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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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West End Chicago Star Alexandra Burke on Brandy, Cartwheels and The Bodyguard

West End Chicago Star Alexandra Burke on Brandy, Cartwheels and The Bodyguard

Alexandra Burke has had a busy time of it in the decade since she became an overnight British sensation on X Factor. She has played Rachel Marron on the West End in The Bodyguard, a show she will tour around the country from December, and was Svetlana in the recent, and well-reviewed, revival of Chess. From August 13, she becomes ...

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The Lieutenant of Inishmore's Chris Walley on Working with Poldark's Aidan Turner & Making a Splashy Debut

The Lieutenant of Inishmore's Chris Walley on Working with Poldark's Aidan Turner & Making a Splashy Debut

Professional stage debuts rarely come more auspicious than the bravura turn of 23-year-old Irishman Chris Walley in the current West End revival at the Noel Coward Theatre of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, starring TV’s popular Poldark, Aidan Turner. Martin McDonagh’s play, here directed by Michael Grandage, casts the recent drama school graduate as the hapless if endearing Davey—a part that ...

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West End Newcomer Ammar Haj Ahmad on Breaking Ground & Moving Audiences in The Jungle

West End Newcomer Ammar Haj Ahmad on Breaking Ground & Moving Audiences in The Jungle

It's rare to find a Syrian actor in a starring role in London's West End, but the collective thrill surrounding the New York-bound production of The Jungle involves a multi-national, multi-ethnic cast headed by U.K.-based Ammar Haj Ahmad. This portrait by writers Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson of life in the recent migrant and refugee encampment (the "jungle" ...

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West End Star David Haig on Writing and Starring in Pressure, His Historical Drama Set on the Eve of D-Day

West End Star David Haig on Writing and Starring in Pressure, His Historical Drama Set on the Eve of D-Day

David Haig q-and-a / Matt Wolf Weather is the unlikely if potent topic of Pressure at the Ambassadors Theatre, written by and starring the protean Olivier Award-winning actor David Haig, who is rarely absent from the West End stage, with credits including Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins and Journey’s End, to name just a few. After various airings in and around ...

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Lara Martins on Her Record-Breaking Run as Carlotta in London's The Phantom of the Opera

Lara Martins on Her Record-Breaking Run as Carlotta in London's The Phantom of the Opera

Lara Martins has quietly carved a slice of theatrical history by becoming the longest-running Carlotta in the storied history of The Phantom of the Opera, continuing on in its original West End production at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The Portuguese-born, London-educated performer joined the Andrew Lloyd Webber mainstay in 2012 and went on to play the role over 1680 times. As ...

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Kelli O'Hara on Revisiting The King and I in London & Gearing Up for Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway

Kelli O'Hara on Revisiting The King and I in London & Gearing Up for Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway

Kelli O’Hara is finally making her West End stage debut as British governess Anna Leonowens in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, the role that brought the beloved American star a belated 2015 Tony Award; the director Bart Sher’s much-lauded production once again co-starring Ken Watanabe as the King, opens July 3 at the Palladium. Broadway.com caught up ...

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West End Star Oliver Tompsett on How Starring in Kinky Boots Affects His Footwear Choices, Meeting Cyndi Lauper and More

West End Star Oliver Tompsett on How Starring in Kinky Boots Affects His Footwear Choices, Meeting Cyndi Lauper and More

Oliver Tompsett is a West End alum of such musicals as We Will Rock You, Wicked, Rock of Ages and Guys and Dolls. In June, he joined the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Kinky Boots to play Charlie Price, with Simon Anthony-Rhoden continuing as the [first-rate] Lola. Broadway.com caught up with Tompsett to find out how he was ...

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Imperium Star Joseph Kloska on the Appetite for Epic Theater in London and Beyond

Imperium Star Joseph Kloska on the Appetite for Epic Theater in London and Beyond

Joseph Kloska has become something of a Royal Shakespeare Company regular of late and steps up a career notch with his co-starring performance opposite Tony winner Richard McCabe (The Audience) in the epic new play, Imperium, now in previews at the Gielgud Theatre. Adapted from Robert Harris’ trio of historical novels. Mike Poulton’s seven-hour, two-part production casts Kloska as Tiro ...

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West End Consent Star Stephen Campbell Moore on His Penchant for New Work and Overcoming a Health Crisis

West End Consent Star Stephen Campbell Moore on His Penchant for New Work and Overcoming a Health Crisis

Fondly remembered from his London and Broadway run in Alan Bennett’s Tony-winning The History Boys, Stephen Campbell Moore has since returned to the West End in Clybourne Park and Chimerica, among other major plays. The ever-engaging actor is now giving a scorching star turn as an English barrister, or legal eagle, accused of rape in the Nina Raine play Consent ...

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London Stage Star Gavin Spokes on Truth and Consequences in James Graham's Quiz

London Stage Star Gavin Spokes on Truth and Consequences in James Graham's Quiz

Gavin Spokes is among those invaluable English performers who can do plays and musicals across both the British and American repertoire. A 2016 Olivier nominee for playing Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Spokes is now in the final stretch of an acclaimed run playing an English Army major enmeshed in a real-life scandal in James Graham’s play Quiz ...

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London Stage Star Adam Gillen on Moving from the Viennese Court of Amadeus to the Trailer Park of Killer Joe

London Stage Star Adam Gillen on Moving from the Viennese Court of Amadeus to the Trailer Park of Killer Joe

Adam Gillen recently finished an extended and electrifying run as Mozart in the National Theatre’s glorious revival of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, only to segue from the world of European court composers to trailer trash America in the Trafalgar Studios revival of Killer Joe, opening on June 4. The Tracy Letts play boasts Orlando Bloom in the title role, and Gillen ...

