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Sam Tutty Discusses The GODSPELL 50th Anniversary Concert Interview Sam Tutty Discusses The GODSPELL 50th Anniversary Concert
by Cindy Marcolina - August 10, 2020, UK / West End

West End star and Dear Evan Hansen's current title character Sam Tutty is taking part in Michael Strassen's 50th anniversary celebrations of Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebalak's Godspell. We had a chat with Sam to hear everything about the show's digital revamp and its topical importance....
Rosie Day Chats INSTRUCTIONS FOR A TEENAGE ARMAGEDDON at BarnFest, Cirencester Interview Rosie Day Chats INSTRUCTIONS FOR A TEENAGE ARMAGEDDON at BarnFest, Cirencester
by Bella Bevan - August 07, 2020, UK / West End

Rosie Day will perform her self-devised one-woman show Instructions For A Teenage Armageddon at the upcoming BarnFest....
Caroline Friedman Talks SCENESAVER Interview Caroline Friedman Talks SCENESAVER
by Jonathan Marshall - August 06, 2020, UK / West End

In 2019, when we were all blissfully ignorant of the impending pandemic, award winning theatre and film producer Caroline Friedman had the idea to create an online platform to showcase fringe theatre performances. Her streaming site Scenesaver could not have arrived at a better time. While such t...
Paul Hart Discusses The Socially Distanced Summer Season at The Watermill Theatre Interview Paul Hart Discusses The Socially Distanced Summer Season at The Watermill Theatre
by Bella Bevan - August 04, 2020, UK / West End

We spoke to Paul about the process of putting together these summer shows so quickly, COVID-19 safety measure, and how the Watermill is surviving the pandemic....
Vikki Stone and Natasha J Barnes Chat FUNNY GALS at BarnFest, Cirencester Interview Vikki Stone and Natasha J Barnes Chat FUNNY GALS at BarnFest, Cirencester
by Fiona Scott - August 01, 2020, UK / West End

Award-winning comedy performer Vikki Stone and West End leading lady Natasha J Barnes teamed up during lockdown. They crafted a revue of the funniest comedy songs in musical theatre for female performers. The show, Funny Gals, will make its debut at the BarnFest, the Barn Theatre's premiere outdoor ...
Kwame Kwei-Armah Chats imagine... MY NAME IS KWAME Interview Kwame Kwei-Armah Chats imagine... MY NAME IS KWAME
by Fiona Scott - July 31, 2020, UK / West End

Kwame Kwei-Armah is the Artistic Director of the Young Vic, which is marking its 50th anniversary this  year. As part of the celebrations, Kwei-Armah is the subject of an episode of the latest BBC imagine... series. We spoke to him about lockdown and going back over his childhood as part of the proj...
James Haddrell Talks THE SECRET LOVE LIFE OF OPHELIA Interview James Haddrell Talks THE SECRET LOVE LIFE OF OPHELIA
by Gary Naylor - July 30, 2020, UK / West End

James Haddrell, Artistic and Executive Director of Greenwich Theatre, talks about life under lockdown and his new online production of Steven Berkoff's play, The Secret Love Life Of Ophelia....
Neil Austin and Chinonyerem Odimba Discuss Freelancers Make Theatre Work Interview Neil Austin and Chinonyerem Odimba Discuss Freelancers Make Theatre Work
by Cindy Marcolina - July 28, 2020, UK / West End

We had a chat with lighting designer Neil Austin and playwright Chinonyerem Odimba to discuss the groundbreaking work done by Freelancers Make Theatre Work, an organisation that advocates for the rights of freelance workers in theatre. We learned their thoughts about the current artistic climate in ...
Jon Robyns and Alice Fearn Talk WEST END MUSICAL DRIVE-IN Interview Jon Robyns and Alice Fearn Talk WEST END MUSICAL DRIVE-IN
by Kerrie Nicholson - July 20, 2020, UK / West End

West End stars Jon Robyns and Alice Fearn tell us all about West End Drive-In, life in lockdown, and their hopes for the future of the industry...
Ella Road Talks SOMETHING WILL DISAPPEAR Interview Ella Road Talks SOMETHING WILL DISAPPEAR
by Jonathan Marshall - July 16, 2020, UK / West End

Playwright Ella Road achieved critical acclaim with her play The Phlebotomist, which was nominated for an Olivier Award after a run at both Hampstead Theatre Downstairs and its main stage. Road has now written a short film called Something Will Disappear for the Almeida Theatre's upcoming climate ch...
Cedric Neal Talks SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Interview Cedric Neal Talks SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by Caroline Cronin - July 14, 2020, UK / West End

