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Playwright Moira Buffini puts Thatcher and the Queen on stage in Handbagged (1/2)

INTERVIEW: MOIRA BUFFINI (1/2) The playwright talks to Heather Neill about her play Handbagged, which examines the relationship between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Queen in the 1980s. Elegantly structured, with two actresses playing both parts, it opened at the Tricycle Theatre in 2013 and is currently at the Vaudeville in the West End.

Playwright Moira Buffini puts Thatcher and the Queen on stage in Handbagged (2/2)

INTERVIEW: MOIRA BUFFINI (2/2) The playwright talks to Heather Neill about her play Handbagged, which examines the relationship between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Queen in the 1980s. Elegantly structured, with two actresses playing both parts, it opened at the Tricycle Theatre in 2013 and is currently at the Vaudeville in the West End.

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.

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.

Award-winning actor Richard McCabe talks about his role in The Audience

INTERVIEW: RICHARD McCABE The Olivier winning actor talks to Heather Neill about playing Harold Wilson in The Audience, Peter Morgan’s superb new play about the Queen’s audiences with her Prime Ministers (Gielgud Theatre), and which stars Helen Mirren as Her Majesty.

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.

Playwright Richard Vergette explores American Justice

INTERVIEW: RICHARD VERGETTE The playwright talks to Aleks Sierz about his award-winning West End success, American Justice (Arts Theatre), which is a psychological thriller, set in the Deep South, about an American Democrat politician and a prisoner who is a murderer.

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).

Playwright Nick Payne discusses Constellations: quantum multiverse theory, love and honey

28 December 2012

in New Writing, Playwrights, Theatre People

INTERVIEW: NICK PAYNE The playwright tells Sophie Reynolds about his award-winning play Constellations, which was first produced in January 2012 at the Royal Court and is now running in the West End, starring Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall.

The Society of London Theatre’s Julian Bird on Oliviers and Olympics

26 February 2012

in Musicals, Producers, Theatre People

INTERVIEW: JULIAN BIRD The new Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) tells Philip Fisher about his job, the current state of London West End theatre today, with special insights into the Oliviers and the Olympics.

West End Review: more revivals and new plays

18 February 2012

in Playwrights, Reviews and Roundtables

WEST END REVIEW: FEBRUARY 2012 Mark Shenton (Sunday Express) and guests Kate Bassett (Independent on Sunday), Charles Spencer (Daily Telegraph) and Matt Wolf (International Herald Tribune) convene to assess Travelling Light by Nicholas Wright (National), The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett (Apollo), Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn (Harold Pinter), and Master Class by Terrence McNally (Vaudeville).

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.

Lindsay Posner, director, on staging Simon Gray’s Butley

25 June 2011

in Directors, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: LINDSAY POSNER The director talks about his current West End revival of the late Simon Gray’s Butley. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

West End Review: June 2011 (1/2)

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) assess Much Ado About Nothing (Wyndham’s Theatre), starring Catherine Tate and David Tennant, and at Shakespeare’s Globe, starring Eve Best and Charles Edwards, A Delicate Balance (Almeida Theatre) and Butley, starring Dominic West (Duchess Theatre).

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.

Director Ian Rickson discusses Lillian Hellman

INTERVIEW: IAN RICKSON The director talks to Carole Woddis about his hit West End production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour (Comedy Theatre), which stars Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss in a play that was scandalous on its first outing in 1934, and continues to be relevant. Recorded at Graeae.

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.

Actor, writer and comedian Meera Syal interviewed

ASIAN VOICES: MEERA SYAL The actor, writer and comedian talks to Suman Bhuchar about her role in Willy Russell’s 1986 classic Shirley Valentine (Trafalgar Studios), her film and writing career, and her advice to aspiring actors. Recorded in her dressing room, Trafalgar Studios.

West End Theatre: past plays, posters and passions

NINETEENTH-CENTURY THEATRE SPECIAL While walking around the exhibition of West End Theatre in the 19th Century at the National Theatre, which features posters, playbills and costumes, Heather Neill talks to Judith Bottomley, local studies librarian at the Westminster City Archive, source of many of the exhibits, and Robert Tanitch, author of The London Stage in the Nineteenth Century (Carnegie), about the dramatic arts of the Regency and Victorian eras.

Roger Rees on starring in Waiting for Godot

INTERVIEW: ROGER REES The Welsh actor, who has made his return to the London stage as Vladimir in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (Haymarket) opposite Ian McKellen’s Estragon, talks about the role, his days at the RSC and his more recent work. Dominic Cavendish quizzes.

New York: Hair tribal rock musical revival

NEW YORK SPECIAL: HAIR Cast members Gavin Creel and Caissie Levy talk to Philip Fisher about the current Broadway revival of Hair (Al Hirschfeld Theatre), the 1967 Tribal Love-Rock Musical, its characters and the politics of the show, and the chance of bringing it to the West End in April.

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