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Interviews with theatre's biggest stars! West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, sits down with West End performers and creatives for candid, in-depth discussions about their careers and latest projects.

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Interviews with theatre's biggest stars! West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, sits down with West End performers and creatives for candid, in-depth discussions about their careers and latest projects.

    S6 Ep17: Vicki Manser, Regina in Rock Of Ages

    S6 Ep17: Vicki Manser, Regina in Rock Of Ages

    Vicki is back for a second episode of In The Frame!

    Vicki is currently starring as Regina in the touring production of Rock Of Ages.

    Vicki's early theatre credits include the West End productions of Sunny Afternoon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Bat Out Of Hell.

    She joined the West End production of SIX at the start of 2019 as an alternate, taking over as Katherine Howard nine months later. She then returned to Beautiful, this time on tour, as the alternate Carole. Vicki returned to SIX last year, reprising her performance as Katherine Howard in the musical's tour.

    During the 2020 lockdown, Vicki focused on her songwriting and music. She has released five singles since, all of which have dominated the Country Charts, gaining four number 1’s and a number 2 as well as an EP that was number 1 in the Album Charts.  You can find Vicki’s music on all major platforms and her new song FLY is released on 27th May 2022.

    Alongside her performing and music careers, Vicki is Artistic Director of Sharpe Academy.

    Rock Of Ages is booking through to May 2023. Visit www.www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk for info, tour dates and tickets.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32 

    Thanks for listening!

    Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk
    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 36 min
    S6 Ep16: Daniel Koek, Robin in La Bohème & star of Phantom Australia

    S6 Ep16: Daniel Koek, Robin in La Bohème & star of Phantom Australia

    Daniel Koek is currently starring as Robin in La Bohème at the King's Head Theatre ahead of appearing in the upcoming Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera.

    La Bohème returns to the King’s Head Theatre in a new version which relocates the story to contemporary London. Directed by Mark Ravenhill, it's described as a "contemporary queer reinvention" of Puccini’s classic opera.

    After completing his run in La Bohème, Daniel will play the Porter and Jeweller whilst understudying The Phantom in the Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera which will play in Sydney and Melbourne.

    Hailing from South Australia, Daniel studied classical voice at the Conservatorium in Adelaide before moving to London to complete his Masters in Musical Theatre at the Mountview Academy. Whilst in Europe Daniel also studied in Amsterdam and sung a season with Nationale Reis Opera of the Netherlands.

    He is renowned for starring as Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables (Sondheim Theatre). His other credits include: Lt Cable in the Lincoln Centre production of South Pacific (UK/Australian tours), Anatoly in Chess (UK Tour) and Tony in West Side Story (UK Tour) and Father Frank in Saturday Night Fever (International Tour).

    Daniel has recorded two studio albums and works as a performance and vocal coach.

    La Bohème runs at the King's Head Theatre until 28th May 2022. Visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com for info and tickets.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32 

    Thanks for listening!

    Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk
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    • 30 min
    S6 Ep15: Danny Whitehead, star of Passion & Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera

    S6 Ep15: Danny Whitehead, star of Passion & Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera

    Danny Whitehead is starring in the UK revival of Passion by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine at the Hope Mill Theatre.

    Danny starred as Raoul in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, as part of the final company of the original production. 
    His theatre credits also include: understudy Enjolras in Les Miserables (West End), understudy The Wizard in Wicked (UK Tour), Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera), South Pacific (Barbican / UK Tour), 1418 The Spectacular WW1 Arena Musical (Mechelen Arena, Belgium), Rags (West End Gala), Secret Garden (UK Tour) and Breaking The Code (English Theatre, Frankfurt).

    Passion runs at the Hope Mill Theatre until 5th June 2022. Visit www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk for info and tickets.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32

    Thanks for listening!

    Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk
    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 38 min
    S6 Ep14: Jocasta Almgill, Rizzo in Grease

    S6 Ep14: Jocasta Almgill, Rizzo in Grease

    Jocasta is about to star as Rizzo in the West End revival of Grease.

    Directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Dame Arlene Phillips, Grease is returning to the Dominion Theatre where it previously ran in 1993.

    Jocasta  recently originated the role of Lady Capulet in the West End production of & Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre), whilst also understudying the roles of Nurse and Anne.

    In 2016 Jocasta was nominated for West End Frame's Understudy of the Year Award, for covering the roles of Camila, Daniela and Vanessa in the London production of In The Heights (King's Cross Theatre).

    Her theatre credits also include: Joanne in Rent (Hope Mill Theatre), Anita in West Side Story (Royal Exchange), Yvonne in Sunshine On Leith (West Yorkshire Playhouse) understudy Deena and Lorell in Dreamgirls (West End), Ghost The Musical (International Tour), Dynamite in Hairspray (UK Tour) and Chicago (Curve).

    Grease begins performances at the Dominion Theatre from 3rd May 2022. Visit www.greasemusical.co.uk for info and tickets.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32

    Thanks for listening!

    Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk
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    • 33 min
    100th Episode: Simon Bailey, The Duke in Moulin Rouge

    100th Episode: Simon Bailey, The Duke in Moulin Rouge

    For our 100th episode (!!) of In The Frame we chat to Simon Bailey about his incredible career on stage, and his current role as The Duke in Moulin Rouge. 

    Simon's West End credits include: Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket & London workshop); Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre & UK Tour); Liam O'Deary in I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium); Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Gillian Lynne); understudy Galileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion); Enjolras in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre); Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s); Passion (Donmar Warehouse) and Romeo & Juliet! The Musical (Piccadilly);.

    Just a few of Simon's other credits include: Whisper House (The Other Palace); Bat Boy (Southwark Playhouse); Marry Me a Little (St James Theatre); Striking 12 (Waterloo East Theatre); Parade (Southwark Playhouse), An Officer and a Gentleman workshop (Leicester Curve); Once Upon A Time at the Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse); Naked Flame (England) and Rock Legends (South Africa).

    Simon is currently starring as The Duke in the original West End cast of Moulin Rouge at the Piccadilly Theatre.

    Follow Simon on Instagram: @SimonBailey1210

    Moulin Rouge is booking at the Piccadilly Theatre until Saturday 1st October 2022. Visit www.moulinrougemusical.co.uk for info and tickets.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32

    Thank you for supporting our first 100 episodes of In The Frame - there's lots more to come!

    Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk
    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S6 Ep12: Chanel Haynes, Tina Turner in Tina The Musical

    S6 Ep12: Chanel Haynes, Tina Turner in Tina The Musical

    For our 99th episode, we are so excited to share this conversation with Tina's Chanel Haynes!

    Discovered by Quincy Jones while she was still a teenager, Chanel became a founding member of the gospel trio, Trinitee 5:7. As lead singer of the group, Chanel sold over 2.5 million albums worldwide and earned two Grammy nominations.

    The trio spent nearly two decades entertaining audiences around the world in arenas ranging from Madison Square Garden to Wembley Stadium. The group was managed by Matthew Knowles.

    Her first album went Platinum and spent 50 weeks on Billboard’s top R&B albums chart, while both of her first two albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel chart. 

    Chanel made her theatre debut starring as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at the Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas. For her performance, she won Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the B. Iden Payne Awards.

    Chanel is making her West End debut as Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. Chanel had an incredible journey landing the role, which led to her relocating her entire family to London.

    In this special episode, recorded in Oxford Circus, Chanel discusses why she was drawn to playing Tina Turner onstage, the audition process and conquering one of the most demanding roles in the West End (plus lots more!).

    Tina is booking at the Aldwych Theatre until Sunday 18th December 2022. Visit www.tinathemusical.com for info and tickets.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32

    Thanks for listening!

    Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk
    Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. 

    • 1 hr 14 min

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