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Interviews and more from the world of professional theatre right across the UK.

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Interviews and more from the world of professional theatre right across the UK.

    New Wolsey travels 500 miles to Pitlochry with Footloose

    New Wolsey travels 500 miles to Pitlochry with Footloose

    Pitlochry Festival Theatre in Scotland and The New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich are co-producing a new production of the stage musical Footloose, based on the ‘80s film of the same name that starred Kevin Bacon.
    BTG Editor David Chadderton spoke to New Wolsey Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul, who will direct the production, and Pitlochry’s Artistic Director, Elizabeth Newman, about the production, other musicals that both their theatres are producting this year (Little Shop of Horrors, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical, The Sound of Music).
    They also spoke about the advantages of co-productions—and when they may not be appropriate—as well as programming and casting a rep season and panto.
    Little Shop of Horrors closes at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton on 18 May and then moves to Hull Truck Theatre from 22 May to 8 June 2024.
    Footloose will run at various times and dates in Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s season between 31 May and 26 September before transferring to The New Wolsey Theatre from 3 to 26 October.
    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will run at Pitlochry between 7 June and 28 September, and The Sound of Music will be there between 15 November and 22 December.
    Sleeping Beauty, the New Wolsey panto written by Vikki Stone, will run from 22 November 2024 to 18 January 2025.

    • 46 min
    GSC celebrates 18th by closing off Guildford High Street

    GSC celebrates 18th by closing off Guildford High Street

    Guildford Shakespeare Company began with an outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing in Guildford Castle Grounds in 2006.
    Eighteen years on, the company is celebrating its coming of age with a production of Romeo and Juliet which mostly takes place along Guildford High Street.
    BTG Editor David Chadderton spoke to the company’s founders, Matt Pinches and Sarah Gobran, about the production and about the challenges, practical and financial, of mounting their style of theatre in spaces that were not designed for performance—including holding on to scenery in high winds and preventing foxes from chewing through microphone cables.
    Romeo and Juliet from Guildford Shakespeare Company will take place in Guildford Castle Grounds and the town centre from Friday 21 June to Saturday 13 July 2024.
    For more information and tickets, see www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk.
    (Photo of GSC Co-Founders Sarah Gobran and Matt Pinches in October 2022. Credit: Matt Pereira.)

    • 58 min
    Twelfth Night in Regent's Park, London

    Twelfth Night in Regent's Park, London

    The 2024 summer season at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London will open with a new production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Or What You Will directed by Owen Horsley, an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and an Associate Director for Cheek by Jowl.
    BTG Editor David Chadderton spoke to Owen at a break during rehearsals about his approach to the play, his love of Shakespeare and the perhaps unusual way he was originally introduced to the Bard’s work.
    Twelfth Night Or What You Will directed by Owen Horsley runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 3 May to 8 June 2024.

    • 31 min
    Now, I See continues Malaolu's family trilogy at Stratford East

    Now, I See continues Malaolu's family trilogy at Stratford East

    Actor, writer, choreographer and film-maker Lanre Malaolu’s play Samskara had a sell-out run at London’s Yard Theatre in 2022 and was subsequently published by Nick Hern Books.
    Now, I See is the second play of what has become a trilogy which, like the first part, examines family relationships through a modern black, British lens.
    BTG Editor David Chadderton spoke to Lanre about the play, his writing process, how his work comes from his own experiences and observations and his introduction to creating theatre through Anna Scher drama classes and a transformational experience through Jonzi D’s Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells.
    Now, I See runs at Theatre Royal, Stratford East in London from 10 May to 1 June 2024.

    • 42 min
    Greg Hicks is Dostoyevsky's Ridiculous Man in London

    Greg Hicks is Dostoyevsky's Ridiculous Man in London

    Actor Greg Hicks has played many leading roles at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company over the last forty years, as well as starring on the West End and appearing on screen in films including The Mercy and Snow White and the Huntsman.
    He is about to perform a one-man show, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, based on a short story by Dostoyevsky, at the new Marylebone Theatre in London.
    BTG Editor David Chadderton spoke to him a few days before it opened about the play and how much more of himself he will be presenting to an audience than in other roles he has played.
    He also spoke about some of his past roles, including performing naked in Romans in Britain for a role that nearly ended him up in criminal court immediately followed by appearing in full costume and mask for Peter Hall’s famous Oresteia (he credits Hall as his mentor at the National in the 1970s).
    The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, adapted and directed by Laurence Boswell, is at Marylebone Theatre in London from 21 March to 20 April 2024.
    (Rehearsal image of Greg Hicks in The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, credit Richard James Taylor)

    • 33 min
    fix+foxy brings alternative Wild West story to Manchester

    fix+foxy brings alternative Wild West story to Manchester

    Danish theatre company fix+foxy premièred Dark Noon at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe which “explores one of the great American myths—the Wild West” through seven South African actors.
    The production will be restaged at Manchester’s Aviva Studios this spring. BTG Editor David Chadderton spoke to co-directors Tue Biering and Nhlanhla Mahlangu about what and whose story the play is telling and about the process of creating it.
    Dark Noon will be performed in the South Warehouse of Aviva Studios in Manchester from 6 to 10 March 2024.

    • 32 min

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