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Friday, February 17, 2017

West End Travesties Star Freddie Fox on How Stoppard Makes You Smarter, John Hurt's Words of Wisdom & Not Going Hollywood by Matt Wolf

Freddie Fox has appeared on the London stage opposite Lindsay Duncan in Hay Fever and Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss, among many other credits. but is currently giving …

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Monday, February 13, 2017

A Thunderous ‘White Devil’ at Shakespeare’s Globe by Matt Wolf

The director Annie Ryan turns up the volume in her production of the John Webster gore-fest from 1612. Two contemporary plays seem tepid.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Michael Esper on Playing Tom in London's Glass Menagerie, Working with David Bowie and Sting & His NYC Plans by Matt Wolf

Broadway actor Michael Esper has made a sizable impression on the London stage of late, moving from his acclaimed performance opposite Michael C. Hall in the U.K. stage debut of the David Bo…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

West End Star Joanna Riding on Singing Gary Barlow's Music in The Girls, Defying Nudie Show Expectations & Skipping the Gym by Matt Wolf

Two-time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding has staked her formidable reputation on such musical theater classics as Carousel and My Fair Lady, now she is in previews at the P…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Katherine Soper’s ‘Wish List’ Blazes on London Stage by Matt Wolf

The playwright’s debut work packs a wallop, while a revival of the 1968 Broadway musical “Promises, Promises,” among other productions, is weak tea.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Tony Nominee Paul Ritter on Throwing Paint on Rufus Sewell & Tim Key, Following Elton John on Tony Night & Starring in Art by Matt Wolf

Paul Ritter was a 2009 Tony nominee for his superb performance in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests and now the British stage and TV stalwart is appearing with Rufus Sewe…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Florence Andrews on Letting Her Hair Down in London's School of Rock & More by Matt Wolf

Florence Andrews is lending some sterling vocals and whiplash timing to the London premiere of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock, based on the Richard Linklater/Jack Black film …

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Ben Turner on Not Being Pigeon-Holed, Playing an Eight-Year-Old Boy & Flying High in London's The Kite Runner by Matt Wolf

Ben Turner's theater credits include the Eddie Redmayne Richard II at the Donmar and the Almeida's revival of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing but the classically trained performer…

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Matthew Seadon-Young on Playing Gerry Goffin in London's Beautiful, the Art of Taking Over a Role & Not Doing Side Show with His Brother by Matt Wolf

Matthew Seadon-Young's London musical credits include Billy Elliot, Urinetown and Les Miserables and now the ebullient performer is playing the American lyricist (and onetime husband of …

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

She Loves Me's Scarlett Strallen on Singing 'Ice-Cream' with a British Accent, Meeting Barbara Cook & More by Matt Wolf

No sooner had the gossamer-voiced Scarlett Strallen got herself a base in New York before the English star of such shows as Mary Poppins, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and the W…

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In a Year of Surprises on the London Stage, Women Held Pride of Place by Matt Wolf

It’s not that men were in any way denied a viewing, but Billie Piper, Glenda Jackson, Sophie Melville and others shined.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ma Rainey, King Lear, Harry Potter & More! The Top Five Shows in London in 2016 by Matt Wolf

Defining productions of Tom Stoppard and August Wilson classics raised the bar high for revivals in a classics-heavy year that also found Glenda Jackson, of all people, taking on the title r…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Broadway round-up by Matt Wolf

Broadway's new season promises a diet of big stars – and the best cure for winter blues is that ray of sunshine Carrie FisherIt's a new year, but Broadway is up to its old tricks, with sho…

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

An Inspector Calls' Barbara Marten on Soggy Costumes, a Collapsing Set & Her Show-Biz Marriage by Matt Wolf

Barbara Marten is a veteran presence on stage and screen with a sizable range of British TV credits that include a series regular on The Bill. The actress has returned to the West End t…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: ‘Dreamgirls’ Makes an Overdue British Debut by Matt Wolf

The production stars Amber Riley, from the TV series “Glee,” as the girl group singer Effie White.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Nice Fish's Jim Lichtscheidl on Working with Mark Rylance, Meeting Celebs and How to Pronounce His Name by Matt Wolf

