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Hello and welcome to the Curtain Call Theatre Podcast. The only podcast that will bring you backstage during a show in London and UK theatre. After publishing our inaugural theatre book, "Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre", we thought the next logical step would be to get our audio content out there for you. From the dresser to the A-List star. Hear what it really takes to make a show happen and immerse yourself into the world of backstage.
 
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The Actor's Nightmare, a collection of Christopher Durang's short plays, is having it's World Premiere this week at the Park Theatre here in London. I sat down in their rehearsal room at the Jerwood Space with director Lydia Parker, and pretty much all of the company including Meaghan Martin, Layo-Christina Akinlude, Stefan Menaul and Kate Sump ...…
 
When we were covering People, Places & Things in New York for Curtain Call, and Matt was busy taking some beautiful photographs, I was backstage chatting to the company. That is where I met Himesh Patel. Now, you may not have heard of his name yet, but you most certainly will have seen him on your screens recently. He’s the star of the film “Ye ...…
 
In 2008, actor Darren Raymond became Artistic Director of Intermission Youth Theatre. It couldn’t have come at a better time for Darren who had recently finished a run of Othello. He took charge with just four young people in that first season. Since that day, more than 100 16-25 year olds have past through St Savior’s and been introduced to th ...…
 
Screenwriter and Playwright Janet Jones has had an astonishing career. She’s worked for just about every studio out there and not just as a writer, but that’s just the beginning. She’s written lyrics, poetry, worked as a tour guide for a major Hollywood Studio, writer’s assistant, script editor, and she’s even making her own podcast. She always ...…
 
BalletBoyz was founded in 2000 - the same in the same year that Billy Elliot was released - by ex Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt. They became associate artists at Sadler’s Wells in 2005. In 2013, they won the National Dance Award for Best Independent Company. They are now in their 19th year and have gone from those two or ...…
 
Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” has been an extremely popular story in pretty much all forms of entertainment you can possibly imagine. A best-selling novel, a Billy Wilder film, American and British television adaptations, radio adaptations... If you can think of it, it’s probably been done. And, of course, that includes theatr ...…
 
This week, I catch up with another friend i haven’t seen for quite some time, because when I heard that Laurence Mark Wythe had a new musical being performed with the National Youth Musical Theatre, I just had to get the inside scoop. Along with his writing partner Timothy Knapman, they take the story of The Big Bad Wolf and turn it on its head ...…
 
On this episode, we bring you Siubhan Harrison. After graduating from Guildford School of Acting, she hasn’t really stopped, ticking off some big bucket list musical jobs along the way including Les Mis, Grease and Guys and Dolls - all in London’s West End. Siubhan is the real deal. And she’s showing off her comedy chops as well as her dramatic ...…
 
Ben Hewis is the guy that goes behind the scenes to bring you behind the scenes of some of the biggest shows hitting london. If you have seen any promotional footage for shows such as Come From Away, Night of the Living Dead Live, Gloria Estefan's On Your Feet (which you will be seeing soon) as well as covering untold numbers of opening nights ...…
 
We recently got to sit down with the company of "All About Eve", currently playing at the Noël Coward Theatre in London’s West End, to talk about bringing this classic Hollywood film to the London Stage, and then back to the screen on an NT Live broadcast. The company, led by Gillian Anderson and Lily James as Margo Channing and Eve Harrington ...…
 
Say the name Strallen and you can take your pick of a first name and you are pretty much guaranteed a quality turn. Scarlett, Zizi, Saskia and this week’s guest, the wonderful Summer Strallen have all graced stages across London, the UK and indeed the globe - all the while picking up nominations and awards all over the place. These are some ser ...…
 
This week, it’s a little mini podcast. One that shows just how manic it can be backstage before a show during one of our visits and one that you can listen to in between stations on the London Underground. Just about as long as an Oscar® speech. So why not let us celebrate the genius that is Olivia Colman. Not only is she a delight to watch on ...…
 
A couple of weeks ago, we brought you right into the heart of the launch party for “Come From Away” held at Canada House. The Broadway transfer was just about to start rehearsing before heading off to Dublin for an “Off Off Off West End” run. And this week, we return to Canada House to the official press event before tonight’s official opening. ...…
 
Earlier this week we brought you the first part of our “Get the Most Out of Your Next Job” panel at Surviving Actors London 2019. If you haven’t listened to episode 114, take the time to download it and then you can listen to this episode. Or do the absolute opposite and listen to this one first. It doesn’t really matter, but whatever you do, y ...…
 
Curtain Call had the opportunity to host a panel at Surviving Actors London 2019. If you don’t know about it, Surviving Actors was set up by actors for actors. Since there were already panels about getting auditions, audition technique, self-taping and the like, we thought it would be good to have a panel that discussed what happens when you ge ...…
 
Coventry City is currently looking forward to its status as City of Culture, its tenure beginning 2021. To ring in the celebrations, the ever-popular Horrible Histories team visited the city to film some sketches that revolved around local historical figures including Lady Godiva and Ira Aldridge… Curtain Call’s Theo Bosanquet takes the reins t ...…
 
