Jonathan Munby’s production of King Lear, currently running at the Duke of York’s Theatre having transferred from Chichester and starring Sir Ian McKellan, feels astonishingly apt for today’s climate of geo-political posturing, with a map of Europe being ripped apart by Lear at one point.
We sat down and talked to some of the women in the cast about a number of unique aspects to this production, including the gender-swapping of the role of Kent played by Sinead Cusack.
Kirsty Bushell, Claire Price and Anita-Joy Uwajeh, who play Lear's daughters had more to offer including a number of cast changes. Nearly half of the company are new to the production which can be tricky. We also touched upon the political aspects of the play - something which Sinead Cusack also had a bit to say about.
This week, I had the privilege of sharing the platform with Cherrelle Skeete (actress and found of Blacktress.co.uk), long-time RSC stalwart actor Sam Marks and director Zoé Ford, currently Associate Director for Sam Mendes on the Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre.
Curated by The Mono Box's Polly Bennett, the panel's discussion were kicked off by two questions about mental health and issues of self-worth. Those two questions took half an hour to address, and I thought I would let you listen to how the conversation unfolded. I found it fascinating, and hopefully you will, too. It is apparent that we, in this industry, find it very hard to talk about how we are feeling, and yet we are expected to bare our souls in front of a camera or audience.
This week, Matt Humphrey and I sat down to talk with Vicki Mortimer, multi-award-winning designer...and just all round fantastic theatre professional.
Vicki’s career is so full and varied, it’s one to be envied for anyone considering a career in theatre design. And not just theatre as we speak about it on day to day, but any production in a theatre. Musicals, drama, dance, opera, ballet...you name it, she has designed it.
Just some of the theatres she has designed for include the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, ENO, Royal Opera House, The Young Vic, Glyndebourne, Scottish National Ballet, Shakespeare's Globe... the list goes on.
This week is our first ever podcast brought to you specifically to celebrate an NT Live broadcast. We are bringing you some backstage chats with the cast of the National’s Lyttelton Theatre’s current production of “Julie” including “The Crown’s” Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi-Abrefa, recently seen onstage at the National in “The Amen Corner”.
The company talk about how exciting it is bringing this 19th Century Swedish classic to the 21st Century London and being able to share it beyond the walls of the National Theatre's home on the South Bank to cinemas around the globe.