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Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Opens Up About His Winning Whizzer Backstage with Richard Ridge: Tony Nominee Andrew Rannells Opens Up About His Winning Whizzer
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - May 25, 2017

Earlier this year, Andrew Rannells returned to Broadway in Falsettos, giving perhaps his most poignant performance to date as Whizzer. Below, watch as the Tony nominee joins BroadwayWorld and Sag-Aftra Foundation for a Career Conversation about how he found the character, why he adores his Falsettos family, and so much more!... (more...)

Alex Bourne Talks West End ANNIE
Actress Dawn Sievewright Talks OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR
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...)
Hadley Fraser On His Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Show Hadley Fraser On His Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Show
by Marianka Swain - March 13, 2017 in UK / West End

Hadley Fraser's work ranges from Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera to Coriolanus at the Donmar and The Winter's Tale at the Garrick. He's collaborated with pianist Will Butterworth on a show that imagines Tony Bennett and Bill Evans did a third album together; the result is a mix of jazz, Broa... (more...)
Director Declan Donnellan Talks THE WINTER'S TALE Director Declan Donnellan Talks THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - March 09, 2017 in UK / West End

Declan Donnellan is the co-Artistic Director of Cheek By Jowl. He's helmed over 30 productions for the company, touring to nearly 400 cities across six continents, and has also directed productions for the National Theatre, the RSC, the Avignon, and the Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals, as well as o... (more...)
Laura Pitt-Pulford Talks NELL GWYNN Laura Pitt-Pulford Talks NELL GWYNN
by Marianka Swain - March 07, 2017 in UK / West End

Jessica Swale's account of Nell Gwynn premiered at Shakespeare Globe's in 2013 and then enjoyed a West End run, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gemma Arterton respectively playing Nell. Now it's the turn of Laura Pitt-Pulford - whose musical credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Flowers for Mrs ... (more...)
Actress Kate Fleetwood Talks UGLY LIES THE BONE Actress Kate Fleetwood Talks UGLY LIES THE BONE
by Marianka Swain - February 22, 2017 in UK / West End

Kate Fleetwood's varied career encompasses everything from musicals London Road and High Society to Macbeth and Medea. She's currently starring in American writer Lindsey Ferrentino's play about a soldier who returns home to Florida after suffering a life-changing injury in Afghanistan. The producti... (more...)
Actress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIES Actress Amy Morgan Talks TRAVESTIES
by Marianka Swain - February 15, 2017 in UK / West End

Amy Morgan's credits include Red Velvet and Hay Fever in the West End, The Beaux' Stratagem at the National Theatre, and, on screen, Father Brown and Mr Selfridge. She's currently starring as Gwendolen in Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which has transferred to the Apollo Theatre following a hit run at t... (more...)
Conleth Hill On WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? Conleth Hill On WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
by Marianka Swain - February 13, 2017 in UK / West End

Conleth Hill is beloved by millions of Game of Thrones watchers as spymaster Varys, but he's also a respected theatre actor, with work ranging from The Cherry Orchard and Stones in His Pockets to the 2013 revival of Quartermaine's Terms. He's about to embark on Edward Albee's masterpiece Who's Afrai... (more...)
Vicky McClure Talks LINE OF DUTY, THIS IS ENGLAND and Stage Drama TOUCHED Vicky McClure Talks LINE OF DUTY, THIS IS ENGLAND and Stage Drama TOUCHED
by Marianka Swain - February 13, 2017 in UK / West End

Actress Vicky McClure's projects include Shane Meadows' This Is England series, Line of Duty and Broadchurch. She's now taking on her first major stage role with Nottingham Playhouse's 40th anniversary production of Stephen Lowe's World War II drama Touched, centring on a family of working-class wom... (more...)
Rachel Parris talks BEST LAID PLANS at the Soho Theatre Rachel Parris talks BEST LAID PLANS at the Soho Theatre
by Natalie O'Donoghue - February 10, 2017 in UK / West End

Comedian Rachel Parris talks to BroadwayWorld about her show Best Laid Plans ahead of its run the Soho Theatre.... (more...)