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Monday, June 18, 2018

Katherine Kingsley: ‘Dusty went through very, very difficult times. I want to go there’ by Nick Smurthwaite

With a string of stellar performances already illuminating her CV, the actor tackles her most challenging role yet as Dusty Springfield. Nick

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Meet company manager Ruth Morgan – the beating heart of Birmingham Rep by Nick Smurthwaite

Birmingham Rep’s company manager is a vital link between the production department, creatives and performers, while also managing the venue’s community shows.

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East End hero Joan Littlewood brought back to life at the RSC by Nick Smurthwaite

The revolutionary director behind Theatre Workshop at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Joan Littlewood, will be played by seven different actors on the

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Friday, June 1, 2018

The pride of reinventing Miss Jean Brodie by Nick Smurthwaite

For David Harrower, adapting Muriel Spark’s 1961 novel has been a project that has taken more than a decade of his time. Nick

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Actor and producer Oliver King: ‘Wouldn’t it be great to see more risks taken in the West End’ by Nick Smurthwaite

The producer who brought a season of Russian plays to Theatre Royal Haymarket is back with Tartuffe. He tells Nick Smurthwaite about

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Friday, May 18, 2018

The Biograph Girl: Neglected musical shines light on early cinema’s dark underbelly by Nick Smurthwaite

Unperformed professionally since its first West End run, The Biograph Girl depicts stars of the silent movie era. Book writer Warner Brown

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Actor Amanda Root: ‘My passion is to show how the arts can help victims of trauma’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Alongside her stage and screen career, Amanda Root set up a charity to help those in need through creative arts. Now appearing

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Friday, May 11, 2018

The Old Vic Theatre at 200: a rich history peppered with periods of crisis by Nick Smurthwaite

The iconic institution has helped launch the careers of some of the UK’s most distinguished actors, with numerous successful shows to its

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Jonathan Guy Lewis: ‘Soldiers and actors are similar – both dress up and put on a show’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Discharged from the army at 22, Jonathan Guy Lewis embarked on a stage career. The actor and writer tells Nick Smurthwaite how

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The revived Proclaimers musical that’s gonna be touring 500 miles – and 500 more by Nick Smurthwaite

Ten years after its first staging, the award-winning Sunshine on Leith is revived for a tour that takes in Scotland to Coventry,

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Strictly Ballroom costume supervisor Terry Herfield: ‘It’s a balancing act between actors’ comfort and a designer’s vision’ by Nick Smurthwaite

After training as a designer, Terry Herfield found her calling as a costume supervisor. She tells Nick Smurthwaite how she manages to

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Back in the game: Chess returns to the West End by Nick Smurthwaite

With a long history of rewrites and revisions, Chess is being revived at the London Coliseum this month. Nick Smurthwaite looks at

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Musical director Nicholas Skilbeck: ‘I felt more involved in shaping the Tina Turner musical than any other show I’ve done’ by Nick Smurthwaite

One of the West End’s most in-demand musical directors, Nicholas Skilbeck’s recent work includes Follies and the new show based on the life

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Stagecoach at 30: How a small Surrey stage school became a worldwide business by Nick Smurthwaite

Stagecoach, which this year celebrates its 30th birthday, has provided a platform for actors, singers and dancers. Nick Smurthwaite looks at its

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Roger Allam: ‘King Lear? I might do it in a corner somewhere where nobody notices’ by Nick Smurthwaite

A familiar face on film and TV, Roger Allam is returning to the West End in The Moderate Soprano. He tells Nick

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Celebrating Alan Jay Lerner’s lyrical gift to musical theatre by Nick Smurthwaite

The lyricist of some of the best-loved musicals of all time would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Music academic Dominic

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Mary Pix rediscovered: the playwright who ‘held her own’ against patriarchy by Nick Smurthwaite

Inspired by Aphra Behn, Mary Pix was among the most popular playwrights on the 17th-century theatre circuit, but fell out of fashion.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Could an apprenticeship start you off on a theatre career? by Nick Smurthwaite

Interest in stage apprenticeships has never been greater, with more than 30 applicants for every vacancy. As National Apprentice Week ends, Nick

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Harley Granville Barker: Lost Edwardian play sheds light on a forward-thinking writer by Nick Smurthwaite

As Agnes Colander receives its premiere after 116 years, Nick Smurthwaite investigates why Harley Granville Barker’s potentially incendiary work never made it

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Rise and fall of Edmund Kean: the performer who put passion into the classics by Nick Smurthwaite

‘One of the first celebrities of Georgian England’, Edmund Kean transformed classical performing. Now, actor and Shakespearean scholar Ian Hughes is resurrecting

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bryony Lavery: ‘Age is a prime tool for any writer. You draw on the pain creatively’ by Nick Smurthwaite

At 70, the playwright Bryony Lavery continues to add to her repertoire of more than 50 plays. With Frozen, her biggest and

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Playwright Henry James Byron: Lost Victorian favourite makes a comeback by Nick Smurthwaite

Henry James Byron is not the first Victorian playwright to come to mind, but he was a big hit in the mid-19th

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Actor Phil Daniels: ‘You’re judged on how you speak in this class-obsessed country’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Best known for ‘geezer’ roles on screen, Phil Daniels is a veteran stage actor, recently seen in the West End and Chichester.

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Friday, February 2, 2018

The deliciously indiscreet letters of top theatre mover and shaker Tyrone Guthrie by Nick Smurthwaite

As the private correspondence of Tyrone Guthrie is published for the first time, Nick Smurthwaite finds much humour in the 20th-century director’s

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Meet Clare Ferraby, the unsung hero behind the West End’s most beautiful theatres by Nick Smurthwaite

Recognised as an unsung hero in The Stage Awards, Clare Ferraby has decorated and restored the interiors of some of the UK’s

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Leonard Bernstein revisited: celebrating the work of a musical chameleon by Nick Smurthwaite

To mark Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, David Charles Abell will conduct performances of his works in London next weekend. He tells Nick Smurthwaite about

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

How the Stitch in Time campaign is transforming the RSC’s historic costume workshop by Nick Smurthwaite

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s grade II-listed workshop has for some time mirrored its Victorian heritage in conditions, but ‘enough was enough’ for

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sacha Guitry, the ‘Gallic Noel Coward’, returns to London at last by Nick Smurthwaite

A star in France in the 1920s, the actor, director and writer Sacha Guitry never achieved widespread fame in the UK. The

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

London Theatre Consortium: ‘Working together empowers us’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Growing out of an Arts Council England project, the London Theatre Consortium offers collaborative working from cutting carbon footprints to creating apprenticeships

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Monday, January 8, 2018

The Birthday Party: How Harold Pinter’s menacing early work confounded the critics by Nick Smurthwaite

Harold Pinter’s sophomore work confounded all but one of its first reviewers but continues to fascinate 60 years on. As the latest

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Is threatened loss of historic studio sending scenic artists into the wilderness? by Nick Smurthwaite

As London’s last remaining scene-painting workshop, the at-risk Harkers studio is a vital resource for scenic artists, now predominantly ‘nomadic’ freelances. Designers

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