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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

'An amazing force': Ralph Fiennes on Barbara Jefford's power and passion by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In plays by Pirandello and Shakespeare, Jefford – who has died aged 90 – displayed incredible precision, says her co-star Barbara Jefford was an amazing force as an actor and left a prof…

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Helen McCrory: 'This is a woman's private space, invaded by others' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the National Theatre streams a bold revival of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, its star discusses a potent mix of sensuality and torment Director Carrie Cracknell described one da…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Oliver Chris: 'Nick Hytner called me the most disreputable actor he'd worked with' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The actor, who stars in the National Theatre at Home’s stream of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, talks about falling for Bottom and rehearsal-room mischief The Bridge’s production was one o…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Gbolahan Obisesan: give BAME talent trust and theatre will thrive by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As he returns to his role in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, the actor, writer and director talks about Black Lives Matter, Martin Luther King and the state of UK theatre This is the third …

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Tom Hiddleston on Coriolanus: 'There was nowhere to hide – that's exciting' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As Josie Rourke’s Donmar production of Shakespeare’s tragedy is streamed for National Theatre at Home, its star recalls the thrilling intimacy, the brutal fights – and the cold shower …

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

To Egypt, with love: Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the NT streams the epic tragedy online, set designer Hildegard Bechtler recalls bringing a monumental setting to the Olivier stage while creating an intimate atmosphere Hottest front-roo…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The National Theatre's Frankenstein: 'It was blinding – you felt the heat' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As Danny Boyle’s production is streamed online, its designer Mark Tildesley recalls putting thousands of bulbs and an ancient bell to shocking effect •The best theatre and dance to watch…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Ai Weiwei: 'I became the enemy of the established power, but without a crime' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The artist reflects on the events that inspired Hampstead theatre’s #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei, streamed by the Guardian this month You began an 81-day confinement on 3 April 2011. Wha…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

On a knife-edge: Tiger Country lays bare the ferocity of life in the NHS by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Urological surgeon Jyoti Shah recalls how she inspired the character played by Indira Varma in Nina Raine’s gripping play – streaming until 10pm on 26 April ‘Tiger country” is a ter…

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Tamsin Greig on Twelfth Night: 'The self-judgment of women is awful' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the National Theatre streams its acclaimed staging of Shakespeare’s comedy, its star recalls playing Malvolia and eliciting help from the audience What was your reaction when asked to p…

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Friday, April 17, 2020

'A titan of an actor': Brian Dennehy remembered by Clare Higgins by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In Death of a Salesman, Dennehy – who died aged 81 this week – was generous, committed and like a jazz musician on set, says his co-star I first met Brian in New York in 2003 when I was …

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

'The masks are in my attic!' Ramin Karimloo on The Phantom of the Opera by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the 25th-anniversary staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is streamed online, its star tells stories of fandom and the Phantom I’d wanted to play the Phantom since I was 12. I saw…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

'Thank goodness they made Jim Hawkins a lady!' Patsy Ferran on Treasure Island by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As the National Theatre’s 2014 staging of the classic adventure is streamed online, its star remembers her breakthrough year • Hottest front-room seats: theatre and dance to watch online…

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

'Wow, I'd love to be someone like that!' Sally Cookson on our passion for Jane Eyre by Interview By Chris Wiegand

As her bold staging of the classic novel is screened as part of National Theatre at Home, the director discusses Brontë’s genius – and the seismic effects of lockdown What drew you to …

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

One Man, Two Guvnors: Nicholas Hytner on the joy of farcing around by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The National Theatre’s smash-hit comedy starring James Corden will be streamed free worldwide on 2 April. Its director reflects on a runaway success One Man, Two Guvnors is based on Carlo …

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Joanna Lumley on Jonathan Miller: 'completely brilliant, extraordinarily funny' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Actor pays tribute to the ‘genius’ writer and director, who has died aged 85 He was one of my greatest heroes. Years ago, when I was being photographed for Vogue, I saw him walking past …