Jim Lichtscheidl has played London before, as part of an amalgam of Tony Kushner one-acts that came to the Tricycle Theatre in 2010 under the title Tiny Kushner. This season finds the Minnes…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Philippa Stefani on Meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda, Keeping in Touch with Cynthia Erivo and Playing Mimi in London's Rent by Matt Wolf

Philippa Stefani has a wide-ranging list of musical credits that include Imagine This, Wicked, GhostI Can't Sing! and In the Heights,  and now the performer is taking on the role of…

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Review: ‘The Children,’ in London, Offers Hints of an Apocalypse by Matt Wolf

The play by Lucy Kirkwood is at the Royal Court; also reviewed are “The Sewing Group” by E.V. Crowe and a revival of Somerset Maughan’s “Sheppey.”

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This House Star Nathaniel Parker on Politics, Star Vehicles and Memories of Wolf Hall's Tony Noms by Matt Wolf

Nathaniel Parker has twice played Broadway, first opposite Dustin Hoffman in 1989 in The Merchant of Venice and then in 2015 in his Tony-nommed performance as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, f…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Samantha Barks on Keeping Cool in Front of Jason Robert Brown, Not Dissing Russell Crowe & Starring in London's The Last Five Years by Matt Wolf

Samantha Barks came to worldwide attention as Eponine in the film of Les Miserables but has an extensive list of stage credits including Les Miz, Aladdin and City of Angels. The 26-year-old …

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Review: Salieri’s Anguish Continues in a New ‘Amadeus’ in London by Matt Wolf

Peter Shaffer’s play about the relationship between Mozart and his rival gains a few tweaks at the National Theater.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Buried Child's Amy Madigan on Working with Hubby Ed Harris, Making Her London Stage Debut & Redefining Family Drama by Matt Wolf

Chicago-born actress and 1985 Oscar nominee (Twice in a Lifetime) Amy Madigan has done TV, film and stage and is now about to make her London theater debut in Sam Shepard’s 1978 play B…

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Review: Glenda Jackson Rivets as King Lear in Her Return to the Stage by Matt Wolf

At 80, the Oscar winner has rejoined her profession after decades, much of them spent as a Labour member of Parliament, in Deborah Warner’s Old Vic production.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Michael C. Hall on Shaving His Arms, Being Part of David Bowie's 'Posthumous Homecoming' & Making His London Stage Debut in Lazarus by Matt Wolf

Michael C. Hall is known for his award-winning work on TV’s Six Feet Under and Dexter but has been returning to the theater with increasing regularity of late, whether as one of Broadw…

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Review: A Revival of ‘The Dresser’ in London by Matt Wolf

Ronald Harwood’s play features Ken Stott as a barnstorming actor who is devoted to the role of King Lear.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: ‘The Red Barn’ and ‘Blue Heart’ by Matt Wolf

David hare's latest and a Caryl Churchill classic revived

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Charlie Stemp on Going from Playing the 'Monkey Number Three' in Wicked to Starring in Half a Sixpence by Matt Wolf

Newcomer Charlie Stemp looks set to be stamped for stardom when a revival of the 1965 British musical Half a Sixpence starts previews on October 29 at the Noel Coward Theatre, in advance of …

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Friday, October 21, 2016

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, National Theatre by Matt Wolf

Some have responded to the very notion of a musical about cancer as if the idea itself were breaking some unwritten code of what is permissible to put on stage

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Ramin Karimloo on Starring Opposite Kerry Ellis in London's Murder Ballad, Returning to Broadway in Anastasia & Why He Still Lifts Weights by Matt Wolf

Ramin Karimloo needs little introduction as a onetime Phantom in both The Phantom of the Opera and its West End sequel, Love Never Dies, as well as a storming Jean Valjean in Les Misera…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

West End Kinky Boots Star David Hunter on Being the Go-To Takeover Guy & Wanting a 'Sleeping Ovation' by Matt Wolf

British actor-singer David Hunter previously inherited the leading role of Guy in London in the Tony-winning musical Once and has now stepped into the co-starring role of Charlie Price …

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Oil, Almeida Theatre by Matt Wolf

Ambition trumps (if you'll forgive that verb) achievement in Ella Hickson's new play, a long-aborning exercise in time-travel whose audacity of vision can't override one's impression that th…

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