INTERVIEWS

Gurinder Chadha. Photo: Graham Barclay

Stage musicals are frequently made out of successful film properties – heading to the West End next is Kinky Boots, bringing the world of...
Andrew Pollard

Andrew Pollard starred in the Hull Truck/New Vic co-production of The Ladykillers at both theatres – a play that he suggested to the New...
Deborah Bestwick

When Deborah Bestwick took over as artistic director of the radical south London theatre and youth arts organisation Ovalhouse, her plan was to stay...
The flying Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cromer Pavilion

From TV’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium to the long-running end-of-the-pier show in Cromer, Ian Westbrook’s career as a set designer and builder...
Ricardo Chavira in The Motherf**cker With The Hat. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Not only is American actor Ricardo Chavira making his London stage debut in the National Theatre’s The Motherf**ker with the Hat, but it is...
Pauline McLynn is touring in Ayub Khan-Din’s East Is East: ‘There will be gasping and tears, I’m sure’. Photo: Stephen Lawrence

It is 20 years since she left the mad world of Craggy Island behind her, but you feel it wouldn’t take a lot of...
Preeya Kalidas

Preeya Kalidas was caught somewhat unawares when director Gurinder Chadha called her about workshops for the Bend It Like Beckham musical. The actor had...

When actor Nadia Nadif grew restless with the lack of diversity on stage she founded Untold Theatre: a company that produces shows drawn from...
Julie Taymor. Photo: Miro Vrlik Photography/Shutterstock

Julie Taymor is the award-winning director behind the hit musical The Lion King. In 2013, she brought a stage version of A Midsummer Night’s...
George Costigan

George Costigan may be best known for his racy role as Bob in the film version of Rita, Sue and Bob Too, though his...
Mazz Murray and Alasdair Harvey in rehearsals for Mamma Mia!. Photo Clayton Smith

Some people want to be stars – others just like to work. Mazz Murray has carved out a distinctive West End niche for herself...
James Freedman

A self-described “honest thief”, James Freedman doesn’t use his nimble fingers for criminal gain. On the contrary, he has performed as a corporate entertainer,...