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Friday, April 19, 2019

BWW Interview: Pearl Chanda Talks THREE SISTERS by Rona Kelly

Pearl Chanda shares her excitement for revisiting Chekhov with Three Sisters, returning to the Almeida, and reuniting with director Rebecca Frecknall.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Song Insights: 'I'm Still Here', FOLLIES by Rona Kelly

Taking us through the gamuts A to Z of 'I'm Still Here', Tracie Bennett and Nigel Lilley breakdown the demands, delivery and tiny details of the number.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

BWW Interview: Director Justin Audibert Talks THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by Rona Kelly

Turning the 1590's patriarchy into a matriarchy, Justin Audibert breaks down why he chose to gender reverse The Taming of the Shrew for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and what effects the de…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

BWW Interview: Ty Jeffries Talks IT'S MISS HOPE SPRINGS by Rona Kelly

It's Miss Hope Springs brings the 'never say die showbiz trouper' back to the spotlight, in a journey down memory lane. Ty Jeffries reflects on the conception of Miss Hope Springs and what a…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Song Insights: 'Buddy's Blues', FOLLIES by Rona Kelly

Hello folks, we're into the Follies To kick off the new Follies Song Insights, we're looking at the song that kicks off the Follies-style numbers which close the show 'Buddy's Blues', with B…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

BWW Interview: Nigel Lilley Talks FOLLIES by Rona Kelly

Nigel Lilley serves as Music Director, part of a team who have worked alongside Stephen Sondheim and Jonathan Tunick on this production. Taking us back to his early experiences of Sondheim, …

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BWW Interview: Siobhan Redmond Talks TOP GIRLS by Rona Kelly

Siobhan Redmond returns to the National to play Isabella Bird. Giving us an insight into her character and the real life person behind it, Siobhan also shares her excitement and joy for work…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BWW Interview: Jessie Nelson Talks WAITRESS by Rona Kelly

Jessie Nelson penned the book of the musical, which is based on Adrienne Shelly's 2007 film. With the show now playing to audiences around the world, Jessie discusses honouring and adapting …

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Friday, March 8, 2019

BWW Interview: Luke Pasqualino Talks BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO by Rona Kelly

Berberian Sound Studio marks Luke Pasqualino's professional stage debut. The actor shares how the story resonates today, and reveals why the Donmar Warehouse is 'the perfect theatre to be te…

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

BWW Interview: Jasper Britton Talks WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION by Rona Kelly

Witness for the Prosecution announced that it would be extending its run at London County Hall this week, with court now in session until March 2020. Jasper Britton shares what it's like to …

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Song Insights: 'The Ladies Who Lunch', COMPANY by Rona Kelly

Musical Director Joel Fram joins us once again to dissect The Ladies Who Lunch, Marianne Elliott's staging of it, and the 'complex set of causes and effects' that result from this reworking.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Song Insights: "Getting Married Today", COMPANY by Rona Kelly

Ever wanted to know how your favourite songs come together Our Song Insights will dissect an iconic number with the cast and creatives themselves. What better way to kick things off than wit…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

BWW Interview: Golda Rosheuvel Talks THE AMERICAN CLOCK by Rona Kelly

Actress Golda Rosheuvel has always loved jazz and swing, sharing that 'Ella Fitzgerald is one of the reasons shestarted singing'. Giving us an insight into the music and magic of theatre, Go…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

BWW Interview: Helena Morais Talks CACOPHONY Transfer by Rona Kelly

Helena Morais explains why people need to see this production right now, and shares just what being part of the Young Company has meant to her 'It's not enough to just be in a certain space …

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

BWW Interview: Olivia Williams Talks TARTUFFE by Rona Kelly

Sharing what brings her back to this theatre time and time again, Olivia also reveals one of her first questions for director Blanche McIntyre, as well asher excitement for getting to take o…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

BWW Interview: Lucy Phelps Talks AS YOU LIKE IT by Rona Kelly

With rehearsals underway for As You Like It, this is a formative time for Lucy in what is her first encounter with not only the play, but also the character. Talking ensemble and expectation…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

