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Richard Fleeshman on Stripping Down in London's Company, His Olivier Nomination & What Patti LuPone Calls Him

Richard Fleeshman on Stripping Down in London's Company, His Olivier Nomination & What Patti LuPone Calls Him

Richard Fleeshman starred on the West End and Broadway opposite Caissie Levy in Ghost the Musical and was part of the British ensembles of Urinetown and The Last Ship. But it’s fair to say that he has never had quite the opportunity offered by the knockout, gender-flipped revival of Company, playing the barely-clothed air steward Andy—a character previously known as April. The winning ...

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London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Her Long History with Wicked

London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Her Long History with Wicked

Rachel Tucker is known both sides of the Atlantic as an especially thrilling Elphaba in Wicked and as a singer who has enlivened various concert halls and cabaret rooms, performing both solo and alongside Jason Robert Brown and Kristin Chenoweth, among many others. But the Belfast-born vocal powerhouse is reveling just now in her first show she has originated in ...

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Charity Wakefield on Making Her West End Debut in Emilia and Realizing She Resembles Shakespeare

Charity Wakefield on Making Her West End Debut in Emilia and Realizing She Resembles Shakespeare

Charity Wakefield has made a name for herself both sides of the Atlantic in TV shows like Bounty Hunters and Wolf Hall but is only now making her West End debut in the transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre of Emilia, currently in previews prior to a March 21 opening. Premiered last summer at Shakespeare’s Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play tells ...

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Layton Williams on How Playing Angel in Rent Prepared Him for Starring in London's Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Layton Williams on How Playing Angel in Rent Prepared Him for Starring in London's Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Layton Williams wasn’t yet a teenager when in 2007 he became the first mixed-race actor to play the title role on the West End in Billy Elliot the Musical. Now 24, he has taken on the starring role in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre, following in the thigh-high boots of his friend, John McCrea, in the British ...

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30 Rock Alum Jack McBrayer on Jane Krakowski's Stage Advice & His West End Debut in Waitress

30 Rock Alum Jack McBrayer on Jane Krakowski's Stage Advice & His West End Debut in Waitress

Jack McBrayer tickled the funny bones of TV watchers with his career-defining performance as Kenneth the Page on NBC's 30 Rock. Now, marking a change of pace and of scene, the Georgia-born, L.A.-based actor has crossed the Atlantic to make his musical-theater debut in the London premiere of Sara Bareilles' Waitress, currently previewing prior to a March 7 ...

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Katherine Parkinson on Playing a 1950s-Obsessed Housewife in the West End's Home, I’m Darling

Katherine Parkinson on Playing a 1950s-Obsessed Housewife in the West End's Home, I’m Darling

A beloved name on British TV thanks to shows like The IT Crowd, Doc Martin and Humans, Katherine Parkinson makes regular, always-welcome appearances on stage and can currently be found playing the 1950s-obsessed housewife, Judy, in the Laura Wade play Home, I’m Darling at the Duke of York’s Theatre, first seen in London last summer at the National Theatre. Broadway ...

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Natalie McQueen on Bringing 9 to 5 to the West End in the #MeToo Era and Her Dream Trip to Dollywood

Natalie McQueen on Bringing 9 to 5 to the West End in the #MeToo Era and Her Dream Trip to Dollywood

Scarcely had Natalie McQueen finished closing out the hit London engagement of Kinky Boots before she was crossing the road to co-star with Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley in the West End debut of the musical version of 9 to 5, the iconic 1980 film that became a Broadway musical in 2009. McQueen plays the Dolly Parton role of Doralee ...

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Nine Night Playwright/Performer Natasha Gordon on Making History in the West End

Nine Night Playwright/Performer Natasha Gordon on Making History in the West End

Actress-playwright Natasha Gordon made history when she became the first-ever black British female dramatist to have a play commercially produced in the West End. First produced by the National Theater, Nine Night at Trafalgar Studios takes its title from Jamaican funerary traditions as they affect a family living in London and mourning the loss of the matriarch, Gloria. Now in ...

