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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lindsay Kemp: I tried to get David Bowie to do Puss in Boots by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Bowie’s dance teacher recalls their first meeting, their early collaborations, and their marriage of theatre and rock’n’roll in the Ziggy Stardust stage showWe first met in 1966, proba…

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Kenneth Branagh on The Entertainer: 'I've been bending Rob Brydon's ear about standup' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In the final production of his West End season, Kenneth Branagh takes on the role of the failing comic Archie Rice. He explains how he’s taken tips from funnymen Rob Brydon and Ken DoddYou…

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Monday, February 22, 2016

A cast of household names: The Taming of the Shrew retold with everyday items by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Claire Marshall of Forced Entertainment on her own tabletop version of Shakespeare’s play, in which the leads are played by a rose and a jar of mustardWhen Forced Entertainment set out to …

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Your own personal demon: Maria Aberg on her Doctor Faustus double act by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In her RSC version of Marlowe’s satanic drama, Maria Aberg bins the jokes, channels Tom Waits and makes the leads strike matches to see who plays whoIn your version of Christopher Marlowe…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sunshine and terrible rage: Linda Bassett on Caryl Churchill's Escaped Alone by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Caryl Churchill’s new play gets the cast singing Da Doo Ron Ron and imagines apocalyptic horror. Don’t try to work it all out with your head, says actor Linda Bassett, ‘just listen, le…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Lindsay Kemp on directing David Bowie: 'God knows, he was a chameleon' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Bowie’s dance teacher recalls their first meeting, their early collaborations, and their marriage of theatre and rock’n’roll in the Ziggy Stardust stage showWe first met in 1966, proba…

Linked From The Guardian at 10:26AM
Friday, December 18, 2015

The Dazzle's Joanna Vanderham: 'you’ll be lulled into a false sense of security' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The star of BBC1’s The Paradise on her offbeat new show in the West End, playing Desdemona for the RSC and demanding Alan Cumming’s friendship You’re starring with Andrew Scott and Dav…

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Natascha McElhone: 'People talk about strong female roles – I shy away from that term' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The actor, currently appearing in Queen Anne, talks about making her RSC debut, searching for complicated characters and the Glasgow panto that set her off Queen Anne focuses on the monarch…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An American folk play: Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The US dramatist said this play came to him in his sleep. Natalie Abrahami explains how she hopes to sweep audiences into his dream world in her revival Continue reading...

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Move Closer: Wayne McGregor on his role in Patrick Marber revival by Interview By Chris Wiegand

How do actors make sure their movements stay in line with the characters they play? Choreographer Wayne McGregor – whose diverse theatrical credits include Sarah Kane’s Cleansed and Alad…

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Maxine Peake: ‘I’d like a go at playing Henry V. Yeah! Who knows?’ by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As her Hamlet heads to cinemas, Maxine Peake talks about a sweet prince inspired by Bowie, returning to the Royal Court and starring as a 70s standupA film of the Royal Exchange’s Hamlet i…

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Jason Donovan: 'The one thing I have on my side? I do a good Australian accent' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As he embarks on a UK tour of The King’s Speech, the star talks about playing speech therapist Lionel Logue, Neighbours’ 30th anniversary and selling 1m copies of Especially for YouHow a…

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

David Peace: why I'm letting Red Ladder stage The Damned United by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The novelist has handed over the rights to his Brian Clough novel to the radical Yorkshire theatre company Continue reading...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin Williams remembered by Mrs Doubtfire's Scott Capurro: you had no idea what would happen next by Interview By Chris Wiegand

When US standup Scott Capurro joined the cast of Mrs Doubtfire he found himself witnessing a king of comedy at work Continue reading...

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