Theatre Interviews with Top West End Stars

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Cast and creatives of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Following a successful run in Sheffield last year, Tom MacRae and Dan Gillespie Sells’ musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is set for a West End run at the Apollo Theatre in London. The musical... Read more
Saint George and the Dragon's John Heffernan
Currently starring in Rory Mullarkey’s Saint George and the Dragon at the National Theatre, we spoke to actor John Heffernan about taking on the title role (the knight, not the dragon). Heffernan is... Read more
Christian Slater and the cast of Glengarry Glen Ross
Ahead of the play’s opening in London tonight, we sat down with the cast and creatives of Glengarry Glen Ross, including its star Christian Slater, to talk about the show. David Mamet’s Pulitzer... Read more
Big Fish director Nigel Harman
Plenty of now-celebrated directors began their careers on the other side of the footlights as actors, from Jonathan Kent and Michael Grandage to Rufus Norris (NT artistic director) and Robert Hastie... Read more
Mother Courage's Josie Lawrence
Josie Lawrence may still be best known as an improvisational comedian for TV's Whose Line is it Anyway? and it remains a big part of her professional life, with twice weekly appearances as one of the... Read more
Suzy Strock's Kate Duchene
Following Ellen McDougall’s inaugural production as the new artistic director at the Gate Theatre, The Unknown Island, the UK premiere of Magali Mougel’s play Suzy Storck opens at the theatre tonight... Read more
The Exorcist's Adam Garcia
It's a quarter of a century since the Sydney-born dancer, singer and actor Adam Garcia joined the company of an Australian-made theatre dance show called Hot Shoe Shuffle that would bring him to the... Read more
Oslo's Lydia Leonard, Peter Polycarpou and Philip Arditti
After a limited run at the National Theatre, Oslo - the winner of this year’s Tony Award for Best Play - is settling in for a run in the West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre. JT Rogers’ play deals... Read more
The Slaves of Solitude playwright Nicholas Wright
Some playwrights burn like fire: names like Tom Stoppard, David Hare, Alan Bennett, Michael Frayn, Jez Butterworth and Martin McDonagh have a celebrity profile of their own so they're forever being... Read more
Andrew Hunter Murray
Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy set in the style of Jane Austen. Following a residency at the Leicester Square Theatre, and a UK-wide tour, the group will play the Piccadilly Theatre... Read more
Manhattan Parisienne's Gabriel Vick
Since it opened at The Other Palace earlier this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor-Mills have championed new writing, giving a space for writers to try new things in the realm of musical... Read more
Tom Mckay
Previews begin tonight for the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea, adapted by Elinor Cook and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. We spoke to Tom McKay, who is appearing in the... Read more
Natasha Langridge
Natasha Langridge wrote her monologue, titled In Memory of Leaves, in the wake of her home on the Wornington Green Estate in Kensington being demolished. They are a series of personal notes that she... Read more
Witness for the Prosecution's Catherine Steadman
Previews begin on Friday for a new immersive production of Witness for the Prosecution, directed by Lucy Bailey, which will take place at London County Hall on the South Bank. The production will... Read more
Joe DiPietro and David Bryan
Ahead of its West End premiere, we sat down with Joe DiPietro and David Bryan (the writing team behind Memphis) to talk about their show The Toxic Avenger, how the Arts Theatre compares to performing... Read more
Motown the Musical's Kayi Ushe and David Albury
Audiences have been enjoying the music of Motown at the Shaftesbury Theatre since last May. Featuring the music from the likes of Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 and... Read more
JT Rogers
Following its award-winning run on Broadway, JT Rogers' play Oslo has just enjoyed a limited engagement at the National Theatre. As of next week, it will take up a longer residence in the West End at... Read more
Jason Manford
You may recognise him from the stand-up circuit, but Jason Manford has a pretty good singing voice. An excellent voice, in fact. So much so that, after performances on television, on tour with his... Read more
Derren Brown
Derren Brown is a master of his craft, wowing audiences across the country with his bamboozling mind tricks. This month, he’s returned to the West End with Underground, a compilation of tricks from... Read more
The Woman in Black's Terence Wilton and James Byng
Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel The Woman in Black is the second-longest running play in the West End, approaching its 29th anniversary in the January. The terrifying play... Read more
The Unknown Island's Jon Foster
Ellen McDougall directs her first piece as artistic director of the Gate Theatre as she (with Clare Slater) adapts Portuguese writer José Saramago’s short story, The Tale of the Unknown Island. We... Read more
Oslo's Lydia Leonard
Fresh from its run on Broadway, JT Rogers Tony Award-winning play Oslo is poised to make its UK premiere at the National Theatre. It’s about the secret talks between Israel and Palestine in 1993,... Read more
Man to Man's Maggie Bain
Following runs in Wales and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Manfred Karge’s Man to Man comes to London this month for a limited run at Wilton’s Music Hall. Translated by Alexandra Wood, the play... Read more
Jesus Christ Superstar's Tyrone Huntley
Last summer the reviews for Jesus Christ Superstar could have seen the show re-dubbed Tyrone Huntley Superstar. In the Guardian, Lyn Gardner declared, "Tyrone Huntley is brilliant as Judas, a young... Read more
Follies' Janie Dee
Ever since it was first announced that Stephen Sondheim’s Follies would run at the National Theatre, the hype and excitement from theatre fans across the capital has been exponential. One of the... Read more
Evita's Emma Hatton
We sat down with Emma Hatton, star of Evita at the Phoenix Theatre, to talk about taking on the role of Eva Peron. Hatton played Elphaba in the West End for a year and a half following roles in... Read more
Mamma Mia's Georgina Castle
Georgina Castle took over the lead role of Sophie in ABBA musical Mamma Mia in June, after covering the role for several months. We caught up with Georgina to talk about the first time she saw Mamma... Read more
Hamlet's Gyles Brandreth
As it opens at the Park Theatre, we caught up with the Brandreth's who are performing condensed, three actor production of Hamlet.  Gyles's son Benet, also a barrister and author, will play the Dane... Read more
42nd Street's Clare Halse
42nd Street took the West End by storm when it moved into the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with a flurry of four and five-star reviews. Much of the praise was for Clare Halse, who plays Peggy Sawyer, a... Read more
