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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.

Pete Postlethwaite remembered… by Greg Hersov

PETE POSTLETHWAITE REMEMBERED Greg Hersov, artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (in tandem with Braham Murray & Sarah Frankcom), pays tribute to the recently deceased actor (1946-2011) with whom he worked on two major productions (The Homecoming and The Tempest). He also recalls earlier encounters both at the Exchange and in Bristol. Interview by Dominic Cavendish.

West End Review: December 2010 (1/2)

10 December 2010

in Playwrights, Reviews and Roundtables

WEST END REVIEW (1/2): CLASSICS Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss King Lear (Donmar Warehouse), The Master Builder (Almeida), The Rivals (Theatre Royal Haymarket), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville), Season’s Greetings (National Theatre) and The Glass Menagerie (Young Vic). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

Big Chief Mehmet Ergen talks about the future for the Arcola

4 November 2010

in Directors, London Fringe

INTERVIEW: MEHMET ERGEN The artistic director of the acclaimed Arcola theatre in Dalston, East London, talks about his Turkish upbringing, his career in the UK and the imminent plans to relocate the theatre. Steven Luckie quizzes.

West End Review: November 2010 (1/2)

WEST END REVIEW: AUTUMN REVIVALS SPECIAL Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Hamlet, starring Rory Kinnear (National Theatre), Men Should Weep (National), When We Are Married (Garrick), Country Girl (Apollo), Broken Glass (Tricycle) and Blasted (Lyric Hammersmith). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

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.

Legendary South African playwright Athol Fugard interviewed

INTERVIEW: ATHOL FUGARD Ahead of the UK premiere of his latest play, The Train Driver, at Hampstead Theatre, South Africa’s leading playwright, now 78, a key figure in the artistic struggle against Apartheid, talks to Dominic Cavendish about the play, his career and his feelings of disillusion about the state of his country today. Recorded at the Hampstead Theatre.

The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams discussed

INTERVIEW: CATHERINE CUSACK and PAUL McEWAN The two actors, who are appearing together in a rare revival of The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams at the Jermyn Street Theatre, join the production’s director, Gene David Kirk, to discuss the challenges of this experimental piece. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

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.

Edinburgh 2010: Issy van Randwyck interview

EDINBURGH 2010 Versatile performer Issy van Randwyck discusses her Edinburgh show, Brian Parks’ Imperial Fizz (Assembly Rooms), and chats about balancing family and theatre work, and her varied career. Interview by Philip Fisher.

Edinburgh 2010: No Child, a Fringe smash

EDINBURGH 2010 Nilaja Sun, the New York actor and writer, talks about No Child (Assembly Rooms), her one-woman tragicomic expose of the worst aspects of the American schooling system, and her attempts to improve kids’ lives through the use of theatre. Excerpt from monologue. Interview by Philip Fisher.

NF Simpson special: rare interview with the playwright

INTERVIEW: NF SIMPSON Extracts from a conversation with Dominic Cavendish at Simpson’s home in Cornwall in which the 91-year-old ‘absurdist’ playwright ranges across his life and various topics – his 1957 debut A Resounding Tinkle, the Royal Court, the Goons, Harold Pinter – ahead of the world premiere of his latest play, If So, Then Yes, at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Conducted at teatime in the presence of the play’s director Simon Usher, and Molly, Simpson’s Jack Russell.

West End Review: June 2010

WEST END REVIEW Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Arthur Miller’s All My Sons (Apollo), Simon Gray’s The Late Middle Classes (Donmar), Terence Rattigan’s After the Dance (National), Drew Pautz’s Love the Sinner (National) and Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly (Almeida). 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.

Nick Grosso talks about Ingredient X

29 May 2010

in New Writing, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: NICK GROSSO The playwright talks to Philip Fisher about Ingredient X (Royal Court), his new play about the nature of addiction, and also about his close relationship with this new writing venue. Recorded at the Royal Court.

The novelist Jim Crace reflects on Far Away

FOCUS ON FAR AWAY Debates are part of the nightly format for Simon Godwin’s revival of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away (2000) at the Bristol Old Vic. Here the director invites the novelist Jim Crace and Chris Campbell, literary manager of the Royal Court, to respond to the work – and asks the audience for their contributions too. Sound level: variable. Recorded at the Bristol Old Vic.

Thea Sharrock on After the Dance by Rattigan

INTERVIEW: THEA SHARROCK The director offers a few thoughts about playwright Terence Rattigan and his so-called lost 1939 play, After the Dance, which she is reviving successfully now at the National Theatre. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

West End Review: May 2010 (2/2)

WEST END REVIEW: NEW PLAYS SPECIAL Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), David Benedict (Variety) and Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) discuss Laura Wade’s Posh (Royal Court), Lynn Nottage’s Ruined (Almeida), Mark Haddon’s Polar Bears (Donmar) and Tommy Murphy’s Holding the Man (Trafalgar Studios). Recorded at Dewynters, London.

West End Review: March 2010

WEST END REVIEW Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and his guests David Benedict (Variety), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) discuss Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (Adelphi), Private Lives (Vaudeville), London Assurance (National Theatre), Ghosts (Duchess Theatre) and Ghost Stories (Lyric Hammersmith). Recorded at Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

On deaf audiences and actors in British theatre

INTERVIEW: CAROLINE PARKER The deaf actress talks about her cabaret show Signs of a Star Shaped Diva, written by Nona Shepphard and co-produced by Graeae Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Stratford East, which tours the UK through April. Carole Woddis quizzes. Recorded at Graeae.

Oladipo Agboluaje defends black British theatre

BLACK VOICES: OLADIPO AGBOLUAJE The playwright, whose play Iya-Ile (The First Wife) won the 2009 Alfred Fagon Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award this year, talks to Steven Luckie about current work, and responds to recent newspaper criticism about the ‘ghetto mentality’ in Black British theatre.

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