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The Confessions of Gordon Brown, post-show debate (excerpt)

5 July 2014

in Political theatre

THE CONFESSIONS OF GORDON BROWN, roundtable. Post-show talk in which Kevin Toolis, the author and director of this acclaimed one-man show about former Labour PM Gordon Brown, hears the views of Iain Martin, political commentator for the Daily Telegraph and Dominic Cavendish, one of its theatre critics. Recorded at the New Ambassador’s Theatre, London on 24-June-2014.

Queen Lear: Ursula Mohan discusses a new production with a woman in the title role

SHAKESPEARE: LEAR Ursula Mohan tells Sophie Reynolds about the challenges and rewards of playing Shakespeare’s troubled sovereign. Mohan is currently playing Lear in the Union Theatre production of the play, directed by Phil Willmott.

Director Jonathan Munby casts Eve Best in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

SHAKESPEARE: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA Director Jonathan Munby talks to Heather Neill about his very well-received version of this Roman play, currently at Shakespeare’s Globe, and starring Eve Best and Clive Wood.

Theatre historian Jonathan Croall reveals the story behind his biography of Gielgud

INTERVIEW: JONATHAN CROALL The theatre writer, journalist and editor talks to Aleks Sierz about his latest book, In Search of Gielgud (Herbert Adler), which tells the story of how he came to write his comprehensive biography of star actor John Gielgud (first published in 2000 and then in a revised version in 2011), and of his conflict with critic Sheridan Morley, who was writing a rival biography.

From Shakespeare’s Globe: All’s Well That Ends Well (in Gujarati)

ASIAN VOICES: SHAKESPEARE Suman Bhuchar conducts an interview about All’s Well That Ends Well, as performed in Gujarati at Shakespeare’s Globe, with its director Sunil Shanbag and actors Utkarsh Mazumdar and Manasi Parekh.

Director and cast of the RSC First Encounters Taming of the Shrew share their views

SHAKESPEARE: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Director Michael Fentiman, actors Katy Stephens (Petruchio) and Forbes Masson (Katherina) talk to Judi Herman about the RSC’s First Encounters version of the play, which has been touring schools in a stripped-down, fast-moving production, 75 minutes in length, with the male roles played by women and vice versa.

Bill Buckhurst talks about The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe

SHAKESPEARE: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE The director talks to Heather Neill about Shakespeare’s play, which is the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. The project, from Globe Education, offers free tickets to a Shakespeare play for over 16,000 London state school students, aged 11-16, to support the teaching and learning of Shakespeare.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Michael Fentiman on The Taming of the Shrew (1/2)

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MICHAEL FENTIMAN (1/2) The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of First Encounter: The Taming of the Shrew in conversation with RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox. This production is a shortened version of the Shakespeare play aimed at young people and schools. He discusses the way it has been edited, the techniques he has used to make the story and setting more accessible to young people and what he thinks can make Shakespeare exciting and relevant today. With Q&A.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Michael Fentiman on The Taming of the Shrew (2/2)

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MICHAEL FENTIMAN (2/2) The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of First Encounter: The Taming of the Shrew in conversation with RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox. This production is a shortened version of the Shakespeare play aimed at young people and schools. He discusses the way it has been edited, the techniques he has used to make the story and setting more accessible to young people and what he thinks can make Shakespeare exciting and relevant today. With Q&A.

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.

New York Special: Eric Tucker and Andrus Nichols of Bedlam tackle Hamlet and Saint Joan

INTERVIEW: ERIC TUCKER and ANDRUS NICHOLS The artistic directors of Bedlam, a company currently presenting full-length productions of Hamlet and Saint Joan with a shared cast of only four, talk to Philip Fisher. They discuss the company’s work both from their perspectives as actors and creators, and also the theatre scene in New York more generally.

West End Review: Henry V, Ghosts, Mojo, Emil and the Detectives

West End Review, revivals and new work: a catch-up of major openings. Jude Law in Henry V – directed by Michael Grandage at the Noel Coward Theatre. Ghosts, directed by Sir Richard Eyre at the Almeida Theatre. Mojo, by Jez Butterworth, directed by Ian Rickson at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Emil and the Detectives, a version by Carl Miller of the children’s book by Erich Kästner at the National Theatre. Hosted by Mark Shenton with regular guests Kate Bassett, David Benedict and Matt Wolf. Recorded at Dewynters, London.

Phizzical Theatre: Shakespeare’s Cymbeline meets Bollywood

ASIAN VOICES: SAMIR BHAMRA The artistic director of Phizzical Theatre — which celebrates its 10th anniversary — together with Professor Tony Howard, of the Multicultural Shakespeare project, talk to Suman Bhuchar about transposing Shakespeare’s Cymbeline (Curve/Tara) to Bollywood, and fusing it with Indian mythology, as well as discussing the nurturing of emerging talent from Leicester.

Susannah Fielding plays Hermia for Michael Grandage in the West End

SHAKESPEARE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Actor Susannah Fielding chats to Heather Neill about her role as Hermia in Michael Grandage’s acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End.

Director Peter Glanville talks puppets and puppetry

INTERVIEW: PETER GLANVILLE The artistic director of the Little Angel Theatre talks to Carole Woddis about his current production of Macbeth, the vogue for adult puppetry and about his plans for the Polka Children’s Theatre, Wimbledon, where he begins work as artistic director in November.

Actor Joseph Millson plays Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe

SHAKESPEARE: MACBETH Joseph Millson, who plays Macbeth opposite Samantha Spiro in Eve Best’s much-praised directorial debut at Shakespeare’s Globe, talks to Heather Neill about the play and the production.

Battlefield theatre: Nick Bagnall on staging the three parts of Henry VI

INTERVIEW: NICK BAGNALL The director of the Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Shakespeare’s three Henry VI plays, currently touring the UK, tells Judi Herman about this huge undertaking, which has involved four landmark performances on Wars of the Roses battlefields as well as at Shakespeare’s Globe and theatres countrywide.

Harlem Shakespeare Festival director Debra Ann Byrd discusses black theatre

BLACK VOICES: DEBRA ANN BYRD The founder, producer and director of the inaugural Harlem Shakespeare Festival, whose programme features Antony and Cleopatra, talks to Suman Bhuchar on a recent visit to the UK to be part of the British Black and Asian Shakespeare Symposium at Warwick University.

Royal Shakespeare Company special: Michael Fentiman on Titus Andronicus

DIRECTOR’S TALK: MICHAEL FENTIMAN The director of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Titus Andronicus in conversation with RSC Events Coordinator Nicky Cox. They discuss how and why history has let some of Shakespeare’s plays down, and his career from assistant to director and whether Titus is mad.

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.

Shakespeare’s First Acts: Julius Caesar

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST ACTS: JULIUS CAESAR Daniel Winder, Director of Iris Theatre, tells Sophie Reynolds about the first act of Shakespeare’s political tragedy, with reference to Iris Theatre’s current promenade production of the play at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s series for 2012-2014, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays.

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