Phantom of the Opera's Ben Lewis
After 18 months playing the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Ben Forster is passing on the famous mask to an Aussie, Ben Lewis. He's no stranger to the Phantom’s lairs – he... Read more
Heisenberg playwright Simon Stephens
Sat at one of the small nightclub tables at the front of the stalls (used for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill), writer Simon Stephens glances around the room with the look of a man who is about... Read more
Wicked's Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans
Watch the first interview with Wicked’s new Elphaba and Glinda, Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans, exclusively on LondonTheatre.co.uk. The pair took on the roles in July, and we sat down with the... Read more
Jesus Christ Superstar's Declan Bennett
We chatted to the actor Declan Bennett, star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, about the superb production’s revival at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. The production opened last July... Read more
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole's John Hopkins
Last week, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger have adapted Sue Townsend’s novel into a fresh, energetic British musical in... Read more
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery's Hannah Boyce
Currently running at the Criterion Theatre, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is Mischief Theatre's wacky play about, well, you can probably tell what it's about. The production recently announced it... Read more
Road director John Tiffany
“People get very annoyed when I don’t respond to emails, but what can I say, I’m busy.” ‘Busy’ is putting it loosely. Between staging a new adaptation of the Disney classic Pinocchio at the National... Read more
Apologia's Joseph Millson
"I am still a beggar who can't be a chooser," says Joseph Millson, surprisingly, of a career that has taken him from starring in such popular TV favourites as Peak Practice and Holby City to leading... Read more
An American in Paris' Ashley Day
Having been Robert Fairchild’s alternate Jerry in An American in Paris, Ashley Day took on the role full-time in June. His previous theatre credits include playing Elder Price in The Book of Mormon,... Read more
Yerma's Thalissa Teixeira
Simon Stone’s brilliant adaptation of Yerma is returning to the Young Vic this week, a second chance to see an “utterly unmissable” play. The play won the Best Revival award at this year’ Olivier,... Read more
Les Miserable's Carley Stenson
Carley Stenson is currently settling into life in West End’s longest running musical, Les Miserables as Fantine. After eight years playing the character Steph Cunningham in Hollyoaks, she joined the... Read more
The Ferryman's Conor MacNeill
No question about it, The Ferryman has been one of the smash hits of the year. With five-star reviews across the board, Jez Butterworth's play was destined to be a success with James Bond director... Read more
Sir Tim Rice
Mark Shenton meets the multiple Oscar, Tony and Ivor Novello Award winning English musical theatre and movie musical lyricist. The names of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice are, of course, forever... Read more
The Kite Runner's David Ahmad
When I originally reviewed the thrilling stage version of The Kite Runner on its first appearance in the West End back in January, I wrote in my five-star review: "There are no star names; just a... Read more
The Play That Goes Wrong on Broadway
After brightening up the West End with not one but three hit comedies the folk at Mischief Theatre certainly know how to entertain an audience. Their Olivier Award-winning comedy The Play That Goes... Read more
Dawn Sievewright of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour
As the National Theatre of Scotland's production of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour continues to rock out (and swig down sambuca) at the Duke of York's Theatre, we caught up with one of the cast's... Read more
Working director Luke Sheppard and cast members Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne
The names Stephen Schwartz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rogers and James Taylor certainly mean something to fans of musical theatre and beyond, and whilst many of us are familiar with their individual... Read more
Disney's latest Aladdin in the West End, Matthew Croke
Becoming a West End leading man is the top of the bucket list for most performers, but becoming a West End leading man in a Disney musical is for Matthew Croke, the latest Aladdin in the London... Read more
Dear Evan Hansen and La La Land writers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
In what has been a packed year for new musical theatre on Broadway one show has certainly stood out. Dear Evan Hansen the 9-time Tony Award-nominated musical has been playing to packed houses at... Read more
Olivier Award-winning writer of Rotterdam Jon Brittain
Jon Brittain's play Rotterdam has achieved unprecedented success in London over the past eighteen months. Originally opening at Theatre 503 in November 2015 where it was described by The Guardian as... Read more
On The Town star Fred Haig
This summer the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre are reviving the classic musical On The Town which features a classic score by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.... Read more
Janique Charles, The Lion King's newest Nala
London's newest Nala in Disney's The Lion King, Janique Charles has a unique background for a West End star. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago she is making her West End début in a leading role... Read more
School of Rock's Gary Trainor and Preeya Kalidas
After bursting onto the West End stage late last year Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest Olivier Award-winning musical School of Rock has quickly gone on to inspire audiences, commanding return visitors... Read more
Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov
Legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is widely considered one of the greatest ballet dancers in history. After beginning his career at the Mariinsky Ballet in Leningrad he defected to Canada in 1974... Read more
Carousel cast Gavin Spokes, Alex Young and Brenda Edwards
Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic 1945 musical Carousel is one of the most loved musicals of the twentieth century. With a rapturous score of unforgettable numbers and some of the most well-crafted... Read more
Lady Day star Audra McDonald
Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald is as close as you can get to Broadway royalty. Having performed in countless musicals and plays in New York including Tony-winning turns in The Gershwin's... Read more
The Braille Legacy star Jérôme Pradon
There are few things more difficult to crack than a brand new original musical, and French musical theatre performer Jérôme Pradon knows this only too well. Having performed internationally in... Read more
How to Succeed in Business... leading man Marc Pickering
