UK and Ireland tour of Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical, which begins at Curve Leicester on 1 July.... (more...)
Ella Spira and Pietra Mello-Pittman Talk VOICES OF THE AMAZON Ella Spira and Pietra Mello-Pittman Talk VOICES OF THE AMAZON
by Marianka Swain - June 20, 2017 in UK / West End

Sisters Grimm, a company founded by composer Ella Spira and choreographer Pietra Mello-Pittman, is following up hit show INALA with new dance musical Voices of the Amazon. Fusing ballet, contemporary and capoeira with a Brazilian score and narration by Jeremy Irons, it premieres this July at Sadler'... (more...)
Sara Poyzer, New West End Donna, Talks MAMMA MIA! Sara Poyzer, New West End Donna, Talks MAMMA MIA!
by Marianka Swain - June 19, 2017 in UK / West End

Sara Poyzer, whose previous work includes Billy Elliot, has been starring as Donna Sheridan on the Mamma Mia! tour and now takes the role in the West End production at the Novello Theatre.... (more...)
Playwright Jon Brittain On The West End Return Of ROTTERDAM Playwright Jon Brittain On The West End Return Of ROTTERDAM
by Marianka Swain - June 16, 2017 in UK / West End

Jon Brittain's Rotterdam, the 2017 Olivier Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, has played at Theatre503, Trafalgar Studios and 59E59 Theaters in New York. The bittersweet comedy, which addresses gender, sexuality and identity, returns to the West End this month for a ru... (more...)
Stars Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington Talk BAT OUT OF HELL Stars Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington Talk BAT OUT OF HELL
by Marianka Swain - June 15, 2017 in UK / West End

Relative newcomers Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington were thrilled to land the lead roles in Jim Steinman's musical Bat Out of Hell. Several decades in the making, the show is now playing at the London Coliseum.... (more...)
Killian Donnelly On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES Killian Donnelly On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES
by Marianka Swain - June 12, 2017 in UK / West End

Killian Donnelly's stellar musical career includes Kinky Boots, Memphis, The Commitments, Billy Elliot and The Phantom of the Opera. From tonight, he becomes the new West End Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.... (more...)
Simon Lipkin Talks THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Simon Lipkin Talks THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
by Marianka Swain - June 08, 2017 in UK / West End

Simon Lipkin's numerous credits include Avenue Q, Rock of Ages, The Lorax and Guys and Dolls. He's currently starring as Rat in a new musical version of The Wind in the Willows, which begins its West End run at the London Palladium on 16 June.... (more...)
Gary Trainor Talks Leading SCHOOL OF ROCK Gary Trainor Talks Leading SCHOOL OF ROCK
by Marianka Swain - June 05, 2017 in UK / West End

Actor Gary Trainor, whose past work includes the West End productions of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, I Can't Sing and The Shawshank Redemption, has been playing the role of alternate Dewey in School of Rock since its London premiere. He's now leading the cast as Dewey.... (more...)
Janique Charles On Joining THE LION KING Janique Charles On Joining THE LION KING
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2017 in UK / West End

Actress Janique Charles was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to the UK to join the touring cast of The Lion King in 2013, and is now playing Nala in the West End production.... (more...)
Drew McOnie Talks ON THE TOWN Drew McOnie Talks ON THE TOWN
by Marianka Swain - May 19, 2017 in UK / West End

Director/choreographer Drew McOnie's work includes In the Heights, Strictly Ballroom, The Wild Party and Jesus Christ Superstar. He's now back at Regent's Park helming On the Town - the classic musical tale of three sailors on shore leave in search of love and adventure - which opens tonight.... (more...)
Alex Bourne Talks West End ANNIE Alex Bourne Talks West End ANNIE
by Marianka Swain - May 16, 2017 in UK / West End

Actor Alex Bourne's past musical work ranges from Kiss Me, Kate to Chicago and We Will Rock You. After playing Daddy Warbucks on tour, he's now back in the role for the West End run of Annie, which begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on May 23.... (more...)
Matthew Croke On Becoming The New West End Aladdin Matthew Croke On Becoming The New West End Aladdin
by Marianka Swain - May 12, 2017 in UK / West End

Following UK tours of West Side Story and Singin' in the Rain, plus several ensemble and understudying roles in shows like Wicked and Grease, Matthew Croke takes on his first West End lead when he becomes the new Aladdin on 5 June in the hit Disney production at Prince Edward Theatre.... (more...)
Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford on MARGARET THATCHER QUEEN OF GAMESHOWS Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford on MARGARET THATCHER QUEEN OF GAMESHOWS
by Natalie O'Donoghue - May 09, 2017 in UK / West End

BWW speaks to Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford about bringing their 5 star sellout show Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Gameshows to the Underbelly Festival and their return to the Edinburgh Fringe.... (more...)
Edward Fox Talks Betjeman Play SAND IN THE SANDWICHES Edward Fox Talks Betjeman Play SAND IN THE SANDWICHES
by Marianka Swain - May 08, 2017 in UK / West End

