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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.

Writer and director Phil Willmott follows Peter Pan with his musical sequel Lost Boy

INTERVIEW: PHIL WILLMOTT The writer and director of a new musical, Lost Boy (Finborough), a dark sequel to Peter Pan, talks to Judi Herman about revisiting the characters of Barrie’s Edwardian classic in the trenches of the First World War. This is the first theatrical response to the Great War in its centenary year and is destined for London and Liverpool.

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.

Leicester Curve chief Paul Kerryson celebrates the venue’s fifth birthday with Chicago

13 December 2013

in Directors, Musicals, Regional Theatre

INTERVIEW: PAUL KERRYSON The artistic director of the Leicester Curve celebrates the new venue’s fifth anniversary with Heather Neill, talking about his well-received production of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s musical Chicago, which runs until 18 January.

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.

Phizzical Theatre: Shakespeare’s Cymbeline meets Bollywood

ASIAN VOICES: SAMIR BHAMRA The artistic director of Phizzical Theatre — which celebrates its 10th anniversary — together with Professor Tony Howard, of the Multicultural Shakespeare project, talk to Suman Bhuchar about transposing Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (Curve/Tara) to Bollywood, and fusing it with Indian mythology, as well as discussing the nurturing of emerging talent from Leicester.

Director Alex Thorpe discusses Michael Hastings’ play Lee Harvey Oswald

INTERVIEW: ALEX THORPE The director talks to Judi Herman about his revival of the late Michael Hastings’ play, Lee Harvey Oswald, currently at the Finborough Theatre on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Told through the eyes of Oswald’s wife and mother, coupled with extracts from the Warren Commission’s report, and based on Oswald’s own diary notes and interviews, this rediscovery is the first London production in more than 40 years.

Susannah Fielding plays Hermia for Michael Grandage in the West End

SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Actor Susannah Fielding chats to Heather Neill about her role as Hermia in Michael Grandage’s acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End.

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