Yorkshire born actor Marc Pickering has picked up critical acclaim thanks to his chameleon-like performances in fringe musicals such as The Toxic Avenger at the Southwark Playhouse and The Stripper... Read more
This Joint is Jumpin' Star Lillias White
Lillias White is an undeniable Broadway star and a performer who is consistently operating at the top of her game. Known primarily for roles on Broadway such as the original production of Dreamgirls... Read more
The Life director Michael Blakemore
A musical about the dark underbelly of Times Square in the 1980s may sound like a difficult elevator pitch for a Broadway musical, but Cy Coleman, David Newman and Ira Gasman's The Life defied many... Read more
Matilda the Musical's Rebecca Thornhill
Rebecca Thornhill has been whipping up a storm in the role of Mrs Wormwood in Matilda the Musical at the Cambridge Theatre for the past eighteen months. From playing roles such as Madge Hardwick in... Read more
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The Wipers Times writers Ian Hislop and Nick Newman
A comedy about the First World War certainly sounds like a difficult elevator pitch for a new play. Whilst the theatre has given audiences an insight into all areas of the conflict, from trench... Read more
Dreamgirls Joe Aaron Reid
Dreamgirls leading man Joe Aaron Reid
As one of London's most anticipated musical theatre events of the past twelve months the opening of Dreamgirls in the West End some thirty-five years since the original Broadway production was big... Read more
Willemijn Verkaik
Wicked star Willemijn Verkaik
The role of Elphaba is one of musical theatre's most iconic roles, and it's one which Dutch actress Willemijn Verkaik has been playing for the past ten years. The first performer to play the role in... Read more
Don Gallagher in Aladdin
Disney's Aladdin star Don Gallagher
After opening back in May 2016 Aladdin, Disney's New Musical has taken the West End by storm and continues to be one of London's most popular musicals. Based on the animated film of the same name it... Read more
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? star Conleth Hill
Double Olivier Award-winning actor Conleth Hill has acquired a diverse fan base throughout his career and remains a much loved West End actor following appearances in productions such as Quartermaine... Read more
Thriller Live cast members Haydon Eshun and Reece Bahia
When you're asked to think of a long-running West End show your mind will immediately flit between the two Cameron Mackintosh 'megamusicals' that have graced the West End for over sixty years between... Read more
A Chorus Line star Donna McKechnie
Broadway icon Donna McKechnie has a long and established career on both sides of the Atlantic and indeed around the world in productions such as Company, Promises, Promises and of course, A Chorus... Read more
Billie Piper about Yerma at the Young Vic
One of 2016's most exciting plays was a new production of Yerma, adapted from Lorca's original tragedy by Simon Stone in a contemporary text and production. Critics and audiences alike praised the... Read more
Critics' Circle Award winner Glenda Jackson
Yesterday the Critics' Circle Awards recognised another fantastic year of London theatre with productions such as Groundhog Day and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child honoured for their creative... Read more
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's Scorpius Malfoy
If there was one show that dominated news coverage throughout 2016 it was the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which officially opened at the Palace Theatre in June. Selling out... Read more
Newsies, Smash and Supergirl star Jeremy Jordan
Jeremy Jordan is an actor who has excelled in musical theatre, film and television and over the past five years has developed a loyal and dedicated fanbase. Having appeared in Broadway productions of... Read more
PLAY Theatre Company's Artistic Director Rebecca Durbin
With the Vault Festival returning to London next week, bringing with it six weeks worth of entertainment from an energetic collective of comedy, theatre and music, you can expect the winter chill to... Read more
Dirty Great Love Story's Felix Scott & Ayesha Antoine
Love stories on stage may not be particularly rare, but it's not often that you see a realistic and less idealistic version of love presented for entertainment. Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna's Fringe... Read more
Gay Soper, Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso - Death Takes a Holiday
They say that musicals are never simply written, they are re-written. It takes a highly committed cast and truly talented creative team to turn a show that hasn't necessarily worked the first time... Read more
Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda is arguably the most in-demand personality on Broadway right now and he is looking set on world domination. With his smash hit musical Hamilton currently the hottest ticket in New... Read more
Isabella Laughland starring in BU21 at the Trafalgar Studios 2
This January Stuart Slade's sell-out drama BU21 transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2 following a run at Theatre503. The play follows six Londoners in the aftermath of a fictitious terrorist attack and is... Read more
Liisi LaFontaine, Dreamgirls' Deena
It may have taken 35 years for hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls to open in London's West End but for fans of the show and musical theatre audiences it's been a show worth waiting for. Having already... Read more
Tori Allen-Martin about new musical Muted
Singer, songwriter, actor, writer and producer Tori Allen-Martin is passionate about new musicals. Having formed Interval Productions in 2009 she has produced five musicals, four of them brand new... Read more
The Kite Runner star Ben Turner
Ben Turner is best known for playing Staff Nurse Jay Faldren for three years in BBC1’s hit serial drama Casualty. Having previously played the lead role of Amir in the stage production of Khaled... Read more
Jennifer Ashley Tepper, author of The Untold Stories of Broadway
Jennifer Ashley Tepper is a font of all Broadway knowledge. Both a theatre historian and producer, she is currently the Director of Programming at 54 Below, an exciting New York performance venue... Read more
Half a Sixpence composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe
George Stiles and Anthony Drewe are two of Britain's foremost musical theatre composers with successful shows such as Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes, Just So and Soho Cinders playing in various productions... Read more
Julian Fellowes, the West End's busiest musical book writer
Academy Award-winner Julian Fellowes has suddenly become the West End's busiest bookwriter. Since winning the Oscar for his screenplay of 'Gosford Park', he has become internationally renowned for... Read more
Half a Sixpence's Leading Man Charlie Stemp
Charlie Stemp's energy is infectiously electric both on stage and off. In the lead role of Arthur Kipps in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Half a Sixpence which officially opens in the West... Read more
Buried Child star Jeremy Irvine
Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play begins performance at the Trafalgar Studios later this month, fresh from a highly acclaimed run in New York. Described as a dark, macabre and painfully funny... Read more
The Entertainer's Greta Scacchi
The incredible Kenneth Branagh Season at the Garrick Theatre is nearing its conclusion as The Entertainer enters its final weeks of performances. With seven sold out productions being enjoyed by... Read more
This House writer and director James Graham and Jeremy Herrin
James Graham's political drama This House exploded onto the National Theatre stage in 2012 where it became a hit in the Cottesloe Theatre before transferring to the larger Olivier Theatre later that... Read more
Lazarus and Kinky Boots star Amy Lennox
“Some journalist called it a jukebox musical and it made me want to be sick”. West End leading lady Amy Lennox may be a performer than many associate primarily with musical comedy, following star... Read more
Dead Funny and League of Gentlemen star Steve Pemberton
Terry Johnson's comedy Dead Funny is making a welcome return to the West End in its original home at the Vaudeville Theatre later this month. Set in north London in the early 1990s, the play follows... Read more
Side Show's leading ladies Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford
The Broadway musical Side Show burst onto the New York stage in 1997 in an iconic production starring Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner. Featuring a score by the writer of Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger with... Read more
Ripper Street's Adam Rothenberg on Fool For Love at Found111
'Ripper Street' star Adam Rothenberg is set to make his London stage debut in Sam Shepard's Fool For Love at Found111 in central London later this month. Described as being "passionate and explosive... Read more
An Inspector Calls star Liam Brennan
Stephen Daldry's production of An Inspector Calls originally opened at the National Theatre in 1992 and helped reinvent JB Priestley’s text for a modern audience. The production won the 1993 Olivier... Read more
Ragtime's orchestrator and musical supervisor Mark Aspinall
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' epic 1997 musical Ragtime is one of the most loved shows in both the UK and USA. The score alone, which won the Tony Award in 1998, is regarded by many as being one... Read more
Nigel Harman and cast of Lunch and The Bow of Ulysses at Trafalgar Studios
Actor turned director Nigel Harman is maybe not the first person you think of in relation to the plays of Stephen Berkoff. Highly experimental, non-naturalistic and often controversial, Berkoff's... Read more
Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth
Broadway belle Kristin Chenoweth is one of musical theatre's most popular stars, having performed in musicals as diverse as Wicked, Promises, Promises, On The Twentieth Century and You're a Good Man... Read more
Harriet Thorpe and Selina Cadell, stars of The Dresser
Sir Ronald Harwood's award-nominated 1980 play The Dresser is a perfect blend of well-written and relatable characters set within a deeply theatrical and potentially hilarious setting. Having been... Read more
Amanda Holden star of Stepping Out in London's West End
Actress and TV personality Amanda Holden is no stranger to the West End stage having previously starred in the London premiere of Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was nominated for an Olivier... Read more
The cast of An American in Paris, Ashely Day, Jane Asher & Zoe Rainey
Following on from the official London launch of An American in Paris, we spoke to cast members of the production to hear more about the show and their preparations ahead of rehearsals, which begin in... Read more
Rebecca Trehearn, star of Show Boat and Floyd Collins
Rebecca Trehearn is one of British musical theatre's shining stars, having recently performed in productions around the country and in London's West End. After excelling in roles in the UK premiere... Read more
Floyd Collins star Ashley Robinson
When you talk about authentic casting in musical theatre you'd be hard-pressed to find a better example than actor and writer Ashley Robinson in Floyd Collins, Adam Guettel's 1996 musical set in... Read more
Director Mark Bell
Director Mark Bell certainly knows all about making comedy. Having directed the West End productions of Olivier Award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, his ability... Read more
Ryan Molloy about new musical 27
Performer Ryan Molloy may well be one of the few UK performers who can be categorised as a recognisable musical theatre star. Having worked in all corners of the performance industry, from being the... Read more
Dreamgirls Director Casey Nicholaw
With September just around the corner we're now one month closer to one of the West End's most exciting openings of 2016. The long awaited West End premiere of Dreamgirls takes place at the Savoy... Read more
Britten in Brooklyn star Ryan Sampson
This September the world premiere of Zoe Lewis' play Britten in Brooklyn will run in London in the stunning environment of Wilton's Music Hall in east London. Based on true events, this passionate... Read more
Vanities and Wicked star Ashleigh Gray
Vanities the Musical has its London debut this September as the show celebrates its 10th anniversary. Described as a "hilarious and heartfelt story about three best friends growing up in Dallas at a... Read more
Mamma Mia! star Linzi Hateley
Linzi Hateley is one of musical theatre's most recognisable names having played roles in iconic productions such as Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins and of... Read more
Soprano Lesley Garrett
English Soprano Lesley Garrett is one of the UK's most loved classical cross-over musicians whose career has spanned countless opera productions, musicals and concert appearances. Having previously... Read more
Adam Richman
The name Adam Richman is one that you may not necessarily associate directly with theatre. Thanks to the internationally successful TV franchise Man vs Food, he is perhaps most widely known for being... Read more
Natalie Anderson and cast of Exposure the Musical
As new musical Exposure: Life Through a Lens prepares to open for previews at the St James Theatre this Saturday (16th July 2016), we catch up with lead performers Natalie Anderson, David Albury,... Read more
Curious Incident's Joseph Ayre
Twenty-two-year-old Joseph Ayre has found himself in an enviable position. After just graduating East 15 drama school where he has spent the past four years training, he recently opened as the lead... Read more
Star of Impossible Lance Corporal Richard Jones
Since winning the 10th series of Britain's Got Talent as the first magician to win the top prize, Lance Corporal Richard Jones has gone from strength to strength. After joining the army in 2010, he... Read more
Jesus Christ Superstar's Mary Magdalene, Anoushka Lucas
Despite the weather the summer season is now firmly upon us and the wonderful Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is back with another exciting season. This year their musical comes from the canon of... Read more
David Bedella and Summer Strallen starring in Eugenius!