Fans of Jason Robert Brown will be embracing the opportunity to witness a fresh production of Songs From A New World. It was last performed in the UK way back in 2015 - when The Other Palace was known as St James Theatre - and had an impressive cast of Jenna Russell, Cynthia Erivo, Dean John Wilson ...
Nina Dunn Talks THE DARK THEATRES PROJECT Interview Nina Dunn Talks THE DARK THEATRES PROJECT
by Cindy Marcolina - July 09, 2020, UK / West End

When the lockdown started in mid March, theatres all over the country were forced to shut down in a hurry. Nina Dunn, video designer with credits spread all over the West End and Europe, has been documenting the struggle of the industry through chilling photographs of empty theatres where silence do...
Sander Blommaert On His 100th Instagram Ballet Class Interview Sander Blommaert On His 100th Instagram Ballet Class
by Vikki Jane Vile - July 07, 2020, UK / West End

Sander Blommaert, a multi-award-winning ballet teacher from Elmhurst Ballet School, and former Royal Ballet First Artist, has completed a run of 100 free online ballet classes throughout lockdown....
Conrad Murray Talks NO MILK FOR THE FOXES and Working-class Representation Interview Conrad Murray Talks NO MILK FOR THE FOXES and Working-class Representation
by Cindy Marcolina - July 02, 2020, UK / West End

Rapper, beatboxer, theatre maker, and BAC Beatboxing Academy's artistic director Conrad Murray has released No Milk For The Foxes on YouTube, his 2015 co-production with Camden People's Theatre starring himself and Paul Cree. We caught up with him to hear everything about the perception of working c...
THE GRINNING MAN's Louis Maskell Reveals His Favourite Showtunes Interview THE GRINNING MAN's Louis Maskell Reveals His Favourite Showtunes
by Laura Fuller - June 26, 2020, UK / West End

Louis Maskell is a leading theatre actor, with credits including: Benvolio/Dick in Doctor Faustus (Shakespeare's Globe), Bob/André in Flowers for Mrs Harris (Chichester & Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), Tony in West Side Story (National Tour), and Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady (Crucible Theatre...
Nat Henderson and Joe Strickland Discuss CONDUIT, MYLES AWAY, 52 SOULS and Digital Th Interview Nat Henderson and Joe Strickland Discuss CONDUIT, MYLES AWAY, 52 SOULS and Digital Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - June 26, 2020, UK / West End

Nottingham-based theatre company Chronic Insanity are pioneering a new genre with a brand new approach to theatre. Way before the pandemic started, they were experimenting with digital theatre, creating shows that suit the latest technological advances and modernise the medium. We had a chat about w...
Rachel Wagstaff Discusses Adapting BIRDSONG Into Digital Theatre Interview Rachel Wagstaff Discusses Adapting BIRDSONG Into Digital Theatre
by Louise Penn - June 25, 2020, UK / West End

The Original Theatre Company are streaming a digital version of their touring production of Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong from 1-4 July. We talked to adaptor Rachel Wagstaff about her career, how the show has evolved, and what she thinks of the current situation with theatres in lockdown....
Director of Culture Central Erica Love Looks Ahead To This Weekend's MIDSUMMER FESTIV Interview Director of Culture Central Erica Love Looks Ahead To This Weekend's MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL
by Jenny Ell - June 16, 2020, UK / West End

This weekend sees a free one-day Arts festival being streamed online, created and produced by the West Midlands Culture Response Unit (WMCRU). The Midsummer Festival will mark the Summer Solstice and celebrate the popular Arts culture in the West Midlands. We had the opportunity to talk to the Direc...
Darren Clark Discusses His New Musical Theatre Website Interview Darren Clark Discusses His New Musical Theatre Website
by Cindy Marcolina - June 15, 2020, UK / West End

Composer and lyricist Darren Clark has just launched a new website that acts like a hub for new musical theatre with roots in the UK....
Lauren Samuels Discusses Lockdown Performance of THE LAST FIVE YEARS Interview Lauren Samuels Discusses Lockdown Performance of THE LAST FIVE YEARS
by Jenny Ell - June 11, 2020, UK / West End

Lambert Jackson Productions, in association with The Other Palace, recently announced they will be producing a 'virtual lockdown performance' of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for three nights only later this month....
David Greig Talks ADVENTURES WITH THE PAINTED PEOPLE Interview David Greig Talks ADVENTURES WITH THE PAINTED PEOPLE
by Jonathan Marshall - June 04, 2020, UK / West End

