All stories by Ian Foster on BroadwayStars

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

‘I wish for a finer appreciation of the new media landscape’: 10 questions for 10 years – Rebecca Felgate by Ian Foster

Social media queen Rebecca Felgate puts down her gin-in-a-tin for long enough to answer some questions about the world of theatre.

Linked From at 09:00AM
Friday, June 28, 2019

‘I’ve been quite blessed with many highlights’: 10 questions for 10 years – Gabby Wong by Ian Foster

Always guaranteed to be appearing in something interesting, Gabby Wong takes a moment to tackle 10 pressing questions for me.

Linked From at 01:00PM
Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘I’ve really loved interviewing actors, writers & directors about their work’: 10 questions for 10 years – Alex Ramon by Ian Foster

Tinkle, drizzle, bubble and gush! Alex Ramon, the man forever Boycotting Trends take up the 10 questions challenge.

Linked From at 01:00PM
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

‘I guess having two plays on the same West End street was lots of fun’: 10 questions for 10 years – James Graham by Ian Foster

Playwright James Graham may have had two plays in the West End at the same time but can he handle ten questions from me?!

Linked From at 07:00AM
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘There’s a lot of exciting, ferocious, young theatre-makers out there’: 10 questions for 10 years – Rosie Wyatt by Ian Foster

She’s been acting less time than I’ve been blogging but I can’t hold that against Rosie Wyatt, an actress whose name you should know.

Linked From at 11:00AM
Monday, June 24, 2019

‘It’s the creative team’s role to bring a play to fresh life’: 10 questions for 10 years – Rufus Norris by Ian Foster

Rather tickled that no less than the artistic director of the National Theatre Rufus Norris himself does time out of his hectic schedule to answer Ten (9) Questions for Ten Years. Where…

Linked From at 12:00PM
Sunday, June 23, 2019

‘I’m not sure why we are approaching Broadway prices’: 10 questions for 10 years – Rebecca Caine by Ian Foster

Canadian soprano and OG Cosette, Rebecca Caine  Rebecca Caine may have been in a couple of musicals you’ve heard of before, but my introduction to her was through Tête à Tête’s insp…

Linked From at 01:00PM
Friday, June 21, 2019

‘I feel so sorry for those people who have to work to a formula’: 10 questions for 10 years – Megan Vaughan by Ian Foster

With nary an emoji in sight, Megan Vaughan answers Ten Questions for Ten Years with characteristic frankness.

Linked From at 01:00PM
Thursday, June 20, 2019

10 questions for 10 years – Samuel Barnett by Ian Foster

Original History Boy Samuel Barnett takes on the 10 Questions for 10 Years challenge.

Linked From at 01:00PM
Monday, June 17, 2019

‘People need to go to the theatre & see themselves represented’: 10 questions for 10 years – Nadim Naaman by Ian Foster

Actor/singer/writer/dad Nadim Naaman takes a moment to answer 10 Questions for 10 Years most thoughtfully indeed.

Linked From at 10:00AM
Friday, June 14, 2019

‘This sets the (trapeze) bar very high indeed’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Bridge Theatre by Ian Foster

Nicholas Hytner gives us an utterly inspired take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre, with Gwendoline Christie in stupendous form.

Linked From at 08:00AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

10 questions for 10 years – Hans Kesting by Ian Foster

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam’s Hans Kesting was my first ever Best Actor award winner and has continued to be one of the most interesting actors around, in any language.

Linked From at 01:00PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

10 questions for 10 years – Theatre critic Henry Hitchings by Ian Foster

The outgoing Evening Standard theatre reviewer Henry Hitchings takes a little time to reflect with 10 easygoing questions.

Linked From at 09:00AM
Monday, June 10, 2019

ALBUM REVIEW: Justine Balmer – Simple Thing by Ian Foster

From Coldplay to Claude Debussy, crossover soprano Justine Balmer’s debut album Simple Thing is a collection of songs that work well together.

Linked From at 11:00AM
Sunday, June 9, 2019

10 questions for 10 years – Playwright Tom Wells by Ian Foster

How many of us can say we’ve inspired some branded condoms?! Find out more as playwright Tom Wells becomes the first person to answer 10 questions for 10 years.