The journey from page to stage for new musicals is one that's often extremely complicated and time consuming for all involved. Whilst audiences can sometimes cynically think that new musicals are... Read more
Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo
Last weekend British musical theatre star Cynthia Erivo won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. The production originated at... Read more
Dreamgirls star Amber Riley
After 35 years the hit Broadway musical Dreamgirls is finally making its West End première, in a brand new production directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. Since being announced to open at... Read more
The Lion King star Nicholas Afoa
Disney's The Lion King continues to play to packed houses in London's West End, and has recently welcomed a new leading man to the company. New Zealander Nicholas Afoa is a former New Zealand age... Read more
Jesse Eisenberg and cast of The Spoils
Jesse Eisenberg's new comedy The Spoils is currently running at the Trafalgar Studios, following a successful run off-Broadway. Described as "a cuttingly satirical glimpse of a lost soul searching to... Read more
Ragtime and Anastasia's Lynn Ahrens
Lyricist Lynn Ahrens is one of Broadway's most prolific songwriters and over her illustrious career has won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award as well as two Academy... Read more
Aladdin's leading cast members
With Disney's Aladdin beginning previews at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End this week, we stopped by the final rehearsals for the show to talk to the three leading cast members, Dean... Read more
Phantom of the Opera's Nadim Naaman
Actor Nadim Naaman is currently starring as 'Raoul' in the hit West End musical The Phantom of the Opera at the Her Majesty's Theatre. Having played numerous roles in the West End as well as... Read more
Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold
Rupert Goold is a two-time Olivier Award-winning director who received his first Tony nomination this Broadway season for his work on King Charles III. He is still represented on the Great White Way... Read more
The Go Between composer Richard Taylor
Composer Richard Taylor has suddenly found himself at one of the busiest points in his career. Whilst one musical Flowers For Mrs Harris is preparing to begin previews at the Sheffield Crucible, his... Read more
Writer Alistair Beaton
Writer Alistair Beaton is widely regarded as one of Britain's top political satirists, whose work spans theatre, film, television and radio. His work on TV includes 'A Very Social Secretary' which... Read more
Kinky Boots the Musical Leading Men
The Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots opened in London's West End in August 2015 where it was met with fantastic reviews and nightly standing ovations. The musical, which features a book by... Read more
Director Thom Southerland
Director Thom Southerland is arguably one of London's most exciting directors of musical theatre. Together with producer Danielle Tarento the pair have redefined musicals on the London fringe,... Read more
The Flick star Matthew Maher
American actor Matthew Maher has not only had the pleasure of starring in Annie Baker's 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick on both sides of the Atlantic throughout three different runs, but... Read more
Show Boat's Gina Beck
The Sheffield Crucible's highly acclaimed production of the classic 1927 musical Show Boat officially opens at the New London Theatre this evening, 25 April 2016. Directed by Daniel Evans with... Read more
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Cast
Mischief Theatre return to the West End this week as their new play The Comedy about a Bank Robbery officially opens at the Criterion Theatre. We caught up with performers and writers Henry Shields... Read more
Hamilton designer David Korins
Designer David Korins is one of Broadway's most sought after creative team members, with a string of hit shows under his belt. His design studio, founded in 2004, provides design elements for a wide... Read more
Sunset Boulevard's Michael Xavier
Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical Sunset Boulevard is preparing to return to the West End, in a brand new semi-staged production at the London Coliseum. Starring Broadway's original Norma Desmond... Read more
Charlie Russell - The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Mischief Theatre are currently preparing for their third West End production in three years, as rehearsals for their new comedy The Comedy about a Bank Robbery come to an end and preview... Read more
Mrs Henderson's Ian Bartholomew
New British musical Mrs Henderson Presents is currently delighting audiences at the Noel Coward Theatre where it opened to strong reviews and was nominated for a handful of Olivier Awards, including... Read more
Director Max Stafford-Clark
Director Max Stafford-Clark is a rare example of a theatre practitioner who has become a household name. As Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre from 1979 to 1993, his programming of new work... Read more
Emma Williams
West End leading lady Emma Williams shot to fame at just 18 when she created the role of Truly Scrumptious in the multi-million pound stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London... Read more
Playwright Duncan Macmillan
Playwright Duncan Macmillan, one of Britain's brightest writers, openly admits that he had previously lost faith in himself and had given up writing. Facing the realities of paying his rent, starting... Read more
'Raz' star James Cartwright
Jim Cartwright's play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is one of the greatest comedies of all time, and the film adaptation is one of the finest examples of British cinema at its best. His latest... Read more
Dave Hearn - The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Mischief Theatre have proven their metal in the West End, winning the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy for The Play That Goes Wrong, and were recently nominated once again for their Christmas... Read more
Miss Atomic Bomb writer Adam Long