BWW Interview: Joel Fram On The Making of the COMPANY Cast Album by Rona Kelly

The original cast recording of Marianne Elliott's acclaimed production of Company dropped mere hours ago. We caught up with Musical Director Joel Fram once again, to take you behind the scen…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

BWW Interview: Mark Ravenhill Talks New RSC Season & THE BOY IN THE DRESS by Rona Kelly

This Christmas, an adaptation of The Boy in the Dress will play the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, penned by Mark with music and lyrics from Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.As news of the music…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

BWW Interview: Judy Kuhn & Andy Nyman Talk FIDDLER ON THE ROOF West End Transfer by Rona Kelly

As news of the West End transfer of Fiddler on the Roof broke, we chatted to Judy Kuhn and Andy Nyman to get their reactions, share their journeys with the show, and lift the lid on married …

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Friday, January 25, 2019

BWW Interview: Musical Director Joel Fram Talks COMPANY by Rona Kelly

With two months left, Musical Director Joel Fram speaks to us about developing the show with Elliott and Sondheim, how the show continues to change across the run, and working with the very …

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

BWW Interview: Monica Dolan Talks ALL ABOUT EVE by Rona Kelly

With rehearsals for All About Eveunderway, Monica Dolan shares her excitement for taking on a similar role of direct addressplaying both Karen and a narrator. She also gives an insight into …

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

BWW Interview: Chita Rivera on Her Career & Concerts at Cadogan Hall by Rona Kelly

An icon of the theatre world, Chita Rivera comes to London next month to play Cadogan Hall for just two concerts. Talking to her about returning to her 'second home', Chita also shares what …

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

BWW Interview: Leo Bill & Tony Grech-Smith on THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND NT Live by Rona Kelly

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second marks the Almeida's first National TheatreLive, broadcasting to audiences around the world on 15 January. We spoketo actor Leo Bill and caught up with …

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Friday, December 21, 2018

BWW Interview: Forbes Masson Talks SUMMER AND SMOKE by Rona Kelly

Music sits very much at the heart of director Rebecca Fracknell's vision of Summer and Smoke, the stage surrounded by pianos. Giving us an insight into how that world is created on stage, ac…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

BWW Review: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND, Almeida Theatre by Rona Kelly

'Forget, forgive, conclude and be agreed...' Sure, the Almeida's The Tragedy of King Richard the Second is one you won't soon forget, thanks to stand out performances from Simon Russell Beal…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

BWW Interview: Saskia Reeves Talks THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND by Rona Kelly

Discussing how relevant the play is to not only our timebut this very week, SaskiaReeves also shares the joys of working on Shakespeare with Declan Donnellan and Joe Hill-Gibbins, 'directors…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

BWW Interview: Patsy Ferran Talks SUMMER AND SMOKE by Rona Kelly

Straight off her win forBest Actress in a New Production of a Play at BroadwayWorld's UK Awards, Patsy Ferran shares what it's like to have a character in your head for that long a time. Tak…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BWW Interview: Rachel Kavanaugh Talks A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Rona Kelly

Having recently worked on a number of musicals including the acclaimed Half a Sixpence, Rachel Kavanaugh returns to the RSC for a play which has some ghosts of the past and present. Sharing …

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

BWW Interview: Stevie Basaula on his first RSC SEASON by Rona Kelly

The Royal Shakespeare Company brings their latest season to the Barbican this Winter, made up of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Merry Wives of Winter. A number of the cast appear in one o…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

BWW Interview: Tamara Lawrance Talks THE TELL-TALE HEART by Rona Kelly

The Tell-Tale Heart marks Tamara Lawrance's third appearance at the National Theatre. Reuniting with writer Anthony Neilson, Tamara gives us an insight into his rehearsal rooms, how they've …

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

BWW Interview: 'A Vital Role in the Theatre Community' - Why Stage Door Keepers are a Keeper by Rona Kelly

Chatting to the teams at the Prince Edward Theatre Aladdin and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Heathers the Musical, both explained how being 'a people person' is so key to the role. In addition…

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