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Interview: 'The Community Around StarKid is Always the Best': Brian Holden on IT'S ST Photo
Interview: 'The Community Around StarKid is Always the Best': Brian Holden on IT'S STARKID, INNIT?
by Kat Mokrynski - May 09, 2024

Recently, we had the opportunity to talk with Brian Holden, one of the founding members of StarKid who has been with the group since it began 15 years ago. We discussed how he got into theatre, what it has been like to be part of the group for so long and even why he thinks StarKid has been around long enough to celebrate its 15th anniversary!...

Interview: STEF O'DRISCOLL on Fair Play, a Major New Initiative to Tackle Socio-Econo Photo
Interview: STEF O'DRISCOLL on Fair Play, a Major New Initiative to Tackle Socio-Economic Inequity in Theatre
by Gary Naylor - May 09, 2024

Fair Play aims to increase the participation of working class people in Theatre. Stef O'Driscoll explains why it's needed and what it's going to do....

Interview: 'We Want Them to Believe the Magic!': Actors Jade Ogugua And Taneetrah Porter on HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
by Kat Mokrynski - May 13, 2024


'Recently, we had the chance to chat with Jade Ogugua, who plays Hermione Granger, and Taneetrah Porter, who plays Rose Granger-Weasley. We discussed what is is like to be a part of the iconic franchise, how they have gotten into their characters in the past six months and some of their favourite ma...

Interview: STEF O'DRISCOLL on Fair Play, a Major New Initiative to Tackle Socio-Economic Inequity in Theatre
by Gary Naylor - May 09, 2024


Fair Play aims to increase the participation of working class people in Theatre. Stef O'Driscoll explains why it's needed and what it's going to do....

Interview: 'We Live For the Applause': Scarlet Envy of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE UK VS THE WORLD TOUR
by Kat Mokrynski - May 08, 2024


RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World, a live tour of the television series of the same name, has just finished touring the United Kingdom over the past few weeks. Recently, we had the chance to talk with Scarlet Envy, one of the drag queens on the tour....

Interview: 'It's Like Romeo and Juliet': Actor Alex Young on Fan Interactions and Staying Cool in Auditions for STRANGER THINGS: THE FIRST SHADOW
by Kat Mokrynski - May 03, 2024


Recently, we had the chance to chat with Alex Young, who plays Virginia Creel, Henry Creel’s mother, in Stranger Things: The First Shadow. We discussed what it has been like being part of the stage version of a beloved television series, how it feels to be taking on a role seen on the screen and som...

Interview: 'It's a Real Behemoth of a Role: Actor Rosie Sheehy on Capital Punishment, Misogyny and Fatigue in Sophie Treadwell's MACHINAL
by Kat Mokrynski - May 02, 2024


Recently, we had the chance to talk with Rosie Sheehy about taking on the role of Helen Jones, or “The Young Woman,” in Machinal. We discussed what compelled her to join this production, what it is like being a part of a work based on the real life of a woman and what she hopes audiences take away f...

Interview: I Count My Lucky Stars Every Day': Actor ZACHARY MILLER on Life in the Ensemble of THE BOOK OF MORMON
by Gary Naylor - April 23, 2024


We see them in minor parts and in the background on stage, and they're always first at the curtain call. But what's life really like in the ensemble of a mega-musical?...

Interview: 'You're Committed to Something Special Every Day': Actor Melanie La Barrie on HADESTOWN, Gender and Her Amazing Career Path
by Kat Mokrynski - April 19, 2024


Hadestown is a show that has taken the West End by storm. Recently, we had the opportunity to talk with Melanie La Barrie, who plays Hermes. We discussed how La Barrie first got into theatre and decided to move to London, how she changed the role of Hermes by removing references to the character’s g...

Interview: 'It's Going to Feel Like A Festival in A Few Hours': Director Jimmy Fairhurst and Actor Les Dennis on TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare North Playhouse
by Sarah OHara - April 05, 2024


Directed by Jimmy Fairhurst and starring Les Dennis as Malvolio, Not Too Tame return to the Shakespeare North Playhouse this summer, with an exciting new production of Twelfth Night....

Interview: 'It's Gonna Be Explosive': Jordan Luke Gage on Identity, Tight Timelines and Taking on Jason in BARE
by Kat Mokrynski - March 29, 2024


Bare, a “coming-of-age rock musical,” is coming to the London Palladium for one night only on Sunday 7 April as a concert. Recently, I had the chance to talk with Jordan Luke Gage, who is playing Jason. We discussed how he first got into the world of theatre, what Bare means to him and what he hopes...

