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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.

Told By An Idiot co-founders celebrate their 21st birthday

INTERVIEW: PAUL HUNTER AND HAYLEY CARMICHAEL The artistic directors and co-founders of Told By An Idiot tell Matt Trueman about the company’s beginnings in 1993 and how they’ve shaped their own brand of intelligent clowning as they’ve gone along. The pair also discuss Told By An Idiot’s next show, Never Try This At Home, which looks at Saturday morning children’s television.

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.

Exclusive: Barry Humphries talks about his farewell live show Eat Pray Laugh!

INTERVIEW: BARRY HUMPHRIES In an exclusive collection of excerpts from conversations – conducted by Dominic Cavendish – the legendary Australian entertainer, 79, reveals his past as a theatre critic, explains why he’s laying his characters to rest and gives an in-depth account of his theatrical adieu Eat Pray Laugh!, currently running at the London Palladium.

Patrick Marmion talks about his Terms and Conditions

5 November 2013

in London Fringe, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: PATRICK MARMION The journalist, critic and lecturer talks to David Cottis, literary associate at the White Bear fringe theatre in Kennington, about his new play there, Terms and Conditions, billed as “an unnerving comedy about the stuff you don’t want to know, but you ultimately have to accept”.

Edinburgh Fringe 2013: Producer Richard Jordan

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2013 Producer Richard Jordan talks to Philip Fisher about this year’s crop of Edinburgh shows and trends, discussing whether it is a rather flatter year than usual, as well as providing advice for those aspiring to bring shows the the Festival in future.

Edinburgh Fringe 2013: Phoebe Waller-Bridge unpacks her Fleabag

INTERVIEW: PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE The writer and actor talks to Philip Fisher about her new solo show Fleabag (Underbelly, Cowgate) and working in Edinburgh for the first time, as well as about a career that has encompassed the West End and the Royal Court.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: Much Ado About Nothing

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Iqbal Khan tells Sophie Reynolds about his Indian-inspired production for the RSC, currently playing at the Noel Coward Theatre in London. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: As You Like It

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: AS YOU LIKE IT Director James Dacre, who recently staged the play at Shakespeare’s Globe, discusses the first act with Sophie Reynolds. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Sean Holmes, artistic director of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, discusses the first act of the play, which he has recently directed with Filter Theatre, with Sophie Reynolds. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

David Micklem on the BAC’s Christmas Cook-Up season

INTERVIEW: DAVID MICKLEM The Co-Artistic Director of BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), speaks to Diana Damian about this year’s Christmas Cook-Up, the venue’s plans for 2012 and some of the arts centre’s new digital projects.

Playwright April De Angelis on sex, sense and feminist comedy

2 November 2011

in Comedy, Feminism, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: APRIL DE ANGELIS The playwright talks to Carole Woddis about her new play, Jumpy (Royal Court), which is a hilarious comedy about the relationship between mothers and daughters in the new digital age.

Playwright Steve Thompson gets a laugh out of Monty Python

20 September 2011

in Comedy, New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: STEVE THOMPSON The playwright chats to Aleks Sierz about his latest comedy, No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre), which tells the story of the censorship of Monty Python’s Flying Circus in the United States in 1975, and puts a fictional Michael Palin on stage.

Co-creator of Yes, Prime Minister Jonathan Lynn explores comedy

7 August 2011

in Books, Comedy, Playwrights, Theatre People

INTERVIEW: JONATHAN LYNN The actor, director and co-writer, with Antony Jay, of the hit West End comedy show, Yes, Prime Minister (Apollo) – an updated theatre version of the classic 1980s BBC series – talks to Philip Fisher about his new book, Comedy Rules (Faber), political satire, and about his extensive and globetrotting career.

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.

Controversial playwright Richard Bean: full career overview

INTERVIEW: RICHARD BEAN The playwright tells Philip Fisher about his latest, One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre), an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, and then gives an overview of his career, from his Royal Court debut, Toast (1999), to his controversial England People Very Nice (2009), taking in his formative days in the world of stand-up comedy.

Matthew Kelly talks about his acting career

INTERVIEW: MATTHEW KELLY Heather Neill pops backstage at the Duchess Theatre to talk to the erstwhile TV presenter, best-known for Stars in Their Eyes, who has returned to his theatrical roots, undertaking a remarkable range of roles – the latest being the engineer Frank in Tim Firth’s comic two-hander Sign of the Times.

Simon Callow on Twelfth Night and Sir Toby Belch

SHAKESPEARE: TWELFTH NIGHT Heather Neill talks to the award-winning veteran actor and author Simon Callow about playing Sir Toby Belch for 80-year-old Sir Peter Hall in Twelfth Night, which is currently at the National. He also discusses the broader cultural context of postwar theatre. Recorded at the National.

Ranjit Bolt discusses the fine art of translating plays

6 January 2011

in Asian Voices, Books, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: RANJIT BOLT The veteran translator of world drama talks to Heather Neill about his new book, The Art of Translation (Oberon), and his experiences of turning foreign classics into playable English-language shows. Recorded at the National Theatre.

Rare chat with theatre owner and producer Nica Burns

INTERVIEW: NICA BURNS Philip Fisher persuades Nica Burns, current President of the Society of London Theatre, to reflect on a career that started on the Fringe, and eventually led to ownership of Nimax – a production company which she runs along with Max Weitzenhoffer – and five West End theatres.

Award-winning director discusses She Stoops To Conquer

20 October 2010

in 18th-century Drama, Awards, Directors

INTERVIEW: MATTHEW EVANS This year’s James Menzies-Kitchin Award-winning director talks to Diana Damian about his new show at London’s Hoxton Hall, the classic She Stoops To Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, and the challenges of directing farce as a young director.

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