Edward Fox's stellar stage and screen career ranges from Hamlet and The Go-Between to The Day of the Jackal. He's currently performing one-man John Betjeman play Sand in the Sandwiches, which comes to London's Theatre Royal Haymarket on 30 May.... (more...)
Actress Dawn Sievewright Talks OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR Actress Dawn Sievewright Talks OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
by Marianka Swain - April 30, 2017 in UK / West End

Lee Hall's Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of Alan Warner's novel The Sopranos, about a raucous group of teenage girls in Edinburgh for a choir competition, arrives in the West End following an acclaimed Traverse Theatre premiere and UK tour (read our review). Dawn Sievewright, who plays outw... (more...)
Carrie Hope Fletcher Talks THE ADDAMS FAMILY Carrie Hope Fletcher Talks THE ADDAMS FAMILY
by Marianka Swain - April 25, 2017 in UK / West End

Carrie Hope Fletcher has starred in numerous musicals, including Les Miserables, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and has also published two books. She's currently playing Wednesday Addams in the UK premiere of Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rice Elice's musical The Addams Family, whic... (more...)
Kirsty Bushell On Playing Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe Kirsty Bushell On Playing Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe
by Marianka Swain - April 19, 2017 in UK / West End

Unusually, actress Kirsty Bushell comes to Juliet later in a stellar career; her work includes everything from the title role in Salisbury Playhouse's Hedda Gabler to Disgraced at Bush Theatre and Ivo van Hove's Antigone. English National Opera boss Daniel Kramer's production, co-starring Edward Hog... (more...)
Mike Tweddle On The Future For Bristol's Tobacco Factory Theatres Mike Tweddle On The Future For Bristol's Tobacco Factory Theatres
by Tim Wright - April 06, 2017 in UK / West End

It's eight months since Mike Tweddle took over from Ali Robertson as Artistic Director of Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol. In the surrounds of the theatre bar, I caught up with him to ask about his time so far.... (more...)
Simon Russell Beale Talks Classical Music and THE SOLDIER'S TALE Simon Russell Beale Talks Classical Music and THE SOLDIER'S TALE
by Marianka Swain - April 03, 2017 in UK / West End

Alongside a lauded acting career - he will reprise his Prospero when the RSC's The Tempest comes to the Barbican this summer - Simon Russell Beale has retained his passion for classical music, through projects like BBC series Sacred Music. This Wednesday, he performs as the narrator for City of Lond... (more...)
Playwright Rajiv Joseph On GUARDS AT THE TAJ Playwright Rajiv Joseph On GUARDS AT THE TAJ
by Marianka Swain - March 30, 2017 in UK / West End

Rajiv Joseph's plays include Gruesome Playground Injuries, All This Intimacy and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. On screen, he's written for TV series Nurse Jackie and feature film Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. His 2015 play Guards at the Taj, a... (more...)
David Hunter Talks KINKY BOOTS David Hunter Talks KINKY BOOTS
by Marianka Swain - March 27, 2017 in UK / West End

Actor and musician David Hunter's previous work includes Once, Tommy and One Man, Two Guvnors. He's currently starring as Charlie in the West End production of Kinky Boots.... (more...)
Director Michael Blakemore Talks Musical THE LIFE Director Michael Blakemore Talks Musical THE LIFE
by Marianka Swain - March 22, 2017 in UK / West End

Michael Blakemore's stellar directing career encompasses everything from landmark productions at the National, where he was associate director, to West End and Broadway hits. He was the first director to win a Tony Award for both Best Director of a Play and a Musical in the same year (for Michael Fr... (more...)
Archie Madekwe On THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? Archie Madekwe On THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
by Marianka Swain - March 20, 2017 in UK / West End

Archie Madekwe's screen credits include Fresh Meat and films Legacy and Second Coming. He's now making his professional stage debut in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, Edward Albee's darkly comic masterpiece about a successful family man who embarks on a shocking love affair. Ian Rickson's revival also f... (more...)
Tom Lister Talks West End Revival of 42ND STREET Tom Lister Talks West End Revival of 42ND STREET
by Marianka Swain - March 15, 2017 in UK / West End

Actor Tom Lister is best known for playing Carl King on Emmerdale, but he's also amassed a number of stage credits, including Legally Blonde, Calamity Jane and Water Babies. He's currently starring in the West End revival of 42nd Street, alongside Sheena Easton, Clare Halse and Stuart Neal. The show... (more...)
Artistic Director Madani Younis On The Bush Theatre's Reopening Artistic Director Madani Younis On The Bush Theatre's Reopening
by Marianka Swain - March 14, 2017 in UK / West End

This week, London's Bush Theatre reopens following a £4.3 million capital project. The building's revitalisation sees it become more sustainable and entirely accessible, with a new entrance, front-of-house area and garden terrace, improved rehearsal and dressing room facilities, an expanded main aud... (more...)