Linked From at 10:00AM
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘This is an actor we will surely be talking about for years to come’: COUNTRY MUSIC – Omnibus Theatre by Ian Foster

A sensational performance from Cary Crankson anchors a powerful production of Simon Stephens’ Country Music at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre.

Linked From at 09:00AM
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘Makes for a striking experience on stage’: DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE – Lyric Hammersmith & Touring by Ian Foster

The inimitable Kneehigh retools The Beggar’s Opera in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).

Linked From at 06:00AM
Monday, June 3, 2019

‘Nothing is gained by not being frank’: WHITE PEARL – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

Despite a cracking design, White Pearl doesn’t convince as an effective play at the Royal Court.

Linked From at 07:00AM
Sunday, June 2, 2019

‘A cracking meal & entertaining show’: DINNER IS COMING – The Vaults by Ian Foster

Some properly tasty food makes the Game of Thrones-inspired immersive show Dinner is Coming an entertaining night indeed at The Vaults.

Linked From at 09:00AM
Friday, May 31, 2019

‘Fatally unbalanced’: THE STARRY MESSENGER – West End by Ian Foster

Middle-aged white male wish fulfilment writ large, The Starry Messenger is a dull, disappointing and delusional three hours at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Linked From at 05:00AM
Thursday, May 30, 2019

ALBUM REVIEWS: Matthew Croke’s Only Dreaming & Anna O’Byrne’s Dream by Ian Foster

A pair of dreamy album reviews with Matthew Croke’s Only Dreaming & Anna O’Byrne’s Dream.

Linked From at 12:00PM
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

‘One of the most deeply romantic things I’ve seen on stage all year’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring by Ian Foster

As sweet-sharp as a diabolo grenadine, Amélie the Musical has lost none of its inimitable charm as it gears up for a considerable UK tour.

Linked From at 09:00AM

‘A compelling production of a flawed play’: KING HEDLEY II – Theatre Royal Stratford East by Ian Foster

August Wilson’s King Hedley II is something of a flawed play but it receives a strong production from Nadia Fall at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Linked From at 08:00AM
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

‘Musical theatre of the highest degree’: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Southwark Playhouse by Ian Foster

A sensationally good new British musical that I couldn’t recommend more. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at the Southwark Playhouse is something special.

Linked From at 05:00AM
Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Beautifully compelling’: ORPHEUS DESCENDING – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending may not be his greatest play but Tamara Harvey’s production for the Menier Chocolate Factory proves most affecting in the end.

Linked From at 08:00AM
Saturday, May 18, 2019

‘Vividly effective way of portraying the pole-axing effects of grief’: TESTAMENT – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

Bold as you like, Chalk Line’s Testament is a breath of bracingly fresh air into the Hope Theatre with its blend of physical theatre, metaphysical narrative and contemporary issue-baiting.

Linked From at 10:00AM
Friday, May 17, 2019

‘At its best when it is at its silliest’: SUMMER STREET – Waterloo East Theatre by Ian Foster

Aussie soap opera musical Summer Street proves an amiable if unchallenging watch at the Waterloo East Theatre.

Linked From at 06:00AM
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘A thing of pure beauty but fails to stir the heart’: ROSMERSHOLM – West End by Ian Foster

Neil Austin’s lighting design in Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre is a thing of beauty and Hayley Atwell is excellent but Ibsen is still Ibsen…

Linked From at 05:00AM
Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Peake guides us expertly through worlds of pain’: AVALANCHE – Barbican Theatre by Ian Foster

Maxine Peake is magisterial at the Barbican in this heart-breaking monologue Avalanche; A Love Story.

Linked From at 12:00PM
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

‘Unconventional variety & huge amounts of wit’: LITTLE DEATH CLUB – Underbelly Festival by Ian Foster

On the one hand, you might consider Little Death Club as just another late night cabaret show, but on experiencing this extraordinary hour, you see that it really is more than that, somethin…

Linked From at 10:00AM
Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Breath-takingly powerful & inventive’: SMALL ISLAND – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island comes to life most beautifully in this adaptation by Helen Edmundson at the National Theatre.

Linked From at 11:00AM

All that Chat