Exit the King marks the first time Eugne Ionesco work has been performed at the National. Playing on the vast Olivier stage, this absurdist play features a cast of just six actors, an intimate staging.
One of those is actress Debra Gillett, making her return to the National. With the production opening tomorrow, Debra shares how rehearsals have been going and looks ahead to how Exit the King will resonate with audiences and actors alike.BWW Review: IMPERIUM - I: CONSPIRATOR & II: DICTATOR, Gielgud Theatre July 2, 2018
Following on from a timely Rome Season, the Royal Shakespeare Company again looks to the past to inform the present,with a West End transfer of Imperium - I: Conspirator& II: Dictator. And who can blame them?
With politics and personages all too familiar, Rome and its Republic make the perfect subject for audiences today. A historical (and hysterical) retelling, one particular detail unfortunately remains the same between then and now.BWW Review: FUN HOME, Young Vic June 28, 2018
Five years since premiering at The Public Theater and with five Tony's under its belt, Fun Home comes to London and instantly finds a home with audiences.
Based on the graphic memoirs by Alison Bechdel, Fun Home is an examination of sexuality, the self and cycles, brought to life by a dynamic set and stand out performances.BWW Interview: Stephanie Corley Talks KISS ME, KATE Tour May 25, 2018
Murder mysteries aren't actor Nick Hendrix's 'go-to' genre. And yet this week he finds himself in rehearsals for a new play The Strange Death of John Doe, as well as the newest episodes of Midsomer Murders.
As the current series comes to an end, Nick looks back on his time on the show so far, his idea for a spin off, and returning to Hampstead Theatre.BWW Review: WEST END LIVE LOUNGE, The Other Palace May 14, 2018
Set up by Shaun McCourt and Leigh Lothian, West End Live Lounge continues to go from strength to strength. Returning to The Other Palace, it seems 'The Only Way Is Up' for the charity concert series after a sell-out night of Number 1's (even though George Jackson's song didn't make an appearance!)BWW Review: NIGHTFALL, Bridge Theatre May 10, 2018
Continuing our interview series of NT Live broadcasts, this month's focuses on Macbeth at the National Theatre.
Directed by Rufus Norris and featuring Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff, Macbeth will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and in selected international venues from Thursday 10 May.
Joshua Lacey and Sam Psyk share their thoughts ahead of the broadcast, one who'll be on stage on the night and one behind the scenes (and screen).BWW Interview: Dermot Crowley Talks TRANSLATIONS May 5, 2018
Translations is currently in rehearsals at the National Theatre, ahead of its first major revival on the London stage. This not only marks actor Dermot Crowley's fourth time appearing in the play, but also over four decades of working at the National.
Catching up over a lunch break, Dermot tells us just what it is that makes him want to return both to the play and the National again, and shares his advice on playing the Olivier.BWW Interview: Barney Norris Talks NIGHTFALL April 27, 2018
Bestselling novelist and award winning playwrightBarney Norris brings his new play Nightfall to the Bridge Theatre.
Speaking to us during rehearsals, Barney takes us through the process of mounting a new play in a new space, as part of the theatre's inaugural season.BWW Interview: James Fritz Talks THE FALL April 26, 2018
Originally commissioned as part of the National Youth Theatre's 60th anniversary, The Fall is about generations and the differences and similarities between them. Somewhat appropriately, the show itself has brought together different generations of NYT.
As a new cast of students prepares to open the show at Southwark Playhouse, NYT alumni and Olivier nominated playwright James Fritz revisits the script. With rehearsals drawing to a close, James shares the journey of this show and why this is his favourite time of the process.BWW Interview: Tracy-Ann Oberman Talks PRESENT LAUGHTER April 20, 2018
Chichester Festival Theatreis a place of firsts forTracy-Ann Oberman. Last year, she performed inThe Fiddler on the Roof, her first professional musical. This Spring, she returns to CFT once again for her firstNoel Coward play, Present Laughter.
With tech week coming up, Tracy-Ann spoke to us about why she wanted to take on Coward, what else is on her wish list, andwhat audiences can expect fromPresent Laughter.BWW Interview: Diana Vickers Talks I WISH MY LIFE WERE LIKE A MUSICAL April 14, 2018
Having first risen to fame via The X Factor, Diana Vickers made the seamless transition from screen to stage, starring in musicals and plays around the UK. The latest show she features in is I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical, chronicling the highs and lows of life in the musical theatre industry through songs, confessions and laughs.
Talking to us about this new musical revue, Diana also shares some stories of her own after a decade in the industry, from auditions gone wrong to corpsing!BWW Interview: Charles Edwards Talks ABSOLUTE HELL April 13, 2018
Two decades after it was previously performed at the National Theatre, Rodney Ackland's Absolute Hell returns to the very stage it played back then: the Lyttelton.
With a career spanning over two decades too across stage and screen, Charles Edwards is no stranger to the National Theatre. Catching up during rehearsals, Charles spoke to us about his 'innate connection' to the play, and reveals the greatest challenge he's faced in his career (which came only last year).BWW Interview: Jeremy Herrin Talks THE MODERATE SOPRANO April 6, 2018
Earlier this week, we spoke to Nancy Carroll about The Moderate Soprano'sreturn to the London stage after two years.
Continuing our interview series, director Jeremy Herrin revealshow the world of the play has changed in that time, and how the world outside of the play has too.BWW Interview: Nancy Carroll Talks THE MODERATE SOPRANO April 4, 2018
The Moderate Soprano opens in the West End this week, two years after the production's run at Hampstead Theatre. David Hare's play tells the story of the passion and the people behind Glyndebourne, including the soprano herself: Audrey Mildmay.
In this two part series, we speakto the cast and creative behind the production. Taking on the titular role, Nancy Carroll sharesher thoughts on returning to the production and the role after two years.BWW Interview: John Hopkins Talks MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING March 29, 2018
2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Rose Theatre Kingston. Part of the celebrations sees Much Ado About Nothing take centre stage, directed by Simon Dormandy.
Having played the role of Claudio early in his career, John Hopkins returns to the play to takeon the role of Benedick. With rehearsals underway, John spoke to us about the darkness of the play, dream jobs and dancing.BWW Interview: Buom Tihngang Talks HAMLET Tour March 13, 2018
The Royal Shakespeare Company's revival of Hamlet enters its final weeks of UK performances, before heading across the pond to play to US audiences.
Last week, we spoke to James Cooney about returning to the production after two years. This week, newcomer Buom Tihngang spoke to us about joining the show, taking on the role of Laertes, and his favourite moments on and offstage.BWW Interview: James Cooney Talks HAMLET Tour March 6, 2018
Almost two years after its first performance, the Royal Shakespeare Company's critically acclaimed Hamlet returns to the stage. A revival of Simon Godwin's 2016 production, this international tour brings together old and new faces.
As the tour reaches its London leg, James Cooney spoke to us about returning to the play, the bond between Horatio and Hamlet, and dealing with self-doubt as an actor.BWW Interview: Jessica Swale Talks THE JUNGLE BOOK Tour March 2, 2018
The Jungle Bookcontinues its tour around the UK, playing in Bromley this weekend. In the second part of our interview series, playwright Jessica Swale spoke to us about writing for different spaces on stage,andthe inspiration behind the world and characters of this adaptation off stage.