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The National Theatre Story: author Daniel Rosenthal’s epic history (1/2)

INTERVIEW: DANIEL ROSENTHAL (1/2) The author of the critically acclaimed The National Theatre Story, published by Oberon Books, talks to Aleks Sierz about his massively comprehensive and very readable account of this flagship, its prehistory, its Old Vic years and its move to the South Bank, where it now celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The National Theatre Story: author Daniel Rosenthal’s epic history (2/2)

INTERVIEW: DANIEL ROSENTHAL (2/2) The author of the critically acclaimed The National Theatre Story, published by Oberon Books, talks to Aleks Sierz about his massively comprehensive and very readable account of this flagship, its prehistory, its Old Vic years and its move to the South Bank, where it now celebrates its 50th anniversary.

TheatreVOICE special: full-length programme about Philip Ridley’s The Fastest Clock in the Universe

THEATREVOICE SPECIAL: THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE Special in-depth programme about polymath Philip Ridley’s 1992 classic, The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Hampstead Theatre). Aleks Sierz talks to the legendary playwright, and to the directors of two revivals of the play: Edward Dick, who directed a 2009 production at Hampstead, and Tom O’Brien, whose Old Red Lion version opens this week.

The Critics’ Circle Centenary Conference: How Did It Start?

THE CRITICS’ CIRCLE CENTENARY CONFERENCE: 100 YEARS OF CRITICISM Historical session on the theme of How did it start? With Frances Hughes, Chair of the Irving Society, on criticism a century ago and Nicholas de Jongh, critic and playwright, on critics and censorship. Chair: Ian Herbert.

Northern Broadsides’ Barrie Rutter on tour with Rutherford and Son

INTERVIEW: BARRIE RUTTER The artistic director of Northern Broadsides theatre company talks to Judi Herman about his current role, starring in the touring production of Githa Sowerby’s Rutherford and Son (1912), directed by Jonathan Miller. He sets the play in the context of early twentieth century Northern drama, talks about being directed by Miller and about his long career, from the National Youth Theatre to Northern Broadsides.

Panel discussion about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange (1/2)

THE GENIUS OF ANTHONY BURGESS (1/2) Panel discussion about A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre), chaired by Soho’s artistic director Steve Marmion, with Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the director of the production, plus Andrew Biswell (author of The Real life of Anthony Burgess) and John Sutherland (Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature at University College London). With an extract from Burgess’s reissued Napoleon Symphony (Serpent’s Tail) read by Martin McCreadie, the actor who plays Alex.

Panel discussion about Anthony Burgess and A Clockwork Orange (2/2)

THE GENIUS OF ANTHONY BURGESS (2/2) Panel discussion about A Clockwork Orange (Soho Theatre), chaired by Soho’s artistic director Steve Marmion, with Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the director of the production, plus Andrew Biswell (author of The Real life of Anthony Burgess) and John Sutherland (Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature at University College London). With an extract from Burgess’s reissued Napoleon Symphony (Serpent’s Tail) read by Martin McCreadie, the actor who plays Alex.

West End Review: revivals

WEST END REVIEW: OCTOBER 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss the latest batch of major revivals: Berenice (Donmar Warehouse), Three Sisters (Young Vic), All That Fall (Jermyn Street) and Scenes from an Execution (National Theatre).

Jermyn Street Theatre’s Gene David Kirk and Anthony Biggs on fringe success

INTERVIEW: GENE DAVID KIRK and ANTHONY BIGGS Jermyn Street Theatre’s out-going artistic director talks about how he turned this tiny central London venue into a theatrical powerhouse, the venue’s latest coup – Trevor Nunn’s production of Beckett’s All That Fall – and the programme for the coming six months while associate director Anthony Biggs, appointed his successor, shares the experience of working alongside Nunn and outlines his vision for the theatre’s future too.

