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New York Special: Eric Tucker and Andrus Nichols of Bedlam tackle Hamlet and Saint Joan

INTERVIEW: ERIC TUCKER and ANDRUS NICHOLS The artistic directors of Bedlam, a company currently presenting full-length productions of Hamlet and Saint Joan with a shared cast of only four, talk to Philip Fisher. They discuss the company’s work both from their perspectives as actors and creators, and also the theatre scene in New York more generally.

New York Special: Bryce Pinkham in The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

INTERVIEW: BRYCE PINKHAM The actor, who stars alongside Jefferson Mays in Robert L Freedman and Steven Lutvak’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Walter Kerr Theater), a musical comedy based on the same story as Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949 film), talks to Philip Fisher. He describes working in an old-fashioned, British-style piece that has won over Broadway audiences, and also a little about his career to date.

Sean Holmes and Nadia Albina reveal Secret Theatre’s Show Two

INTERVIEW: SEAN HOLMES AND NADIA ALBINA In the second interview about the Lyric Hammersmith’s experimental Secret Theatre, the venue’s artistic director Sean Holmes and actor Nadia Albina tell Matt Trueman about Show Two.

Broadway star Seth Numrich plays opposite Kim Cattrall at the Old Vic

INTERVIEW: SETH NUMRICH The Broadway star talks to Philip Fisher about his role in Tennessee Williams’s Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic), in which he plays Chance Wayne opposite Kim Cattrall’s Alexandra Del Lago in Marianne Elliott’s new production of this 1959 classic.

Chris Haydon of London’s Gate Theatre tackles Bruce Norris’s Purple Heart

INTERVIEW: CHRIS HAYDON The artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill chats to Ella Parry-Davies about directing the first revival of Bruce Norris’ 2002 play Purple Heart, which is currently at this venue. Part of the Aftermath season, the play focuses on the impact of the Vietnam War on a suburban family in America’s Mid West, and the invasion of horror into the domestic in the first of the USA’s “TV wars”.

Justin Audibert surveys his Gruesome Playground Injuries

INTERVIEW: JUSTIN AUDIBERT The Leverhulme Bursary-winning director tells Matt Trueman about the intricate relationship at the heart of Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries (2009), which he directs for the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, and why the play’s greatest asset is its theatricality.

NYC interview: actress Susannah Flood on performing in Nina Raine’s Tribes

5 January 2013

in American Drama, New Writing

New York Special: Susannah Flood talks to Philip Fisher about her performance in the US production of Nina Raine’s Tribes at Barrow Street. In particular she discusses the difficulties of playing a character losing her hearing and having to learn sign language in three weeks. Recorded at Barrow Street Theatre 04-01-2013.

The Village Voice’s Michael Feingold talks about trends in New York theatre

2 January 2013

in American Drama,

New York special: Philip Fisher talks to the Village Voice’s Michael Feingold about trends in theatre on and off-Broadway. “English plays are so often over-rated by English critics, which is to say critics other than me because I’m the only one in New York who isn’t a raving Anglophile.”

American playwright Will Eno discusses Oh, the Humanity and Thom Pain

INTERVIEW: WILL ENO The New York playwright tentatively introduces his work to Aleks Sierz, especially his well-received Oh, the Humanity (and other good intentions) at the Soho and Thom Pain (based on nothing) at the Print Room, as well as briefly speculating about the emotional state of the American nation.

West End Review: new work

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 Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit (National), David Hare’s South Downs, paired with Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version (Harold Pinter Theatre), Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love (Royal Court) and Bartlett’s adaptation of the 1981 film Chariots of Fire (Hampstead).

West End Review: revivals special

WEST END REVIEW: FEBRUARY 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 Josie Rourke’s debut production as artistic director of the Donmar, The Recruiting Officer, Jamie Lloyd’s revival of She Stoops to Conquer (National), The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida) and The Sea Plays (Old Vic Tunnels).

New York report: Village Voice critic surveys the scene

2 January 2012

in American Drama, Criticism

NEW YORK SPECIAL Michael Feingold, chief theatre critic of the Village Voice, chats to Philip Fisher about theatrical life during the past few months, covering both the big houses of Broadway as well as Off-Broadway venues, looking at both the latest new musicals and plays, especially the rise and rise of the triple bill.

Director David Thacker explores the work of Arthur Miller

INTERVIEW: DAVID THACKER The artistic director of the Octagon Theatre Bolton talks to David Chadderton on the telephone about his current revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price (1968), and about his long and rewarding working relationship with the legendary playwright.

West End Review: March 2011

WEST END REVIEW Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) assess The Wizard of Oz (London Palladium); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Donmar); Frankenstein (National Theatre); The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre); The Heretic (Royal Court).

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.

Actor Lucian Msamati on Clybourne Park

INTERVIEW: LUCIAN MSAMATI The actor, director and writer chats to Carole Woddis about his role in Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park (Wyndhams), a satirical drama about race in Chicago which has just transferred to the West End from the Royal Court. He also talks about theatre in Zimbabwe, where he grew up, and his role as artistic director of Tiata Fahodzi.

New York report: Village Voice critic gives an overview

3 January 2011

in American Drama, Criticism

NEW YORK SPECIAL Michael Feingold, translator and chief theatre critic of the Village Voice chats to Philip Fisher about theatrical life during the past few months, covering both the big houses of Broadway as well as Off-Broadway venues, looking at both the latest new musicals and plays.

The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams discussed

INTERVIEW: CATHERINE CUSACK and PAUL McEWAN The two actors, who are appearing together in a rare revival of The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams at the Jermyn Street Theatre, join the production’s director, Gene David Kirk, to discuss the challenges of this experimental piece. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

Director Iqbal Khan on Arthur Miller and Antony Sher

ASIAN VOICES: IQBAL KHAN The director talks to Suman Bhuchar about his current revival of Arthur Miller’s 1994 play, Broken Glass (Tricycle), which stars Antony Sher, and about his career, and the state of Asian theatre today. Recorded at the National Theatre.

Edinburgh 2010: No Child, a Fringe smash

EDINBURGH 2010 Nilaja Sun, the New York actor and writer, talks about No Child (Assembly Rooms), her one-woman tragicomic expose of the worst aspects of the American schooling system, and her attempts to improve kids’ lives through the use of theatre. Excerpt from monologue. Interview by Philip Fisher.

Director Joe Hill-Gibbins revives Martin McDonagh

INTERVIEW: JOE HILL-GIBBINS The director talks to Philip Fisher about his cracking revival of Martin McDonagh’s 1996 debut, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic). He also looks back at his controversial debut, Wallace Shawn’s A Thought in Three Parts, and forwards to his upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie. Recorded at the Young Vic.

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