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Theatre historian Jonathan Croall reveals the story behind his biography of Gielgud

INTERVIEW: JONATHAN CROALL The theatre writer, journalist and editor talks to Aleks Sierz about his latest book, In Search of Gielgud (Herbert Adler), which tells the story of how he came to write his comprehensive biography of star actor John Gielgud (first published in 2000 and then in a revised version in 2011), and of his conflict with critic Sheridan Morley, who was writing a rival biography.

Out of Joint’s Max Stafford-Clark tackles arts funding cuts

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MAX STAFFORD-CLARK Out of Joint’s Artistic Director talks to Chris Campbell, the Royal Court’s Literary Manager, about his new book Journal of the Plague Year; part personal memoir, part “howl of rage” over Arts Council England’s round of funding cuts announced in March 2011. The conversation is prefaced by a reading from the book by actor Danny Webb and is followed by questions from the floor.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Jeremy Herrin on Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

25 January 2014

in Books, Directors, Playwrights

DIRECTOR’S TALK: JEREMY HERRIN The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, talks to RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox about them. The conversation includes breaking the ice with bad language, the challenge of putting on two plays at the same time, the set, the characters and expectations about what will come in Hilary Mantel’s next book.

Hilary Mantel and Mike Poulton discuss putting Wolf Hall on stage for the RSC

INTERVIEW: HILARY MANTEL AND MIKE POULTON The multi-award-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies joins the experienced theatre adapter to discuss the process of bringing 1,000-odd pages of detailed historical fiction, charting the rise of Thomas Cromwell and the fate of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, to the RSC stage.

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.

Actor Paul Rhys explores Complicite’s The Master and Margarita

INTERVIEW: PAUL RHYS After seven years away from the stage, Olivier award nominee Paul Rhys returned as the Master and Professor Woland in Complicite’s staging of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita (Barbican, and tour). He tells Matt Trueman about sticking with a show for 18 months and why director Simon McBurney brings out the best in him.

Critic Kate Bassett discusses the career of Jonathan Miller (1/2)

10 January 2013

in Books, Criticism, Directors, Theatre People

INTERVIEW: KATE BASSETT (1/2) The Independent on Sunday theatre critic and author of a new, authorised and definitive biography of the director and polymath Jonathan Miller, In Two Minds (Oberon Books), talks to Heather Neill about his achievements.

Critic Kate Bassett discusses the career of Jonathan Miller (2/2)

10 January 2013

in Books, Criticism, Directors, Theatre People

INTERVIEW: KATE BASSETT (2/2)

The Independent on Sunday theatre critic and author of a new, authorised and definitive biography of the director and polymath Jonathan Miller, In Two Minds (Oberon Books), talks to Heather Neill about his achievements.

New writing special: David Eldridge and Duncan Macmillan discuss the Antelope group

2 December 2012

in Books, New Writing, Playwrights

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NEW WRITING SPECIAL: THE ANTELOPES Playwrights David Eldridge and Duncan Macmillan tell Aleks Sierz about the origins and aims of the Antelopes, an informal network of playwrights who started meeting in 2009, and about two new publications from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, together called The Working Playwright.

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.

Critic Benedict Nightingale’s Great Moments in the Theatre

INTERVIEW: BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE The former critic of The Times talks to Aleks Sierz about his new book, Great Moments in the Theatre (Oberon), which comprises accounts of more than 100 significant first nights from theatre history, from Aeschylus’s The Oresteia to Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem.

Jonathan Croall explores the wonderful world of John Gielgud (1/2)

INTERVIEW: JONATHAN CROALL (1/2) The theatre historian and author talks to Heather Neill about his two recently published books, John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star (Methuen) and Gielgoodies! The Wit, Wisdom and Gaffes of John Gielgud (Oberon Books), which together give a fully rounded account of one of the most important men of the theatre in the 20th century.

Jonathan Croall explores the wonderful world of John Gielgud (2/2)

INTERVIEW: JONATHAN CROALL (2/2) The theatre historian and author talks to Heather Neill about his two recently published books, John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star (Methuen) and Gielgoodies! The Wit, Wisdom and Gaffes of John Gielgud (Oberon Books), which together give a fully rounded account of one of the most important men of the theatre in the 20th century.

Actor Michael Pennington talks about playing Antony and about his latest book

INTERVIEW: MICHAEL PENNINGTON The actor talks to Heather Neill about playing Antony in Janet Suzman’s current revival of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and about his latest book, Sweet William: Twenty Thousand Hours with Shakespeare (Nick Hern).

Director and writer Lisa Goldman breaks the rules

INTERVIEW: LISA GOLDMAN The director and writer talks to Aleks Sierz about her new book, The No Rules Handbook for Writers (Oberon), which is an antidote to prescriptive writing guides, and also recalls her site-specific walkabout play, Hoxton Story (2005).

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.

The Society for Theatre Research’s Theatre Book Prize 2011

30 April 2012

in Awards, Books, Theatre People

THEATRE BOOK PRIZE 2011 Howard Loxton, administrator and chair of the Society for Theatre Research book prize, introduces this year’s judges, Kerry Michael (Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Jann Parry (former Observer ballet critic) and Professor Michael Dobson (Birkbeck, University of London), plus presenters Timothy West (STR President) and actor Claire Bloom, who talk about the books.

Professor Colin Chambers explores the history of black and Asian theatre (2/2)

12 August 2011

in Asian Voices, Black Voices, Books

INTERVIEW: COLIN CHAMBERS (2/2) The professor of drama at Kingston University, and former journalist and literary manager of the RSC, talks to Suman Bhuchar about the long and previously obscure history of African, Asian and Caribbean diasporic practitioners as recounted in his new book, Black and Asian Theatre in Britain (Routledge).

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