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May 22, 2019

Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” has been an extremely popular story in pretty much all forms of entertainment you can possibly imagine. A best-selling novel, a Billy Wilder film, American and British television adaptations, radio adaptations... If you can think of it, it’s probably been done. And, of course, that includes theatre.

Today, we come from a south London rehearsal room where we are talking to two members of the new company who are about to join the cast of the London production of the Agatha Christie classic which opened on October 6 2017 at County Hall on London’s South Bank. Produced by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions and directed by Lucy Bailey, the show has been extremely well received and has already seen its run extended multiple times.

Lewis Cope and Carolin Stoltz play the lovers at the centre of this thriller and are extremely excited to be joining such a revered production in such an iconic location.

Apr 30, 2019

This week, I catch up with another friend i haven’t seen for quite some time, because when I heard that Laurence Mark Wythe had a new musical being performed with the National Youth Musical Theatre, I just had to get the inside scoop. Along with his writing partner Timothy Knapman, they take the story of The Big Bad Wolf and turn it on its head.

Laurence is an extremely prolific music writer and always seems to have something on the go, so I really appreciated him sitting down with me, talking about his early career, how and why he got into the composer game and just what it’s like writing and recording music in a new digital age.

Laurence Mark Wythe Website

National Youth Musical Theatre Website

Growl Tickets

Theatre Street Performing Arts

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Apr 16, 2019

On this episode, we bring you Siubhan Harrison. After graduating from Guildford School of Acting, she hasn’t really stopped, ticking off some big bucket list musical jobs along the way including Les Mis, Grease and Guys and Dolls - all in London’s West End.

Siubhan is the real deal. And she’s showing off her comedy chops as well as her dramatic acting prowess in the winner of Best New Comedy at this year’s Olivier Awards, Home, I’m Darling.

We sat down in Siubhan’s dressing room for a quick pre-show chat to talk about her journey in getting to work with Tamara Harvey again, her director on “From Here to Eternity”, as well as discussing how theatre is changing for parents, what we love about theatre and the proper pronunciation of Theatre Clwyd.

Home, I'm Darling Tickets

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Apr 10, 2019

Ben Hewis is the guy that goes behind the scenes to bring you behind the scenes of some of the biggest shows hitting london.  If you have seen any promotional footage for shows such as Come From Away, Night of the Living Dead Live, Gloria Estefan's On Your Feet (which you will be seeing soon) as well as covering untold numbers of opening nights and awards ceremonies for WhatsOnStage, including working the red carpet and press room from this year’s Olivier Awards.

But more than that Ben has been up to something good.  After seeing a production of Emilia (currently running at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End) he’s been using the Twittersphere to raise awareness about the production and to encourage and take as many disadvantaged young women to see the show as possible.

 

Emilia gofundme Page

Ben Hewis Twitter Page

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Apr 5, 2019

We recently got to sit down with the company of "All About Eve", currently playing at the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s West End, to talk about bringing this classic Hollywood film to the London Stage, and then back to the screen on an NT Live broadcast.

The company, led by Gillian Anderson and Lily James as Margo Channing and Eve Harrington respectively, were totally aware that this production of the beloved film, arguably the film that launched Marilyn Monroe’s career, and where Bette Davis utters the immortal words “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night”, was going to be highly scrutinised. But they didn’t have to worry at all. Ivo van Hove’s interpretation has seen a sold out run at the Noël Coward and the company revelled in this stage adaptation.

NT Live Website

"All About Eve" Curtain Call Page

Apr 3, 2019

Say the name Strallen and you can take your pick of a first name and you are pretty much guaranteed a quality turn. Scarlett, Zizi, Saskia and this week’s guest, the wonderful Summer Strallen have all graced stages across London, the UK and indeed the globe - all the while picking up nominations and awards all over the place. These are some seriously talented sisters.

And I had the absolute pleasure to meet, sit down and have a good old chin wag with Summer last week to chat about all kinds of things, because, let’s face it, she’s got a CV that most actors would die for, working for some of the greatest directors of our time.

Summer is currently playing in Intra Muros at Park Theatre until the 4th of May.

 

Intra Muros Tickets

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Feb 26, 2019

This week, it’s a little mini podcast. One that shows just how manic it can be backstage before a show during one of our visits and one that you can listen to in between stations on the London Underground. Just about as long as an Oscar® speech.