West End Review: National Theatre special

WEST END REVIEW: JULY 2012 David Benedict (Variety) and guests Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph), Maxie Szalwinska (Sunday Times) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Simon Russell Beale in Nicholas Hytner’s revival of Timon of Athens (Olivier), Nadia Fall’s revival of Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma (Lyttelton) and Stephen Beresford’s new writing debut Last of the Haussmans, starring Julie Walters (Lyttelton). Recorded at Dewynters, 30 July 2012.

West End Review: mainly revivals

WEST END REVIEW: JULY 2012

David Benedict (Variety) and guests Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph), Maxie Szalwinska (Sunday Times) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss the major openings this summer, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (Young Vic), Richard III (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Joe Penhall’s new play Birthday (Royal Court).

Director Jonathan Holmes explores Beckett, metaphysics and poetry

INTERVIEW: JONATHAN HOLMES The Artistic Director of Jericho House tells Sophie Reynolds about Old Earth, the stage premiere of a series of monologues by Samuel Beckett, which he directed as part of the Spitalfields Music Festival in June 2012. Old Earth starred Alan Howard, and featured a specially-commissioned musical score by Alec Roth, performed by members of The Sixteen.

West End Review: revivals

WEST END REVIEW: MAY 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) convene to assess Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night (Apollo), Robert Holman’s Making Noise Quietly (Donmar Warehouse), Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw (Vaudeville) and Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys (Savoy).

Playwright Ronald Harwood appreciates Donald Wolfit (1/2)

DONALD WOLFIT SPECIAL (1/2) Playwright Sir Ronald Harwood, biographer of legendary actor-manager Sir Donald Wolfit and a former member of his company, discusses the man and his work with Howard Loxton at an event that was part of the Society for Theatre Research’s lecture series.

Playwright Ronald Harwood appreciates Donald Wolfit (2/2)

DONALD WOLFIT SPECIAL (2/2) Playwright Sir Ronald Harwood, biographer of legendary actor-manager Sir Donald Wolfit and a former member of his company, discusses the man and his work with Howard Loxton at an event that was part of the Society for Theatre Research’s lecture series.

Polymath playwright Philip Ridley discusses his work

INTERVIEW: PHILIP RIDLEY The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about the first London revival of his 1991 classic, The Pitchfork Disney (currently at the Arcola) and about his new play, Shivered (about to open at the Southwark Playhouse).

West End Review: July 2011 (2/2)

WEST END REVIEW (2/2) Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph), and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Shakespeare’s Richard III (Old Vic), Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (Comedy Theatre), Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed with Kindness (National Theatre) and Ibsen’s Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre).

Arnold Wesker reads two letters from Terence Rattigan

WESKER EXCLUSIVE Sir Arnold Wesker reads private letters from Terence Rattigan. Currently enjoying the successful revival of his play Chicken Soup with Barley at the Royal Court, Arnold Wesker reads two letters of admiration sent to him at the time of the original production from Terence Rattigan. Excerpt from an interview with John Nathan.

West End Review: April 2011 (2/2)

WEST END REVIEW Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Libby Purvis (Times) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) assess Flare Path (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Cause Celebre (Old Vic); Blithe Spirit (Apollo); Ecstasy (Duchess Theatre); Moonlight (Donmar Warehouse); Rocket to the Moon (National Theatre).

Simon Callow on Twelfth Night and Sir Toby Belch

SHAKESPEARE: TWELFTH NIGHT Heather Neill talks to the award-winning veteran actor and author Simon Callow about playing Sir Toby Belch for 80-year-old Sir Peter Hall in Twelfth Night, which is currently at the National. He also discusses the broader cultural context of postwar theatre. Recorded at the National.

Director Ian Rickson discusses Lillian Hellman

INTERVIEW: IAN RICKSON The director talks to Carole Woddis about his hit West End production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre), which stars Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss in a play that was scandalous on its first outing in 1934, and continues to be relevant. Recorded at Graeae.

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