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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.

    S7 Ep15: Jacob Fowler, Prince Topher in Cinderella & JD in Heathers

    S7 Ep15: Jacob Fowler, Prince Topher in Cinderella & JD in Heathers

    Jacob is currently preparing to star as Prince Topher in the UK premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

    Jacob joined the 2021 London production of Heathers at The Other Palace, understudying and regularly playing the role of JD. He went on to takeover the role full-time to huge acclaim.

    In 2020 Jacob won BBC reality show Little Mix: The Search as part of the band Simply September, and went on to support Little Mix on their 2022 Confetti Arena Tour.

    Jacob's theatre credits also include: Bobby in Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK Tour), Mohr in Vanara: The Legend (Hackmey Empire), Hunter in In Pieces (Turbine Theatre) and Kings Of Broadway (Palace Theatre).

    Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella runs at the Hope Mill Theatre 1st November - 11th December 2022. You can see Jacob in concert at Live At Zedel on Monday 26th September.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32 

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    S7 Ep14: Matt Blaker, Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera

    S7 Ep14: Matt Blaker, Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera

    Matt Blaker recently took over as Raoul in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, having previously understudied the role in 2017.

    A few of Matt's early theatre credits include Footloose (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Lyric Belfast), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Dusty (Charing Cross) and Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour).

    Following his first run with Phantom, Matt originated the role of  Bob Gaudio in Luke Sheppard's new production of Jersey Boys (International Tour). He played Lt. Cable in South Pacific (Concert), Ernst in Cabaret (Frankfurt) and most recently starred as Billy Bigelow in Carousel at Kilworth House Theatre.

    In this episode, Matt discusses why returning to Phantom is a special moment in his career and lots more!

    The Phantom of the Opera is currently booking in London through to 4th March 2023. Visit www.uk.thephantomoftheopera.com for info and tickets.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32 

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    • 39 min
    S7 Ep13: Khalid Daley, John Laurens & Philip Hamilton in Hamilton

    S7 Ep13: Khalid Daley, John Laurens & Philip Hamilton in Hamilton

    Khalid recently completed a run as John Laurens & Philip Hamilton in the West End production of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

    Having trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Khalid's theatre credits include: Dick Whittington (National Theatre), War Horse (UK and International Tour), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (UK & Ireland Tour), Hamlet (UK Tour), Careen – The True History of Bonnie and Clyde (Birmingham Rep), Godspell (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Sweet Charity (National Youth Music Theatre) and Lord of the Flies (New Adventures). 
    In this episode, Khalid discusses all things Hamilton, his path into the industry and lots lots more!

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32 

    Thanks for listening!

    Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk
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    • 54 min
    S7 Ep12: Rebecca Thornhill, Mrs Burke in Girl From The North Country

    S7 Ep12: Rebecca Thornhill, Mrs Burke in Girl From The North Country

    Fresh from runs in Matilda and Hairspray, Olivier nominee Rebecca Thornhill is currently starring as Mrs Burke in the UK tour of Girl From The North Country. 

    Written and directed by Conor McPherson with the songs of Bob Dylan, Girl From The North Country premiered at the Old Vic in 2017 before transferring to the West End and Broadway. The show returned to the West End in 2019, with the production also running in Toronto.

    Rebecca was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2001 for her performance as Lina Lamont in the National Theatre's production of Singin' in the Rain. She recently reprised her performance as Mrs Wormwood in Matilda, having previously played the role at the Cambridge Theatre and on tour. She also recently completed a run as Velma Von Tussle in the UK tour of Hairspray. Rebecca created the role of Karen Holmes in the original production of From Here To Eternity which ran in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre and was filmed for cinema/digital release. 

    Just a few of Rebecca's other theatre credits include: Hotbox Girl in Guys and Dolls (Leicester), She Loves Me (Savoy), Demeter in Cats (New London), Babette in the original company of Beauty and The Beast (Dominion),  Annie in Annie Get Your Gun (UK Tour), Julie Laverne in Show Boat (Royal Albert Hall), Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (National Tour), Sally in Me and My Girl (UK Tour & Zimbabwe), Gertie Cummins in Oklahoma! (National Theatre & Lyceum), Cosette & Fantine in Les Miserables (West End / UK Tour / Denmark), Sukie Rougemont in Witches of Eastwick (Prince Of Wales), Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty (Prince of Wales), Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime (Piccadilly), Roxie Hart in Chicago (Adelphi), Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward / US Tour), Madge Hardwick in Top Hat (UK Tour) and Morticia in The Addams Family (Singapore). 

    Girl From The North Country  tours the UK until 18th March 2023. Visit www.girlfromthenorthcountryshow.com for info, tour dates and tickets.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32 

    Thanks for listening!

    Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk
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    • 31 min
    S7 Ep11: Jarnéia “Jaye'J” Richard-Noel, star of Millennials & original Catherine of Aragon in Six

    S7 Ep11: Jarnéia “Jaye'J” Richard-Noel, star of Millennials & original Catherine of Aragon in Six

    Today we're joined by Olivier nominated original Six Queen Jarnéia Richard-Noel (also known as Jaye'J) who is currently starring in the London production of Millennials by Elliot Clay at The Other Palace.

    Jarnéia originated the role of Catherine of Aaragon in Six The Musical. As part of the original cast, Jarnéia took the musical from its first tour, to a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the West End where she stayed with the show for almost three years at the Arts Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre.

    Alongside her fellow OG queens, Jarnéia was nominated for the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Earlier this year, Jarnéia and the original West End cast of Six reunited for three sell-out performances at Hampton Court Palace, before shooting a filmed movie of Six at the Vaudeville Theatre.

    After training at the Urdang Academy, Jarnéia made her professional debut as a singer/dancer for P&O Cruises. After leaving Six, she played Alice in Dick Whittington at the Norwich Theatre Royal before joining the UK tour of Hairspray as a swing for the Dynamites.

    From six to seven, Jarnéia is part of the girl group SVN alongside the original West End cast of Six. Following the release of multiple singles, SVN recently played their debut headline show at the O2 Academy Islington.

    In this episode, Jaye'J discusses her path into theatre, her journey with Six and why she's excited to be showing a different side of her talents in Millennials. 
     Millenials runs at The Other Palace until Sunday 4th September.

    Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
    @AndrewTomlins32 

    Thanks for listening!

    Email: andrew@westendframe.co.uk
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    • 53 min
    S7 Ep10: Simon Gordon, JD in Heathers & Strat in Bat Out of Hell

    S7 Ep10: Simon Gordon, JD in Heathers & Strat in Bat Out of Hell

    This week's guest is Simon Gordon who most recently starred as JD in Heathers!

    Simon originally went to Law School before entering ITV's Superstar - Andrew Lloyd Webber's reality TV show, casting an actor to play Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar - where he made it to the final thirty boys. 

    Simon's theatre credits include: Christian in Moulin Rouge (Secret Cinema), alternate Strat in Bat Out Of Hell (London Coliseum, International Tour & Dominion Theatre), Robbie in Twist and Turn (The Other Palace) and cover Gene in Girl From The North Country (Gielgud Theatre). 

    Most recently, Simon played JD in the original UK tour of Heathers, before reprising his performance in the London production at The Other Palace. During his London run, Simon played JD for the musical's film which will premiere on the Roku Channel in the US in September.

    In this episode, Simon discusses how he found his way from Law School to theatre, the Heathers fandom and *that* story about how rehearsing for his Beautiful audition led to armed police entering his house (and lots more). 

    Follow Simon on Instagram: @simongordon 

    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 13 min

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