Interview: 'We Are Living Through a Contemporary Pansy Craze': Cabaret Star Mason Alexander Park on Their New London Show
by Franco Milazzo - March 28, 2024


This weekend, Netflix star Mason Alexander Park brings The Pansy Craze to Underbelly Soho, a theatrical concert series chronicling multiple periods in history where queerness was celebrated, commodified, consumed, and then criminalised....

Interview: 'Every Theatrical Experience We Provide is Unique': Paul Hart and Claire Murray on the Magic of The Watermill Theatre
by Kat Mokrynski - March 25, 2024


Recently, we had the chance to speak with Paul Hart and Claire Murray, the joint CEOs of the theatre. We discussed what it is like working for a regional theatre, the process of producing new work and how the Arts Council England funding cut will affect the future of The Watermill and the local comm...

Interview: 'I Love Everything About Her!' : Actor Laura Dawkes on Her West End Debut, Disney Princesses and playing Anna in FROZEN
by Kat Mokrynski - March 14, 2024


After three years on the West End, Frozen will be closing on 8 September 2024. Recently, we had the chance to talk with Laura Dawkes, who made her West End debut as Princess Anna. We discussed how she got into the world of theatre, what it is like to be a part of the show as it closes and even what ...

Interview: 'This is An Insane Feat': Actors Elizabeth Ayodele and Baker Mukasa on the Epic STANDING AT THE SKY'S EDGE
by Kat Mokrynski - March 11, 2024


Standing at the Sky’s Edge has arrived at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on the West End after runs at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and the National Thetare. Recently, we had the chance to speak with Baker Mukasa (George) and Elizabeth Ayodele (Joy) about their roles within the show. ...

Interview: 'Might it Take a Fiction to Catch a Fiction?': Director Adam Meggido on SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WHITECHAPEL FIEND
by Kat Mokrynski - March 08, 2024


Can a fictional detective solve a real-life murder case? Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Fiend answers this question by having the world-famous detective attempt to solve the infamous Jack the Ripper case. Recently, we had the chance to talk to Adam Meggido, the director of this production, abou...

Interview: 'I've Never Played a Character Like Her': Actor Faith Omole on Power, Intense Rehearsal and Taking on the Role of Regan in KING LEAR
by Kat Mokrynski - February 28, 2024


As the cast settle into the run, BroadwayWorld had the chance to chat with Faith Omole, who plays Regan, one of Lear’s daughters, in the Almeida Theatre's production of King Lear. We discussed how she first got into the theatre world, what it has been like to take on the role of Regan and what she h...

Interview: 'I Hope it Gets People Talking': Actors Rachel John and Ashley Samuels on the Return of THE BIG LIFE at Stratford East
by Kat Mokrynski - February 26, 2024


Recently, we chatted with Rachel John and Ashley Samuels, who play Zulieka and Ferdy in The Big Life. We discussed the different paths they took to get into the theatre industry, the roles they play within the show and what it is like being a part of the revival twenty years after....

Interview: 'She's Quite a Character!': Actor Clare Perkins on Modernising Shakespeare and Playing Mistress Quickly in Robert Icke's PLAYER KINGS
by Kat Mokrynski - February 22, 2024


Player Kings, a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, arrives on the West End in April. Recently, we had the chance to speak with Clare Perkins, who plays Mistress Quickly. We discussed taking on a modern version of Shakespeare and what she hopes audiences take away from the work. ...

Interview: 'It Shows the Queer Community in Its Brightest Light': Trevor Ashley, Owain Williams, Dakota Starr and Reece Kerridge on PRISCILLA THE PARTY
by Kat Mokrynski - February 21, 2024


Recently, BroadwayWorld had the opportunity to see a rehearsal for Priscilla the Party, which opens 1 March at HERE at Outernet. After watching the cast perform songs from the show, we got to interview several of the cast members - Trevor Ashely [Gay Cliché], Owain Williams [Tick/Mitzi], Dakota Star...

Q&A and Interview: The Development of EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE and Actor Ivano Turco on Joyful Queer Representation
by Kat Mokrynski - February 16, 2024


BroadwayWorld was invited to a celebration of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Peacock Theatre. We were treated to a Q&A with Dan Gillespie Sells (Music), Ivano Turco (Jamie New), Giovanna Fletcher (Miss Hedge) and Talia Palamathanan (Pritti Pasha), hosted by Jonathan Butterell (Director). Her...