So why not let us celebrate the genius that is Olivia Colman. Not only is she a delight to watch on stage and screen. But as we found out this award season, she’s exceptionally good at an acceptance speech. Raspberries and all.

We had the absolute pleasure in meeting and chatting to Olivia while she was on stage at the National Theatre performing in Mosquitoes. So you will hear us referencing another Olivia, and that would be friend of the show Olivia Williams. She talks about their on stage sisterly bitterness as well as her fondness for the National Theatre. Hopefully we see her back there soon.

 

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Feb 18, 2019

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you right into the heart of the launch party for “Come From Away” held at Canada House. The Broadway transfer was just about to start rehearsing before heading off to Dublin for an “Off Off Off West End” run.

And this week, we return to Canada House to the official press event before tonight’s official opening.  

And just one of the many, many reasons you should go watch this show is to see the powerhouse performance of this week’s guest, Rachel Tucker. Rachel is a West End and Broadway star, appearing in “We Will Rock You” and others here in London as well as Sting’s “The Last Ship” on Broadway… and she played Elphaba in “Wicked” on both sides of the Atlantic.  This girl can absolutely sing! And what’s more, she’s just lovely to meet in person.

We got the opportunity to talk to her about her role as “Beverley / Annette and others”.  It’s a marvellous track, and we sat down to talk about just what it meant to be part of this amazing story that is SO much more than a 9/11 musical.

Come From Away Curtain Call Page

 

Feb 15, 2019

Earlier this week we brought you the first part of our “Get the Most Out of Your Next Job” panel at Surviving Actors London 2019.

If you haven’t listened to episode 114, take the time to download it and then you can listen to this episode. Or do the absolute opposite and listen to this one first. It doesn’t really matter, but whatever you do, you don’t want to just listen to one part. That would be like watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 2 only… Nobody needs that to happen to them.

In any case, I was joined by director Bruce Guthrie, casting director Sarah Jane Price, producer Kimberly Thomas-Currie, movement director Amaia Mugica and lovely actor Sam Marks making there at Surviving Actors London 2019.

Have a listen as we open up the panel to the actors in the audience.

Feb 12, 2019

Curtain Call had the opportunity to host a panel at Surviving Actors London 2019. If you don’t know about it, Surviving Actors was set up by actors for actors.

 

 

Since there were already panels about getting auditions, audition technique, self-taping and the like, we thought it would be good to have a panel that discussed what happens when you get the job and how to get the most out of the opportunity you’ve been given.

I was joined by director Bruce Guthrie, casting director Sarah Jane Price,  producer Kimberly Thomas-Currie, movement director Amaia Mugica and lovely actor Sam Marks making there at Surviving Actors London 2019.

Feb 5, 2019

Coventry City is currently looking forward to its status as City of Culture, its tenure beginning 2021. To ring in the celebrations, the ever-popular Horrible Histories team visited the city to film some sketches that revolved around local historical figures including Lady Godiva and Ira Aldridge…

Curtain Call’s Theo Bosanquet takes the reins this week when he sat down with the Horrible Histories team to talk about the project with Director Adam Jenkins, followed by writer Greg Jenna. You’ll then hear from actors Jessica Ransom, Tom Stourton and Javone Prince before Mark Burnham, Costume designer, brings it home.

 

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Jan 29, 2019

Curtain Call has recently published a couple of pieces about the top Broadway Musical transfers and the top musical revivals for 2019. It is by no means an extensive list, but just something to put in your pipes to smoke.

And we thought we would talk to someone who KNOWS about musicals...to go straight to the source…the amazing Jenna Russell. Urinetown, Merrily We Roll Along, Doctor Faustus, Grey Gardens, Di and Viv and Rose, Fun Home… These are just some of the more recent shows. She’s been in far, far more. Les Mis, Follies, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, As You Like It, Anthony and Cleopatray…. The gal never stops…

We sat down with Jenna to speak about the musicals coming to town in 2019, and also a bit about her concert on the 3rd of February at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Jan 22, 2019

Anyone who caught Dominic Cooke’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre during the 2017/2018 season were witness to a sensational performance by today’s guest. And for those of you who didn’t get to see it...you’re in luck, because Tracie Bennett is reprising her role of Carlotta Campion this Spring in what promises to be a very popular return run.

The opportunity to hear Tracie sing “I’m Still Here”, absolutely nailing Sondheim’s masterpiece of a song, should have punters racing to get tickets.

