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West End Review: Miss Saigon, Fathers and Sons, Skylight, The Crucible

West End Review: revivals special. Mark Shenton hosts a final session in the current format, in which regular panellists Kate Bassett, David Benedict and Matt Wolf are joined for one contribution by theatrevoice editor Dominic Cavendish to assess the revivals of Boublil and Schonberg’s Miss Saigon (Prince Edward), Fathers and Sons (Donmar Warehouse), Skylight (Wyndham’s Theatre) and The Crucible (Old Vic). Recorded in Borough, London 15 July 2014.

Actor Joy Fernandes on The Merchants of Bollywood and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

ASIAN VOICES: JOY FERNANDES The Indian actor talks to Suman Bhuchar about appearing in the international smash-hit extravaganza The Merchants of Bollywood (Peacock Theatre, London and touring) and his role as Bottom in Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC, 2006). He also discusses working in commercial theatre, opportunities for Indian actors on stage in India and the size of his bottom.

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: 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.

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.

West End Review: The Scottsboro Boys, Candide, The Light Princess

7 December 2013

in Musicals, Reviews and Roundtables

West End Review, musicals. Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys at the Young Vic, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Tori Amos’s The Light Princess at the National Theatre. Hosted by Mark Shenton with regular guests Kate Bassett, David Benedict and Matt Wolf. Recorded at Dewynters, London.

Little Bulb look back at their 1930s Orpheus

INTERVIEW: LITTLE BULB Matt Trueman meets Alexander Scott, Dominic Conway and Claire Beresford of Little Bulb Theatre to discuss their production of Orpheus, set in a 1930s Parisian music hall with virtuosic guitarist Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt taking the lead role. The young company talk about the centrality of music in their work and why they love the plucky amateurism of the theatrical naif.

West End Review, April 2013: Once & The Book of Mormon

West End Review: Once and The Book of Mormon. Dominic Cavendish (Daily Telegraph) continues the month’s look at the West End’s major openings with a double-take on two major American musical imports: Once (Phoenix Theatre) & The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales).

West End Review: new plays and revivals

WEST END REVIEW: JANUARY 2013 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), David Benedict (Variety) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Lucy Prebble’s The Effect (National), winner of this year’s Critics Circle Award for Best Play, as well as Best Musical winner Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory), plus Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse), Pinero’s The Magistrate (National) and Peter Nichols’ Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre), The Bodyguard (Adelphi) and Viva Forever! (Piccadilly).

West End Review: new plays

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 new shows: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre), Love and Information (Royal Court), 55 Days (Hampstead), Red Velvet (Tricycle Theatre) and Loserville (Garrick).

Producers Ben Monks and Will Young unveil their first Tristan Bates season

INTERVIEW: BEN MONKS and WILL YOUNG The Creative Producers of the Tristan Bates Theatre at the Actors’ Centre in central London introduce Aleks Sierz to their first season, which features the European premiere of an American musical and new plays, and also explain the economics and aspirations of fringe venues in the capital.

These Are A Few of My Favourite Songs: Jeremy Sams, part one

10 July 2012

in Musicals, Theatre People

These Are a Few of My Favourite Songs: Jeremy Sams, part one. Mark Shenton continues his Soho Theatre series, talking in-depth with the director and composer, and all-round man of many talents, about his career and chosen favourite show-tunes – which include: Piano Song (from Love Story, performed live by Emma Williams), We Will (Gilbert O’Sullivan), What’s The Use of Wondering (from Carousel, perf by Emma Williams), Move On (Sunday in the Park With George), The Beauty Is (Light in the Piazza, perf by Emma Williams), Now and Then (by Michel Legrand), Breeze off the River (The Full Monty). All rights reserved.

These Are a Few of My Favourite Songs: Jeremy Sams, part two

10 July 2012

in Musicals, Theatre People

These Are a Few of My Favourite Songs: Jeremy Sams, part two. Mark Shenton continues his Soho Theatre series, talking in-depth with the director and composer, and all-round man of many talents, about his career and chosen favourite show-tunes – which include: Piano Song (from Love Story, performed live by Emma Williams), We Will (Gilbert O’Sullivan), What’s The Use of Wondering (from Carousel, perf by Emma Williams), Move On (Sunday in the Park With George), The Beauty Is (Light in the Piazza, perf by Emma Williams), Now and Then (by Michel Legrand), Breeze off the River (The Full Monty). All rights reserved.

