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Your weekly stagey catchup! Join West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, and industry co-hosts for a round-up of the latest theatre news and reviews. Special guests include West End performers, producers, journalists, creatives and more!

The West End Frame Show: Theatre News, Reviews & Chat West End Frame

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    • 4.8 • 55 Ratings

Your weekly stagey catchup! Join West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, and industry co-hosts for a round-up of the latest theatre news and reviews. Special guests include West End performers, producers, journalists, creatives and more!

    S6 Ep12 (ft. Charlotte Bloomsbury): Legally Blonde, Six Broadway Album, Tony Nominations, Jeremy Jordan, Theatre Diner + more!

    S6 Ep12 (ft. Charlotte Bloomsbury): Legally Blonde, Six Broadway Album, Tony Nominations, Jeremy Jordan, Theatre Diner + more!

    Charlotte Bloomsbury (Stepping Out / The Good Life) co-hosts The West End Frame Show!

    Andrew & Charlotte discuss Legally Blonde (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Six: Live On Opening Night (Broadway Cast Album), Dreamgirls (UK Tour) and Table Manners Live (London Palladium) as well as the latest news about the Tony Awards, Mrs Doubtfire, Jeremy Jordan, Stephanie J Block and lots more!

    Last year Charlotte understudied Barbara, Margo & Mary in The Good Life (UK Tour) before joining the London company of NewsRevue (Canal Cafe Theatre) in which she played various roles including Boris Johnson, Cressida Dick and The Queen. She has been part of several improvisation comedy groups, and performed in countless off-West End and Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows.

    Charlotte is about to go back on tour, starring as Andy in the new reimagined production of Stepping Out, starring alongside Rita Simons, Harriet Thorpe, Hayley Tamaddon, Leanne Jones and Wendi Peters.

    Stepping Out opens at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth on 5th September, and is currently booking through to November 2022.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32

    Thanks for listening! We're off for a couple of weeks, but will be back to finish this season on Tuesday 7th June.

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

    • 43 min
    S6 Ep11 (ft. Beth Hinton-Lever): Sondheim Gala, Oklahoma, Drury Lane concerts, A Chorus Line, Macbeth + more!

    S6 Ep11 (ft. Beth Hinton-Lever): Sondheim Gala, Oklahoma, Drury Lane concerts, A Chorus Line, Macbeth + more!

    Beth Hinton-Lever (A Chorus Line / Macbeth) co-hosts The West End Frame Show!

    Andrew and Beth discuss the Sondheim Old Friends Gala (Sondheim Theatre), Oklahoma (Young Vic) and Love Is Only Love (Other Palace) as well as the latest news about the Drury Lane August concerts, Ariana DeBose hosting the Tony Awards, & Juliet and lots more. 

    Just a few of Beth's theatre credits include: Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre), Hadestown and Dick Wittington (National Theatre), As You Like It (National Theatre & Queen’s Hornchurch), Treasure Island (Derby Theatre) and Living Newspaper Edition 3 & Maryland (Royal Court)

    Having played Anybodys in West Side Story at Leicester Curve, Beth recently returned to the venue to star as Bebe in A Chorus Line. She has just finished a run as the First Witch and Porter in Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe whilst doing lots of workshops and various screen work.

    Beth is a proud disabled actor and often speaks up for the disabled community. She's incredible and we were delighted to welcome her on to the podcast!

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32

    Thanks for listening!

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

    • 54 min
    BONUS (ft. James Hameed & Sam Harrison): The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole & Love Is Only Love

    BONUS (ft. James Hameed & Sam Harrison): The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole & Love Is Only Love

    We have a BONUS episode for you today, featuring chats with James Hameed and Sam Harrison!

    James Hameed is currently starring as the title role in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical by Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.

    James' credits include: understudy in Spamilton (Menier), cover Motel & Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (Menier & West End) and, most recently, Rich Goranski in Be More Chill (The Other Palace & West End). He has also worked on countless workshops and appears on the cast album of Rumi The Musical.

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical  runs at the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch until 21st May 2022. Visit www.queens-theatre.co.uk for info and tickets.

    Sam Harrison is the writer and star of Love Is Only Love which has returned to the Studio at The Other Palace Theatre following a sell out pre-pandemic run.

    Just a few of Sam's theatre credits include: Count Quintet in The Magician's Elephant (RSC), Bamatabois and Claquesous in Les Miserables (West End), understudy Monsieur Andre in The Phantom of the Opera (UK Tour) and understudy Princeton, Rod & Nicky and Trekkie & Brian in Avenue Q (West End).

    Love Is Only Love runs at The Other Palace until 15th May. Visit www.theotherpalace.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 Ep10 (ft. Sam Turrell): Cinderella Closing, Two Wicked Films, Dear Evan Hansen, Tina, Hamilton, Rock Of Ages + more!