Interview: Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean on 10 Years of the ALL KILLA NO FILLA Podcast
by Natalie O'Donoghue - February 15, 2024


BroadwayWorld caught up with comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean to chat about their upcoming tour and celebrating ten years of the All Killa No Filla podcast....

Interview: 'He's Terminally Delightful!' Sam Buttery on Playing Uncle Fester in THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL
by Kat Mokrynski - February 12, 2024


Recently, we had the chance to talk with Sam Buttery, who is taking on the role of Uncle Fester. We discussed how they first got started in the world of theatre, why they are a fan of The Addams Family and even how rehearsals have been going!...

Capital Theatres On Their Dementia Friendly Programme
by Natalie O'Donoghue - February 06, 2024


BWW spoke to Creative Engagement Coordinators Alex Howard and Lucie Jeffrey at Capital Theatres to chat about their dementia friendly programme....

Interview: 'It's Really Tongue-in-Cheek': Actor Rebecca Banatvala of NORTHANGER ABBEY on the Queer Adaptation of Austen's Work
by Kat Mokrynski - February 05, 2024


Recently, we had the chance to chat with Rebecca Banatvala, who plays Catherine in Northanger Abbey. We discussed what it is like taking on a queer interpretation of the classic Austen work, some highlights from rehearsals and performances and even her own favourite Gothic tale!...

Interview: 'What an Honour': Performer Daniel Taylor on Timeless Songs and Sharing George Harrison's Story in SOMETHING ABOUT GEORGE
by Sarah OHara - February 02, 2024


Something About George pays tribute to George Harrison and celebrates his life, incredible solo material and classics from The Beatles, along with hits from his time in supergroup The Travelling Wilburys....

Interview: ''It's Been a Blast': TV Competition Winners Stevie Doc and Tobias Turley on Joining MAMMA MIA! in the West End
by Kat Mokrynski - January 30, 2024


BroadwayWorld recently attended a rehearsal of Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre in the West End. The cast and crew are preparing for Stevie Doc and Tobias Turley, the winners of the Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream televised competition, to join the show as Sophie and Sky....

Interview: 'Why Can't I Be a Cowboy?': Actor Emily Benjamin on Sexism, Silliness and Sword Fights in BRONCO BILLY - THE MUSICAL
by Kat Mokrynski - January 26, 2024


Recently, we had the chance to chat with Emily Benjamin, who plays New York socialite Antoinette Lily. We discussed what made her want to be a part of the show, her own love for country music and what she hopes audiences take away from the show....

Interview: 'I Feel So Privileged Being Here': Performer Ghislain Ramage on Cirque du Soleil's ALEGRÍA: IN A NEW LIGHT at the Royal Albert Hall
by Kat Mokrynski - January 24, 2024


BroadwayWorld sat down with Ghislain Ramage, who performs a Cyr Wheel act in the show. We discussed how he first got involved in the world of Cirque du Soleil, what the show is about and what he hopes audiences take away from the show as a whole....

Interview: 'Extreme Puppetry: It's Much Like SAS Training, but for Puppets.' Mark Down and Ben Keaton Of Blind Summit on THE SEX LIVES OF PUPPETS
by Franco Milazzo - January 12, 2024


Flipping the script on the notion that puppet shows are for children, Blind Summit's latest show The Sex Lives Of Puppets is a thought-provoking portrayal of modern lust, love and everything in between....

Interview: 'Everything is Based on Consent': Performers Ross Sands and Manny Tsakanika on Respect, Safety and Boundaries in MAGIC MIKE LIVE
by Kat Mokrynski - January 09, 2024


I had the opportunity to chat with Manny Tsakanika And Ross Sands, two of the performers who have been with Magic Mike Live for the entirety of its five-year run. We discussed what it has been like to see the show grow, what made them want to be a part of it, and what they hope audience members take...

Interview: 'There's a Lot of History in the Room With Me': Actor Luke Thallon of COLD WAR on the Importance of History and Heritage
by Kat Mokrynski - December 19, 2023


BroadwayWorld spoke with Luke Thallon, who plays Wiktor, a composer who falls in love with Zula, a singer. We discussed what it has been like to return to the Almeida Theatre, what it is like to be taking on a new adaptation and the importance of heritage in works of art like Cold War....

