UK / West End Interviews

Hannah Morrish Talks TITUS ANDRONICUS Hannah Morrish Talks TITUS ANDRONICUS
by Rona Kelly - December 07, 2017, UK / West End

Hannah Morrish plays her first season at the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in no less than three of the Rome MMVII shows. Playing Lavinia in Titus Andronicus, Portia in Julius Caesar and Virgilia in Coriolanus, Hannah spoke to us about the female voice and timeliness of this season.... (more...)
Michael Fabiano Talks RIGOLETTO at the Royal Opera House Michael Fabiano Talks RIGOLETTO at the Royal Opera House
by Nicole Ackman - December 07, 2017, UK / West End

Michael Fabiano is returning to the Royal Opera House this month to star as the Duke of Mantua in Sir David McVicar's production of Verdi's Rigoletto. In addition to being an acclaimed tenor, he's the founder of ArtSmart, a non-profit organisation that provides free voice lessons to pupils at underp... (more...)
Andrew Polec & Christina Bennington on BAT OUT OF HELL Andrew Polec & Christina Bennington on BAT OUT OF HELL
by Rona Kelly - December 05, 2017, UK / West End

Fresh off winning Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, Bat Out Of Hell returns to Toronto to continue performances.While back in London, we caught up with stars Andrew Polec and Christina to talk touring, audiences, and the show's return to the West End in 2018.... (more...)
Lucie Shorthouse On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Lucie Shorthouse On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
by Marianka Swain - December 03, 2017, UK / West End

Actress Lucie Shorthouse stars in new musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie, which transferred from Sheffield to the West End's Apollo Theatre - garnering rave reviews, including plenty of praise for Shorthouse's breakout turn as Pritti.... (more...)
Mark Perry Talks BANANAMAN THE MUSICAL Mark Perry Talks BANANAMAN THE MUSICAL
by Nicole Ackman - December 02, 2017, UK / West End

Mark Perry is the founder of Sightline Entertainment and has worked as both an actor and director in the West End. This Christmas season, he is directing Bananaman the Musical, a farcical adaption of the comic and cartoon, at the Southwark Playhouse. A longtime fan of Bananaman, he is thrilled to be... (more...)
Olivia Jacobs Talks WILDE CREATURES Olivia Jacobs Talks WILDE CREATURES
by Nicole Ackman - December 01, 2017, UK / West End

Olivia Jacobs is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Tall Stories, a registered charity internationally recognised for their high-quality family theatre. Olivia has directed shows in the West End, on Broadway, and at the Sydney Opera House, including multiple tours of The Gruffalo. This year, th... (more...)
Antony Byrne Talks ANTONY & CLEOPATRA Antony Byrne Talks ANTONY & CLEOPATRA
by Rona Kelly - November 30, 2017, UK / West End

Rome wasn't built in a day...but the Royal Shakespeare Company's Rome MMXVII Season comes pretty close! As performances get underway for Julius Caesar, rehearsals begin for the Barbican transfer of Antony and Cleopatra. Playing the titular role, Antony Byrne takes us through his time at the RSC, fro... (more...)
Robyn Grant Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at King's Head Theatre Robyn Grant Talks BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at King's Head Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - November 30, 2017, UK / West End

Robyn Grant is a writer and performer. She is also the Artistic Director of Fat Rascal Theatre, a company whose aim is to create feminist musical theatre. She's embarking on a new journey with Beauty & the Beast, her reimagined and gender-swapped musical inspired from the classic tale.... (more...)
Martin Hutson talks ROME MMXVII SEASON Martin Hutson talks ROME MMXVII SEASON
by Rona Kelly - November 24, 2017, UK / West End

This Winter, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Rome MMXVII Season transfers to the Barbican Centre. Martin Huston returns to the RSC to play Cassius in Julius Caesar and Saturninus in Titus Andronicus.... (more...)
Actress Lizzy Connolly Talks THE TWILIGHT ZONE Actress Lizzy Connolly Talks THE TWILIGHT ZONE
by Marianka Swain - November 23, 2017, UK / West End

Lizzy Connolly's past work includes On the Town, The Wild Party, Once in a Lifetime and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She's now tackling Anne Washburn's adaptation of TV classic The Twilight Zone at Almeida Theatre; previews begin 5 December.... (more...)
Velma Celli Talks VELMA CELLI'S WEST END CHRISTMAS Velma Celli Talks VELMA CELLI'S WEST END CHRISTMAS
by Natalie O'Donoghue - November 22, 2017, UK / West End

Join the sensational Velma Celli for an alternative festive takeover with special guests Rachel Tucker and Liam Tamne direct from London's West End. A sparkling, fun and rambunctious Christmas celebration with quick wit, high camp and quirky takes on your seasonal favourites. Tis the Season to be jo... (more...)
Marisha Wallace Talks New Christmas Album and Solo Concerts Marisha Wallace Talks New Christmas Album and Solo Concerts
by Nicole Ackman - November 19, 2017, UK / West End