    S6 Ep10 (ft. Sam Turrell): Cinderella Closing, Two Wicked Films, Dear Evan Hansen, Tina, Hamilton, Rock Of Ages + more!

    Sam Turrell (Drew in Rock Of Ages) co-hosts The West End Frame Show!

    Andrew & Sam discuss Tina starring Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky, Hamilton starring Jay Perry and Dear Evan Hansen starring Mitchell Zhangazha as well as the latest news about the Wicked movie, Heathers, Elf The Musical and lots more. They also discuss the circumstances surrounding the closure of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella.

    Sam has performed all over the world on various cruise ships including NCL, Royal Caribbean and Holland America in their shows and with the guest entertainer favourites, The Flyboys. 

    He first performed in Rock of Ages on the NCL Breakaway over three years understudying various roles including Stacee, Lonny and Drew before eventually taking over as Drew full-time.

    Sam then joined the UK tour of Rock Of Ages as an understudy for Drew, and has now taken over the role full-time for the latest leg of the tour! Sam recently returned to the seas to star as a vocalist in Burn The Floor.

    During the pandemic, Sam started a business which fused rock music and online workouts with MoshFit, perfect for anyone who wants to sweat to headbangers! 

    The Rock Of Ages tour is booking until May 2023. Visit www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk for information, 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. 

    • 58 min
    S6 Ep9 (ft. Benjamin Yates): Bonnie & Clyde, Musical Con, Grease, Hannah Lowther makes Heathers history, Rachelle Ann Go + more!

    S6 Ep9 (ft. Benjamin Yates): Bonnie & Clyde, Musical Con, Grease, Hannah Lowther makes Heathers history, Rachelle Ann Go + more!

    Benjamin Yates (Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys) returns to co-host The West End Frame Show!

    Andrew & Ben discuss Bonnie & Clyde (Arts Theatre) and Grease (West End press launch) as well as the latest news about the first-ever Musical Con, Into The Woods, Billy Elliot, Life Of Pie and lots more.

    Benjamin is currently starring as Tommy DeVito in the West End revival of Jersey Boys at the Trafalgar Theatre.  
    Ben’s theatre credits include: understudy Fiyero in Wicked (UK tour),  understudy Tony in West Side Story (Kilworth House), Mungojerrie in Cats (London Palladium), Sonny in Grease (Slovenia),  School of Rock (West End), Wonderland (UK Tour), Tommy The Musical (Blackpool Winter Garden) and Jesus Christ Superstar (World Arena Tour). He recently starred in several episodes of Emmerdale (ITV).  
    Jersey Boys is currently booking at the Trafalgar Theatre until 2nd October 2022. Visit www.jerseyboysmusical.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. 

    • 51 min
    S6 Ep8 (ft. Marianka Swain): Cabaret starring Amy Lennox & Fra Fee, Zorro, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Lift, Chelsea Halfpenny in Waitress + more!

    S6 Ep8 (ft. Marianka Swain): Cabaret starring Amy Lennox & Fra Fee, Zorro, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Lift, Chelsea Halfpenny in Waitress + more!

    Arts journalist Marianka Swain (The Telegraph / The i Paper) co-hosts The West End Frame Show!

    Andrew & Marianka discuss Cabaret starring Amy Lennox & Fra Free (Kit Kat Club), Zorro (Charing Cross Theatre), Waitress (UK Tour, King's Glasgow), Cinderella (Gillian Lyne Theatre), The 47th (Old Vic) and ISH Dance Collective (Sadler’s Wells) as well as the latest news about understudies and swings (including Carolyn Maitland and Chris O'Mara), But I'm A Cheerleader, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Addams Family plus lots more!

    Marianka writes about all things theatre, dance, TV, film, books and more for the likes of the Telegraph, The i Paper, London Theatre, Radio Times and Dancing Times magazine. Marianka is also the UK Editor of BroadwayWorld and a regular voice on The West End Frame Show (this is her fourth time on the podcast!).

    You can find Marianka’s work at www.mkmswain.com. Follow her on social media: @mkmswain

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32

    Thanks for listening!

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

    • 53 min

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55 Ratings

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✨Theatre I love you, Andrew you’re incredible✨

I normally listen on Spotify but had to come on here and leave a review to let you all know how amazing this podcast is!! Andrew you’re so fab and I can’t thank you enough for creating such wonderful podcasts every week! If you’re real stagey like myself and always want to be up to date with what’s going on within our incredible theatre world then you’ll love this podcast! I’ve been listening for a few years now and It’s always both hilarious and heart warming - making you feel like you’re always part of the chat! It always feels as though you’re able to share your love for musicals and and the theatre when you listen to this podcast. ✨ ANDREW YOU’RE ICONIC! LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST! THEATRE I LOVE YOU!✨ also if you love this, check out In The Frame 🤩

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