Interview: 'This Show is for Anyone Who Has Ever Wanted to Celebrate the Festive Season in Their Own Way': Ginger Johnson on GINGER ALL THE WAY! at Soho Theatre
by Kat Mokrynski - December 18, 2023


Ginger Johnson, the recent winner of series five of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, is currently at the Soho Theatre “for a wild night in by the festive fireside” with her new show, Ginger All the Way!, which will include a range of Christmas classics done in a camp fashion with “more ham than a boxing day b...

Interview: 'It Was the Easiest “Yes!” I've Ever Said!': Shay Barclay And Felix Hagan on Storytelling for Television in BBC's BAD EDUCATION: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Kat Mokrynski - December 18, 2023


The holidays are here, which can only mean one thing - Christmas specials are arriving! Bad Education: A Christmas Carol, debuted this week on BBC Three. BroadwayWorld had the opportunity to speak with Felix Hagan, co-writer of the multi-award winning musical Operation Mincemeat, who wrote original ...

Interview: Reviewing The Situation with Steve Furst, OLIVER!'s Fagin, at Leeds Playhouse
by Gary Naylor - December 14, 2023


Ten questions for The Artful Dodger's boss...

Interview: 'It Brings a Lot of Joy': Actors Charlie Russell, Greg Tannahill, Nancy Zamit on Returning to PETER PAN GOES WRONG
by Kat Mokrynski - December 14, 2023


BroadwayWorld sat down to chat with some of original Mischief Theatre group - Charlie Russell, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Zamit, who are all back in the show on the West End for the festive season....

Interview: 'It's Definitely an Art Form': Choreographer Alison Faulk on Channing Tatum, Female Empowerment and Self Expression in MAGIC MIKE LIVE
by Kat Mokrynski - December 12, 2023


Recently we had the opportunity to talk with Alison Faulk, the choreographer for not only Magic Mike Live but the Magic Mike movies as well! We discussed how she first fell in love with dance, what it is like to choreograph with a team, and what the creative process is like for something so interact...

Interview: 'Working Class Northern Stories Aren't All Misery and Bleakness': Monique Ashe-Palmer and Yasmin Taheri on £1 THURSDAYS
by Kat Mokrynski - December 11, 2023


BroadwayWorld chatted with Monique Ashe-Palmer and Yasmin Taheri, two of the stars of £1 Thursdays. We discussed the show and the role their characters play, what made them want to be a part of the production and whether they had their own Club Ocean when growing up....

Interview: 'I've Been Doing a Lot of Kissing!': Actor Georgina Castle of ELF THE MUSICAL on Christmas Joy and Returning to the Role of Jovie
by Kat Mokrynski - December 05, 2023


BroadwayWorld chatted with Georgina Castle about what it has been like returning to the show. We discussed what she loves about the production, how the musical compares to the film and how she found love on stage!...

Interview: 'It's Always So Deep and Cathartic When you Experience a Sondheim Show': Joaquin Pedro Valdes on PACIFIC OVERTURES at the Menier Chocolate Factory
by Kat Mokrynski - November 29, 2023


Recently, we had the chance to speak with Joaquin Pedro Valdes, who is taking on the role of John Manjiro in Pacific Overtures. We discussed how he first got started in musical theatre, what it has been like to be a part of such a unique Sonhdime work, and even how the themes of the show can be comp...

Interview: 'It's Breaking Boundaries': Michael Jibson of STRANGER THINGS: THE FIRST SHADOW on Bringing the Iconic Show to the Stage
by Kat Mokrynski - November 28, 2023


Stranger Things: The First Shadow, the eagerly-awaited stage adaptation of the hit Netflix series, is set to open on 16 December at the Phoenix Theatre. The show is set in Hawkins, Indiana in 1959, following characters like Jim Hopper, Bob Newby and Joyce Maldonado “before the world turned upside do...

Interview: 'This is a Show Where You Really Feel the Electricity': Actor Ami Okumura Jones on Returning to the Magic of MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO
by Kat Mokrynski - November 27, 2023


Recently, we had the chance to speak with Ami Okumura Jones, who returns to the role of Satsuki, Mei’s older sister. We discussed what it has been like to be part of both the original and current production of the show, how it feels to be part of an adaptation of a classic Studio Ghibli film, and ev...



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