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All About Eve Star Julian Ovenden on Bringing the Classic Film to Life on the London Stage

All About Eve Star Julian Ovenden on Bringing the Classic Film to Life on the London Stage

Julian Ovenden’s lustrous singing voice has graced many a musical and concert performance both sides of the Atlantic. In recent years, though, the actor has turned his attention to plays, from the superlative Donmar revival of My Night with Reg to Martin Crimp’s challenging The Treatment at the Almeida. On February 2, he starts previews at the Noel Coward Theatre ...

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Caroline, or Change Star Sharon D. Clarke on Playing Americans on the London Stage & More

Caroline, or Change Star Sharon D. Clarke on Playing Americans on the London Stage & More

The English performer Sharon D. Clarke has lent her formidable presence to many an American title on the London stage, from her 2014 Olivier Award-winning performance in James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner to Ghost the Musical, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and her current and tumultuous star turn as Caroline Thibodeaux in the Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori musical Caroline, or Change ...

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West End Star Bonnie Langford on Diva Behavior and Jumping from 42nd Street to 9 to 5

West End Star Bonnie Langford on Diva Behavior and Jumping from 42nd Street to 9 to 5

Bonnie Langford began her career as a child actor in such shows as the Angela Lansbury Gypsy and has joined the cast of the rousing West End revival of 42nd Street to close out the show as the last Dorothy Brock before the run ends January 5 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Rarely long away from the stage, she ...

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Joshua Jenkins on Playing a Teen Again in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End

Joshua Jenkins on Playing a Teen Again in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End

Joshua Jenkins has spent a sizable chunk of his acting life playing Christopher, the teenager at the wounding and wounded heart of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The much-lauded Simon Stephens play, adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name, has returned for an encore West End engagement, this time to the Piccadilly Theatre where ...

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Summer and Smoke Star Patsy Ferran on American Voices, Working with Angela Lansbury and More

Summer and Smoke Star Patsy Ferran on American Voices, Working with Angela Lansbury and More

Patsy Ferran was barely out of the prestigious London drama school, RADA, when she proved that she could steal a scene or two from none other than Angela Lansbury in the 2014 West End revival of Blithe Spirit. Since then, the gifted performer has done Shakespeare (Celia, Portia) as well as the one-woman Royal Court play My Mum’s a Twat ...

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Reeve Carney on Descending into London's Hadestown After Soaring in Broadway's Spider-Man

Reeve Carney on Descending into London's Hadestown After Soaring in Broadway's Spider-Man

Reeve Carney soared above the audience as Spider-Man in the much-chronicled Broadway musical of the same name and this time descends to the underworld as the singing, romantically smitten Orpheus in Hadestown. The Anaïs Mitchell musical, directed by Rachel Chavkin, is running in repertory in the National Theatre’s Olivier auditorium and has Broadway in its sights, which prompted the charming ...

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Rising Star Douglas Booth on Returning to the London Stage in A Guide for the Homesick, His Broadway Girlfriend and More

Rising Star Douglas Booth on Returning to the London Stage in A Guide for the Homesick, His Broadway Girlfriend and More

Still only 26, Douglas Booth has been appearing on film and TV for a decade and has won screen attention in such titles as Noah, The Riot Club, Great Expectations and the experiment in painted animation, Loving Vincent. But over the last 18 months, the fast-rising English actor has turned his attentions to the London stage, first in Stephen Karam’s ...

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West End Star Tim Howar on His Surprising History with The Phantom of the Opera and More

West End Star Tim Howar on His Surprising History with The Phantom of the Opera and More

Tim Howar has been rocking out on the London stage of late in Rock of Ages and Chess, and the Canadian performer is now donning that legendary mask to play—you guessed it—The Phantom of the Opera in the ongoing original production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Broadway.com chatted to the ever-likable performer to discuss ...

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Pack of Lies' Finty Williams and Chris Larkin on Finally Working Together Onstage and Their Famous Mums (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith!)

Pack of Lies' Finty Williams and Chris Larkin on Finally Working Together Onstage and Their Famous Mums (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith!)

Finty Williams and Chris Larkin are terrific English actors in their own right but share the fact of having a parent who is a Tony and Oscar-winning British legend—two women, in their 80s, who are themselves great lifelong friends. Williams is the only child of Dame Judi Dench and the late Michael Williams, while Larkin is the older of two ...