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Caroline O'Connor on Leaving Anastasia for London's The Rink and the Legacy of Chita Rivera in the Role

Caroline O'Connor on Leaving Anastasia for London's The Rink and the Legacy of Chita Rivera in the Role

Caroline O’Connor was born in the north of England to Irish parents, grew up in Australia, and works regularly in the U.S., including most recently on Broadway in Anastasia. She is returning to the London stage to star as Anna, opposite Gemma Sutton as Angel, in the Southwark Playhouse revival of The Rink, the Kander and Ebb musical from ...

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The Moderate Soprano Star Nancy Carroll on Singing Ambition, Opera Appreciation & a Sondheim Dream Role

The Moderate Soprano Star Nancy Carroll on Singing Ambition, Opera Appreciation & a Sondheim Dream Role

Nancy Carroll won a 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her searing and stylish performance at the National Theatre in After the Dance and is rarely long away from the London stage. Known more widely from TV's Father Brown, she can currently be seen appearing opposite Roger Allam (the original Javert) at the Duke of York's Theatre in Sir ...

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West End Les Miserables Star David Thaxton on the Joy of Returning to the Role of Javert

West End Les Miserables Star David Thaxton on the Joy of Returning to the Role of Javert

David Thaxton won the 2011 Olivier Award for his stunning performance as Giorgio in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, but the performer has been spending much of his career returning to Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, where he is now once again playing Javert (through July 21) having previously risen through the ranks from ensemble player and on to Enjolras. Broadway ...

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Red's Alfred Enoch on Returning to the London Stage, Talking Theater with How to Get Away with Murder Co-Star Viola Davis & More

Red's Alfred Enoch on Returning to the London Stage, Talking Theater with How to Get Away with Murder Co-Star Viola Davis & More

Alfred Enoch hit the big time as Wes on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder and played Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter films, but the fast-rising screen star is returning to the stage to join Alfred Molina in the London reboot of John Logan’s Tony-winning play Red, which starts performances May 4 at Wyndham’s Theatre—closing in on nine ...

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West End Bat Out of Hell Star Christina Bennington on Finding Her 'Full-Throttle Rock Belt' for the Jim Steinman Musical

West End Bat Out of Hell Star Christina Bennington on Finding Her 'Full-Throttle Rock Belt' for the Jim Steinman Musical

Bat Out of Hell, the rock and roll stage extravaganza drawn from songwriter Jim Steinman and the iconic Meat Loaf album of the same name, has returned to London, this time to the Dominion Theatre and with its original leads, Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington, along for the adrenaline-fueled ride. The Belfast-born Bennington’s credits include Show Boat in the West ...

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West End Star Josefina Gabrielle on Journeying from Roxie to Velma & Performing Chicago in the Era of Trump

West End Star Josefina Gabrielle on Journeying from Roxie to Velma & Performing Chicago in the Era of Trump

Josefina Gabrielle has been an invaluable West End presence in productions ranging from Oklahoma! as Laurey opposite Hugh Jackman to Gussie in the Maria Friedman-directed Merrily We Roll Along. Gabrielle is currently back on the boards in the perennial favorite Chicago, having previously played Roxie but this time high-kicking a leg or two at the Phoenix Theatre as Velma, alongside ...

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West End Motown Star David Albury on Getting into the Groove of Playing Smokey Robinson

West End Motown Star David Albury on Getting into the Groove of Playing Smokey Robinson

David Albury has gained attention in the verbatim musical Committee… at the Donmar and as Fleetwood in Michael Blakemore’s British stage debut of The Life and is now making his proper West End debut as Smokey Robinson in Motown: The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Broadway.com caught up with the smart and charming performer early one recent evening prior ...

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The Voice, the Moves, the Hair! Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Star Adrienne Warren on Playing the Queen of Rock & Roll in London

The Voice, the Moves, the Hair! Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Star Adrienne Warren on Playing the Queen of Rock & Roll in London

Adrienne Warren received a 2016 Tony nod for the Broadway musical Shuffle Along and is now making a hugely anticipated West End debut as none other than rock goddess Tina Turner in the new show, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, now in previews at the Aldwych Theatre, prior to an April 17 opening. Broadway.com caught the eager, excited Warren ...

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London Star Zizi Strallen on Kicking Up Her Heels in Strictly Ballroom, Giving Away Her Eyelashes & More

London Star Zizi Strallen on Kicking Up Her Heels in Strictly Ballroom, Giving Away Her Eyelashes & More

Strictly Ballroom is fondly remembered as a 1992 Baz Luhrmann film and it is now coming to the West End courtesy of the Olivier Award-winning director/choreographer Drew McOnie. The cast is headed by pop star Will Young alongside Jonny Labey and Zizi Strallen as the dance-mad lovers Scott and Fran. Broadway.com caught up with the musical's fast-rising leading ...

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London The Ferryman Star Rosalie Craig on Singing with Hubby Hadley Fraser & Emailing with Patti LuPone

London The Ferryman Star Rosalie Craig on Singing with Hubby Hadley Fraser & Emailing with Patti LuPone

Rosalie Craig is no stranger to musicals (Aspects of Love, City of Angels, The Light Princess) and classics like As You Like It at the National Theatre but can now be found leading the take-over cast of The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth's acclaimed play at the Gielgud Theatre through May 19. (The play, directed by Sam Mendes, heads to Broadway in ...

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