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INTERVIEW: Kully Thiarai, her Curtain Call and CAST

By Ron Simpson On 25 April 2016, CAST in Doncaster is to hold a special event, a “Give What You Can” fundraising evening for the theatre with Artistic Director Kully Thiarai, joined by friends and guests for an evening of memories, music and performance. The special significance of what is certain to be a warm-hearted and entertaining evening is that ...

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INTERVIEW: Rifco’s Pravesh Kumar talks about Laila – The Musical

When actor and director Pravesh Kumar started Rifco in 1999, it was to redress a perceived lack of voice for other British Asian artists and an almost non-existent theatre-going experience for those from the same community, which he felt was an untapped market. Seventeen years on, Kumar’s vision has been vindicated and the long-held belief that the British Asian community ...

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INTERVIEW: Hadley Fraser takes a Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Hadley Fraser

Hadley Fraser must have built up some good karma in a previous life. For 10 years he was a leading man in a number of musicals including two successful stints inLes Miserables, portraying Raul in the 25thanniversary ofThe Phantom of the Operaand aged just 26 opening a show on BroadwayThe Pirate Queen(though it'sarguablethe luck kicked back, the show created by ...

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INTERVIEW – Harold Sanditen on Flyin’ High

Harold Sanditen

After 20 years as a theatre producer, Harold Sanditen decided to move into performing cabaret.Sanditen now hosts the long-running Open Mic Night at London's The Crazy Coqs. As well as hosting, Sanditen has an extensive cabaret career of his own, and his latest show, Flyin' High, has now been captured on CD. Here Sanditen talks to Glen Pearce about cabaret, ...

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Interview: Barrie Rutter on The Merry Wives

Image Credit: Nobby Clarke

By Ron Simpson Two hours before the matinee performance of The Merry Wives at the home of Northern Broadsides, Dean Clough Mill in Halifax, Barrie Rutter is talking about the production. The flowing hair and trim beard are part of his character of Sir John Falstaff; the fat suit will come later. For a play ostensibly set in Windsor, Northern ...

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INTERVIEW: Musical Director Nick Barstow

With shows such as the recent west end gala concertSeason's of LarsonandYou Won't SucceedOn BroadwayIf You Don't Have Any Jews, Musical Director, Composer and Arranger Nick Barstow chats toThe Reviews Hub's John Roberts about his time on Britain's Got Talent and his varied musical career. Can you remember your first musical experiences and what influenced you the most in following ...

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16 For 2016: Julian Caddy

Brighton Fringe is England's largest arts festival and, each May, sees a huge banquet of shows take over Brighton and Hove. No selection criteria are imposed on participants, enabling both new and established performers to try out new work and take risks. For 2016, over 900 events will be staged across the city in a variety of venues. Julian Caddy ...

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INTERVIEW: William Galinsky on Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016

William Galinsky

With a history stretching back over 240 years, the annual Norfolk &Norwich Festival has a robust pedigree. The festival, though, isn’t one to rely on past glories and is constantly looking for the best music, cabaret, literature, comedy, dance and theatre to fill its 17-day programme. As the 2016 line up is launched this evening [24 February 2016] at Norwich’s ...

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