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10 minutes with Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo graduated from RADA in 2010 and was quickly performing with the English Touring Theatre and at Theatre Royal Stratford East, before coming to the West End in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in 2011. She recently finished the UK and Ireland tour of Sister Act, where she starred as feisty nun-on-the-run Deloris Van Cartier. Lucy Thackray caught up with ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with Jodie Prenger

The I'd Do Anything winner is starring in comedy hit One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. As she joins the show's tour cast for a week in her home town of Blackpool, she caught up with us about comedy rôles, the transition from talent show winner to cast member and keeping her dogs in chew sticks. You’ve ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Louise Dearman

Louise Dearman is about to make history by being the first actress in the world to have played the rôles of both Glinda and Elphaba in Wicked. Lucy Thackray caught up with her about her solo work and getting her green on. Congratulations on going back into Wicked, as Elphaba this time (Louise played Glinda in the show from 2010-2011). ...

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Encore: Andrew Keates and Robert McWhir, The Landor Theatre

Those familiar with The Phantom of the Opera will know that Paris’ fictional Opera Populaire in which the show is set, is run by two charming if somewhat pompous gentlemen, M. Firmin and M. Andre, forever attending to and fussing over the requirements and the budgets of their productions, the quality of which, courtesy of the Opera Ghost, was often ...

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Encore: Laura Tisdall, composer and writer

Who is Laura Tisdall? You may not know her yet, but if you’re a part of the growing online theatre geek world, chances are you’ve come across the musical she composed and wrote the book and lyrics for,The In-Between. A full two-act musical, it has now been recorded as a concept album, its songs brought to life by the voices ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Emma Williams

The Olivier-award nominee andLove StoryandChitty Chitty Bang Bangactress is set to appear in a one-off concert of great musical theatre songs on 19 July,Momentous Musicals. Lucy Thackray caught up with her to talk exciting workshops, dream rôles and an unconventional start in theatre... You’re in a show calledMomentous Musicalsat the New Wimbledon Theatre next week – are you excited? Yes, ...

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ENCORE: Blanche McIntyre

Waiting for Blanche McIntyre to emerge from the Whitechapel rehearsal room where The Only True History of Lizzie Finn is having its first run-through, I glance over my notes and a little incongruity makes me smile. Her presence as a director to watch was firmly announced when she won the 2011 Critics’ Circle Most Promising Newcomer award for her work ...

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INTERVIEW: David Essex

Silver-haired dream machine David Essex is set to rock on at Darlington and have audiences hooked on his pantomime rôle, here he talks to reporter Steve Burbridge Audiences are certain to be hooked by Darlington Civic Theatre’s swashbuckling silver anniversary pantomime, ‘Peter Pan’, which will star former pop pin-up and accomplished musical theatre performer David Essex as the fearsome Captain ...

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