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Don Warrington on Mustapha Matura: he brought the West Indies to British theatre by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The actor and director pays tribute to the Trinidadian playwright who has died aged 79 The first of Mustapha Matura’s plays I saw was As Time Goes By at the Royal Court in London. It was 1…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Kathryn Hunter: how theatre guru Jerzy Grotowski changed my life by Interview By Chris Wiegand

They never met but the brilliant Polish theatre-maker and theorist had a huge influence on Kathryn Hunter. On the 20th anniversary of his death, she celebrates his radical methodsWhen I left…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Chita Rivera's songbook: West Side stories, killer tunes and all that jazz by Interview By Chris Wiegand

From Chicago to Sweet Charity, the American musical legend looks back at some of the key tracks in her careerChicago is all about precision. When Gwen Verdon and I did our duet Nowadays, pla…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

'I'd never seen anything like it': Alex Katz on dance titan Paul Taylor by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Artist Alex Katz collaborated for more than 20 years with Paul Taylor, who has died aged 88. He remembers their quiet and once combative partnershipI remember when I first saw Paul Taylor da…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Abi Morgan: ‘Women can be as violent, mercurial and complex as men’ by Interview By Chris Wiegand

The writer recalls the anger that fuelled her early play Splendour – and reveals she is directing her rage into a drama about abuses of power in HollywoodThis is an edited extract from The…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

How to play dead: the corpse’s view of Joe Orton’s Loot by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In Orton’s dark farce, staged uncut for the first time, Anah Ruddin plays the recently deceased Mrs McLeavy whose body is extravagantly manhandled. She describes the stiff challenges of th…

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Interview: Eddie Izzard shares the secrets of comedy technique by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Actor and standup Eddie Izzard talks about his debut as a raven, beating stage fright and why lipstick gags don't make good comedyYou've been doing stand-up for years now. How much do you ne…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

'David Suchet, I want a word with you': the actor recalls meeting Edward Albee by Interview By Chris Wiegand

David Suchet played George to Diana Rigg’s Martha in a 1996 production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He remembers meeting the quiet yet direct playwrightWhen I heard Diana Rigg was …

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Thomas Ostermeier: Richard III? He's a rock star, a standup comedian by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In the German director’s Schaubühne production, there’s a drum kit on stage, the princes are puppets and the battle scene features Richard alone in his pants Related: Ibsen meets Snowde…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Peter Brook: Timon of Athens really did bring down the house by Interview By Chris Wiegand

When the director re-opened a dilapidated Parisian theatre with an international Shakespeare production, the applause shook the buildingKing Lear is the supreme achievement of the world’s …

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Lindsay Kemp: I tried to get David Bowie to do Puss in Boots by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Bowie’s dance teacher recalls their first meeting, their early collaborations, and their marriage of theatre and rock’n’roll in the Ziggy Stardust stage showWe first met in 1966, proba…

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Kenneth Branagh on The Entertainer: 'I've been bending Rob Brydon's ear about standup' by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In the final production of his West End season, Kenneth Branagh takes on the role of the failing comic Archie Rice. He explains how he’s taken tips from funnymen Rob Brydon and Ken DoddYou…

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Monday, February 22, 2016

A cast of household names: The Taming of the Shrew retold with everyday items by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Claire Marshall of Forced Entertainment on her own tabletop version of Shakespeare’s play, in which the leads are played by a rose and a jar of mustardWhen Forced Entertainment set out to …

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Your own personal demon: Maria Aberg on her Doctor Faustus double act by Interview By Chris Wiegand

In her RSC version of Marlowe’s satanic drama, Maria Aberg bins the jokes, channels Tom Waits and makes the leads strike matches to see who plays whoIn your version of Christopher Marlowe…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sunshine and terrible rage: Linda Bassett on Caryl Churchill's Escaped Alone by Interview By Chris Wiegand

Caryl Churchill’s new play gets the cast singing Da Doo Ron Ron and imagines apocalyptic horror. Don’t try to work it all out with your head, says actor Linda Bassett, ‘just listen, le…

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