We had the chance to speak to Tracie during the last run about what it means to sing Sondheim’s classic tunes, holding the stage at the Olivier and what it means to return to The National to perform.

 

Jan 8, 2019

Last year, Curtain Call were privileged to be invited to the launch party of the West End Transfer of the Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away.

In this week's episode, we bring you our coverage of the entire event, including some audio from three of the songs featured in the musical. After just two days of rehearsal, the company stood in front of industry media and industry professionals to deliver a knock out performance.

Come From Away begins its previews later this month before opening on the 18th of February at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End.

 

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Jan 5, 2019

This is the full episode and not just the intro! Sorry

One of the West End’s biggest shows will be bringing the curtain down one last time in a couple of weeks as this episode drops. And London’s Strand will be just a little bit more dull without the sparkling red footwear that currently hangs over one of London’s busiest streets. Of course I am talking about Kinky Boots.

Crowds have loved this show...and so have we at Curtain Call. And we couldn’t let the show close without one last visit to have a chat to the Charlie and Lola closing the show.

And before we kick off, I just want to say that this is going to be a two-parter, with part two coming out this Friday, so listen out for that...but to start it all off, Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett sat down with me just before Christmas to talk about all things Kinky from their first experience of Kinky Boots, to stepping into the big boots of those who went before them to just what it means to be playing in such a loved (and socially important) show.

Jan 4, 2019

In part one of this double-header, Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett talked about their first experience of Kinky Boots and what it means to be playing in such a loved (and socially important) show.

In this episode, we dig a little deeper and get a little more personal as the boys relate how close to their hearts this show has grown, how important they believe the show’s message is and what they will individually take away from their time in Kinky Boots.

Jan 1, 2019

One of the West End’s biggest shows will be bringing the curtain down one last time in a couple of weeks as this episode drops. And London’s Strand will be just a little bit more dull without the sparkling red footwear that currently hangs over one of London’s busiest streets. Of course I am talking about Kinky Boots.

Crowds have loved this show...and so have we at Curtain Call. And we couldn’t let the show close without one last visit to have a chat to the Charlie and Lola closing the show.

And before we kick off, I just want to say that this is going to be a two-parter, with part two coming out this Friday, so listen out for that...but to start it all off, Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett sat down with me just before Christmas to talk about all things Kinky from their first experience of Kinky Boots, to stepping into the big boots of those who went before them to just what it means to be playing in such a loved (and socially important) show.

Dec 23, 2018

This week, to celebrate the holidays, I thought I would bring you one of my favourite Christmas stories. I have had the pleasure of reading an adaptation this story on BBC radio a few years back and, in my opinion, this sums up everything that we should all be, not only at this time of year but all year round. Selfless, giving, loving and grateful.

So sit back and please enjoy the timeless tale, “The Gift of the Magi” written in 1905 by American author, O. Henry

 

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Dec 19, 2018

Currently running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of Fiddler left its audience in both stitches and tears.  We absolutely loved it. It was so refreshing to see a grounded, measured, sober and thoughtful production of this fantastic show.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Andy before a show to talk about his journey to Anatevka, the setting of Fiddler, the importance of the story (and not just to the Jewish population) and his personal emotional investment into this production.  We were also joined by Paul Bogaev, the Emmy and Grammy winning musical director of Fiddler, who just happened to be walking through the foyer. We think you’ll agree he had some fascinating insights into this production.

Just a warning...there is some swearing in this episode.

 

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Fiddler on the Roof Curtain Call Page

Dec 5, 2018

Way back when Curtain Call was in its infancy, we got to see Showstoppers when they were in the West End at the Apollo Theatre and I was floored by their improvisational skills and their absolute genius at making a musical out of a few suggestions from the audience. We were in stitches in the auditorium. Even the ushers were weeping with laughter… It was something to behold.

So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to bring you a little chat with the co-founders of Showstoppers Dylan Emery and Adam Meggido, as well as the musical director, Duncan Walsh Atkins...who’s job is to keep up with the lightning fast improv taking place on stage and to somehow come up with any number of musical styles from across the ages at the drop of a hat…

Showstoppers - The Improvised Musical runs from the 22nd of January to 16th March 2019

 

Showstoppers Website

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Nov 20, 2018

Last week we brought you the first part of a two-part episode with Polly Bennett, the movement director behind Rami Malek’s breathtaking transformation into Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury for the hit film Bohemian Rhapsody.