Looking at the upcoming openings in London's West End, there's a significant lack of original pieces of musical theatre. Whilst the London fringe continues to lead the way in terms of brand new work... Read more
Miss Atomic Bomb - leading cast
New musical Miss Atomic Bomb is now in previews at the St James Theatre in Victoria, central London. Featuring a truly original story, brand new score and an incredible cast, we're confident that... Read more
Motown the Musical cast
Motown the Musical prepares to officially open this week at the Shaftesbury Theatre following three weeks of preview performances. The musical comes direct from a Tony nominated run on Broadway, and... Read more
Drew McOnie
Director and choreographer Drew McOnie is one of the most successful young creatives working in theatre today. To use the word 'emerging' does not do justice to his ten years of work on the London... Read more
The Maids director Jamie Lloyd
Jamie Lloyd is one of the hardest working directors in the West End. Known for his collection of new musicals, revivals and punchy productions of classic plays, his self titled company have been... Read more
Ben Brantley - Chief Theatre Critic of the New York Times
To many people in the theatre industry, the name Ben Brantley is enough to induce mild panic. As chief theatre critic of the New York Times, the position is one that has historically yielded enough... Read more
Motown The Musical's Cedric Neal
Motown The Musical is one of the most eagerly awaited shows to be hitting the West End this year and starts preview performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre today, with an official opening night... Read more
Composer Howard Goodall
Composer Howard Goodall is one of Britain's most successful contemporary composers working across a wide range of mediums from choral music, TV themes and musical theatre. His music has been... Read more
Uzo Aduba and the cast of 'The Maids'
The Jamie Lloyd Season continues at the Trafalgar Studios with a powerful new revival of Jean Genet's play The Maids in a new version by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton. Almost sixty years old,... Read more
The Father star Kenneth Cranham
Florian Zeller's drama The Father delighted critics when it transferred from the Theatre Royal Bath to the Tricycle Theatre and then to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre. The production was met with... Read more
Award winning writer James Fritz
James Fritz is a writer whose name may or may not be on your radar, but is one that's clearly destined for great things in the near future. His first full length play Four Minutes Twelve Seconds... Read more
Critics' Circle Award winner Denise Gough
Duncan Macmillan's play People, Places and Things caused a storm when it opened last year at the National's Dorfman Theatre, and thanks to an extremely strong set of reviews and sold out audiences,... Read more
Grey Gardens' Jenna Russell
Jenna Russell is one of the UK's most successful and well loved musical theatre stars. Staring her career working with the RSC, she went on to star in musicals such as Les Miserables, Follies and... Read more
The Illusionists' Jamie Raven
Hot off the heels of coming runner-up on this year's series of "Britain's Got Talent," Jamie Raven talks to our reporter Hayden Thomas (Twitter: @WestEndReporter) about joining the Broadway magic-... Read more
Beverley Knight
The Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight is currently taking on one of the most iconic roles in musical theatre as Grizabella in the 2015 revival of Cats at the London Palladium. After successful... Read more
Elf's Ben Forster
It will be Christmas before we know it! As the build-up to the festive season grips London, we thought we would embrace some Christmas cheer ourselves, as our reporter Hayden Thomas (Twitter: @... Read more
American Idiot's Amelia Lily
After finishing in third place on the 2011 edition of "The X Factor," Amelia Lily is now embarking on a career in the theatre. She has already completed a UK Tour as the Narrator in 'Joseph and His... Read more
Gypsy's Imelda Staunton
One of the West End's brightest stars has to be three-time Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton. Currently wowing audiences eight times a week as Momma Rose in the first West End revival of Gypsy in... Read more
Simon 'The Big Bad Wolf' Webbe
Today marks the official opening of Stiles & Drewe's family-friendly musical The 3 Little Pigs - part of a trilogy which also includes Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and The 3 Billy Goats Gruff - at... Read more
Jonathan 'Willy Wonka' Slinger
This week we sent our Reporter Hayden Thomas (Twitter: @WestEndReporter) down to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to catch up with the West End's newest Willy Wonka, Jonathan Slinger, to find out how he'... Read more
Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff is a Tony Award nominated American actor of stage and screen whose credits include the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening, as well as the celebrated revival of Hair. In... Read more
Billy Elliot's Ruthie Henshall
Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the Olivier and Tony Award-winning Billy Elliot - The Musical, which is still going strong at the West End's Victoria Palace Theatre. Fit for the occasion, we... Read more
Olivier winner Katie Brayben
This week our reporter Hayden Thomas (Twitter: @WestEndReporter) caught up with the newly-crowned Olivier Award-winning 'Best Actress in a Musical' Katie Brayben, who is currently wowing audiences... Read more
Jon Jon Briones
Hayden Thomas (Twitter: @WestEndReporter) As the 1 year anniversary of the West End revival of Miss Saigon hastily approaches, and a new cast begins rehearsals in preparation, I decided to take a... Read more
Haydn Gwynne at the Playhouse
This week we sent our reporter Hayden Thomas (Twitter: @WestEndReporter) over the verge and down to the Playhouse Theatre to catch up with 2015 Olivier Award nominee Haydn Gwynne, who is currently... Read more
Kerry Ellis