Curtain Call has recently published a couple of pieces about the top Broadway Musical transfers and the top musical revivals for 2019. It is by no means an extensive list, but just something to put in your pipes to smoke. And we thought we would talk to someone who KNOWS about musicals...to go straight to the source…the amazing Jenna Russell. U ...…
 
Anyone who caught Dominic Cooke’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre during the 2017/2018 season were witness to a sensational performance by today’s guest. And for those of you who didn’t get to see it...you’re in luck, because Tracie Bennett is reprising her role of Carlotta Campion this Spring in what promises t ...…
 
Last year, Curtain Call were privileged to be invited to the launch party of the West End Transfer of the Tony Award-winning musical Come From Away. In this week's episode, we bring you our coverage of the entire event, including some audio from three of the songs featured in the musical. After just two days of rehearsal, the company stood in f ...…
 
This is the full episode and not just the intro! Sorry One of the West End’s biggest shows will be bringing the curtain down one last time in a couple of weeks as this episode drops. And London’s Strand will be just a little bit more dull without the sparkling red footwear that currently hangs over one of London’s busiest streets. Of course I a ...…
 
In part one of this double-header, Simon-Anthony Rhoden and Oliver Tompsett talked about their first experience of Kinky Boots and what it means to be playing in such a loved (and socially important) show. In this episode, we dig a little deeper and get a little more personal as the boys relate how close to their hearts this show has grown, how ...…
 
One of the West End’s biggest shows will be bringing the curtain down one last time in a couple of weeks as this episode drops. And London’s Strand will be just a little bit more dull without the sparkling red footwear that currently hangs over one of London’s busiest streets. Of course I am talking about Kinky Boots. Crowds have loved this sho ...…
 
This week, to celebrate the holidays, I thought I would bring you one of my favourite Christmas stories. I have had the pleasure of reading an adaptation this story on BBC radio a few years back and, in my opinion, this sums up everything that we should all be, not only at this time of year but all year round. Selfless, giving, loving and grate ...…
 
Currently running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of Fiddler left its audience in both stitches and tears. We absolutely loved it. It was so refreshing to see a grounded, measured, sober and thoughtful production of this fantastic show. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Andy before a show to talk about his j ...…
 
Way back when Curtain Call was in its infancy, we got to see Showstoppers when they were in the West End at the Apollo Theatre and I was floored by their improvisational skills and their absolute genius at making a musical out of a few suggestions from the audience. We were in stitches in the auditorium. Even the ushers were weeping with laught ...…
 
Last week we brought you the first part of a two-part episode with Polly Bennett, the movement director behind Rami Malek’s breathtaking transformation into Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury for the hit film Bohemian Rhapsody. And although Polly chats just a little bit more about how anyone can use techniques employed on the film, we really wante ...…
 
In the first part of a two-part discussion, we speak to Polly Bennett - a woman who has taken the idea and profession of Movement Director to new heights. You may have heard Polly a few times in our podcasts before when we brought you podcasts from the company she co-founded, Monobox. In addition to being a superwoman running a business that su ...…
 
This week, we sit down with the writer of the world premiere of "Omish" - written and co-devised by former Curtain Call employee Sophie Soanes and directed by Ewa Dina, as well of two of its cast members Joyce Omotola and Naomi Emanuelle at Above the Arts Club last week. We were super impressed by the enthusiasm at which this group of women was ...…
 
To commemorate the final week of what has been a tremendous run, I thought I would bring you the rest of the company of King Lear that we didn’t get to hear from in episode 97. Their run has been a sold out success and it has truly been one of the highlights of my theatre outings this year. I managed to grab the guys and chat to most of them in ...…
 
We are taking you on a slightly different journey this week. We had the pleasure of meeting Carys Williams at the Professional Lighting and Sound Association show in London last month. We started talking about the theatre where she works - The John Lyons Theatre. We were amazed that we had never heard of that theatre before, so we knew we just ...…
 
Milly Thomas doesn’t pull any punches in either her acting or her writing, and her latest play "Dust" tackles the issue of depression and suicide head on with no apologies. The issue of mental health and the stigmas surrounding it have been brought to the fore by the news of the suicides of prominent musicians such as Dolores O'Riordan from The ...…
 
Jonathan Munby’s production of King Lear, currently running at the Duke of York’s Theatre having transferred from Chichester and starring Sir Ian McKellan, feels astonishingly apt for today’s climate of geo-political posturing, with a map of Europe being ripped apart by Lear at one point. We sat down and talked to some of the women in the cast ...…
 
This week, I had the privilege of sharing the platform with Cherrelle Skeete (actress and found of Blacktress.co.uk), long-time RSC stalwart actor Sam Marks and director Zoé Ford, currently Associate Director for Sam Mendes on the Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre. Curated by The Mono Box's Polly Bennett, the panel's discussion were kicked ...…
 
