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Shows That Shaped Me is a theatre podcast by WhatsOnStage. Theatre actors and makers divulge the most memorable productions in their career and theatregoing life, as well as the show they wish they'd seen and the person they'd most like to work with.

Shows That Shaped Me A theatre podcast by WhatsOnStage

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Shows That Shaped Me is a theatre podcast by WhatsOnStage. Theatre actors and makers divulge the most memorable productions in their career and theatregoing life, as well as the show they wish they'd seen and the person they'd most like to work with.

    Jemima Rooper

    Jemima Rooper

    Jemima's career started at a young age, appearing in several films in the early '90s, as well as playing George in a TV adaptation of Enid Blyton's Famous Five.

    More recent screen credits include As If, Hex and Lost in Austen, and she made her Hollywood debut in The Black Dahlia, alongside Scarlett Johansson.

    On stage, her credits range from Her Naked Skin and One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, to the West End productions of All My Sons with David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker, and Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury.

    Next up, she plays Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, which runs at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre until 15 September.

    • 11 min
    Jenna Russell

    Jenna Russell

    This week's guest is Tony-nominee and Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell.

    Russell's professional stage debut came in 1987 as an understudy for Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables, a show she returned to as Fantine in 1991 and 2000.

    Her subsequent 30-year theatre career includes West End productions of Follies in 1987, Martin Guerre in 1998, Guys and Dolls opposite Ewan McGregor in 2005 and Sunday in the Park with George in 2006, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for the show's Broadway transfer.

    Further notable credits include Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier and Harold Pinter Theatre, Urinetown at the St. James and Apollo Theatre and Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse.

    In 2016 she joined the cast of EastEnders, playing Michelle Fowler for two years.

    She is now starring in Fun Home, which runs at the Young Vic until 1 September.

    • 12 min
    Steffan Rhodri

    Steffan Rhodri

    This week's guest is Steffan Rhodri.

    Steffan's acting career spans twenty years on stage and screen. His West End theatre credits include Absent Friends, Posh, The Mentalists and This House. On TV he's known for roles in Gavin and Stacey, Apple Tree Yard and Under Milk Wood.

    He is currently starring in Tracy Letts' Killer Joe, running at Trafalgar Studios until 18 August.

    • 12 min
    Clare Foster

    Clare Foster

    This week’s guest is Olivier Award nominee Clare Foster.

    Clare’s notable stage credits include the original West End cast of Avenue Q, Maria Friedman’s smash-hit production of Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier and in the West End, Guys and Dolls at Chichester Festival Theatre and Travesties at the Menier and West End, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award.

    On screen she has starred in The Crown, Sherlock and Alan Menken’s musical comedy series, Galavant.

    She is currently starring in the West End transfer of Nina Raine’s Consent at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 11 August.

    • 6 min
    Nikolai Foster

    Nikolai Foster

    This week’s guest is artistic director of Curve Leicester, Nikolai Foster.

    Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nikolai grew up in North Yorkshire and trained at Drama Centre London.

    As a director his credits include Calamity Jane at the Watermill, Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing at the Arts Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along at Theatr Clwyd, Flashdance and Annie in the West End and Hay Fever at Chichester Festival Theatre.

    In 2015 he took over from Paul Kerryson as artistic director of Curve Leicester where he has helmed hit productions including Grease, The Importance of Being Earnest, Legally Blonde, Sunset Boulevard and Breakfast at Tiffany’s – which transferred into the West End starring Pixie Lott. Most recently he directed the world premiere stage adaptation of the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.

    • 12 min
    Laura Pitt-Pulford

    Laura Pitt-Pulford

    This week's guest is Olivier Award-nominated actress Laura Pitt-Pulford.

    A graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Laura's notable stage roles include Maria in The Sound of Music and Nancy in Oliver!, both at Curve, Leicester. The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Side Show at Southwark Playhouse, Flowers for Mrs Harris at Sheffield Crucible and the UK tour of Nell Gwynne.

    In 2016 she was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

    She is currently starring in The Gronholm Method, which runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory until 7 July.

    • 9 min

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