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Interview: Barrie Rutter on The Merry Wives

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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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INTERVIEW: Peter Forbes on The James Plays

Peter Forbes in The James Plays

Rona Munro's trilogy, The James Plays, received wide critical acclaim in both Edinburgh and London during 2014. Now the plays, taking an epic look of three of Scotland's Kings, is touring, visiting Australia, New Zealand and Canada as well as extensive UK dates. Peter Forbes, was in the original company in 2014 and reprised his role as Balvenie for the ...

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INTERVIEW: Ambreen Razia on The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

Across the UK, many young British Muslim women struggle to get their voice heard. The sometimes conflicting pressures of combining two cultures a challenge for the adolescents. Ambreen Razia's debut play takes a witty yet straight-talking look at the typical life of an aspirational 16-year old "Hounslow Girl". As the show prepares for a UK tour, Razia spoke to Glen ...

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INTERVIEW: Toby Peach

Toby Peach in The Eulogy of Toby Peach

One in two of us will experience cancer first-hand and, for Toby Peach, being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 19 and again at 21 forced him to confront his own mortality. In a brave move, Peach decided to create a solo theatre piece not only to look back on his disease but celebrate life, The Eulogy of ...

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INTERVIEW: Graham Seed taking Flare Path on the road

Graham Seed

Those blessed with a long memory will remember actor Graham Seed from his short stint as upper-class buffoon Charlie Mycroft in Crossroads in the late 80s but he will be best remembered as series regular Nigel Pargetter in The Archers. However, a veteran also of the stage, Seed is now touring in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path.Glen Pearce spoke to him ...

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