Theatre Interviews with Top West End Stars

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  • If you asked your friends and family to name a West End play, at least one person will probably mention The Mousetrap. The record-breaking West End hit is the world's longest-running production, with over 28,000 performances. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap premiered at London's Ambassadors Theatre in 1952, before moving over the road to the St Martin's Theatre in 1974. While there’s still a 1950s charm to The Mousetrap — set pieces and sound effects date back to the first performance in...

  • The National Theatre’s Olivier space is currently filled with those magnificent men (and women) in their flying machines, thanks to Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’s rip-roaring comedy Jack Absolute Flies Again. The play transports Richard Sheridan’s The Rivals to an English stately home in 1940, which has become the base for Allied pilots during the Battle of Britain. Chris starred alongside James Corden in Bean’s smash-hit show One Man, Two Guvnors, which also began at the National before...

  • It's gonna work out fine for Elesha Paul Moses and Caleb Roberts, who now lead the hit West End production of Tina - The Tina Turner Musical. Moses shakes her tailfeather as the titular Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, sharing the role with Aisha Jawando, while Roberts joins the London company to play Tina's ex-husband Ike Turner. Like Turner, Moses had a career in the music industry. She appeared on The X Factor and The Voice and was mentored by Beyoncé’s dad Matthew Knowles. She has led two diva-tastic...

  • Even though Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific was first staged in the West End over 70 years ago, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical found itself with renewed buzz last year. South Pacific wowed audiences at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2021, and now the highly acclaimed production heads to London’s Sadler's Wells for a summer season. Many of the lead cast members return for the London run: Julian Ovenden as Emile de Becque, Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody...

  • Muscial theatre leading lady Kerry Ellis is a household name. Since making her West End debut in My Fair Lady over 20 years ago, her theatre CV now boasts some of the biggest musicals around: Wicked, We Will Rock You, and Cats, to name a few. She’s crossed over into the music industry, notably collaborating with Brian May and touring with Queen. She's also released three solo studio albums — Ellis definitely keeps busy. So playing Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer and evangelist who performs all...

  • The future of West End theatre looks bright. The rise of shows created via TikTok such as Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical introduces new audiences to theatre, and the Grammy Award-winning Bridgerton musical gained traction via social media. There’s a new type of theatremaker too, and Hannah Lowther is at the forefront of this pioneering performing generation. The “Tesco TikTokker” gained notoriety at the start of the pandemic for combining her retail job with musical theatre. To date, she’s...

  • In a world of cancel culture, it seems nonsensical that people could romanticise or socially elevate criminals. However, there are a few who retain an alluring charm, even though they lived a life of crime, and there’s no pair who achieve this quite like Bonnie and Clyde. During the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow spent years on the run as America’s most notorious criminals. Fast forward a few decades, and their lives are immortalised in musical form: Bonnie & Clyde makes its...

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