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Sinners post-show video and photos: Why did Brian Cox want to direct a play about stoning women?

By |2020-03-04T11:31:58+00:001 March 2020|

I saw Brian Cox and his wife Nicole Ansari acting alongside one another in the premiere of Tom Stoppard's 2006 play Rock 'n' Roll. It was wonderful to talk to them about working together onstage again in a very different capacity of a very different play.

Once The Musical post-show video and photos: Do you believe in destiny?

By |2020-03-01T18:14:06+00:0013 February 2020|

I first fell in love with Once after seeing the original 2007 independent Irish film. Then again when I the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation had its West End premiere in 2013. And now again on the musical's first major UK tour.

RAGS post-show video and photos: How do you repair a damaged musical?

By |2020-01-26T20:05:12+00:0017 January 2020|

After acclaim last year at Manchester's mighty Hope Mill Theatre, RAGS The Musical has transferred to the Park Theatre for a limited season. It's a Broadway musical with a long, chequered history and is premiering here in a newly reworked version with a lot of input from Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz.

Post-show video and photos: Jason Manford on why Kander & Ebb’s Curtains is made for the West End

By |2020-01-26T16:06:04+00:0016 December 2019|

Curtains, the murder mystery musical comedy by Chicago and Cabaret creators Kander & Ebb, had its Broadway premiere in 2007 in a production starring Frasier's David Hyde Pierce. Why has it taken so long for it to at last receive its West End premiere? And why is it so very perfect for the West End?

David Walliams on getting the RSC’s ‘stamp of approval’ with The Boy in the Dress musical

By |2020-01-08T10:14:50+00:0024 October 2019|

During rehearsals for The Boy in the Dress, I spoke to David Walliams about his inspiration for the original story, his burgeoning career as a children’s writer and how he feels having his work adapted by the RSC.

Sinatra: Raw post-show video and photos: What makes Frank Sinatra such an enduring icon?

By |2020-01-25T15:13:13+00:0023 October 2019|

Despite singing the songs of Sinatra since he was a teenager, Richard Shelton was turned down multiple times for a part in concert show The Rat Pack. When he was invited to audition for Rat Pack Confidential, he went in angry and impatient... and finally got his man. 

Q&A video and photos: How does the musical of Cabaret differ from the film?

By |2020-01-25T21:38:16+00:0030 August 2019|

I've seen Rufus Norris' multi-award-winning revival of Kander & Ebb's Broadway musical classic Cabaret twice before in the West End, when it first opened in 2006 and when it returned in 2010. It now kicks off a brand-new tour and it's more powerful than ever.

Queen of the Mist Q&A video and photos: Why should we have more Michael John LaChiusa in the UK?

By |2020-01-25T21:05:50+00:0021 August 2019|

Michael John LaChiusa was on his way back to the States by the time I chaired my post-show Q&A at the West End (and UK) premiere of his musical Queen Of The Mist - but I wonder if his ears were burning badly en route?

The View Upstairs video and photos: What happened in New Orleans on 24 June 1973? Why should we remember?

By |2020-01-25T21:29:10+00:004 August 2019|

I had just enough time to wipe away my tears - I was sobbing - at the end of The View Upstairs before jumping up after the curtain call to announce this post-show Q&A at Soho Theatre.