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London Bat Out of Hell Star Jordan Luke Gage on Taking Over the Leading Role in the Rock Extravaganza and His Surprising Tattoo

London Bat Out of Hell Star Jordan Luke Gage on Taking Over the Leading Role in the Rock Extravaganza and His Surprising Tattoo

Jordan Luke Gage was already doing several performances a week as the ever-young Strat in the Jim Steinman-scored rock extravaganza Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre, but when original leading man Andrew Polec left the show to return to the U.S., the 26-year-old Englishman stepped up to the star position. Broadway.com spoke to the charming performer ...

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London Company Star Jonathan Bailey on Revering Patti LuPone, Texting Samantha Barks and Not Getting Married Today

London Company Star Jonathan Bailey on Revering Patti LuPone, Texting Samantha Barks and Not Getting Married Today

Jonathan Bailey’s credits range from Gavroche in Les Miz when he was a child actor to the most recent London revival of The Last Five Years, opposite Samantha Barks, and the Almeida Theatre world premiere of American Psycho alongside Matt Smith. He is currently stopping the show nightly at the Gielgud Theatre as Jamie—the nervous spouse-to-be formerly known as Amy—in ...

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The Inheritance's Kyle Soller on Bringing the Two-Part Epic to the West End, Vanessa Redgrave's Surprise & More

The Inheritance's Kyle Soller on Bringing the Two-Part Epic to the West End, Vanessa Redgrave's Surprise & More

West End transfers rarely come as keenly anticipated as the upgrade currently being afforded the Young Vic production of The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s seven-hour, two-part play chronicling a cross-section of contemporary gay American life and patterned after the EM Forster novel Howards End. Demanding a lot of a cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave and John Benjamin Hickey, the play represents ...

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Harry Reid on Making the Leap from TV's EastEnders to the London Stage in Witness for the Prosecution

Harry Reid on Making the Leap from TV's EastEnders to the London Stage in Witness for the Prosecution

Harry Reid spent three and a half years making a name for himself in the popular British TV soap opera EastEnders and now the 25-year-old performer can be seen in the crucial role of Leonard Vole in Witness for the Prosecution, the time-honored Agatha Christie title that continues its hit run at London's County Hall staged within a onetime debating ...

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London Stage Star Kirsty Bushell on Playing the Fierce and Feral Regan Opposite Ian McKellen in King Lear

London Stage Star Kirsty Bushell on Playing the Fierce and Feral Regan Opposite Ian McKellen in King Lear

Kirsty Bushell has played Shakespeare’s Juliet as well as Olivia in Twelfth Night and has been earning praise, and eliciting gasps, for her no-holds-barred portrayal of the venomous Regan in the current Ian McKellen-led King Lear. The Chichester Festival Theatre production at the Duke of York’s will be broadcast to cinemas via National Theatre Live on September 27, allowing audiences ...

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London Heathers Star Carrie Hope Fletcher on Balancing Her Role with Being a YouTube Sensation & More

London Heathers Star Carrie Hope Fletcher on Balancing Her Role with Being a YouTube Sensation & More

Les Miz alumna Carrie Hope Fletcher spent much of the summer headlining an in-town production of Heathers: The Musical that wasn’t open to the press: a somewhat-tweaked version of the same staging has now got a commercial upgrade to the Theatre Royal Haymarket and is in previews prior to opening on September 13. The charming and hugely self-aware Fletcher joined ...

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Aladdin Star Michael James Scott on Playing the Genie in London and All Over the World

Aladdin Star Michael James Scott on Playing the Genie in London and All Over the World

Michael James Scott has traveled far and wide with the hit Disney musical Aladdin, both on tour and in Australia, where last year he won the prestigious Helpmann Award for his performance as the ever-ebullient Genie. He can currently be seen in the ongoing West End production at the Prince Edward Theatre while the part’s local originator, Trevor Dion Nicholas ...

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London Star Sophie Thompson on Tackling Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest & Her Two Other Careers

London Star Sophie Thompson on Tackling Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest & Her Two Other Careers

Sophie Thompson has a diverse and distinguished list of credits ranging from the Harry Potter screen franchise to Celebrity MasterChef and the popular U.K. TV soaps, EastEnders and Coronation Street. But it’s on stage where the Olivier Award-winning performer has really shone, whether in musicals (Company, Guys and Dolls) or in her current gig as a swooping-voiced Lady Bracknell ...

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