This week we sent our reporter Hayden Thomas (Twitter: @WestEndReporter) down to the London Palladium to have a natter with CATS' latest leading lady Kerry Ellis. Read on to find out about her early... Read more
James Dreyfus
This week our Reporter Hayden Thomas (@WestEndReporter) took a trip down to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket to meet Olivier Award winner James Dreyfus. He is currently starring as Elwood P. Dowd in Mary... Read more
Graham Cole
Graham Cole plays 'General Waverley' in White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre, until 3 January 2015. Date of birth? 16 March 1952 Place of birth? Willesden, north London Did you go to training... Read more
Kerry Ellis
Kerry Ellis plays 'Elphaba' in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, until 25 October 2014. Date of birth? 6 May 1979 Place of birth? Suffolk Did you go to training school, if so which one? Laine... Read more
Harry Shearer
Harry Shearer will play 'Joe' in Daytona at the Haymarket Theatre Royal, from 30 Jun to 23 Aug 2014. Date of birth? 23 December 1943 Place of birth? Los Angeles, USA Did you go to training school,... Read more
Lloyd Owen
Lloyd Owen will star in the world premiere of Matthew Perry's play The End of Longing at the Playhouse Theatre. We caught up with him before he opened in Good People opposite Imelda Staunton at the... Read more
Arthur Darvill
Arthur Darvill currently plays 'Guy' in Once at the Phoenix Theatre. Date of birth? 17 June 1982 Place of birth? Birmingham Did you go to training school, if so which one? Royal Academy of Dramatic... Read more
Janie Dee
Janie Dee currently plays 'Ruth Condomine' in Blithe Spirit at the Gielgud Theatre. Place of birth? Old Windsor Did you go to training school, if so which one? Arts Educational Schools Briefly tell... Read more
Ryan Sampson
Ryan Sampson currently plays 'Maggio' in From Here To Eternity at the Shaftesbury Theatre Place of birth? Sheffield Did you go to training school, if so which one? No. Well I went to Uni to study... Read more
Charles Edwards
Charles Edwards currently plays 'Charles Marsden' in Strange Interlude, playing in repertoire at the Lyttelton, National Theatre, to 1 Sep 2013. Date of Birth? 1st October 1969. Place of birth?... Read more
Paula Wilcox
Paula Wilcox plays 'Miss Havisham' in Great Expectations at the Vaudeville Theatre Briefly tell us how you became involved with "Great Expectations". I was sent the script of Jo Clifford's... Read more
Jon Lee
Jon Lee currently plays 'Aladdin' in Aladdin-A Wish Come True to 5 Jan 2013, alongside Lily Savage at Theatre at o2 , then returns to play Frankie Valli at certain performances in Jersey Boys. Date... Read more
Michael Simkins
Michael Simkins currently plays ''Sir Humphrey Appleby' in Yes, Prime Minister at The Trafalgar Studios.  Date of Birth February 1957 Place of birth Runnymede Gardens, near the Hoover building, on... Read more
Wendi Peters
Wendi Peters currently plays 'Princess Puffer' in the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Arts Theatre Date of Birth 29 Feb 1968 ... Yes I'm a Leap year baby, so I'm only 11 officially. Usually... Read more
Debbie Chazen
Debbie Chazen currently plays 'Jackie' in In Basildon at Royal Court Downstairs Birthday 1st September Place of birth Queen Mary's Hospital Hammersmith Did you go to training school, if so which one... Read more
Kevin McNally
Kevin McNally currently plays 'David Bliss' in Hay Fever at Noel Coward Theatre Place of birth? Bristol UK Did you go to training school, if so which one? The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Briefly... Read more
Nigel Lindsay
Nigel Lindsay currently plays 'Shrek' in Shrek The Musical at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Date of Birth January 17 1969 Place of birth? London Did you go to training school, if so which one? Webber... Read more
Amy Robbins
Amy Robbins currently plays ''Mrs Johnstone' in Blood Brothers at Phoenix Theatre Date of Birth 18th Feb 1971 Place of birth? Wirral, Merseyside Did you go to training school, if so which one? Royal... Read more
Carley Stenson
Carley Stenson plays 'Elle Woods' in Legally Blonde The Musical at Savoy Theatre Place of birth? Billinge hospital - St Helen’s, Lancashire Did you go to training school, if so which one? No –... Read more
Steven Webb
Steven Webb to play 'Cooper' in the musical Betwixt! at Trafalgar Studios Two  Date of birth? 8th November 1984 Place of birth? The Wirral, Merseyside. Did you go to training school, if so which one... Read more
Steve Furst
Steve Furst played Hymie Kossof in Chicken Soup With Barley at Royal Court Theatre Downstairs Birthday? 3rd September Place of birth? Belfast Did you go to training school, if so which one? I did a... Read more
Bill Ward
Bill Ward is currently playing Sam Phillips in Million Dollar Quartet at Noel Coward Theatre Place of birth? Newcastle upon Tyne. I'm a bit of a posh Geordie, but a Geordie nevertheless, and very... Read more
Paul Keating
Paul Keating is currently playing the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz at London Palladium Birthday 11th March Place of birth? City Of London Did you go to training school, if so which one? I didn't go... Read more
Natalie Casey
Natalie Casey currently stars as 'Paulette' in Legally Blonde The Musical at Savoy Theatre. Birthday 16 April Place of birth? Bury Lancashire Did you go to training school, if so which one? The... Read more
David Bamber
David Bamber currently stars in Betty Blue Eyes at Novello Theatre. Date of Birth 19 September 1954 Place of Birth Walkden, Lancashire Did you go to training school, if so which one? Drama degree at... Read more
Robert Bathurst
Robert Bathurst starred in Blithe Spirit at Apollo Theatre. Date of Birth? 1957 Place of birth? Accra, West Africa Did you go to training school, if so which one? No formal training but I put myself... Read more
Peter McDonald
Peter McDonald starred in Greenland at Lyttelton, National Theatre. Date of Birth? January '72. Place of birth? Dublin, Ireland. Did you go to training school, if so which one? No I did not. Briefly... Read more
James Fleet
James Fleet played Professor Kevin Maloney in The Heretic at the Royal Court Downstairs. Place of birth? Bilston, West Midlands. Did you go to training school, if so which one? We moved to Scotland... Read more
