Robert Lindsay – Productions should open rehearsals to the media

Rufus Hound and Robert Lindsay in rehearsal for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
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Actor Robert Lindsay has said more productions should open their rehearsals to the media, claiming the move can be good for performers and a show’s publicity.

Lindsay is about to star in a musical version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which is being directed by Jerry Mitchell, who this week invited journalists to watch four numbers from the show being performed in a London rehearsal space.

Mitchell has directed shows such as Kinky Boots on Broadway, where Lindsay said it is commonplace for productions to invite the media to see work in progress in order to spread the word about a show.

He admitted he had initially had reservations about allowing the media into watch songs being performed prior to the musical’s opening, claiming rehearsals are normally “private”.

But he added: “Actually it turned out to be a really good idea, as the adrenalin goes up, and we pick up a vibe from the audience and learn about timing. Jerry says they do this all the time on Broadway and Howard Panter [Ambassador Theatre Group joint chief executive] has said he would like to do this more often.”

Rufus Hound, who is co-starring with Lindsay in the show, added: “I think it’s true to say by the time a show opens you need that hype. It’s about embracing the people who write about this professionally in order to stir the pot.”

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which also stars Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond, is produced by ATG, Jerry Mitchell Productions and Tulchin/Bartner Productions.

It opens at the Savoy Theatre on March 10, with press night on April 1.


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