This week, Matt Humphrey and I sat down to talk with Vicki Mortimer, multi-award-winning designer...and just all round fantastic theatre professional. Vicki’s career is so full and varied, it’s one to be envied for anyone considering a career in theatre design. And not just theatre as we speak about it on day to day, but any production in a the ...…
 
This week is our first ever podcast brought to you specifically to celebrate an NT Live broadcast. We are bringing you some backstage chats with the cast of the National’s Lyttelton Theatre’s current production of “Julie” including “The Crown’s” Vanessa Kirby and Eric Kofi-Abrefa, recently seen onstage at the National in “The Amen Corner”. The ...…
 
This week, Curtain Call’s Theo Bosanquet chats with George Richmond Scott, the director of “Blood Wedding” - the inaugural production in Omnibus Theatre’s autumn season. Theo talked to George about his career as a vocal coach, how that role has helped him develop as a director, his time at the Sheffield Crucible, assisting on “Everybody’s Talki ...…
 
Bring It On was a cult hit movie, loosely translated for the stage with one of the show's composers someone you may have heard of...Lin Manuel Miranda. Set in two competing high schools (hence to two different composers with two completely different sounds), the musical is a camp exposé of the “bitchiness” (in air quotes) that can exist in the ...…
 
This week, I talk to the company of the latest revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice which begins playing at The Park Theatre later this month, where the director Tom Latter believes that, despite being nearly 30 years old, the play absolutely stands up in today’s fame-crazed social media driven world. Also, this production boasts a real ...…
 
During the hottest stretch of hot summer weather we can remember in years here in the UK, we are bringing you some of our favourite chats from that last few years of the coolest Americans that have come over to play on the London stage - with each of the following three making their London theatrical debuts, and all of them known for their star ...…
 
Rafe Spall can currently be seen in the latest blockbuster from the Jurassic stable playing Eli MIlls, a scheming businessman trying to bend his immediate world to his doing. And the same can be said about his role in Hedda Gabler, playing the unnerving puppet master Judge Brack, orchestrating the downfall of pretty much everyone else in the Ib ...…
 
For the last 30 years, the Stage Management Association (SMA)has been presenting awards to the Stage Managers - students and professionals alike - with awards that recognise their hard work through hardship, misstep and mishap, hard work that ensured that the shows would go on. We attended the ABTT Theatre Show in Alexandra Palace a couple of w ...…
 
I sat down with one of the founders of The Stable Musicals, Neil Marcus, a theatre producer with a distinguished history of developing new musicals and a massive supporter of emerging British musical theatre talent to discuss the growth of The Stable Musicals, their slate of new musicals and just how far they have come in the last four years. T ...…
 
Alex Hassell is a veteran of the London stage. Curtain Call have covered two shows with him in the shape of Henry V at The Barbican and Death of a Salesman at the Noel Coward Theatre. But before that, Alex’s career and the people he has worked with is like a “who’s who” of the industry including directors John Dove, Tim Caroll and Gregory Doran ...…
 
I went to go see a show, as they say in the business. And that show was “Building The Wall” at The Park Theatre. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan’s hard-hitting piece, imagining a world where, after a terrorist attack set in the very near future, President Trump imposes martial law with all immigrants “legal or otherwise” roun ...…
 
Earlier in the year, we had the pleasure to visit the incredible show An American in Paris. I don’t think we have covered a show that was so full of triple threats… and maybe even quadruple threats - singing, acting, dancing, and stage management / technicians. There was so little in the way of automation of set pieces coming on, it was dazzlin ...…
 
The EU are bringing in regulations that will stop theatres from using bulbs and fixtures that don’t comply with new regulations that is being brought into law in September of this year. And I’m not just talking London and regional theatres, but sports halls, community theatres, lecture halls and more… Curtain Call co-founder, Matt Humphrey, sat ...…
 
We had the pleasure of making a show visit to The Grinning Man, currently playing at The Trafalgar Studios. Based on the novel ‘The Man Who Laughs” by Victor Hugo, the musical was created by War Horse director Tom Morris at the Bristol Old Vic. He brought together Tim Philips and Mark Teitler, a book by Carl Grose and all four of them collabora ...…
 
In this episode Lesley Manville, Jeremy Irons, Rory Keenan, Matthew Beard and Jessica Regan talk about their experience of bringing the classic Eugene O'Neill play Long Day's Journey Into Night from the Bristol Old Vic to the Wyndham's Theatre in the West End before their trip across the Atlantic to BAM in New York and the Wallis Centre in Los ...…
 
This week, we celebrate World Theatre Day by bringing you some of our favourite chats starting way back in 2015 when we visited the company of Three Days in the Country all the way up to last week when we spent the evening with the company of A Long Day's Journey into Night. On this episode Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams, Matt Cardle, Denise Goug ...…
 
Meatloaf is coming back. Bat Out of Hell The Musical returns to the London stage after a brief hiatus across the pond in Toronto over the winter, where it went down like the proverbial “Beast From the East.” When we saw this show last year, I was simply blown away by the music, performed by an exuberantly energetic company on a completely wild ...…
 
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