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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.

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.

Theatrical review of 2012: the hits, the stinkers, the verdict

REVIEW OF 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), David Benedict (Variety) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) assess the highs and lows of the reviewing year in a brilliantly informed and entertaining session.

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).

New York report: Village Voice critic surveys the scene

2 January 2012

in American Drama, Criticism

NEW YORK SPECIAL Michael Feingold, chief theatre critic of the Village Voice, chats to Philip Fisher about theatrical life during the past few months, covering both the big houses of Broadway as well as Off-Broadway venues, looking at both the latest new musicals and plays, especially the rise and rise of the triple bill.

Jonathan Church looks forward to Chichester’s 50th anniversary

INTRODUCTION: JONATHAN CHURCH The artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre talks to Carole Woddis about the venue’s 50th anniversary season next year, and about his current production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

Nick Hytner shares a few of his favourite songs (1/2)

6 July 2011

in Directors, Musicals

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS: NICHOLAS HYTNER (1/2) The artistic director of the National Theatre talks to Mark Shenton about some of the songs that have meant the most to him during his career. Part of a special series at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in aid of the Theatre Guild, organised and curated by Shenton. The featured singer is West End leading lady Caroline Sheen.

Nick Hytner shares a few of his favourite songs (2/2)

6 July 2011

in Directors, Musicals

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS: NICHOLAS HYTNER (2/2) The artistic director of the National Theatre talks to Mark Shenton about some of the songs that have meant the most to him during his career. Part of a special series at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in aid of the Theatre Guild, organised and curated by Shenton. The featured singer is West End leading lady Caroline Sheen.

Rajni Shah: live art musical extravaganza Glorious

2 April 2011

in Live Art, Musicals

SPILL FESTIVAL 2011 Diana Damian talks to Rajni Shah about her live art musical extravaganza Glorious, performed at the Barbican in collaboration with Guildhall School of Music and Drama students and local residents. Recorded at In Nothing Flat studio in Liverpool Street.

Stiles and Drewe sing, yes sing, Betty Blue Eyes

24 February 2011

in Directors, Musicals

Interview: George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The award-winning composer and lyricist talk about their latest musical, Betty Blue Eyes, a large-scale adaptation of A Private Function, the Alan Bennett film about life, and pigs, in austerity Britain (book by Rob Cowen and Daniel Lipman) opening at the Novello this month. Excerpt from a conversation with Dominic Cavendish. www.bettyblueeyesthemusical.com

Review of the Year 2010

REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2010 Join Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) as they assess the highs and lows of the reviewing year, from Matilda at the RSC to Julie Andrews at the O2 Arena. Recorded at Dewynters, London.

Ruth Leon on the wonderful world of musicals (2/2)

4 February 2011

in Books, Musicals

MUSICALS SPECIAL (2/2) Ruth Leon, biographer, critic and Visiting Professor of Drama at Kingston University, talks to Heather Neill about her new book, The Sound of Musicals (Oberon), which explores the wonderful history of musical theatre in all its glory.

Ruth Leon on the wonderful world of musicals (1/2)

4 February 2011

in Books, Musicals

MUSICALS SPECIAL (1/2) Ruth Leon, biographer, critic and Visiting Professor of Drama at Kingston University, talks to Heather Neill about her new book, The Sound of Musicals (Oberon), which explores the wonderful history of musical theatre in all its glory.

New York report: Village Voice critic gives an overview

3 January 2011

in American Drama, Criticism

NEW YORK SPECIAL Michael Feingold, translator and chief theatre critic of the Village Voice chats to Philip Fisher about theatrical life during the past few months, covering both the big houses of Broadway as well as Off-Broadway venues, looking at both the latest new musicals and plays.

West End Review: December 2010 (2/2)

10 December 2010

in Musicals, Reviews and Roundtables

WEST END REVIEW (2/2): MUSICALS Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss End of the Rainbow (Trafalgar Studios), Love Story (Duchess Theatre), Matilda (RSC Stratford) and Fela! (National Theatre). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

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.

West End Review: November 2010 (2/2)

WEST END REVIEW: AUTUMN NEW PLAYS Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Tribes (Royal Court), Or You Could Kiss Me (National Theatre), Onassis (Novello), Enlightenment (Hampstead) and Flashdance (Shaftesbury). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

West End Review: September 2010 (2/2)

29 September 2010

in Musicals, Reviews and Roundtables

WEST END REVIEW: REVIVALS SPECIAL Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Deathtrap (Noel Coward), Design for Living (Old Vic), Passion (Donmar Warehouse), Les Miserables (Barbican) and Krapp’s Last Tape (Duchess). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

Mark Shenton and Matt Wolf talk Tony Awards

18 June 2010

in American Drama, Awards

TONY AWARDS 2010 London critics Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) shuttled over to New York to watch the Tony Awards, at which British-originated productions triumphed, with a total of 10 wins out of a possible 26. Here they deliver their verdicts on the whole shebang.

West End Review: May 2010 (1/2)

WEST END REVIEW: REVIVALS SPECIAL Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), David Benedict (Variety) and Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) discuss Hair (Gielgud), Women Beware Women (National), Beyond the Horizon/Spring Storm (National), Shirley Valentine/Educating Rita (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The Real Thing (Old Vic). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

Pravesh Kumar on the Rifco Bhangra musical

1 May 2010

in Asian Voices, Musicals

ASIAN VOICES: PRAVESH KUMAR The artistic director of Rifco Arts talks to Suman Bhuchar about his latest project, Britain’s Got Bhangra (Stratford East/Warwick and touring), a musical composed by Sumeet Chopra which starts with 1980s sequins and evolves into R ‘n’ B fusion. He also discusses other Rifco shows. Recorded at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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