And although Polly chats just a little bit more about how anyone can use techniques employed on the film, we really wanted to delve deep into her passion project and full time job as creator of The Monobox. The Monobox is one of the best resources around for “emerged” actors, a word that Polly is owning...and to be honest, I love!  

 

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The Monobox Website

Nov 13, 2018

In the first part of a two-part discussion, we speak to Polly Bennett - a woman who has taken the idea and profession of Movement Director to new heights.

You may have heard Polly a few times in our podcasts before when we brought you podcasts from the company she co-founded, Monobox. In addition to being a superwoman running a business that supports artists, she worked with the RSC before going on to work at multiple Olympics ceremonies and top notch cross-over directors like Sam Mendes, who she worked with directly after Bohemian Rhapsody on the absolutely thrilling “Lehman Trilogy” at the National Theatre.

Curtain Call’s Theo Bosanquet and Curtain Call co-founder Matt Humphrey sat down (in a sometimes noisy Above the Arts Club) to talk to Polly about how she found herself as the go to movement director.  Now, as this chat was nearly an hour, we are going to make this one a two-parter. In this episode, Polly brings us the story of her journey from the National Youth Theatre to being on set every day with the spitting image of Freddie Mercury.

Nov 6, 2018

This week, we sit down with the writer of the world premiere of "Omish"  - written and co-devised by former Curtain Call employee Sophie Soanes and directed by Ewa Dina, as well of two of its cast members Joyce Omotola and Naomi Emanuelle at Above the Arts Club last week.  We were super impressed by the enthusiasm at which this group of women was attacking the problems of not only putting on a play in London, but also starting a production company. All the while keeping their day jobs...and their sanity… 

 

But Tickets for Omish

Lunar Theatre Facebook Page

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Oct 30, 2018

To commemorate the final week of what has been a tremendous run, I thought I would bring you the rest of the company of King Lear that we didn’t get to hear from in episode 97.  Their run has been a sold out success and it has truly been one of the highlights of my theatre outings this year.

I managed to grab the guys and chat to most of them in the interval about what it was like having nearly 50% of the cast join them in the West End from Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Jonathan Munby’s production of Lear.  It’s always an interesting topic to chat about, and I think that this cast and company gelled extremely quickly and sound like their have had a blast…

You will hear (in order of 'appearance') Michael Matus, James Corrigan, Richard Clews, Anthony Howell, John Hastings, John Vernon, Scott Sparrow, James Millard, Caleb Roberts, Jake Mann, Johanne Murdock and Jessica Murrain.

 

King Lear Curtain Call Page

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Michael Matus, James Corrigan, Richard Clews, Anthony Howell, John Hastings, John Vernon, Scott Sparrow, James Millard, Caleb Roberts, Jake Mann, Johanne Murdock and Jessica Murrain.

 

Oct 9, 2018

We are taking you on a slightly different journey this week. We had the pleasure of meeting Carys Williams at the Professional Lighting and Sound Association show in London last month. We started talking about the theatre where she works - The John Lyons Theatre. We were amazed that we had never heard of that theatre before, so we knew we just had to sit down to talk to Carys about it.

The John Lyons Theatre is located in Covent Garden within the CityLit building on Keeley Street between Holborn and Covent Garden tube stations. This is the ideal venue to host plays, theatre events, musical workshops...you name it. 

I sat down with Carys and asked her speak about what’s on offer there, both in continuing professional development opportunities for the theatre professional, but also about the history of the theatre, their recent productions and just how you can use this facility for a upcoming project yourself.

If anything you heard today has piqued your interest, and perhaps you would like to take a look at their course book and offerings, head over to https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses. They have loads of possibilities for theatre professionals to brush up on their skills like Stage management and technical theatre production or Prop Making for TV, Film and Theatre. There are plenty of acting, voice and directing courses too. And if you are thinking of looking at using the John Lyons theatre go to

https://www.citylit.ac.uk/venue-hire-john-lyons-theatre or get in touch with Carys at  johnlyonstheatre@citylit.ac.uk or call 020 7492 2615.  CityLit are celebrating their Centenary and would love to see you at their celebratory events - check out https://www.citylit.ac.uk/our-centenary for all information.

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John Lyons Theatre

CityLit Centenary Celebrations

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