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Natalie Dew on Learning to Sing and Kick for Her West End Role in Bend It Like Beckham

Natalie Dew on Learning to Sing and Kick for Her West End Role in Bend It Like Beckham

Natalie Dew plays Jess Bhamra, the football-loving London Sikh in the West End musical Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre, a career-making performance that has brought the actress a 2015 Evening Standard Theatre Award nod for Newcomer in a Musical—the winner will be announced November 22. As lively and spirited offstage as she is on, Dew chatted to ...

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Jonathan Slinger on Finding His Range and Having a Ball in London's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Jonathan Slinger on Finding His Range and Having a Ball in London's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

It's not every day that you have a West End musicals leading man who has also played Hamlet, Richards II and III, and Prospero in The Tempest, but the RSC veteran Jonathan Slinger comes to the starring role of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane with only one musical credit behind him—the ...

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Danny Horn on Going from Punter to Leading Man in West End Hit Sunny Afternoon

Danny Horn on Going from Punter to Leading Man in West End Hit Sunny Afternoon

Sunny Afternoon won this year’s Olivier Award for Best Musical, and Danny Horn has stepped into the demanding leading role of Kinks frontman Ray Davies at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The delightful Horn spoke to Broadway.com about why this is the role and the musical for him, and getting acting tips from the great Gambon.

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West End Elf Star Ben Forster on Christmas Shopping, Superstar and Buddy vs. The Phantom

West End Elf Star Ben Forster on Christmas Shopping, Superstar and Buddy vs. The Phantom

Ben Forster played Magaldi in the most recent West End revival of Evita and is poised to take over as the Phantom in London in the New Year, but through the holiday season he can be found leading the company at the Dominion Theatre of Elf, playing Buddy, which was originated onscreen in 2003 by Will Ferrell. Broadway.com caught ...

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Kenneth Cranham on His French Beard, Frank Langella & Grappling with 'the Big A' in London's The Father

Kenneth Cranham on His French Beard, Frank Langella & Grappling with 'the Big A' in London's The Father

Kenneth Cranham has performed twice on Broadway—in Loot in 1968 and then again in 1994 in An Inspector Calls. But the veteran actor is getting some of the best reviews of his career for his performance as the Alzheimer’s-afflicted Andre in Frenchman Florian Zeller’s The Father. After two previous runs, James Macdonald’s production is now at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Kyle Riabko on Bringing the Songs of Burt Bacharach to London in Close to You

Kyle Riabko on Bringing the Songs of Burt Bacharach to London in Close to You

Canadian singer-songwriter Kyle Riabko earned raves off-Broadway in 2013 and then at the Menier Chocolate Factory this past summer with What’s It All About?, his smart, hip reimagining of the back catalog of Burt Bacharach. Now, the actor is leading its West End transfer to the Criterion Theatre where the same production is now in previews under a different Bacharach ...

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Oresteia Star Lia Williams on How Klytemnestra Is Like Wallis Simpson and Why Pasta Turns Her Off

Oresteia Star Lia Williams on How Klytemnestra Is Like Wallis Simpson and Why Pasta Turns Her Off

Lia Williams was nominated for a 1997 Tony for her performance in the original Broadway production of Skylight, since which time the gifted actress’s stage appearances have included the 2011 Broadway revival of Arcadia and Pinter’s Old Times in the West End opposite Kristin Scott Thomas and Rufus Sewell. Williams is back on the London boards playing the grief-stricken, impassioned ...

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Lara Pulver on Sounding American and Blossoming into a Burlesque Queen in London's Gypsy

Lara Pulver on Sounding American and Blossoming into a Burlesque Queen in London's Gypsy

Lara Pulver was nominated for a 2008 Olivier Award for her performance opposite Bertie Carvel in director Rob Ashford’s London production of Parade and is back in town to play Louise—better known as Gypsy Rose Lee—opposite Imelda Staunton in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. The gifted performer chatted with Brroadway.com about honoring a classic musical and being an, um ...

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Edward Bennett on How He’s Like Benedict Cumberbatch & Starring Opposite Nicole Kidman in London’s Photograph 51

Edward Bennett on How He’s Like Benedict Cumberbatch & Starring Opposite Nicole Kidman in London’s Photograph 51

Edward Bennett made headlines in 2008 when he replaced an ailing David Tennant in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet. Since then, the actor has gone from further work in Shakespeare to new plays and from strength to strength. He can currently be seen playing Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick at the Noel Coward Theatre in Photograph 51, the ...

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Stephen Wight on Fashion, Tortured Geniuses & Bringing McQueen to the West End

Stephen Wight on Fashion, Tortured Geniuses & Bringing McQueen to the West End

Stephen Wight came to attention in the plays of Patrick Marber (Dealer’s Choice, Don Juan in Soho) and then moved on to TV and further acclaim. Now, the actor has transferred to the West End for an extended run of James Phillips’s play McQueen, which takes an impressionistic look at the fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who died in 2010 at ...

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