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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.

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.

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.

Chaplin post-show video and photos: What led to the birth of the Little Tramp?

By |2020-02-21T19:28:12+00:008 February 2020|

Have you ever seen Charlie Chaplin's classic film The Great Dictator? Eighty years after it was released, it feels terrifyingly current. We get a glimpse of why with the inclusion of its final speech in Arrows & Traps' latest offering.

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?

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Q&A video and photos: From UK-wide tour to the West End with a new cast

By |2020-01-25T16:02:01+00:0020 September 2019|

What fun to return to the Criterion Theatre to see a brand-new cast put their stamp on Mischief Theatre's The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, as the first in a series of monthly post-show Q&As with the comic geniuses.

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.

Q&A video and photos: Discussing Paula Hawkins’ hit thriller The Girl on the Train with Samantha Womack and cast

By |2020-01-25T21:36:33+00:002 August 2019|

What is it about a great whodunnit thriller? What makes us keep turning the page? How does that inquisitive excitement translate onstage?

The Ministry of Biscuits Q&A video and photos: Sharing biscuits and a love of G&S with Philip Reeve and co

By |2020-01-26T00:50:48+00:001 February 2019|

Charming, delectable, delicious. And those are just the custard creams... It's not often I get offered biscuits at the post-show Q&As I chair, but at a show called The Ministry of Biscuits, it would have seemed remiss not to.

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.