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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.

Mike Poulton talks about his career as an adaptor of neglected classics

INTERVIEW: MIKE POULTON The playwright responsible for the adaptation of Ivan Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool currently impressing the critics at the Old Vic darts out of the final stages of rehearsals for his adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at the RSC to give a quick resume of his increasingly fabulous career. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

Ayub Khan-Din adapts the classic To Sir, with Love for the Royal & Derngate

13 September 2013

in Asian Voices, Playwrights, Regional Theatre

ASIAN VOICES: AYUB KHAN-DIN The playwright talks to Suman Bhuchar about his adaptation of To Sir, with Love, based on the 1959 novel by E R Braithwaite (which was made into a film in 1967 starring Sidney Poitier) and which is currently running at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton, starring Matthew Kelly and Ansu Kabia, before embarking on a nationwide tour. He also discusses his career.

Fourth Monkey’s Steve Green discusses Project Colony

INTERVIEW: STEVE GREEN Ella Parry-Davies meets the artistic director of theatre company and training institution Fourth Monkey, along with performers Lauren Young, Abbey Gorton and Euan Forsyth. The company’s latest production, Project Colony, is an immersive, site-sensitive response to Franz Kafka’s In the Penal Colony in London’s Docklands, devised by a 45-strong cast. The group discuss their devising process and the rewards of working in a site that can become a character in its own right.

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.

Playwright Simon Stephens on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

INTERVIEW: SIMON STEPHENS The award-winning playwright chats to Aleks Sierz about his superb adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Apollo Theatre), which has just transferred to the West End after opening at the National Theatre to enthusiastic reviews last year.

Broadcaster and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli adapts Moliere’s The Miser

ASIAN VOICES: HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI The co-adapter, with director Jatinder Verma, of Moliere’s The Miser, now renamed as Kanjoos (Tara Arts, currently touring), talks to Suman Bhuchar about this re-imagining of the classic, which is set in the money-mad maelstrom of modern Mumbai.

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.

A Christmas Carol adapted by Dominic Gerrard and directed by Tim Carroll

INTERVIEW: TIM CARROLL and DOMINIC GERRARD The director and actor talk to Heather Neill about their bicentennial one-man production of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, which will be performed at the Waterloo East Theatre (3-15 December), with other London performances at the Dickens Museum and at the V&A Museum.

Gareth Machin, artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse, on William Golding’s The Spire

INTERVIEW: GARETH MACHIN The new artistic director of Salisbury Playhouse talks to Dominic Cavendish about the challenges of running a regional theatre, and about his bold new project to bring to the main stage The Spire, a fictionalised slice of local cathedral-building history, courtesy of Lord of the Flies author William Golding.

Actor Cesar Sarachu plunges into Complicite’s latest

INTERVIEW: CESAR SARACHU The Spanish actor and performer chats to Ziortza Fernandez about his role in Complicite’s The Master and Margarita (Barbican), a stage version of the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov directed by Simon McBurney, and about his career.

The Young Vic’s David Lan on staging Wild Swans

INTERVIEW: DAVID LAN The artistic director of the Young Vic talks to Mary Mazzilli about the making of Wild Swans, the first stage adaptation of the 1991 best-selling autobiography by Chinese-born writer Jung Chang. The stage version — part of World Stage season — is written by Alexandra Wood and directed by Sacha Wares.

West End Review: June 2011 (2/2)

West End Review (II): London Road, by Alecky Blythe and others (National Theatre), One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, after Goldoni (National Theatre) & Acid Test by Anya Reiss (Royal Court Theatre) reviewed by David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph), Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune), with Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) hosting.

Nick Dear on adapting Frankenstein for the National

11 March 2011

in Books, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: NICK DEAR The playwright talks to Carole Woddis about the work involved in adapting Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for director Danny Boyle’s acclaimed staging at the National.

West End Review: September 2010 (1/2)

29 September 2010

in New Writing, Reviews and Roundtables

WEST END REVIEW: NEW PLAYS SPECIAL Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Clybourne Park (Royal Court), Birdsong (Comedy Theatre), Blood and Gifts (National), Yes, Prime Minister (Gielgud) and House of Games (Almeida). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

Playwright Moira Buffini updates Greek tragedy

3 September 2010

in Feminism, Greek Drama, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: MOIRA BUFFINI The playwright talks to Heather Neill about her latest play, Welcome to Thebes (National), which takes the stories of Antigone, Theseus and Eurydice and sets them in a contemporary war-torn African state. Recorded at the National Theatre.

Howard Brenton on Anne Boleyn, and more

28 June 2010

in Playwrights, Theatre buildings

INTERVIEW: HOWARD BRENTON The playwright talks to Carole Woddis about his three current productions: his new play, Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare’s Globe), his adaptation of Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool/Chichester) and his version of Georg Buchner’s Danton’s Death (National).

John Caird reveals the secrets of directing

22 March 2010

in Books, Directors

DIRECTING SPECIAL Director John Caird talks to Philip Fisher about his new book, Theatre Craft: A Director’s Practical Companion from A to Z (Faber), a huge volume of practical knowledge about the art of theatre directing, as well as about a career that has taken him not only to great heights with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, but also around the globe.

West End Review: December 2009

18 December 2009

in Reviews and Roundtables

WEST END REVIEW Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss the latest West End and off-West End openings: Red (Donmar Warehouse), The Misanthrope (Comedy Theatre), Rope (Almeida), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Novello) and Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory). Recorded at the V&A.

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