Marisha Wallace is taking over the role of Effie White, alongside Moya Angela and Karen May, in the West End Dreamgirls from 20 November, after being one of the Effie alternates. She's also performing two London concerts at Charing Cross Theatre on 3 December to celebrate the release of her debut al... (more...)
Robert Hastie Talks THE WIZARD OF OZ at Sheffield Crucible Theatre Robert Hastie Talks THE WIZARD OF OZ at Sheffield Crucible Theatre
by Nicole Ackman - November 17, 2017, UK / West End

Robert Hastie is currently Artistic Director of the Sheffield Theatres, following several years of directing in the West End. He discusses their upcoming Christmas production of The Wizard of Oz and how it feels to return to the space where he made his professional debut as an actor.... (more...)
Josie Walker On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Josie Walker On EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE
by Marianka Swain - November 13, 2017, UK / West End

Josie Walker's work ranges from Matilda the Musical to Husband & Sons and War Horse. She's now starring in a new musical based on the real story of 16-year-old Jamie Campbell, who wanted to become a drag queen, and his supportive mother Margaret. Following a hit Sheffield run, it's currently in prev... (more...)
Stewart Pringle Talks TRESTLE at Southwark Playhouse Stewart Pringle Talks TRESTLE at Southwark Playhouse
by Cindy Marcolina - November 10, 2017, UK / West End

Stewart Pringle is the Associate Dramaturg of the Bush Theatre. His play Trestle is the most recent winner of the Papatango Playwriting Prize, and is at Southwark Playhouse until 25 November.... (more...)
Aisha Jawando and Darren Hart Talk CINDERELLA at Hackney Empire Aisha Jawando and Darren Hart Talk CINDERELLA at Hackney Empire
by Nicole Ackman - November 09, 2017, UK / West End

Aisha Jawando recently played Martha in the original London cast of Motown the Musical. This Christmas, she stars in the title role of Hackney Empire's Cinderella. Darren Hart is a Hackney regular and is also known for television and film appearances. He'll be playing Buttons in this year's Cinderel... (more...)
Daniel Boys and Simon Lipkin Talk NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL Daniel Boys and Simon Lipkin Talk NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL
by Marianka Swain - November 06, 2017, UK / West End

Actors Daniel Boys and Simon Lipkin lead the new stage musical version of hit family film Nativity!, which is touring the UK this Christmas season.... (more...)
John Barrowman Talks DICK WHITTINGTON at Manchester Opera House John Barrowman Talks DICK WHITTINGTON at Manchester Opera House
by Natalie O'Donoghue - November 03, 2017, UK / West End

BWW caught up with John Barrowman to chat about his run in the Manchester Opera House pantomime Dick Whittington.... (more...)
David Oakes Talks VENUS IN FUR David Oakes Talks VENUS IN FUR
by Marianka Swain - November 02, 2017, UK / West End

David Oakes's past roles range from The Borgias and Victoria to Shakespeare in Love. He's currently playing opposite Natalie Dormer in dark comedy Venus in Fur at Theatre Royal Haymarket.... (more...)
Fenella Woolgar Talks THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE Fenella Woolgar Talks THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE
by Marianka Swain - October 27, 2017, UK / West End

Actress Fenella Woolgar's work ranges from Handbagged and Circle Mirror Transformation to Home Fires and Doctor Who. She's currently starring in the stage adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's The Slaves of Solitude, about a boarding house in 1943 Henley-on-Thames, where Miss Roach, who endures daily tor... (more...)
David Mercateli Talks INSIGNIFICANCE At Arcola Theatre David Mercateli Talks INSIGNIFICANCE At Arcola Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - October 24, 2017, UK / West End

Twenty years after its first premiere, Terry Johnson's Insignificance is being given new life by director David Mercatali. He discusses his career and how the world has changed since the play was first on.... (more...)
Maggie Norris Talks PHOENIX RISING At Smithfield Car Park Maggie Norris Talks PHOENIX RISING At Smithfield Car Park
by Cindy Marcolina - October 23, 2017, UK / West End

Director Maggie Norris is embarking on a new journey with Phoenix Rising. She explains why she started The Big House and how vital it is to give support to youngsters leaving care.... (more...)
Paula Garfield On 15 Years Of Deafinitely Theatre Paula Garfield On 15 Years Of Deafinitely Theatre
by Marianka Swain - October 19, 2017, UK / West End

Marking the 15th anniversary of pioneering company Deafinitely Theatre, Artistic Director Paula Garfield is directing a new production of Mike Bartlett's Contractions. It runs at New Diorama Theatre 1-29 November.... (more...)
Emma Fielding On A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE Emma Fielding On A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE
by Marianka Swain - October 12, 2017, UK / West End

Actress Emma Fielding's work ranges from Arcadia, Private Lives and The King's Speech to Terror and The School for Scandal. She's now playing Mrs Allonby in Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance at the Vaudeville Theatre, currently in previews.... (more...)
Heather Williams Talks UP DOWN MAN at Tobacco Factory Theatres Heather Williams Talks UP DOWN MAN at Tobacco Factory Theatres
by Tim Wright - October 05, 2017, UK / West End

Myrtle Theatre Company is renowned for its ground-breaking work that is influenced and inspired by the voices in society that often go unheard. In recent times, the company has enjoyed a special relationship with Nathan Bessell- a performer with Down's syndrome who was the star and inspiration for U... (more...)