Spotlight Podcast by LondonTheatre.co.uk
LondonTheatre.co.uk launches a brand new theatre podcast, Spotlight, featuring in-depth interviews with West End stars and key figures from the London theatre scene. From the rehearsal room to the dressing room, some of the biggest names in theatre will be talking to London Theatre editor Will Longman, every two weeks. Subscribe via any of the below podcatchers to receive the latest episodes directly to your device.
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Actor David Bedella on his experience in the Jerry Springer opera, and mixing Shakespeare with pop music for his latest project.
This week’s guest is the actor Adam Gillen. Known for his stage roles in the National Theatre's production of Amadeus, and the recent revival of Tract Letts' Killer Joe, Gillen is currently starring in Radio, a one-man play at the Arcola Theatre in London. We met Adam in rehearsals, and spoke about the pressures of performing a one-person piece, the lasting impact his teachers have had on him, his favourite theatres in London, and why he chose to make Mozart dab. Radio is at the Arcola Theatre until 13th July.
This week’s guest is the Australian comic Felicity Ward, who stars in the play Kill Climate Deniers which sees a group of environmental protesters raid a Fleetwood Mac concert at Canada House. As well as the play, Felicity discusses balancing rehearsals with the Cricket World Cup, Australian vocabulary, and the importance of a good show title. Kill Climate Deniers is at the Pleasance Theatre until 28th June.
Currently starring in the Olivier Award-winning production of Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre, we speak to Rachel Tucker about keeping it together on stage, first performing with her father, and being screeched in by Newfoundlanders.
Tucker has previously appeared both in the West End and on Broadway as theatre's favourite witch, Elphaba in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked. She first found fame when she reached the semi-final of Andrew Lloyd Webber's talent series I'd Do Anything in 2008, and has since starred in musicals such as We Will Rock You and The Last Ship.
In this episode, Tucker spoke about her beginning in performance as she toured with her Dad, her desire to perform in America again, and how she keeps her emotions in check in a show such as Come From Away.
Olivier Award-winner Giles Terera talks Hamilton, winning Olivier Awards, and his latest play Rosmersholm which runs at the Duke of York's Theatre.
Terera has previously appeared in the West End productions of Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon and Rent, as well as appearing in classic plays such as Troilus and Cressida at the National and Trevor Nunn's production of The Tempest. In 2017, he starred in the original London cast of Lin Manuel-Miranda's Hamilton, which opened in the West End at the Victoria Palace Theatre. He won the Olivier Award for his role as Aaron Burr in 2018, and we spoke to Terera the day after the 2019 ceremony as he prepared for his next project.