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Some Mothers’ Do ‘Ave ‘Em video interview: Was Joe Pasquale made to play Frank Spencer?

By |2020-03-02T00:19:34+00:0029 February 2020|

I laughed my head off watching Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, and afterwards, got onto the wonderfully kitsch 1970s set myself to interview stars Joe Pasquale and Sarah Earnshaw and writer-director Guy Unsworth.

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.

Q&A video and photos: What would Pete Buttigieg think of his Jekyll & Hyde incarnation?

By |2020-01-25T16:24:13+00:008 September 2019|

Arrows & Traps' 18th production in its five-year history is also its tenth at London's Brockley Jack Theatre, where it is now an associate company, and its third in a Gothic trilogy. And it's a corker.

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.

Panel on the RSC’s gender-flipped Taming of the Shrew: Kate & Petruchio in the age of #MeToo

By |2020-01-25T23:23:40+00:0029 April 2019|

I had a fabulous time last week in Stratford-upon-Avon seeing Justin Audibert’s new re-gendered production of Shakespeare’s early “battle of the sexes” comedy The Taming of the Shrew (1591), set in a parallel Elizabethan universe where women are in charge.

Where We Began Q&A video and photos: Should where we’re born define where we end up?

By |2020-02-01T21:47:21+00:0024 September 2018|

Should country of birth define your identity or determine where you end up? Set in the near-future, Stand and Be Counted Theatre's highly political new play Where We Began imagines a world where a new universal law mandates that everyone must return to where they were born and stay there.

One Minute Q&A video and photos: Who’s offended by bad language onstage and why?

By |2020-02-01T22:57:35+00:0027 May 2018|

When I first saw the Barn Theatre revival of Simon Stephens' 2003 play One Minute, I was struck by the stunningly assured direction of Barn artistic director Iwan Lewis making his directorial debut.

How did Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting become a cultural phenomenon? I’m finally ready to immerse myself

By |2020-02-01T23:40:38+00:0028 March 2018|

I first saw Harry Gibson's stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting in the 1990s when I was a recently-arrived-from-America twenty-something in London.

Q&A photos and podcast: How has theatre helped Soldier On’s veterans recover?

By |2020-02-01T23:46:05+00:0016 March 2018|

I'm pretty certain that my event last night at SOLDIER ON was my largest-ever panel for a post-show Q&A: in total, there were 19 of us, including me. Thank goodness the Playground Theatre had plenty of chairs.