All stories by Emine Saner on BroadwayStars

Monday, March 18, 2024

Arlene Phillips at 80: on Strictly, scandal, survival – and still being a sizzling hot choreographer by Emine Saner

She outraged Mary Whitehouse, worked with Tina Turner, Elton John and Freddie Mercury, and is up for an Olivier for choreographing a smash hit production of Guys & Dolls. Will she ever s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Monday, January 22, 2024

‘I said: enough of the shame!’: how Johannes Radebe fought the bullies – and became a Strictly superstar by Emine Saner

When he began performing, as a boy in South Africa, he was told he would never win. But Radebe overcame homophobia and homelessness to become a beloved dance pioneer If you watched Strictly …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:06AM
Monday, December 18, 2023

‘There’s just this wave of love!’ Hannah Waddingham on Emmys, Eurovision and her wildest year ever by Emine Saner

She upstaged Croatian punks in Liverpool, said farewell to Ted Lasso – and had her own spectacular festive special. The star talks first love, fear and finding mega fame in her 40s When sh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Christopher Eccleston on class, capitalism, fame and shame: ‘My eating disorder was imprisoning’ by Emine Saner

One of Britain’s best actors is back on stage as Scrooge. He reflects on his Salford childhood, his rebirth after a breakdown – and why we need to get the Tories out As a child of no mor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:03AM
Thursday, September 14, 2023

A haunted life: how Danny Robins became Britain’s high priest of the paranormal by Emine Saner

Once a struggling comedy writer, he is now a highly successful podcast presenter and playwright. His secret? Ghosts Danny Robins has never seen a ghost and it troubles him, even if, he says,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:33AM
Monday, September 11, 2023

‘I was completely homophobic’: Craig Revel Horwood on repression, sugar daddies and the joy of dance by Emine Saner

As the glitter ball returns, the longest serving Strictly judge talks about ruffling feathers, being fearless, his father’s alcoholism, and why he’s always ready to start over again It i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:13AM
Tuesday, July 18, 2023

At 14, I escaped a lethal house fire and lost everything. Comedy saved me by Emine Saner

Krystal Evans was scarred, mentally and physically, by the fire that killed her sister. She blocked out the memories – until she decided to write about them In previous, shorter standup sh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Thursday, June 29, 2023

‘I’ve become more fearless’: Tuppence Middleton on OCD, motherhood and playing Elizabeth Taylor by Emine Saner

The Downton Abbey actor loves to keep a low profile. So how does she feel about portraying one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and headline-grabbing stars – and writing a book about her ow…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:55PM
Thursday, June 15, 2023

‘My reproductive life is over? That’s liberating!’ Bridget Christie on comedy, TV and the menopause by Emine Saner

What’s it like to break into television in your 50s? The award-winning standup talks about her new series The Change, her late-blooming career and her issues with Tupperware There is a pho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:13AM
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

‘Comfortable is not good’: Kym Marsh on the horror of Hear’Say – and landing the Take That musical by Emine Saner

As she joins Greatest Days, the star from Wigan talks about the implosion of Hear’Say, 13 years in Corrie, tabloids raking through her bins – and not being able to afford nappies as a si…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

‘The audience want to connect with her’: portraying the Queen after her death by Emine Saner

The Kiln theatre’s Handbagged, about the monarch’s meetings with Margaret Thatcher, has opened in a week of mourning. Its stars reflect on the play’s humour and their tears in rehearsa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:13AM
Wednesday, July 20, 2022

What a showstopper! How The Great British Bake off became a musical by Emine Saner

From songs about slapping dough to scripting the perfect innuendo, the creators of a new musical explain the ingredients for bringing the wildly successful TV show to the stage The first not…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:37AM
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

‘Everything I do is urgent’: actor Liz Carr on confronting mortality, taking risks – and winning awards by Emine Saner

The Olivier winner on how activism has helped her deal with online abuse, her two years of shielding – and why her life is amazing For most of the past two years, Liz Carr has been shieldi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06AM
Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Paddy Considine: ‘I feel like an impostor acting – this is what I love’ by Emine Saner

He’s an acclaimed actor and director, but Paddy Considine’s first and enduring passion is music – and on his band’s new album he’s confronting the ghosts of his childhood Were you …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:48AM
Monday, April 11, 2022

‘I don’t want any stage school brats!’: Sylvia Young on nurturing Billie Piper, Daniel Kaluuya and a host of stars by Emine Saner

For 50 years, Sylvia Young’s theatre school has trained the likes of Dua Lipa, Nicholas Hoult and a ‘very naughty’ Amy Winehouse. The 82-year-old tells us how it started – and why sh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18AM
Monday, March 7, 2022

