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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Andy Hockley

Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts centre and The Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The Reviews Hub’s Rich Jevons talks to veteran actor Andy Hockley about playing Grandpa Potts in the new stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Had you seen the film before taking on the rôle of Grandpa Potts? Yes, I remember when it first came out! I saw it in the cinema when it was released ...

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INTERVIEW: Rolan Bell on Park Theatre’s Rapunzel

Rolan Bell and Aretha Ayeh rehearse Rapunzel

Up and down the country actors are embracing their inner child and being silly. No, it's not some industrial action but rehearsal time for panto season. Rolan Bell is swapping the hit musical Memphis for fairytale land as he takes the rôle of King Gerrard in Rapunzel at London’s Park Theatre. He takes a break from rehearsal to talk to ...

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INTERVIEW: Alex Gaumond goes Into The Woods

Portrait of musical theatre actor Alex Gaumond

Alex Gaumond has become one of musical theatre’s most popular leading men with rôles in Queen’s We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde and Matilda. He is currently swapping the bright lights of the glittering West End for the a stint in the ever-raining surrounds of Manchester in a brand new in-the-round revival of Sondheim's Into the Woods. John Roberts went ...

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INTERVIEW: David Troughton on becoming Mister Tom

He was born into a brood of actors so large and eclecticallytalented that they refer to themselves as 'The Family Von Trought'. He's appeared in films, on television, and radio, and even narrated audio books based on the iconic character created by his father. Paul Couch caught up with David Troughton as he prepares to take on the titular rôle ...

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INTERVIEW: Simon Mendes da Costa on A Better Woman

Simon Mendes da Costa came to playwriting after a spell as an estate agent, computer programmer and an actor. His play,Losing Louis, had success in the West End and on Broadway and his latest play, A Better Woman, is shortly about to become the second in-house production at TheMarlowe Studio, Canterbury. Mendes da Costa spoke to Glen Pearce about the ...

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INTERVIEW: Jason Donovan talks Priscilla

Jason Donovan and Scottish TV and theatre star Gavin Mitchell talk to The Reviews Hub's Fraser MacDonald about bringing Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Edinburgh this festive season. Over the three times you have played the rôle of Tick, has the show technically changed much? JD: Well, as a touring show, you have to work things differently. On the ...

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INTERVIEW: Scottish comedian Des Clarke talks panto

One of Scotland's best-loved comedians, Des Clarke has amassed a loyal following for both his stand-up gigs and as a radio presenter, waking up the nation each morning with theCapital Radio Breakfast Show. An established newspaper columnist and TV presenter, he has interviewed some of the showbiz world’s biggest names including Rihanna, Robbie Williams, Britney Spears, One Direction and Katy ...

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INTERVIEW: Bristol Wardrobe Theatre’s Matthew Whittle

December is an exciting month for theatre in Bristol, and that’s not just because Warwick Davis is in panto. It’s because Wardrobe Theatre is moving to a brand-new venue in Old Market. The new theatre will have a bigger capacity, bigger shows and wider programming. And their first show, as per the holiday tradition, is another screwy adults-only Christmas show. ...

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