Asian Voices: actor Raza Jaffrey on starring in Chicago

7 July 2012

in Musicals

Asian Voices: Raza Jaffrey. An interview with the actor, who shot to theatrical fame via Mamma Mia! and Bombay Dreams, and whose TV credits include Spooks and Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee. Suman Bhuchar quizzes him backstage at the Garrick Theatre, as he prepares to take to the stage as Billy Flynn in Chicago for one of the last times in his recent run in the starring role, after seven years away from the stage in London.

These Are A Few of My Favourite Songs: Howard Goodall, part 1

These Are A Few of My Favourite Songs: Howard Goodall, part one.

Mark Shenton talks to the composer at Soho Theatre about his career and asks him to select a few of his favourite tracks. The excerpts include: “Nocturnes” by Howard Goodall, sung live by Emma Williams, from his musical Love Story; “Here, there & everywhere” by Paul McCartney (talked-over recording); “When you sing” by Howard Goodall, sung live by Howard Goodall, from his musical A Winter’s Tale; Ev’ry time We say Goodbye (recording); “Surabaya Johnny” by Kurt Weill, sung live by Emma Williams; The Man I Love (recording); “Move On” (recording, sung by Bernadette Peters/Mandy Patinkin, from Sunday in the Park with George); Lorca, by Howard Goodall, sung live by Emma Williams, from his musical Days of Hope.

These Are A Few of My Favourite Songs: Howard Goodall, part 2

3 July 2012

in Musicals, Theatre People

Mark Shenton talks to the composer at Soho Theatre about his career and asks him to select a few of his favourite tracks. The excerpts include: “Nocturnes” by Howard Goodall, sung live by Emma Williams, from his musical Love Story; “Here, there & everywhere” by Paul McCartney (talked-over recording); “When you sing” by Howard Goodall, sung live by Howard Goodall, from his musical A Winter’s Tale; Ev’ry time We say Goodbye (recording); “Surabaya Johnny” by Kurt Weill, sung live by Emma Williams; The Man I Love (recording); “Move On” (recording, sung by Bernadette Peters/Mandy Patinkin, from Sunday in the Park with George); Lorca, by Howard Goodall, sung live by Emma Williams, from his musical Days of Hope.

These Are a Few of My Favourite Songs: Howard Goodall, part 3

3 July 2012

in Musicals, Theatre People

These Are a Few of My Favourite Songs: Howard Goodall, concluding part three, including Q&A. Mark Shenton talks to the composer at Soho Theatre about his career and asks him to select a few of his favourite tracks. The excerpts include: “Nocturnes” by Howard Goodall, sung live by Emma Williams, from his musical Love Story; “Here, there & everywhere” by Paul McCartney (talked over recording); “When you sing” by Howard Goodall, sung live by Howard Goodall, from his musical A Winter’s Tale; Ev’ry time we say goodbye (recording); “Surabaya Johnny” by Kurt Weill, sung live by Emma Williams; The Man I Love (recording); “Move On” (recording, sung by Bernadette Peters/Mandy Patinkin, from Sunday in the Park with George); Lorca, by Howard Goodall, sung live by Emma Williams, from his musical “Days of Hope”.

These Are A Few of My Favourite Songs: Simon Russell Beale, part 1

10 June 2012

in Musicals, Theatre People

These Are A Few of My Favourite Songs: Simon Russell Beale, part 1. Critic Mark Shenton’s series asking leading lights of British theatre to select a few of their favourite (show) songs and talk about their career resumes at Soho Theatre. The first interviewee is the award-winning actor Simon Russell Beale, currently rehearsing for Timon of Athens at the National Theatre. For more details about the series visit Soho Theatre’s website.

These Are A Few of My Favourite Songs: Simon Russell Beale, part 2

10 June 2012

in Musicals, Theatre People

These Are A Few of My Favourite Songs: Simon Russell Beale, part 2. Critic Mark Shenton’s series asking leading lights of British theatre to select a few of their favourite (show) songs and talk about their career resumes at Soho Theatre. The first interviewee is the award-winning actor Simon Russell Beale, currently rehearsing for Timon of Athens at the National Theatre. For more details about the series visit Soho Theatre’s website.

West End Review: revivals special

WEST END REVIEW: MARCH 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 Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Adelphi), Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party (Menier Chocolate Factory), De Filippo’s Filumena (Almeida) and Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (National’s Cottesloe).

The Society of London Theatre’s Julian Bird on Oliviers and Olympics

26 February 2012

in Musicals, Producers, Theatre People

INTERVIEW: JULIAN BIRD The new Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) tells Philip Fisher about his job, the current state of London West End theatre today, with special insights into the Oliviers and the Olympics.

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