Prolific playwright David Greig has a varied catalogue of work ranging from the recently revived Europe to West End hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and his acclaimed adaptation of Touching the Void. He is also Artistic Director of Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre. Greig's first original play i...
Jonathan Antoine Talks New Album GOING THE DISTANCE Interview Jonathan Antoine Talks New Album GOING THE DISTANCE
by Enya Savage - June 01, 2020, UK / West End

Jonathan Antoine rose to fame after making it to the final of Britain's Got Talent as part of the duo 'Jonathan and Charlotte'. Since then, he's embarked on a solo career, and he's now releasing his third solo album Going The Distance. BroadwayWorld caught up with Jonathan to talk all about his new ...
Mark Dooley Discusses His Documentary REPEAT ATTENDERS Interview Mark Dooley Discusses His Documentary REPEAT ATTENDERS
by Cindy Marcolina - May 27, 2020, UK / West End

Director and producer Mark Dooley has just released Repeat Attenders, a direct look into the lives of musical theatre superfans in the form of a documentary. Interviewing audience members from Broadway to the West End and from Germany to his native Australia, his film opens the doors to what the mos...
Gabriel Lumsden Talks Life As A Music and Drama Student Under Lockdown Interview Gabriel Lumsden Talks Life As A Music and Drama Student Under Lockdown
by Gary Naylor - May 20, 2020, UK / West End

Gabriel Lumsden, a BA Music and Drama student, was approaching the end of his first year at Manchester University when the country was locked down. He talks to BWW about what he has done since and what the future holds for students embarking on a very uncertain journey....
Joe Stilgoe Chats THE MIDNIGHT GANG, Chichester Festival Theatre at Home Interview Joe Stilgoe Chats THE MIDNIGHT GANG, Chichester Festival Theatre at Home
by Fiona Scott - May 14, 2020, UK / West End

Joe Stilgoe is a well-known pianist, singer and songwriter. Over the past few years, he's turned his hand to composing musicals such as The Jungle Book and The Midnight Gang. The Midnight Gang, based on David Walliams' novel of the same name is currently available online as part of the Chichester Fe...
Shan Ako Talks LES MISERABLES Interview Shan Ako Talks LES MISERABLES
by Cindy Marcolina - May 12, 2020, UK / West End

Shan Ako was starring as Eponine in the West End's Les Misérables before theatres were closed down. Now, everyone can enjoy her performance in the filmed version of last year's staged concert, so we caught up with her to hear all about her favourite music, how she found her own Eponine, and her supe...
Gillian Anderson Talks Stage vs Screen, Memorable Roles and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Interview Gillian Anderson Talks Stage vs Screen, Memorable Roles and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by Jonathan Marshall - May 07, 2020, UK / West End

The X-Files became a '90s cult classic, running for nine seasons and spawning two movies and two miniseries revivals. But since portraying FBI agent Dana Scully, Gillian Anderson has carved out a diverse career both on screen and stage. The much-loved star spoke to BroadwayWorld about her career ahe...
Artistic Director Jez Bond Discusses The Park Life Fund Interview Artistic Director Jez Bond Discusses The Park Life Fund
by Eleni Cashell - May 06, 2020, UK / West End

Days before the lockdown, the Park Theatre had sell-out performances of La Cage Au Folles, was preparing for Clybourne Park, and was doing vital work in the local community. Now, the staff are furloughed and the future is uncertain. To help secure the venue's future, Artistic Director Jez Bond has s...
Nikolai Foster and Chris Stafford Discuss The Future of Curve Theatre Interview Nikolai Foster and Chris Stafford Discuss The Future of Curve Theatre
by Laura Fuller - May 04, 2020, UK / West End

Curve Theatre in Leicester, currently led by Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, has developed a reputation for producing and programming bold and innovative work, with many productions going on to tour both in the UK and internationally. Chris and Nikolai talk to Br...
John Schwab and Matt Humphrey Talk A SEPARATE PEACE Interview John Schwab and Matt Humphrey Talk A SEPARATE PEACE
by Gary Naylor - April 30, 2020, UK / West End

This Saturday night, a revival of Sir Tom Stoppard's A Separate Peace - his 1966 play, set in a nursing home - will be broadcast live, starring David Morrissey, Jenna Coleman, Denise Gough, Ed Stoppard, and Maggie Service; Sam Yates directs.This is the first in a new virtual series, The Remote Read,...
Chrystal Genesis Discusses The Southbank Centre's VIOLET NIGHTS Interview Chrystal Genesis Discusses The Southbank Centre's VIOLET NIGHTS
by Marianka Swain - April 29, 2020, UK / West End