‘I don’t have penis envy. I have 12 in a drawer at home’ – the fearless female standups of the 60s by Emine Saner

They were pigeonholed, derided – and even shot at. With The Marvelous Mrs Maisel back on TV screens, we find out what life was really like for women who dared to be funny in the postwar ye…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:07AM
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Kit Harington on Henry V and life after Jon Snow: ‘We need to start dealing with male anger’ by Emine Saner

As the Game of Thrones star swaps furs for modern dress to play Shakespeare’s monarch, he reflects on what the play tells us about masculinity, and how it addresses the issues that drove h…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:33AM
Thursday, January 6, 2022

‘Shame, ageism and nudity – there’s a lot to identify with’: actor David Pevsner on his memoir by Emine Saner

Having survived teen shame and the Aids crisis, the Broadway actor – and erstwhile escort – is now blazing a trail for silver sexuality There were things in the first draft of his memoir…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Monday, September 6, 2021

‘I went to school drunk in a bikini’: how Sophie Willan turned her chaotic life into sitcom gold by Emine Saner

She won a Bafta for Alma’s Not Normal – and that was just the pilot episode. As the full series launches, the ex-standup talks about growing up in care, getting the comedy bug in Ibiza a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Michael Ball: ‘My breakdown made me a better performer – and a better person’ by Emine Saner

As his new show, Hairspray, leads the return to theatres, the singer talks about his mental health struggles, going back to his mining-town roots – and how the government has let down the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Searching for Sam: Adrian Dunbar on Samuel Beckett review – go on, call him ‘fella’! by Emine Saner

The Line of Duty actor follows in the footsteps of his great hero, though his intriguing film is ultimately elusive. Beckett would surely approve If the work Adrian Dunbar is best known for …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Thursday, October 17, 2019

'God, I was disgusting!' – Ali Wong on why women's bodies are the last taboo by Emine Saner

The standup behind Baby Cobra found fame with her candid material on sex and pregnancy. Back with a memoir, she talks about her work ethic, the taboo of miscarriage – and performing in fro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:07AM
Monday, July 8, 2019

Arabella Weir on her aggressively unhappy mother: ‘In my memory, she got rid of me’ by Emine Saner

The actor and comedian has been a fixture on British TV for more than two decades. Now, in her first one-woman show, she unpicks the difficult maternal relationship that shaped herEven close…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Camilla Cleese on her dad John: 'He's not my favourite Python!' by Emine Saner

The comedian is doing a show about her father in Edinburgh. She talks about the sexist LA standup scene, her reconciliation with her dad – and doing jokes about his ex-wivesWith just a hin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Monday, July 2, 2018

Recipe for disaster: what's behind the rise of 50s-style domesticity? by Emine Saner

Fetishised nostalgia for a bygone era of cosy domesticity and bake-offs is dangerous, say the team behind new play Home, I’m DarlingJudy Martin is a proud, archetypal 1950s housewife. She …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:36AM
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Prasanna Puwanarajah: 'I thought Planet Acting didn't need someone like me' by Emine Saner

He used to get cast as either a doctor or a terrorist. Now Prasanna Puwanarajah is on stage at the National, starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose – and even writing hi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18AM
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

'I was scared after watching': new play tackles online porn's impact on children by Emine Saner

Drama created after Tackroom Theatre teamed up with Barnardo’s to conduct the largest piece of research ever done into the subjectThere’s no holding back in the rehearsal room, with talk…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

'It's very sweary!' What Labour MPs make of James Graham's political comedy Labour of Love by Interviews By Chris Wiegand and Emine Saner

The mountains of leaflets, the WhatsApp groups, the election night panic … Harriet Harman, Tracy Brabin and David Lammy on what the play gets right – and wrong Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:42AM
Friday, October 6, 2017

Mike Bartlett: Doctor Foster writer whose work 'attacks apathy' by Emine Saner

The TV show took the playwright’s talents to a wider audience, highlighting his ability to create brilliantly complex womenNobody, observes one of his friends, gets out of a Mike Bartlett …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Friday, August 4, 2017

Paul Chowdhry: ‘People write this abuse to me, and I’ve just got to take it?’ by Emine Saner

He’s not a TV favourite, but the actor and comedian has built one of the most diverse audiences of any current standup, partly through the subversive use of social media. Now he’s writte…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Friday, March 24, 2017

Larry Lamb: 'I lived in fear' by Emine Saner

Larry Lamb played Archie Mitchell in EastEnders for two years, basing him on his bullying father. What's he going to do next?The rehearsal room for Educating Rita sits high up on a corner of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24AM

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May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards