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Backstage with Richard Ridge: GREAT COMET Bad Boy Lucas Steele Talks the Evolution of Anatole Backstage with Richard Ridge: GREAT COMET Bad Boy Lucas Steele Talks the Evolution of Anatole
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - March 05, 2017

In the opening song of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, audiences quickly learn that Anatole (who spends his money on women and wine) is hot. When Lucas Steele hits the stage at the Imperial Theatre, however, he brings a lot more depth to a character that he not only created, but has been playing in various incarnations over the past five years. Below, watch as Richard Ridge checks in with Steele about the evolution of Anatole, his relationship with his costars, and so much more!... (more...)

Tom Lister Talks West End Revival of 42ND STREET
Archie Madekwe On THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
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...)
Don Gallagher On Playing Jafar In West End's ALADDIN Don Gallagher On Playing Jafar In West End's ALADDIN
by Marianka Swain - February 10, 2017 in UK / West End

Don Gallagher's stage credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Producers and Les Miserables in the West End, as well as work for the National Theatre and RSC. He's currently starring in the musical version of Disney's Aladdin as the nefarious Jafar.... (more...)
Simon Gleeson On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES Simon Gleeson On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES
by Marianka Swain - February 09, 2017 in UK / West End

Australian actor Simon Gleeson's extensive musical theatre credits include Far Pavilions, Eureka, Mamma Mia! and Love Never Dies. He's currently starring as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre.... (more...)
X FACTOR's Anton Stephans On His New Zedel Show X FACTOR's Anton Stephans On His New Zedel Show
by Marianka Swain - February 08, 2017 in UK / West End

Anton Stephans became a household name following his stint on The X Factor. His musical theatre credits include Porgy and Bess, Smokey Joe's Cafe and Moby Dick, and tonight he brings his show Brave to Live at Zedel.... (more...)
Actor Steffan Lloyd-Evans On THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY Actor Steffan Lloyd-Evans On THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY
by Marianka Swain - February 07, 2017 in UK / West End

Steffan Lloyd-Evans's work includes Into The Woods at Menier Chocolate Factory, The 306: Dawn at the National Theatre of Scotland, Beyond the Fence at the Arts Theatre, and the UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He's currently starring in Mischief Theatre's latest West End hit ... (more...)
Three Creatives Preview Hull's Back To Ours Festival Three Creatives Preview Hull's Back To Ours Festival
by Marianka Swain - February 03, 2017 in UK / West End

As part of Hull UK City of Culture, the Back to Ours festival transforms local venues - including schools, shopping centres and social clubs - into performance spaces for everything from theatre, music and comedy to dance and cabaret. In order to give all residents an opportunity to see the work, ti... (more...)
Actor Leo Bill on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Young Vic Actor Leo Bill on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Young Vic
by Marianka Swain - February 02, 2017 in UK / West End

Leo Bill's work includes Laura Wade's Posh, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National, the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Hamlet at the Barbican, and, on screen, Mike Leigh's Vera Drake and TV series Taboo. He's currently playing Bottom in Joe Hill-Gibbins's dark production of A Midsummer Nigh... (more...)
Actor Brian J Smith Talks THE GLASS MENAGERIE Actor Brian J Smith Talks THE GLASS MENAGERIE
by Marianka Swain - February 01, 2017 in UK / West End

American actor Brian J Smith's diverse credits include independent film Hate Crime, TV series Sense8, and, on stage, John Tiffany's acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. The latter was a hit on Broadway and in Edinburgh, and is now playing in the West End at the Duke of Y... (more...)
Ian Bartholomew Talks HALF A SIXPENCE Ian Bartholomew Talks HALF A SIXPENCE
by Marianka Swain - January 26, 2017 in UK / West End

Actor Ian Bartholomew's work ranges from Mrs Henderson Presents and Shakespeare in Love to Radio Times and Into the Woods. He's currently starring as eccentric playwright Chitterlow in West End hit Half a Sixpence.... (more...)
Frances Ruffelle Talks THE WILD PARTY at Lloyd Webber's The Other Palace Frances Ruffelle Talks THE WILD PARTY at Lloyd Webber's The Other Palace
by Marianka Swain - January 25, 2017 in UK / West End

Frances Ruffelle is perhaps best known for originating the role of Eponine in Les Miserables. She's since done numerous other stage roles, produced several albums and represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, and will soon star as Queenie in The Wild Party, the opening musical of Andrew Llo... (more...)
Marisha Wallace Is Living The DREAM-GIRL in The West End's 'DreamGirls' Marisha Wallace Is Living The DREAM-GIRL in The West End's 'DreamGirls'
by Christopher Castanho - January 23, 2017 in UK / West End

When scheduling an interview with Broadway and now West End star: Marisha Wallace, I was quickly reminded that London is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, so when we found an appointment that was congruently free; it was a little early for me... Flash forward to a 7am interview that started... (more...)
Actress Claire Machin Talks THE GIRLS Ahead of West End Opening Actress Claire Machin Talks THE GIRLS Ahead of West End Opening
by Marianka Swain - January 20, 2017 in UK / West End

Actress Claire Machin's numerous West End credits include Memphis, The Pajama Game, Betty Blue Eyes and Les Miserables. She's currently starring in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical version of the Calendar Girls story, based on the real life story of a group of WI members creating a memorable ... (more...)
New Eponine Hollie O'Donoghue Talks LES MISERABLES New Eponine Hollie O'Donoghue Talks LES MISERABLES
by Marianka Swain - January 17, 2017 in UK / West End

New Eponine Hollie O'Donoghue talks Les Mis... (more...)