Chrystal Genesis is the executive producer of Southbank Centre's Violet Nights initiative and podcast - providing a space for young people to socialise and express their views on, and explore, topical issues with music, performance and discussion....
Artistic Director Yamin Choudury Talks Access and Representation at Hackney Empire Interview Artistic Director Yamin Choudury Talks Access and Representation at Hackney Empire
by Jonathan Marshall - April 28, 2020, UK / West End

Yamin Choudury recently celebrated two years in the role of Artistic Director at Hackney Empire. In that short time, the theatre has seen an average of 83% new bookers for many productions, and youth engagement has also increased. Choudury spoke with BroadwayWorld about access, representation and di...
The Orange Tree's Paul Miller Talks About Theatre's Shutdown Interview The Orange Tree's Paul Miller Talks About Theatre's Shutdown
by Aliya Al-Hassan - April 24, 2020, UK / West End

With all theatres closed to the current pandemic, BroadwayWorld caught up with the Orange Tree Theatre's Artistic Director Paul Miller about the realities of closing the theatre and his thoughts and plans for the future....
James Morton Talks Debut Play FATHER'S SON, Lockdown, Labels and Mental Health Interview James Morton Talks Debut Play FATHER'S SON, Lockdown, Labels and Mental Health
by Jonathan Marshall - April 22, 2020, UK / West End

James Morton is a playwright from Stoke-On-Trent. His debut play Father's Son was shortlisted for the Tony Craze Award and after a reading at Soho Theatre premiered at this year's Vault Festival. Morton spoke with Broadway World about the process of writing and putting on the play as well as mental ...
Designer Dick Bird Talks NIXON IN CHINA Interview Designer Dick Bird Talks NIXON IN CHINA
by Marianka Swain - April 21, 2020, UK / West End

During the shutdown, we're taking the opportunity to look back at some memorable productions. Here, Dick Bird discusses his career with BroadwayWorld, and gives us some fantastic insights into designing the Royal Danish Theatre, Teatro Real Madrid and Scottish Opera's co-production of a modern class...
David Hunter Talks WAITRESS Closing and ALL THE WEB'S A STAGE Interview David Hunter Talks WAITRESS Closing and ALL THE WEB'S A STAGE
by Caroline Cronin - April 20, 2020, UK / West End

David Hunter has become a renowned West End leading man - from Guy in Once to Charlie Price in Kinky Boots, and, most recently, Dr Pomatter in Waitress. Since theatres went dark and lockdown began, he's kept himself busy (and his fans entertained) by actively creating and sharing new material online...
Anthony Alderson Talks Running The Pleasance and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Cancel Interview Anthony Alderson Talks Running The Pleasance and The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Cancellation
by Marianka Swain - April 16, 2020, UK / West End

Anthony Alderson has been Artistic Director of the Pleasance - which has a permanent venue in Islington, London, and multiple spaces at the heart of the Edinburgh Fringe - since 2005. He talks to BroadwayWorld about his time at the helm, dealing with the cancellation of this year's Festival, and wha...
Opera Singer Natalya Romaniw Discusses Her Career, New Album and Shutdown Plans Interview Opera Singer Natalya Romaniw Discusses Her Career, New Album and Shutdown Plans
by Marianka Swain - April 13, 2020, UK / West End

Natalya Romaniw has been called 'the outstanding soprano her generation'. Recent work includes the lead roles in Scottish Opera's Tosca and English National Opera's Madame Butterfly, plus making her BBC Proms debut singing Rachmaninov's The Bells with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She talks t...
Byron Lane Talks Tilda Swinton, Carrie Fisher and Debut Novel A STAR IS BORED Interview Byron Lane Talks Tilda Swinton, Carrie Fisher and Debut Novel A STAR IS BORED
by Jonathan Marshall - April 06, 2020, UK / West End

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craig's List is as wonderfully original and outlandish as its title suggests. The show has become a cult comedy classic, delighting audiences not once but twice at the Edinburgh Festival, as well as the VAULT Festival and in its writer's homeland, with sellout performa...
PR Chloé Nelkin Discusses Her Company's Journey and the Shutdown Interview PR Chloé Nelkin Discusses Her Company's Journey and the Shutdown
by Marianka Swain - April 01, 2020, UK / West End

Chloé Nelkin is the founder of Chloé Nelkin Consulting (CNC), a PR and marketing firm specialising in the arts. Their work ranges from West End shows to the VAULT and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, as well as heritage clients like the National Trust, circus stars, and classical music venues like Opera ...