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PREVIEW: New Wolsey a Big Spender with Sweet Charity

The Rhythm Of Life may be surging through their veins, but when you’re not only having to learn the lines for an iconic musical, remember the choreography, and having to play multiple instruments, it’s a juggling act of talents. Paul Couch spoke to cast members Katie Birtill, James Haggie, and Dan De Cruz. For the cast of Sweet Charity, opening ...

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NEWS: Mercury Theatre Colchester seeks boys for Bully Boy play

The Mercury Theatre Colchester is looking for three boys of Middle-Eastern descent to join the cast of their forthcoming production Bully Boy. The Essex theatre is looking for three confident boys to share the rôle of an eight year old boy. They don’t have to be an experienced actor, they just need to look eight years old, be comfortable singing ...

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NEWS: BEAM:2016 initiative aims to seek out new musical theatre writing talent

As the recession of the past few years loosens its grip, producers of musical theatre in the UK are beginning to take more risks with new writing. Two organisations, Musical Theatre Network (MTN) and Mercury Musical Developments (MMD) are collaborating to launch BEAM: 2016, a biennial national showcase of contemporary musical theatre BEAM:2016 will take place at the Park Theatre, ...

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INTERVIEW: Nina Hajiyianni living Happily Ever After

From decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK in 1967, through queer-bashing in the 1970s, the enactment of Section 28 in the 1980s, to the sanction of same-sex marriage in 2014, the portrayal of LGBTQ people has had a turbulent history. Paul Couch spoke to Action Transport Theatre’s Artistic Director, Nina Hajiyianni, about her new show for primary school-age children in ...

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INTERVIEW: Al Smith on Harrogate

Al Smith’s plays include Radio, Enola and The Bird, but having ventured into writing for flagship programmes such as EastEnders and Casualty, Smith now returns to theatre with his first new playin seven years. Harrogate received a rehearsed reading at the HighTide festival in 2013 and is about to receive its full world premiere at the Suffolk festival. Smith stepped ...

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INTERVIEW: Volta International Festival’s Andrea Ferran

The first ever Volta International Festival hasjust opened at Hackney’s Arcola Theatre and, for two weeks, will be presenting the English premieres of four plays by international writers. Andrea Ferran, the festival’s Artistic Director, talks to Glen Pearce about the festival and its aims for the future. So tell us about the Volta International Festival? It’s the first year of ...

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INTERVIEW: Anders Lustgarten on Lampedusa and political writing

With our TV screens and news pages filled with images of refugees attempting to cross into Europe, the topic of migration has rarely seen so relevant. Anders Lustgarten’s hard-hitting play, Lampedusa, looks at the grim task of retrieving bodies of those who perish crossing the Mediterranean looking for a new life. It was, however, ahead of its time and was ...

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INTERVIEW: Conrad Nelson…on The Winter’s Tale

Conrad Nelson’s long career at Northern Broadsides has taken in directing (Hamlet) or playing the lead rôle (Richard III among others) in several iconic Shakespeare plays. In The Winter’s Tale, he combines the two, playing Leontes as well as directing, as he explained to Ron Simpson. Is this the first time you’ve directed and taken the lead rôle for Northern ...

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