In honour of this week’s opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway, I thought it would be prudent to bring you the West End’s own Willy Wonka, Jonathan Slinger, in a relatively brief chat we had backstage during the interval of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory when we visited the show for our Curtain Call book. He talks about his inspiration for the character, the size of the company and just how big that stage of the Theatre Royal Drury lane can feel.
And now, for something completely different. What I thought I would do this week is set a little quiz. The first Curtain Call Theatre Podcast Quiz: “Guess the Warm Up”.
You are going to hear a series of warm ups in the podcast, and we are going to give a book to the person that can guess which show up goes with which warm up.
Sounds easy, but there are definitely some tricky ones in there. But hopefully you’ll have a lot of fun guessing. The trick is to listen to the acoustics of the sound, recognizable names or characters names, and I may just give you a hint or two.
And there you have it. The very first Curtain Call Theatre Podcast Quiz. Send your answers as to which shows you heard to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us messages via Twitter or Facebook, and the person that guesses the most correctly will win a copy of Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre. If there is a tie, we will draw a name from a hat.
On Friday the 7th of April, we heard the incredibly sad news that the BAFTA award winning and Tony and Olivier Award nominee Tim Pigott-Smith passed away at the age of 70. It came as a huge shock on both sides of the Atlantic, not to mention the entire theatre world.
Having built a steady theatre career, he was brought to the nation’s consience when he starred as Ronald Merrick in a career-defining screen performance in ITV’s “The Jewel in the Crown.” Garnering him a BAFTA for Best Actor.
In this week’s podcast, we bring you the first person we ever recorded on our Curtain Call journey – one of the hardest working people in theatre - Emma De Souza, Head of Media and Marketing at the Society of London Theatre, or SOLT as it is now known. But just wait to hear what the actual acronym used to be. Take a wild guess…and enjoy it when you hear.