In-depth interviews with the biggest names and talents from London's theatre scene, featuring conversations with top actors, creatives and figures from the West End and beyond. Hosted by Will Longman. The music used in this podcast is Acid Trumpet by Kevin McLeod, used under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
Sarah Hadland may be known to many as Miranda’s best mate Stevie in the BBC sitcom, but she’s often busy on stage, having recently appeared in plays at the Almeida, Donmar Warehouse and Trafalgar Studios. She’s currently starring in the Lyric Hammersmith’s production of Michael Frayn’s classic comedy Noises Off which runs in the West End at the Garrick Theatre, and we went backstage to chat to her about the comedy, keeping a stage-screen balance as an actor, and the incredibly famous guests the show has welcomed to the stalls. .The music used in this podcast is Acid Trumpet by Kevin McLeod, used under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
21 min 32 sec
As soon as Pasek and Paul's hit musical Dear Evan Hansen announced its West End transfer, speculation was rife about who would take on the eponymous role. That responsibility fell to graduate Sam Tutty, an avid fan of the show from its early days. Rebecca McKinnis plays Evan's mum Heidi, and joined the show from playing another West End mother in Everybody's Talking About Jamie. The pair both sit down with us for this two-hander interview back stage at the Noel Coward Theatre in London.The music used in this podcast is Acid Trumpet by Kevin McLeod, used under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
18 min 5 sec
Sh!tFaced Showtime is an improv show that sees a group of actors rehearse a condensed production of a classic tale, but each night, a different actor takes to the stage absolutely smashed. We sat with actor Hal Hillman as he began drinking before a production of the troupe's latest showing, A Pissedmas Carol. The music used in this podcast is Acid Trumpet by Kevin McLeod, used under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
31 min 21 sec
Actor Tom Edden sits down with us backstage at the Playhouse Theatre to talk about working with director Jamie Lloyd, as well as his previous roles in shows such as One Man, Two Guvnors - for which he was nominated for a Tony - Amadeus, Matilda, Les Miserables, and more. The music used in this podcast is Acid Trumpet by Kevin McLeod, used under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
33 min 18 sec
Victoria Hamilton-Barritt is an accomplished West End performer known for her roles in musicals such as Murder Ballad, Flashdance and Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights in London. She's currently performing in her first West End play, the Young Vic's production of Death of a Salesman in the West End, and she spoke to the Spotlight podcast about her musical career, why she'd be a zookeeper if she wasn't an actor, workshopping Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella musical, and much more. The music used in this podcast is Acid Trumpet by Kevin McLeod, used under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
33 min 6 sec
David Bedella is a West End actor whose previously appeared in The Producers, The Rocky Horror Show and, perhaps most popularly controversially, Jerry Springer The Opera. Now, he's taking on a brand new musical in And Juliet, the Shakespeare-inspired musical set to the massive pop hits of Max Martin, including the likes of Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and more. Bedella sat down with us in rehearsals for the musical to talk about his origins in musical theatre, the show he would most like to relive, and put him under pressure with Quick Fire Questions. The music used in this podcast is Acid Trumpet by Kevin McLeod, used under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
26 min 52 sec
This week’s guest is the actor Adam Gillen. Known for his stage roles in the National Theatre's production of Amadeus, and the recent revival of Tract Letts' Killer Joe, Gillen is currently starring in Radio, a one-man play at the Arcola Theatre in London. We met Adam in rehearsals, and spoke about the pressures of performing a one-person piece, the lasting impact his teachers have had on him, his favourite theatres in London, and why he chose to make Mozart dab. Radio is at the Arcola Theatre until 13th July.
40 min 40 sec
This week’s guest is the Australian comic Felicity Ward, who is about to star in the play Kill Climate Deniers which sees a group of environmental protesters raid a Fleetwood Mac concert at Canada House. As well as the play, Felicity discusses balancing rehearsals with the Cricket World Cup, Australian vocabulary, and the importance of a good show title. Kill Climate Deniers is at the Pleasance Theatre until 28th June.
22 min 35 sec
Currently starring in the Olivier Award-winning production of Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre, we speak to Rachel TuCker about keeping it together on stage, first performing with her father, and being screeched in by Newfoundlanders. You can buy tickets to see Come From Away in the west End here: http://bit.ly/2WiGrrQ
34 min 51 sec
Olivier Award-winner Giles Terera talks Hamilton, winning Olivier Awards, and his latest play Rosmersholm which runs at the Duke of York's Theatre. For more information and tickets to the play, visit https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/show/rosmersholm.
45 min 14 sec