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Monday, October 17, 2022

‘I totally fondled her Oscar!’: Jemima Rooper on larking around with Angela Lansbury by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In 2014 the legendary US grande dame – who died this month – returned to the theatre in Blithe Spirit. Her co-star remembers their Christmas together and getting the giggles on stage On …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:33PM
Friday, January 15, 2021

Marisha Wallace: I had to wean myself off the adrenaline of performance by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The stage star recovered from Covid to create an album of hope. She talks role models, belonging and theatre’s time of change Your new album, Tomorrow, features original songs, musical-th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:12AM
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

David Bowie's Lazarus musical returns five years after his death by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the stage sequel to The Man Who Fell to Earth is streamed, theatre producer Robert Fox remembers his friend’s creative genius and generosity Lazarus was recorded during its run at King�…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Craig Revel Horwood: 'I'm a baddie in panto but on Strictly I'm just being honest' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The Strictly Come Dancing judge reveals which contestant surprised him the most and why he’s looking forward to getting booed twice a day in Robin Hood You’re a panto regular – what d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12AM
Friday, November 6, 2020

Rufus Norris on the National Theatre's new films, saving panto and the UK arts crisis by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The NT’s artistic director says a forthcoming Romeo and Juliet film will be unlike any other production – and reveals his plan B for a lockdown Dick Whittington The National Theatre reop…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

'An amazing force': Ralph Fiennes on Barbara Jefford's power and passion by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In plays by Pirandello and Shakespeare, Jefford – who has died aged 90 – displayed incredible precision, says her co-star Barbara Jefford was an amazing force as an actor and left a prof…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:32PM
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Helen McCrory: 'This is a woman's private space, invaded by others' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the National Theatre streams a bold revival of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, its star discusses a potent mix of sensuality and torment Director Carrie Cracknell described one da…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:54AM
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Oliver Chris: 'Nick Hytner called me the most disreputable actor he'd worked with' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The actor, who stars in the National Theatre at Home’s stream of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, talks about falling for Bottom and rehearsal-room mischief The Bridge’s production was one o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Gbolahan Obisesan: give BAME talent trust and theatre will thrive by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As he returns to his role in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, the actor, writer and director talks about Black Lives Matter, Martin Luther King and the state of UK theatre This is the third …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Tom Hiddleston on Coriolanus: 'There was nowhere to hide – that's exciting' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As Josie Rourke’s Donmar production of Shakespeare’s tragedy is streamed for National Theatre at Home, its star recalls the thrilling intimacy, the brutal fights – and the cold shower …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Tuesday, May 5, 2020

To Egypt, with love: Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the NT streams the epic tragedy online, set designer Hildegard Bechtler recalls bringing a monumental setting to the Olivier stage while creating an intimate atmosphere Hottest front-roo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:03AM
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The National Theatre's Frankenstein: 'It was blinding – you felt the heat' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As Danny Boyle’s production is streamed online, its designer Mark Tildesley recalls putting thousands of bulbs and an ancient bell to shocking effect •The best theatre and dance to watch…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24AM
Friday, April 24, 2020

Ai Weiwei: 'I became the enemy of the established power, but without a crime' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The artist reflects on the events that inspired Hampstead theatre’s #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei, streamed by the Guardian this month You began an 81-day confinement on 3 April 2011. Wha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

On a knife-edge: Tiger Country lays bare the ferocity of life in the NHS by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Urological surgeon Jyoti Shah recalls how she inspired the character played by Indira Varma in Nina Raine’s gripping play – streaming until 10pm on 26 April ‘Tiger country” is a ter…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Monday, April 20, 2020

Tamsin Greig on Twelfth Night: 'The self-judgment of women is awful' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the National Theatre streams its acclaimed staging of Shakespeare’s comedy, its star recalls playing Malvolia and eliciting help from the audience What was your reaction when asked to p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18PM
Friday, April 17, 2020

'A titan of an actor': Brian Dennehy remembered by Clare Higgins by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In Death of a Salesman, Dennehy – who died aged 81 this week – was generous, committed and like a jazz musician on set, says his co-star I first met Brian in New York in 2003 when I was …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:12PM
Thursday, April 16, 2020

