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Naomi Frederick on Comparisons to Margaret Thatcher & the Importance of Boots in London's Hobson's Choice

Naomi Frederick on Comparisons to Margaret Thatcher & the Importance of Boots in London's Hobson's Choice

The 1916 Harold Brighouse play Hobson's Choice is an English theatrical warhorse, and its latest London run at the Vaudeville Theatre comes anchored by a commanding star turn from Naomi Frederick. An alum of Shakespeare's Globe and the touring company Kneehigh, Frederick plays Maggie, the starchiest and also most enterprising of three daughters of the heavy-drinking scold of a father ...

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1984's Andrew Gower on Coping with Rats, Big Brother & on Getting His Teeth Into Being Human

1984's Andrew Gower on Coping with Rats, Big Brother & on Getting His Teeth Into Being Human

1984 is the London play that just won't quit and is now at the Playhouse Theatre for a third West End run, this time with an entirely new cast. Adapted from George Orwell's chilling and prophetic 1949 novel, Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's stage version currently stars Liverpool-born actor Andrew Gower as Winston Smith, the Ministry of Truth employee who ...

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London Curious Incident Star Joseph Ayre on Meeting Alex Sharp, Playing a Teen & Beating His Alternate

London Curious Incident Star Joseph Ayre on Meeting Alex Sharp, Playing a Teen & Beating His Alternate

Joseph Ayre only recently graduated from drama school and has already landed the leading role of Christopher, the mathematically gifted, socially challenged 15-year-old at the bruising heart of Simon Stephens's hit play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre. Ayre is following where Olivier winner Luke Treadaway and Tony winner Alex Sharp first led ...

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Linzi Hateley on 'Traumatic' Carrie Memories, Not Vacationing in Greece & Returning to the West End in Mamma Mia!

Linzi Hateley on 'Traumatic' Carrie Memories, Not Vacationing in Greece & Returning to the West End in Mamma Mia!

Linzi Hateley will be forever remembered for playing the title role in the musical Carrie in Stratford and on Broadway when she was still a teenager. Now 45 she is legging it in Lycra once again as the ABBA-singing mum, Donna, in Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre. The ever-sprightly Hateley found time one recent evening for an engaging and ...

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Breakfast at Tiffany's Star Matt Barber on the Lack of Nudity in His West End Debut & Catching Up with Downton Abbey Co-Star Lily James

Breakfast at Tiffany's Star Matt Barber on the Lack of Nudity in His West End Debut & Catching Up with Downton Abbey Co-Star Lily James

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is rarely long absent from the stage, or so it seems. Recent London and New York productions in 2009 and 2013 are now followed by yet another incarnation of the classic Truman Capote tale, this one starting previews June 30 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Pixie Lott inherits Audrey Hepburn’s 1961 screen role as Holly Golightly, with ...

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Alexander Hanson on Telling Lies in London's The Truth, Loving Bernadette Peters & the Strain of Not Singing

Alexander Hanson on Telling Lies in London's The Truth, Loving Bernadette Peters & the Strain of Not Singing

French writer Florian Zeller has proven to be catnip for actors, with Kenneth Cranham and Frank Langella winning an Olivier and a Tony Award, respectively, for The Father and Gina McKee garnering raves in London in The Mother. Now comes musicals veteran Alexander Hanson (Stephen Ward, A Little Night Music) with his furiously funny performance in a non-singing role in ...

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Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar on Becoming Buddies with Co-Star Jesse Eisenberg in London's The Spoils

Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar on Becoming Buddies with Co-Star Jesse Eisenberg in London's The Spoils

Kunal Nayyar has acquired a vast following on the back of playing Raj Koothrappali on CBS TV’s ever-popular The Big Bang Theory, but the London-born Indian actor is spending his summer hiatus on the London stage co-starring opposite Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg in Eisenberg’s play The Spoils, at the Trafalgar Studios. Broadway.com caught the ever-amiable Nayyar for a chat ...

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Nicholas Afoa, Star of London's The Lion King, on Leaving Sports & Finding a Brotherhood of Simbas

Nicholas Afoa, Star of London's The Lion King, on Leaving Sports & Finding a Brotherhood of Simbas

Nicholas Afoa has only ever been in one professional musical ever and it happens to be that globe-trotting crowd-puller The Lion King. Having first played adult Simba in Australia, the 30-year-old New Zealander has now stepped into the same role at London’s Lyceum Theatre for a year-long run in the West End. Broadway.com caught up with the engaging performer ...

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The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

The Sound of Music Tour Star Melody Betts on Tapping Into Her Own Faith, Audra Inspiration & Backstage Belting

In the final moments of The Sound of Music’s first act, Melody Betts takes center stage as Mother Abbess as she delivers the last verse of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” with a pure, commanding soprano. Before taking on the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in the current North American tour, Betts had audiences giving mid-show standing ovations as a featured ...

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Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Meet Tracy! Newcomer Maddie Baillio Discusses Headlining NBC's Hairspray Live!

Oh, oh, oh, Maddie Baillio woke up today, feeling the way she always does, except she had some big news to share: this December, she’ll take on the coveted role of Tracy Turnblad in NBC’s Hairspray Live! The Texas native just finished her sophomore year as a Theatre Arts major at Marymount Manhattan College, and now she’s getting ready to ...

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