UK / West End Interviews

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...)
Helen Woolf On Playing Glinda In The WICKED Tour Helen Woolf On Playing Glinda In The WICKED Tour
by Tim Wright - September 28, 2017, UK / West End

Helen Woolf has just been announced as Glinda in the upcoming UK & Ireland tour of Wicked. We spoke to her at the press launch in Bristol (see the full story here), where the tour kicks off in January.... (more...)
Amy Ross On Playing Elphaba In The WICKED Tour Amy Ross On Playing Elphaba In The WICKED Tour
by Tim Wright - September 27, 2017, UK / West End

Amy Ross has just been announced as Elphaba in the upcoming UK & Ireland tour of Wicked. We spoke to her at the press launch in Bristol, where the tour kicks off in January.... (more...)
Director Sally Cookson Talks JANE EYRE Director Sally Cookson Talks JANE EYRE
by Marianka Swain - September 24, 2017, UK / West End

Sally Cookson's past work includes inventive adaptations of Peter Pan, Hetty Feather and La Strada. Her acclaimed version of Jane Eyre, which first appeared at Bristol Old Vic in 2014, completes its 2017 UK tour with an encore run at the National Theatre from 23 September.... (more...)
Catherine Steadman Talks WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Catherine Steadman Talks WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
by Cindy Marcolina - September 18, 2017, UK / West End

Catherine Steadman's career spans stage and screen: from Mansfield Park to Downton Abbey, and from Oppenheimer (which earned her an Oliver Award nomination) to That Face at the Royal Court. She's now embarking on a new production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall... (more...)
Ben Lewis Talks THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Ben Lewis Talks THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by Marianka Swain - September 11, 2017, UK / West End

Ben Lewis's past work includes Forbidden Broadway and Candide at Menier Chocolate Factory, Annie Get Your Gun at Sheffield Crucible, and playing The Phantom in the original Australian production of Love Never Dies. He's now donning the mask again to lead the West End production of Phantom of the Ope... (more...)
Cherrelle Skeete Talks THE SEAGULL At Lyric Hammersmith Cherrelle Skeete Talks THE SEAGULL At Lyric Hammersmith
by Cindy Marcolina - September 08, 2017, UK / West End

Cherrelle Skeete, who originated the character of Rose Granger Weasley in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is now starring in the Lyric Hammersmith's production of The Seagull, which begins on 3 October.... (more...)
Meet The New West End Cast Of WICKED! Meet The New West End Cast Of WICKED!
by Emma Watkins - September 07, 2017, UK / West End

A major cast change in a long-running musical means it's time for a return visit! The latest Wicked cast took over on 24 July, and BroadwayWorld chatted to several of them after a recent performance... (more...)
Ria Jones Talks SUNSET BOULEVARD Ria Jones Talks SUNSET BOULEVARD
by Marianka Swain - September 06, 2017, UK / West End

Ria Jones has starred in numerous musicals, including Evita, Chess, Cats and Les Miserables. She's now reprising her acclaimed performance as Norma Desmond in the UK tour of Sunset Boulevard, which begins at Leicester Curve on 16 September.... (more...)
Robert Softley Gale Talks BLANCHE AND BUTCH Robert Softley Gale Talks BLANCHE AND BUTCH
by Natalie O'Donoghue - September 06, 2017, UK / West End

BWW speaks to Robert Softley Gale, artistic director of Birds of Paradise about their new production Blanche and Butch.... (more...)
Jai McDowall on MAD ABOUT THE MUSICALS Jai McDowall on MAD ABOUT THE MUSICALS
by Natalie O'Donoghue - September 04, 2017, UK / West End

BWW speaks to Jai McDowall about his upcoming Mad About The Musicals tour.... (more...)
Carley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLES Carley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLES
by Marianka Swain - August 30, 2017, UK / West End

Carley Stenson's work includes Hollyoaks, Shrek: The Musical, Legally Blonde, Spamalot and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She's currently starring as Fantine in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre in the West End.... (more...)
 Robert J. Sherman Talks A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN Robert J. Sherman Talks A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN
by Cindy Marcolina - August 22, 2017, UK / West End

Songwriter Robert J. Sherman just ended a run of his latest show A Spoonful of Sherman at Live at Zedel. He discusses the genesis of the cabaret and his family's musical heritage.... (more...)
Ripton Lindsay talks WOMAD Takeover Ripton Lindsay talks WOMAD Takeover
by Rona Kelly - August 13, 2017, 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, 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, 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, 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...)
Joe McElderry Joe McElderry
by Natalie O'Donoghue - August 05, 2017, UK / West End

BWW chats to Joe McElderry about bringing his Saturday Night At The Movies tour to Glasgow.... (more...)
Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Talks BOOM At Theatre503 Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Talks BOOM At Theatre503
by Cindy Marcolina - July 31, 2017, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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...)