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Friday, February 21, 2020

Actor Robert Bathurst: ‘Acting is basically colouring in someone else’s artwork’ by Nick Smurthwaite

Actor Robert Bathurst has spent his career switching between popular TV shows such as Cold Feet and theatre roles around the UK.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Wyn Calvin: pantomime hero and Welsh prince of laughter by Nick Smurthwaite

Over his 75-year career, Calvin has performed in 54 pantomimes. He tells Nick Smurthwaite about advising Ian McKellen, rejecting a career in

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Obituary: Nicholas Parsons – popular host of Radio 4’s Just a Minute, comedian and actor with a substantial showbusiness CV by Nick Smurthwaite

It is hard to imagine a less auspicious start to a career in showbusiness than that of Nicholas Parsons’. Despite showing early

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The Theatres Trust’s Jon Morgan: ‘You can do a lot more to a listed building than you’d think’ by Nick Smurthwaite

As the Theatres Trust publishes its annual Theatres at Risk register, its director tells Nick Smurthwaite about its mission to work with

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Ida Rubinstein: the forgotten diva being brought back to life by Nick Smurthwaite

The life of colourful classical dancer is to be staged 54 years after her death. Nick Smurthwaite speaks to the show’s creators

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Friday, January 3, 2020

From Chaplin to Conley: The Hippodrome celebrates more than 120 years of Brummie pride by Nick Smurthwaite

Birmingham Hippodrome has survived a string of owners, more than one makeover and even a German bomb. Nick Smurthwaite looks back at

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Obituary: Jonathan Miller – distinguished director, writer and actor by Nick Smurthwaite

For all his many achievements in the world of theatre and opera, there was often a feeling Jonathan Miller wasn’t quite sure

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Producer Paul Holman: ‘I want people seeing my pantos to experience the tingle factor’ by Nick Smurthwaite

This year, Paul Holman Associates is staging shows across the UK. Its founder tells Nick Smurthwaite how the circus acts who stayed

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Meet Scott Brooker, the puppet master behind the big beasts of Hackney’s panto by Nick Smurthwaite

Scott Brooker has created pantomime cows, an ogre and a dragon. Now he’s back with a 9ft gorilla. He talks to Nick

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Meet the box office experts who help keep theatres’ ticket sales on track by Nick Smurthwaite

Booking tickets for a show is key to the audience experience, but the importance of an efficient operation can be overlooked. Box

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Friday, November 8, 2019

From Tommy Trinder to Rod Stewart: 100 years of the Royal Variety Performance by Nick Smurthwaite

The Royal Variety Performance has been a national treasure since its first show in 1919. To celebrate the event’s centenary, Nick Smurthwaite

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Friday, November 1, 2019

No toilets, riots and flying orange peel: A night at the theatre in the 1700s by Nick Smurthwaite

An evening at the theatre in the Georgian era was more like attending a football match today – no frills and often

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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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