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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.

Veteran actor James Hayes celebrates 50 years of the National Theatre

INTERVIEW: JAMES HAYES The actor celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre, where he is currently starring as Simone in Pirandello’s Liolà, with Heather Neill. He was part of the National’s original Old Vic Company, led by Sir Laurence Olivier, and is a veteran of more National productions than anyone else alive.

Asian voices: actor Vincent Ebrahim on The Djinns of Eidgah

ASIAN VOICES: VINCENT EBRAHIM The actor talks to Suman Bhuchar about his role as Dr Baig in Abhishek Majumdar’s The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court), a play about Kashmir, and also about his career in the theatre and on television.

Joe Hill-Gibbins and John Heffernan present an anarchic Edward II

INTERVIEW: JOE HILL-GIBBINS AND JOHN HEFFERNAN The director and actor talk to Matt Trueman about the National Theatre’s production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II. Tumbling and anarchic, the show sets out to show the power structures in both the play and in the country at large.

Actor Lyndsey Marshal looks at Othello through Emilia’s eyes

SHAKESPEARE: OTHELLO Actor Lyndsey Marshal talks to Heather Neill about her role as Emilia in Nicholas Hytner’s superb modern-day version of Othello, which also stars Adrian Lester as Othello and Rory Kinear as Iago, and is currently at the National Theatre.

Ben Power: going behind the scenes at the National’s Shed

INTERVIEW: BEN POWER The National Theatre Associate Director tells Matt Trueman how the Shed – the NT’s temporary studio theatre filling in for the Cottesloe, which is being refurbished – came into being, what lies behind his programming and muses on what its lasting effects might be. In a theatre landscape undergoing a lot of rapid change, does the Shed serve as an unmissable icon anticipating the theatre of tomorrow?

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.

Designer Lizzie Clachan uncorks the National Theatre’s Port

INTERVIEW: LIZZIE CLACHAN The designer and co-founder of Shunt talks to Matt Trueman about the National’s revival of Port (2002) by Simon Stephens and her journey from experimental, off-site work into more conventional theatre as the boundaries between different forms have dissolved.

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.

Sebastian Born, Associate Director (Literary) at the National Theatre

17 January 2013

in New Writing, Playwrights, Theatre People

INTERVIEW: SEBASTIAN BORN The Associate Director (Literary) at the National Theatre tells Sophie Reynolds about the work of a literary department, from how plays are programmed and developed to the relationship a writer may have with a theatre; with reference to playwrights such as Alan Bennett, Lucy Prebble and Alecky Blythe.

Playwright James Graham talks about his hit, This House

INTERVIEW: JAMES GRAHAM The prolific young playwright talks to Dominic Cavendish about his politically minded career to-date and This House, his backstage House of Commons drama and look back in detail at the 1974-1979 years of British parliamentary life, a hit at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe stage and which transfers to the Olivier in the New Year.

Jonathan Croall explores the wonderful world of John Gielgud (1/2)

INTERVIEW: JONATHAN CROALL (1/2) The theatre historian and author talks to Heather Neill about his two recently published books, John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star (Methuen) and Gielgoodies! The Wit, Wisdom and Gaffes of John Gielgud (Oberon Books), which together give a fully rounded account of one of the most important men of the theatre in the 20th century.

Jonathan Croall explores the wonderful world of John Gielgud (2/2)

INTERVIEW: JONATHAN CROALL (2/2) The theatre historian and author talks to Heather Neill about his two recently published books, John Gielgud: Matinee Idol to Movie Star (Methuen) and Gielgoodies! The Wit, Wisdom and Gaffes of John Gielgud (Oberon Books), which together give a fully rounded account of one of the most important men of the theatre in the 20th century.

Simon Russell Beale talks about his star performance as Timon

SHAKESPEARE: TIMON OF ATHENS Simon Russell Beale, who plays the lead role in Nicholas Hytner’s current production at the National Theatre, part of the World Shakespeare Festival, talks to Heather Neill about the play and the production.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: Timon of Athens

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: TIMON OF ATHENS Simon Russell Beale, currently playing the lead in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed modern spin on the play at the National Theatre, discusses the first act with Heather Neill. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

West End Review: National Theatre special

WEST END REVIEW: JULY 2012 David Benedict (Variety) and guests Dominic Cavendish (Telegraph), Maxie Szalwinska (Sunday Times) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Simon Russell Beale in Nicholas Hytner’s revival of Timon of Athens (Olivier), Nadia Fall’s revival of Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma (Lyttelton) and Stephen Beresford’s new writing debut Last of the Haussmans, starring Julie Walters (Lyttelton). Recorded at Dewynters, 30 July 2012.

Director Polly Findlay explores the tragedy of Antigone

INTERVIEW: POLLY FINDLAY The director talks to Matt Trueman about her new modern-dress production of Sophocles’s Antigone, which stars Christopher Eccleston and Jodie Whittaker and is currently on at The National Theatre. She also talks about her career and current opportunities for young directors.

Star actor Simon Russell Beale on playing Stalin

INTERVIEW: SIMON RUSSELL BEALE To mark the transfer to the National’s Olivier Theatre of John Hodge’s Olivier Award-winning play, Collaborators, about Stalin and Bulgakov, we’re sharing this short six-minute extract of actor Simon Russell Beale reflecting on the challenge of playing the dictator.

Non Zero One: farewell to the Bush and plans for the National

22 February 2012

in Site Specific, Theatre buildings

INTERVIEW: NON ZERO ONE Ella Parry-Davies talks to three members of the fast-rising participatory and site-specific company – Alex Turner, Fran Miller and Cat Harrison – about their lauded and awarded farewell piece for the old Bush Theatre (This Is Where We Got To When You Came In) and plans for the National Theatre in 2012, and why they love guiding individuals through their work by means of headphones.

Interview: Edward Bond talks about Saved

INTERVIEW: EDWARD BOND and SEAN HOLMES The playwright joins the artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith to discuss the latter’s revival of his landmark 1965 play, Saved, which features the stoning to death of a baby in a pram by a group of London youths. Extracts from a conversation with Dominic Cavendish for a Daily Telegraph article to coincide with this production, the first London showing for the play in 27 years.

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