Welcome to our collection of conversations recorded live from the National Theatre stages, including interviews with actors, directors and playwrights.
Michael Billington on Stage
Michael Billington reflects on almost 50 years and some 10,000 reviews as he steps down as the Guardian's chief theatre critic. Michael is introduced by Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. A number of guests including actors Penelope Wilton, Simon Russell Beale, Aisling Loftus and Oliver Ford Davies read from some of Michael's favourite plays.
Director Katy Rudd and Adapter Joel Horwood on The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Katy Rudd (The Almighty, Royal Exchange; Associate Artist, Elliott & Harper Productions) and Joel Horwood (I Want My Hat Back, National Theatre; The Little Mermaid, Bristol Old Vic) discuss their new production of Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Chaired by playwright and academic, Dan Rebellato.
Writer Inua Ellams and Director Nadia Fall on Three Sisters
Writer Inua Ellams and Director Nadia Fall discuss their new production of Three Sisters. Chaired by Louisa Uchum Egbunike, Lecturer in English at City, University of London, Curator of the Legacies of Biafra touring exhibition and Co-Convenor of the Annual Igbo Conference.
Neil Gaiman on The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the bestselling magical novel from the brilliant imagination of Neil Gaiman. Join Gaiman as he chats to Lenny Henry about writing this modern myth, where his inspiration came from, and what it's like to have his novel adapted for the stage.
Actors Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings on Hansard
Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings reflect on the challenges and rewards of performing in Hansard. Chaired by David Benedict.
Director Rufus Norris and Adapter Helen Edmundson on Small Island
Director Rufus Norris and Adapter Helen Edmundson reflect on their production of Small Island. Chaired by Brenda Emmanus.
Great content but occasionally poor sound quality
Absolutely every podcast episode is chock full of interesting dramaturgical information and has been a fantastic learning tool for discussing theatre critically. The sound quality can often times be very poor, which is frustrating when I want to hear every juicy tidbit. These episodes are often recorded on stage for a talk back with a live audience, so I’m not sure if that issue will ever be remedied.
This podcast is rich in dramaturgical conversation, theoretical explanation, and interesting lanligappe. It is a must for any theatre practitioner or student.