'The masks are in my attic!' Ramin Karimloo on The Phantom of the Opera by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the 25th-anniversary staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is streamed online, its star tells stories of fandom and the Phantom I’d wanted to play the Phantom since I was 12. I saw…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

'Thank goodness they made Jim Hawkins a lady!' Patsy Ferran on Treasure Island by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the National Theatre’s 2014 staging of the classic adventure is streamed online, its star remembers her breakthrough year • Hottest front-room seats: theatre and dance to watch online…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18PM
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

'Wow, I'd love to be someone like that!' Sally Cookson on our passion for Jane Eyre by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As her bold staging of the classic novel is screened as part of National Theatre at Home, the director discusses Brontë’s genius – and the seismic effects of lockdown What drew you to …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

One Man, Two Guvnors: Nicholas Hytner on the joy of farcing around by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The National Theatre’s smash-hit comedy starring James Corden will be streamed free worldwide on 2 April. Its director reflects on a runaway success One Man, Two Guvnors is based on Carlo …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Joanna Lumley on Jonathan Miller: 'completely brilliant, extraordinarily funny' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Actor pays tribute to the ‘genius’ writer and director, who has died aged 85 He was one of my greatest heroes. Years ago, when I was being photographed for Vogue, I saw him walking past …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Friday, November 1, 2019

Don Warrington on Mustapha Matura: he brought the West Indies to British theatre by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The actor and director pays tribute to the Trinidadian playwright who has died aged 79 The first of Mustapha Matura’s plays I saw was As Time Goes By at the Royal Court in London. It was 1…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Monday, January 14, 2019

Kathryn Hunter: how theatre guru Jerzy Grotowski changed my life by Interview By Chris Wiegand

They never met but the brilliant Polish theatre-maker and theorist had a huge influence on Kathryn Hunter. On the 20th anniversary of his death, she celebrates his radical methodsWhen I left…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42AM
Monday, January 7, 2019

Chita Rivera's songbook: West Side stories, killer tunes and all that jazz by Interview By Chris Wiegand

From Chicago to Sweet Charity, the American musical legend looks back at some of the key tracks in her careerChicago is all about precision. When Gwen Verdon and I did our duet Nowadays, pla…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:36AM
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

'I'd never seen anything like it': Alex Katz on dance titan Paul Taylor by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Artist Alex Katz collaborated for more than 20 years with Paul Taylor, who has died aged 88. He remembers their quiet and once combative partnershipI remember when I first saw Paul Taylor da…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Abi Morgan: ‘Women can be as violent, mercurial and complex as men’ by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The writer recalls the anger that fuelled her early play Splendour – and reveals she is directing her rage into a drama about abuses of power in HollywoodThis is an edited extract from The…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00AM
Thursday, September 7, 2017

How to play dead: the corpse’s view of Joe Orton’s Loot by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In Orton’s dark farce, staged uncut for the first time, Anah Ruddin plays the recently deceased Mrs McLeavy whose body is extravagantly manhandled. She describes the stiff challenges of th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Sunday, August 6, 2017

Interview: Eddie Izzard shares the secrets of comedy technique by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Actor and standup Eddie Izzard talks about his debut as a raven, beating stage fright and why lipstick gags don't make good comedyYou've been doing stand-up for years now. How much do you ne…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24PM
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

'David Suchet, I want a word with you': the actor recalls meeting Edward Albee by Interview By Chris Wiegand

David Suchet played George to Diana Rigg’s Martha in a 1996 production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He remembers meeting the quiet yet direct playwrightWhen I heard Diana Rigg was …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:30AM
Monday, June 6, 2016

Thomas Ostermeier: Richard III? He's a rock star, a standup comedian by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In the German director’s Schaubühne production, there’s a drum kit on stage, the princes are puppets and the battle scene features Richard alone in his pants Related: Ibsen meets Snowde…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:57AM
Monday, May 16, 2016

Peter Brook: Timon of Athens really did bring down the house by Interview By Chris Wiegand

When the director re-opened a dilapidated Parisian theatre with an international Shakespeare production, the applause shook the buildingKing Lear is the supreme achievement of the world’s …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:31AM

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