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Friday, October 11, 2019

Musical theatre archivist Rex Bunnett: ‘The V&A sent six curators and decided to take it all’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Rex Bunnett’s hobby evolved into one of the country’s biggest private collections of original musical theatre posters, cast recordings and other memorabilia,

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Monday, October 7, 2019

NT head of costume Carol Lingwood: ‘I make sure the designer’s vision is preserved’ by Nick Smurthwaite

As the National Theatre mounts an exhibition to showcase the work of its costume department, its head of costume takes Nick Smurthwaite

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Musician Lebo M: ‘The Lion King is fun. I don’t feel like I’ve been doing it for 25 years’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Born in an apartheid South Africa, with few career prospects, the Grammy-winning musician tells Nick Smurthwaite about his journey from homeless street

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Revisiting Gaslight – the classic that gave its name to a form of psychological coercion by Nick Smurthwaite

Patrick Hamilton’s thriller has become a theatre staple and a byword for mental manipulation. While many stagings since its 1938 premiere have

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Actor and director Samuel West: ‘My talents are an accident of birth – I was quite a shy child’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Being born into a theatrical family – he is a fourth-generation actor – has always been a mixed blessing for Samuel West.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Pop stars, Sooty and a £42m revamp – Croydon’s Fairfield Halls is back for the future by Nick Smurthwaite

Fairfield Halls opened in 1962 and hosted acts from virtuoso pianist Artur Rubinstein to Sooty, before being closed for a multimillion-pound refurbishment

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Rc-Annie: the all-female stage combat agency that’s fighting the good fight by Nick Smurthwaite

Working on four shows at the RSC this year alongside TV and film projects, Rc-Annie is a partnership of top UK stage

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Pleasance founder Christopher Richardson: ‘There is nowhere else I’d rather be than at Edinburgh’ by Nick Smurthwaite

The iconic venue helped launch the careers of household names such as Rowan Atkinson and Michael McIntyre. Nick Smurthwaite talks to the

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Sound designer Jon Nicholls: ‘I could never sit in a room alone writing a symphony’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Whether he is adding electronica to Elsinore or recreating the bustle of Naples, Jon Nicholls’ soundscapes are much in demand. He tells

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Director Neil Armfield: ‘I rigorously maintain rehearsal rooms as places of safety and trust’ by Nick Smurthwaite

As the acclaimed Australian director brings his award-winning The Secret River to Edinburgh, he talks to Nick Smurthwaite about how Cate Blanchett

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Designer Laura Léonard: ‘If you know how to design a house, you can design a stage set’ by Nick Smurthwaite

From Parisian hotel interiors to Edinburgh Fringe comedy shows, designer Laura Léonard can put her hand to anything. She tells Nick Smurthwaite

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Friday, July 12, 2019

How finding Shakespeare’s lost London home could unlock secrets to his most popular plays by Nick Smurthwaite

In the late 16th century, Shakespeare lived in the capital. Nick Smurthwaite meets historian Geoff Marsh to find out what his new

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Meet the team behind the ‘Rubik’s cube’ set for classic farce Noises Off by Nick Smurthwaite

As the Lyric Hammersmith brings back the classic farce, Nick Smurthwaite speaks to designer Max Jones and production manager Seamus Benson about

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Friday, June 28, 2019

The West End showgirl who became a heroine in the Second World War by Nick Smurthwaite

While dancer Christina Ratcliffe was touring, war broke out. She found herself in Malta where, after volunteering with the RAF, she decided

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Hastings’ Stables Theatre at 60: the little venue with big ambitions hosts its first festival by Nick Smurthwaite

As the Stables Theatre celebrates its diamond jubilee with a packed programme of shows and events, Nick Smurthwaite charts its history and

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Colin Ingram: ‘As a producer, you have to be brilliant for 10 minutes a day’ by Nick Smurthwaite

As he clocks up a quarter of a century as a producer, Colin Ingram is sending a new production of Grease on

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Fun Palaces showcase: How Joan Littlewood was inspired to bring pleasure to the people by Nick Smurthwaite

As well as directing work for the stage, the theatremaker was passionate about spaces for everyday recreation. Now these Fun Palaces are

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Lighting designer Bruno Poet: ‘This is a kind of art for people who can’t draw’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Bruno Poet tells Nick Smurthwaite about the importance of tungsten lighting following the proposed EU ban, going on tour with Sigur Ros

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Friday, June 7, 2019

The Society for Theatre Research: Celebrating 70 years of recording fascinating theatre history by Nick Smurthwaite

Throughout its existence, the Society for Theatre Research has sought to document and detail a colourful industry, garnering support from high-profile actors,

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Playwright Sophie Treadwell: Giving due recognition to Broadway’s bravest woman by Nick Smurthwaite

Best known for her expressionist play Machinal, Sophie Treadwell has been regarded as a one-hit wonder. But, the director of the world

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Actor Anton Lesser: ‘I’d much rather be here than stuck halfway up a mountain’ by Nick Smurthwaite

From Game of Thrones to Wolf Hall, there hasn’t been a year since the early 1980s that Anton Lesser hasn’t appeared in

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Designer Lizzie Clachan: ‘I don’t want to limit my ambition – I’m always over budget’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Since her work with experimental collective Shunt, Lizzie Clachan has brought radical designs to London’s biggest stages, including a forest of office

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Friday, May 10, 2019

How to be a playwright: lessons from past master Stephen Jeffreys by Nick Smurthwaite

Before he died in 2018, The Libertine playwright Stephen Jeffreys was working on a guide to writing for theatre. Now published, Nick

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Friday, May 3, 2019

How Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has revived Thornton Wilder’s ‘dark and profound’ US classic Our Town by Nick Smurthwaite

One of the most performed plays in the US, Our Town is regarded as Thornton Wilder’s finest work. Director Ellen McDougall tells

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Designer Mayou Trikerioti: ‘I think of theatre as my husband, while film is my lover’ by Nick Smurthwaite

After training in the UK, Mayou Trikerioti returned to her native Greece to work on theatre and film projects before making her

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Camden People’s Theatre: The radical launchpad that’s still ‘cheeky’ at 25 by Nick Smurthwaite

The north London home of experimental theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in good shape and with a healthy roster of challenging

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Man of La Mancha: 50 years on, the last surviving lead cast member recalls an impossible dream by Nick Smurthwaite

As the award-winning musical returns to the West End for a 50th anniversary revival, Nick Smurthwaite catches up with Ruth Silvestre, the

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Landmark revival for The Hired Man: the musical that refused to lay down and die by Nick Smurthwaite

As Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall’s award-winning musical gets a new revival, Nick Smurthwaite charts its journey in the 35 years since

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Ivan Kyncl: Looking through the lens of a theatre photography pioneer by Nick Smurthwaite

A new exhibition at the V&A documents the work of the acclaimed photographer. Nick Smurthwaite finds out how a chance meeting with

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Obituary: Louise Clifford – ‘showed inspirational leadership as theatre director’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Regarded as one of the most valued and respected employees of the HQ Theatres Group, Louise Clifford has died after a two-year

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dancer Oti Mabuse: ‘I’m bringing everything I’ve learned from Strictly to the rehearsal room’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Born in South Africa, Oti Mabuse enjoyed a stellar career as a Latin American dancer before becoming a regular on the BBC’s

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