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Theatre Interviews with Top West End Stars

Check out our London Theatre Guide Interviews section and hear from some of the best performers and creatives in the London theatre industry! Enjoy exclusive interviews with cast and production staff for the shows currently playing in the West End, and get a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of your favourite plays, and musicals.

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  • Between Vanessa Redgrave and Malcolm Sinclair, their West End resumes include more than 35 shows. Now, for their latest theatrical appearance, the veteran actors star alongside one another in My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum as Mrs. Higgins and Colonel Pickering respectively. Even though they’ve worked on stage for decades, the chance of performing at the vast Coliseum marks a lifetime achievement. As soon as we begin chatting about the show, Sinclair commented on the immense privilege of...

  • There are numerous romantic film couples taking over West End theatres at the moment, from Vivian Ward and Edward Lewis in Pretty Woman: The Musical to the doomed love affair between Christian and Satine in Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The Dominion Theatre is adding to that tally: Rydell High’s Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski are strutting into town as Grease hits the West End. Grease was last at London's Dominion from 1993-9. During those six years, the show featured actors such as Tamzin...

  • Choreographer Arlene Phillips is no stranger to Grease. In 1993, she received an Olivier nomination for her Grease choreography. Nearly 30 years later, Phillips and Grease go together once more, as Grease heads to its London spiritual home, the Dominion, where it's currently playing for 26 weeks. But this Grease is unlike the musical film, and the show taps into the story’s hard truths. In recent years, the Grease story has faced backlash due to misogynistic tropes and a dated idea that a woman...

  • Mamma Mia! is about women supporting women. Despite involving a wedding, the ABBA-scored jukebox musical is a rare example of a story that is not about a woman’s quest to find a man. In fact, it’s really about three lifelong friends who get together to support each other, and that’s one of the many reasons audiences have flocked to Mamma Mia! for 23 years and counting at the Novello Theatre in London. “We're also one of those rare shows that celebrates winners,” said Mazz Murray, who stars as...

  • Cherrelle Skeete is playing one of the most important people in the American White House. The British actress, currently starring in Mike Bartlett’s The 47th at the Old Vic, has transformed into Tina Flournoy — Vice President Kamala Harris’s trusty Chief of Staff. The play is set in the future and imagines Harris going head-to-head with former President Donald Trump in the 2024 presidential election. Skeete, who made her West End debut in The Lion King, makes her return to the famous theatre 11...

  • It’s the ultimate understudy dream. Joel Harper-Jackson, who was covering the roles of John and M in Mike Bartlett’s play Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre, has now taken over the latter part fulltime after Taron Egerton left the production for personal reasons. As a result, Harper-Jackson has scored his first leading role in a West End show — and a seriously buzzy one at that. “It’s been a whirlwind of a month,” an elated and still slightly disbelieving Harper-Jackson said. Now, he stars in Cock...

  • Gwyneth Keyworth, David Moorst, and Harry Redding hardly knew each other before taking on roles as siblings and childhood friends in To Kill a Mockingbird. Sure, they had some mutual friends and maybe worked on a small project while still in drama school, but the first time they properly met was at a promotional photo shoot for the new West End production playing at the Gielgud Theatre. “There was this feeling of like, okay, we're doing this together,” said Redding, who is making his...

  • Olly Dobson in Back to the Future the Musical (Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes)

    Bob Gale has been dreaming about Back to the Future. The acclaimed screenwriter of the celebrated film franchise penned the book for the new musical adaptation of the classic movie, but when the out-of-town tryout had to close early due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Gale found his subconscious taking him back to Hill Valley."For the first six weeks I was back in the States after we had to close, I was dreaming about this show every single night," he said. "Now that we're revving up, I'm hoping that...

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella is set in Belleville, a quaint French town under matriarchal rule. The Queen governs the ‘"Most Attractive Town" and values looks over personality, while the wicked Stepmother controls Cinderella's life. These determined women stop at nothing to get what they desire, even if it’s at the expense of other people’s fortunes. “I enjoy the fact that the Queen claims her power,” said Trehearn, who plays the Queen in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella. While the monarch...

  • We all wish we had a Fairy Godmother. This fantastical character changes peoples lives in a few moments — and the famed Fairy Godmother trope is often associated with Cinderella. But in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, the Godmother doesn't only focus on a person's appearance. She connects with Cinderella and Prince Sebastian on a deeper level, encouraging them to see inside themselves. “The Godmother’s] whole role is she can make you look like what you want to look. The question really falls...

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