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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

'His songs are like a fabulous steak': an all-star toast to Stephen Sondheim by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Alexis Soloski

From West Side Story to Company, he revolutionised the musical. As the supreme lyricist and composer turns 90, Jake Gyllenhaal, Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Nathan Lane and more pay tribute C…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Julie Taymor: how we made The Lion King musical by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

‘The sheer idea of having a stampede on stage was exciting – the bigger the risk, the bigger the payoff’ It was a surprise to get the call from Disney. Their world wasn’t my aestheti…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

'He humps all the other dogs … I’m his humping accomplice': comedians on their pets by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

As the Edinburgh festival approaches, Ed Byrne, Susan Calman, Stevie Martin and others on why their pets are friends, companions and a source of inspiration Comedians are needy, so of course…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

How we made Closer – by Clive Owen and Patrick Marber by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

‘I wanted to write a Shakespearean scene with someone in disguise, so I went into a lesbian chatroom pretending to be a gay woman’ I was in Atlanta in 1996 with a tour of my play Dealer…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

'100% filled with mirth!' Comedians pay tribute to Jeremy Hardy by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Imogen Tilden

The standup inspired Mark Thomas with his activism, opened Jack Dee’s eyes and appalled Mark Steel – in the best possible way. Friends and colleagues pay tribute to Hardy, who has died a…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

My favourite Harold Pinter play by Phil Davis and Celia Imrie by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

Stars of the West End’s Pinter at the Pinter season pick works by the dramatist that changed how they thought about theatreI was wandering around my local library in Essex when I came acro…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Going beyond Bausch: Tanztheater Wuppertal's new moves by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

Almost 10 years after her death, Pina Bausch’s company are presenting a pair of brand new creations. Veteran dancers and newer recruits discuss leaping into the worlds of Dimitris Papaioan…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

'I check her catsuit for wet patches!' The funny, freaky world of comedy duos by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

Sharing bedrooms and backstage nerves, Lazy Susan and Norris & Parker reveal the intertwined lives of the double actFreya Parker: We started out as a trio called Lebensmüde. It was such…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

My favourite Pinter by Tamsin Greig, Robert Glenister and Janie Dee by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

Stars of the West End’s Pinter at the Pinter season pick plays by the dramatist that changed the way they thought about theatreAs a teenager I used to quote lines from The Homecoming as if…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

'I was welling up!' Teachers report on their School of Rock students by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

The child stars of the West End musical rock out in a band assembled by Dewey Finn, who poses as a supply teacher. What do their own teachers make of the hit show?What can teachers learn fro…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

My favourite Pinter by Antony Sher, Hayley Squires and Paapa Essiedu by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

Stars of the West End’s Pinter at the Pinter season pick plays by the dramatist that changed the way they thought about theatre Continue reading...

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Monday, December 4, 2017

'If you're naughty, Krampus gets you' … stars around the world on their festive traditions by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

Christmas doesn’t just mean turkey, crackers and carols. Oti Mabuse has a barbecue on the beach, Alma hits the sauna, Sofie Hagen hunts for a marzipan pig and Conchita Wurst hides from a h…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

'It's very sweary!' What Labour MPs make of James Graham's political comedy Labour of Love by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Emine Saner

The mountains of leaflets, the WhatsApp groups, the election night panic … Harriet Harman, Tracy Brabin and David Lammy on what the play gets right – and wrong Continue reading...

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Strictly Come Dancing's Lilia Kopylova and Darren Bennett on their West End show, Latin Fever by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

The Strictly stars, who are partners on stage and off, talk about their passion for Latin-American rhythms and rehearsals for their first West End showDarren Bennett: My parents were profess…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

'Charming, soulful, a proper comic': Sean Hughes tributes – and his funniest jokes by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Tim Jonze

By his mid-20s he had scooped the Perrier award and landed his own TV show. But Sean Hughes never wanted to be a stadium standup. Mark Steel and Rhona Cameron pay tribute to a troubled talen…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

How we made West Side Story by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

‘I wanted to be the first guy to use a four-letter word in a musical – but the line ended up as “krup you” instead’I was at a party with Arthur Laurents who was about to write a mu…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

'Visionary, master diplomat – and absolute smoothie': stars pay tribute to Peter Hall by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Imogen Tilden

He gave Peter Brook his big break, helped Elaine Paige conquer her fear, showed Griff Rhys Jones the joy of farce and dazzled a teenage Samuel West. They celebrate the great director who has…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

'It was like meeting a cowboy': Ed Harris, Kathy Burke and others remember Sam Shepard by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

Ed Harris played pool with him. Kathy Burke called him to say sorry. He gave Lynn Nottage some 3am advice and watched the chaos of 9/11 with Matthew Warchus. Theatre stars share their encoun…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

So you want to be an artist? Then let the pros show you how it's done by Interviews By Chris Wiegand, Dave Simpson and Homa Khaleeli

DBC Pierre wrote in a fever, Frank Turner dabbled in thrash and Nikki Amuka-Bird jumped off a cliff. Artists reveal how they got to the top – and how you can tooThe actor: Nikki Amuka-Bird…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pas de deux: Alina Cojocaru and Rupert Pennefather on Jewels by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

How do you create chemistry in a plotless ballet? Just pretend it's a wedding, say the stars of the Royal Ballet's DiamondsAlina Cojocaru: It was easy for me to fall in love with Balanchine'…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pas de deux: Strictly Come Dancing's Lilia Kopylova and Darren Bennett by Interviews By Chris Wiegand

The Strictly stars, who are partners on stage and off, talk about their passion for Latin-American rhythms and rehearsals for their first West End show Continue reading...

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