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Director Nick Bagnall introduces Lily Cole as Helen and The Last Days of Troy

INTERVIEW: NICK BAGNALL The director of Simon Armitage’s new play, the Last Days of Troy, performed at Manchester Royal Exchange and Shakespeare’s Globe, with Lily Cole as Helen of Troy, talks to Judi Herman about directing the show in both spaces and working closely with Armitage from conception to production

Performers Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni explore Peter Brook’s Valley of Astonishment

INTERVIEW: KATHRYN HUNTER and MARCELLO MAGNI The performers, who are married, talk to Judi Herman about appearing together in The Valley of Astonishment (currently at the Young Vic), written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, a meditation on the human mind, exploring and celebrating the neurological condition of synaesthesia.

Director Jonathan Munby casts Eve Best in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

SHAKESPEARE: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA Director Jonathan Munby talks to Heather Neill about his very well-received version of this Roman play, currently at Shakespeare’s Globe, and starring Eve Best and Clive Wood.

Research with Reach: how university-based research can affect arts and culture

INTERVIEW: CASSIE BRADLEY and PENNY NEWELL The actor (in Sam Mendes’s King Lear) and the doctoral researcher at King’s College London, who are co-convenors of the Research with Reach initiative, speak to Ella Parry-Davies about the role that university-based research plays in public debate about arts and culture. Rather than pitting the ivory tower against the real world, can they find a third way of engaging the public in academic research, and vice versa?

From Shakespeare’s Globe: All’s Well That Ends Well (in Gujarati)

ASIAN VOICES: SHAKESPEARE Suman Bhuchar conducts an interview about All’s Well That Ends Well, as performed in Gujarati at Shakespeare’s Globe, with its director Sunil Shanbag and actors Utkarsh Mazumdar and Manasi Parekh.

Writer Stella Feehily and director Max Stafford-Clark on This May Hurt a Bit

INTERVIEW: STELLA FEEHILY and MAX STAFFORD-CLARK The playwright and Out of Joint’s artistic director talk about This May Hurt a Bit, which tracks the embattled NHS since its foundation in 1948, while also telling the story of one woman and her family. Report by Judi Herman.

Director and cast of the RSC First Encounters Taming of the Shrew share their views

SHAKESPEARE: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Director Michael Fentiman, actors Katy Stephens (Petruchio) and Forbes Masson (Katherina) talk to Judi Herman about the RSC’s First Encounters version of the play, which has been touring schools in a stripped-down, fast-moving production, 75 minutes in length, with the male roles played by women and vice versa.

Shane Shambhu, artistic director of Altered Skin, talks about Power Games

ASIAN VOICES: SHANE SHAMBHU The artistic director of Altered Skin, whose physical theatre show, Power Games, is on a UK tour, talks to Suman Bhuchar about the nature of the company’s work.

Director Adele Thomas on The Knight of the Burning Pestle, a Renaissance mash up

INTERVIEW: ADELE THOMAS The director chats to Heather Neill about her production of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe), a Renaissance satire and screwball comedy which features two plays within a play.

Director David Mercatali explores the thrilling work of playwright Philip Ridley

INTERVIEW: DAVID MERCATALI The director talks to Aleks Sierz about his current production of Philip Ridley’s superb new play, Dark Vanilla Jungle, which is at the Soho Theatre and is a monologue featuring a stunning performance by Gemma Whelan. He also explores other plays by Ridley, especially Moonfleece and Tender Napalm.

Bill Buckhurst talks about The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe

SHAKESPEARE: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE The director talks to Heather Neill about Shakespeare’s play, which is the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. The project, from Globe Education, offers free tickets to a Shakespeare play for over 16,000 London state school students, aged 11-16, to support the teaching and learning of Shakespeare.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F: from tour of duty to tour de force

INTERVIEW: BRAVO 22 COMPANY Three members of Bravo 22 Company, Cassidy Little, Dan Shaw and Darren Swift join director Stephen Rayne to talk to Dominic Cavendish about the stage phenomenon, The Two Worlds of Charlie F, which tells stories of life in combat, and post-combat, using a specially recruited troupe of servicemen and women, augmented by professional actors. The show, first seen in 2012, is back on tour this spring, visiting towns across the UK.

Director Yael Farber talks about Nirbhaya, a searing work about rape and redemption

INTERVIEW: YAEL FARBER The South African playwright and director talks to Suman Bhuchar about Nirbhaya, a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, which tells the true story of the 2012 incident in which a 23-year-old Indian student and her male friend were attacked on a bus in Delhi. The play visits London as part of the Women of the World Festival, and will also tour India.

Paines Plough new writing company celebrates 40 years of nationwide touring (1/2)

INTERVIEW: JAMES GRIEVE and GEORGE PERRIN (1/2) The two artistic directors of Paines Plough talk to Carole Woddis about the 40th anniversary of the touring company, what they look for in a new writer, the effects of the digital age, and how four decades of writer-led work is a symbolic map of the constant reinvention of British playwriting.

Paines Plough new writing company celebrates 40 years of nationwide touring (2/2)

INTERVIEW: JAMES GRIEVE and GEORGE PERRIN (2/2) The two artistic directors of Paines Plough talk to Carole Woddis about the 40th anniversary of the touring company, what they look for in a new writer, the effects of the digital age, and how four decades of writer-led work is a symbolic map of the constant reinvention of British playwriting.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Michael Fentiman on The Taming of the Shrew (1/2)

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MICHAEL FENTIMAN (1/2) The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of First Encounter: The Taming of the Shrew in conversation with RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox. This production is a shortened version of the Shakespeare play aimed at young people and schools. He discusses the way it has been edited, the techniques he has used to make the story and setting more accessible to young people and what he thinks can make Shakespeare exciting and relevant today. With Q&A.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Michael Fentiman on The Taming of the Shrew (2/2)

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MICHAEL FENTIMAN (2/2) The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of First Encounter: The Taming of the Shrew in conversation with RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox. This production is a shortened version of the Shakespeare play aimed at young people and schools. He discusses the way it has been edited, the techniques he has used to make the story and setting more accessible to young people and what he thinks can make Shakespeare exciting and relevant today. With Q&A.

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.

Paul Bhattacharjee memorial event celebrating his life and work (1/2)

PAUL BHATTACHARJEE SPECIAL (1/2) Memorial, attended by more than 100 people from the theatre industry, for actor Paul Bhattacharjee, who died on 12 July 2013. Introduction by Jatinder Verma of Tara Arts; The Windhover by Gerald Manley Hopkins read by Katherine Walkden; Reflections by director Nicolas Kent (Tricycle Theatre); actor Naushaba Shaheen Khan; actor Avin Shah; actor Sohm Kapila.

Paul Bhattacharjee memorial event celebrating his life and work (2/2)

PAUL BHATTACHARJEE SPECIAL (2/2) Memorial, attended by more than 100 people from the theatre industry, for actor Paul Bhattacharjee, who died on 12 July 2013. Actor Shelley King reads a poem on behalf of a family friend; reflections from Balbeer Bahi (ex-Tara Arts), director Simon McBurney (A Disappearing Number) and poem February, written by his mother Anne Bhattacharjee, read by family member Jill Anderson.

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