Lynda Baron
Lynda Baron starred in When We Are Married at Garrick Theatre Date of Birth? 24 March 1939. Place of birth? Manchester Did you go to training school, if so which one? I trained as a ballet dancer. R.... Read more
Michael Xavier
Michael Xavier starred as 'Oliver Barratt IV' in Love Story at Duchess Theatre Birthday My birthday is on the 27th November. Place of birth? Liverpool Did you go to training school, if so which one?... Read more
Leslie Jordan
Leslie Jordan Starred in his one-man show Leslie Jordan My Trip Down the Pink Carpet at Apollo Theatre Date of Birth? April 29, 1955 Place of birth? Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA Did you go to training... Read more
Mark Letheren
Mark Letheren Starred as 'Bernie Dodd' in The Country Girl at Apollo Theatre Date of Birth? 6 Feb 1971 Place of birth? Chelmsford Did you go to training school, if so which one? Guildhall School Of... Read more
Louise Dearman
Louise Dearman is currently starring as 'Glinda' in Wicked at Apollo Victoria Date of Birth? 13th March 1979 Place of birth? Bletchley Did you go to training school, if so which one? I trained at... Read more
Lydia Leonard
Lydia Leonard, starred as 'Jackie Kennedy' in Onassis at the Novello Theatre Date of Birth? 5th December 1981 Place of birth? Paris, France. Did you go to training school, if so which one? Bristol... Read more
Tim Piggot-Smith
Tim Pigott-Smith, starred in Educating Rita at the Trafalgar Studios One Date of Birth? 13th May, 1846 ho ho (1946) Place of birth? Rugby Did you go to training school, if so which one? Bristol... Read more
Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff, starred in Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre Date of Birth? March 26th, 1985 Place of birth? Lancaster, PA USA Did you go to training school, if so which one? I never formally... Read more
Meera Syal 2010
Meera Syal, Starred as Shirley Valentine at the Trafalgar Studios One Birthday? 27th June, the year is very flexible according to whose asking! Place of birth? Wolverhampton, New Cross Hospital to be... Read more
Lucian Msamati
Lucian Msamati stars in Clybourne Park at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs (26 Aug to 2 Oct 2010) at Wyndham's (28 Jan 2011 to 7 May 2011) Birthday? March 5th Place of birth? London; I am told St.... Read more
Paul Spicer
Paul Spicer played Princeton / Rod in Avenue Q at the Wyndham's Theatre Date of birth? May 17 1981 - I have friends that hate their birth dates but I think mine is sort of agreeable. I like the look... Read more
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch starred as 'David Scott-Fowler' in After The Dance at the Lyttelton, NT Place of birth? London Did you go to training school, if so which one? Lamda Briefly tell us how you... Read more
Gregg Lowe
Gregg Lowe starred as 'Bernie' in Wolfboy at the Trafalgar Studios 2. Place of birth? I was born in everybodies favourite holiday resort - Great Yarmouth - on the East Coast of England. I'm half... Read more
Jason Maza
Jason Maza starred as 'Tommy' in Sucker Punch at the Royal Court Downstairs Theatre Date of Birth? 24 April 1987 Place of birth? Bart’s Hospital, London, (I was one of the last babies born there so... Read more
Samuel Barnett
Samuel Barnett starred as 'Leantio' in Women Beware Women at the Olivier, National Theatre Birthday? 25 April 1980 Place of Birth? Born in Whitby, North Yorkshire Did you go to training school, if so... Read more
Don Gallagher
Don Gallagher is currently starring as 'Bernadette' in Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre Birthday? December 7 Place of Birth? Selkirk in the Scottish Borders Did you go to training... Read more
Gavin Creel
Gavin Creel starred as 'Claude' in Hair at the Gielgud Theatre Birthday? April 18, 1976 Place of Birth? Findlay Ohio USA Did you go to training school, if so which one? University of Michigan School... Read more
Dianne Pilkington
Dianne Pilkington starred in The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre Birthday? 7th June Place of birth? Billinge, Wigan Did you go to training school, if so which one? I went to Guildford School of... Read more
Orlando Wells
Orlando Wells starred as 'The Actor' in The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre Birthday? 9th June Place of birth? Pembury, East Sussex Did you go to training school, if so which one? LAMDA Briefly... Read more
Stephen Ashfield
Stephen Ashfield Starring as Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre Date of Birth 7 December 1979 Place of birth? Glasgow, Scotland Did you go to training school, if so which one? I... Read more
Cassidy Janson
Cassidy Janson starred in Avenue Q as Kate Monster and Lucy The Slut at the Giegud Theatre and The Wyndham's Theatre Date of Birth 30th July 1980 Place of birth? Victoria Hospital, High Barnet Did... Read more
Anthony Calf
Anthony Calf starred in The Power of Yes, by David Hare at the Lyttelton, National Theatre Date of Birth 4th May 1959 Place of birth? Hammersmith, London Did you go to training school, if so which... Read more
Alex Gaumond
Alex Gaumond starred as 'Emmett' in Legally Blonde The Musical, at the Savoy Theatre Birthday? 9 April Place of birth? Montreal, Canada Did you go to training school, if so which one? Yes, Guildford... Read more
Gary Carr
Gary Carr Starred as 'Mau' in Nation, based on a novel by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Mark Ravenhill, at the Olivier, National Theatre to 28 March 2010 Date of Birth 11 Dec 1986 Place of birth?... Read more
Steven Hartley
Steven Hartley starred as 'Bill Sikes' in Oliver!, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane Place of birth? Shipley. West Yorkshire Did you go to training school, if so which one? London Academy of music and... Read more
Alexia Khadime
Alexia Khadime starred as 'Elphaba' in Wicked, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre to 27 March 2010 Birthday? June 9th Place of birth? Hammersmith London Did you go to training school, if so which one? No... Read more
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