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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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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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