UK / West End Interviews

Ripton Lindsay talks WOMAD Takeover Ripton Lindsay talks WOMAD Takeover
by Rona Kelly - August 13, 2017 in UK / West End

This weekend, WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) has brought a world of culture to the South Bank. Part of the National's River Stage series, acts such as beat boxer Grace Savage and musicians Afro Cluster have taken over the stage. As Sunday kicked off, BroadwayWorld thought we'd try our hands ... (more...)
Grace Savage talks WOMAD Takeover Grace Savage talks WOMAD Takeover
by Rona Kelly - August 12, 2017 in UK / West End

WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) kicks off their second day taking over the River Stage at the National Theatre. Saturday's lineup features performances and workshops, from a range of artists and for a range of ages. Kids as young as three crowded the stage to learn how to beat box from UK cha... (more...)
Russell Evans, Sam Robertson & Hugh Parry talk AFRO CLUSTER at WOMAD Russell Evans, Sam Robertson & Hugh Parry talk AFRO CLUSTER at WOMAD
by Rona Kelly - August 12, 2017 in UK / West End

The River Stage Festival returns this summer to the National Theatre. Different companies and groups takeover the South Bank, from The Glory to Rambert and the National itself. This weekend, WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) took over with a stellar line up featuring Afro Cluster. Band members ... (more...)
LET IT SHINE Winners Talk Take That Musical THE BAND LET IT SHINE Winners Talk Take That Musical THE BAND
by Marianka Swain - August 07, 2017 in UK / West End

New Take That musical The Band, co-created with Tim Firth, begins its national tour at Manchester Opera House on 8 September. Cast members AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Soloman, who won TV talent show Let It Shine, give us a preview... ... (more...)
Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Talks BOOM At Theatre503 Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Talks BOOM At Theatre503
by Cindy Marcolina - July 31, 2017 in UK / West End

San Francisco-born Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's hit doomsday comedy Boom, about a biology lab meet-cute with major evolutionary consequences, premiered at the Ars Nova Theatre in New York in 2008. This August, it comes to Theatre503.... (more...)
Emma Hatton On Bringing EVITA To The West End Emma Hatton On Bringing EVITA To The West End
by Marianka Swain - July 27, 2017 in UK / West End

Actress and singer Emma Hatton's previous work includes We Will Rock You and Wicked. She's now starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's iconic musical Evita, which returns to the West End - previews begin at Phoenix Theatre tomorrow night.... (more...)
Mark Quartley Talks Motion Capture In THE TEMPEST Mark Quartley Talks Motion Capture In THE TEMPEST
by Marianka Swain - July 24, 2017 in UK / West End

Mark Quartley's previous work includes Written on the Heart and Measure for Measure for the RSC, Ghosts at Rose Theatre Kingston, and TV series Hoff the Record. His latest challenge is a motion-capture Ariel in the RSC's ground-breaking production of The Tempest - created with Intel and The Imaginar... (more...)
Freema Agyeman Talks APOLOGIA, Sense8 And The Female Doctor Freema Agyeman Talks APOLOGIA, Sense8 And The Female Doctor
by Marianka Swain - July 20, 2017 in UK / West End

Freema Agyeman rose to fame with roles on TV shows like Doctor Who, Torchwood, Law and Order: UK and Sense8. Now, she's making her West End debut in black comedy Apologia at Trafalgar Studios, alongside Stockard Channing and Laura Carmichael. The play begins previews on 29 July.... (more...)
Mike Shepherd Talks KNEEHIGH Mike Shepherd Talks KNEEHIGH
by Tim Wright - July 19, 2017 in UK / West End

Mike Shepherd is an actor, director, teacher and the Artistic Director of Kneehigh. He started Kneehigh in 1980 and has worked almost exclusively for the company ever since. He is currently playing King Mark in their acclaimed production of Tristan & Yseult and is about to direct a new production of... (more...)
Bronagh Gallagher Talks GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Bronagh Gallagher Talks GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
by Marianka Swain - July 18, 2017 in UK / West End

Actress and musician Bronagh Gallagher's work ranges from The Commitments, Pulp Fiction and Stars Wars on screen to War Horse on stage, as well as touring and recording albums with her band. Her latest project is Conor McPherson's Girl From the North Country, which incorporates Bob Dylan songs - it'... (more...)
Dickie Beau Talks DICKIE BEAU: RE-MEMBER ME Dickie Beau Talks DICKIE BEAU: RE-MEMBER ME
by Rona Kelly - July 17, 2017 in UK / West End

Award winning actor Dickie Beau is a man of a thousand faces, but one voice. The lip synch maestro brought Dickie Beauo: Re-Member Me to Latitude Festival, following an extended run at the Almeida. Combining recordings of Hamlet with quotes and stories from actors and creatives, it's a Hamlet mixtap... (more...)
Charlotte Wakefield Talks CRAZY FOR YOU Charlotte Wakefield Talks CRAZY FOR YOU
by Marianka Swain - July 14, 2017 in UK / West End

Charlotte Wakefield's past work includes The Sound of Music at Regent's Park Open Air, Mamma Mia! in the West End, and the UK tour of Oklahoma!. She's back on tour next month, starring in Crazy for You alongside Tom Chambers and Caroline Flack.... (more...)
Creators Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary Talk The ADRIAN MOLE Musical Creators Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary Talk The ADRIAN MOLE Musical
by Marianka Swain - July 10, 2017 in UK / West End

Playwright Jake Brunger and composer Pippa Cleary have been creating musicals together since they met at Bristol University in 2008. Their work includes Jet Set Go!, The Great British Soap Opera and an adaptation of Sue Townsend's beloved The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾. The latter begins a... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- Courtney Act EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Q&A- Courtney Act
by Natalie O'Donoghue - June 27, 2017 in UK / West End

BWW speaks to drag superstar Courtney Act about her Edinburgh Fringe show The Girl From Oz.... (more...)
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...)