All is revealed this month when, following a sell-out UK tour, Calendar Girls transfers to the West End. As the WI ladies dare to bare themselves in Theatreland, writer Tim Firth tells Roger Foss why he stripped away some of his original screenplay to give their story a new life on stage.
Donald Keene is one of the world’s foremost Japanologists and interpreters of Japanese literature, the author of over 25 books in English and 50 in Japanese. His honours include the Bunka Kunsho, the highest cultural decoration given by the Japanese government. He has translated Madame de Sade by Japan’s most famous playwright and novelist, Yukio Mishima. The 1967 play received its West End premiere this week, in a production starring Judi Dench and Rosamund Pike and directed by Michael Grandage as part of the year-long Donmar West End season at Wyndham’s Theatre. Roger Foss reports.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, now previewing at the Palace Theatre, is that rare creature in the West End – a hit Australian stage musical. The show’s two Aussie stars, Tony Sheldon and Jason Donovan, and its director Simon Phillips talk to Roger Foss about a transgender transition with “Down Under” written all over it.
James McAvoy, Nigel Harman and Lyndsey Marshal star in Richard Greenberg’s Pulitzer-nominated three-hander Three Days of Rain, in which the three actors play characters across two generations. Roger Foss met them during rehearsals with their director Jamie Lloyd to discuss the complexities involved.
As the long-anticipated revival of Oliver! opens in the West End this week, Roger Foss finds out from ‘people’s’ Nancy’ Jodie Prenger and Burn Gorman, who plays her brutal lover Bill Sikes, why there’s more to Lionel Bart’s musical than a Dickensian cockney knees-up and a boy who asks for more.
Britain’s favourite soprano Lesley Garrett, who will be singing at the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards launch party this week, tells Roger Foss why she’ll never walk alone in the new West End revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Carousel.
He’s famous for frocking up and excelling at the comedy excesses of Little Britain, but as Roger Foss explains, David Walliams is about to prove that he can do serious stage acting too, in Rupert Goold’s new West End production of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.
As Doctor Who stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate both return to the stage this week – Tennant to take the title role in Hamlet at Stratford-upon-Avon and Tate in the West End premiere of Under the Blue Sky – Roger Foss travels back in time beyond the Tardis to discover their parallel theatrical universe.
As the annual summer season gets under way at Regent’s Park, Roger Foss meets new artistic director Timothy Sheader about his plans for the country’s best-known open air theatre, which celebrated its 75th birthday last year.
The world premiere of an original musical is a rare event in the West End, but Marguerite, co-written by Michel Legrand & the creators of Les Misérables, opens next at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. How is a new musical brought to life? Roger Foss meets members of the creative team to find out how they’ve been putting it together.
As Trevor Nunn and Margaret Martin’s new musical of Gone With the Wind prepares for its West End premiere, Roger Foss takes a closer look at Margaret Mitchell’s epic story – from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the Oscar-winning film – and why it became a modern classic.