Richard Brooker has been involved in theatre for his entire life. From working on the New London Theatre production of Cats, he worked his way up to Sound No. 1 and mixed shows for a dozen years before he started designing. He’s now one of the country’s top sound designers working on shows such as Dreamgirls, The Bodyguard, Funny Girl, Bend it like Beckham, Annie, West Side Story, Sister Act and many, many, many more.
I caught up with him at the get-in of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the New Wimbledon Theatre to chat about his career, the difference a good and bad sound experience can be and how to get into the sound game if you’re interested.
Florian Zeller has a new play in the West End... How many times in recent years have we heard that? But the good thing is, if you do hear that sentence, you know you’re heading for a good evening in the theatre. So book your tickets.
The Son, starring a quartet of incredibly talented actors, lit up The Kiln Theatre garnering rave reviews before announcing a transfer to The Duke of York’s Theatre early on in its run.
Michael Longhurst’s production is a hard-hitting brutal play about teen depression, broken relationships, new relationships and stressed loyalties. But there is so, so much more in this play to discover. We had the opportunity to sit down with the principals in the cast just before warm up - Amaka Okafor, John Light, Laurie Kynaston and Amanda Abbington - to discuss the plays themes, the rehearsal process and the audience reactions.
Sophie Cohen, founder of House of Kittens, an erotic immersive theatre company sat down to chat with me about her new show Amatory Asuylum. The audience will find themselves transported into a world of sensual theatre to experience a unique, immersive journey embracing the surreal, the dramatic and the erotic.
Sophie and I chatted about her concepts for House of Kittens, the shows they create and how immersive theatre is a perfect fit for their shows. But don’t worry, you won’t get dragged up on stage to take part in a spanking…
House of Kittens Tickets (NSFW)
We’re going off-piste this week.
This week, we’re going to give you a three of the bard’s finest works as you have never heard them before.
A colleague of mine many years ago in the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and also a fantastic actor - Mikey O’Connor - well, we started a little project where we wanted to take classic literature and turn them into palatable short versions that you would hear around a campfire, including folk songs.
You get Romeo & Juliet as a country ditty, Henry V as a campfire tale and a Bob Dylan Hamlet.
Ken Davenport is a multiple-Tony Award-winning Broadway producer whose work spans around the globe. For those of you here in the UK, you may be familiar with a few of his productions including “Kinky Boots”, which won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2016 and Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury.
Ken is also busy giving back as much as he can to the theatre community at large. In that vein, he puts on a conference - The Producer’s Perspective Super Conference - every year where the world’s top theatrical talent gather for a weekend of education, inspiration and connection.
We talk to Ken about The Super Conference where hundreds of the world’s smartest creators descend upon New York City to learn what’s new, what’s hot, and what’s actually working and trending.
Book tickets here: Super Conference Website and make sure to use the unique code CURTAIN19 to get your special discount to the conference.