Category Theatre Interviews

INTERVIEW: Sarah McDonald-Hughes Talks TRIAL

The Trial by Monkeywood Theatre

Writer and performer Sarah McDonald-Hughes talks to Frankly My Dear UK about the inspiration behind Monkeywood Theatre’s new play TRIAL

Next week, Bolton plays host to REVEAL, a two-week festival showcasing new and original work by local and emerging theatre-makers. Bringing together a diverse mix of artists and theatre companies, the festival sees performances, experiences and events performed outside of usual theatre spaces, including schools, council buildings and online.

One of the new wo...

Read More

INTERVIEW: Richard Fleeshman Talks THE LAST SHIP

Richard Fleeshman as Gideon Fletcher in THE LAST SHIP.

Richard Fleeshman as Gideon Fletcher in THE LAST SHIP. Photo: Pamela Raith

Richard Fleeshman talks to Frankly My Dear UK about taking on the lead role of Gideon Fletcher in Sting’s new musical THE LAST SHIP

It’s fair to say that Richard Fleeshman has acting in his blood. The son of former BROOKSIDE and CORONATION STREET actress Sue Jenkins and actor/director David Fleeshman has been acting since the age of 12 when he played the role of Craig Harris in CORONATION STREET for four years.

Since th...

Read More

INTERVIEW: Matthew Wynn and Richard Keightley Talk OF MICE AND MEN

Richard Keightley and Matthew Wynn in OF MICE AND MEN

Richard Keightley and Matthew Wynn in OF MICE AND MEN. Photo: Scott Rylander

Frankly My Dear UK talks to Matthew Wynn and Richard Keightley about their lead roles as Lennie and George in OF MICE OF MEN

John Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN may be over 80 years old but the American classic is still capable of capturing the hearts and minds of a modern audience as Selladoor Productions latest touring adaption demonstrates.

Set in the trying times of the Great Depression, OF MICE AND MEN follows the...

Read More

INTERVIEW: Dyfrig Morris Talks THE JUNGLE BOOK

Dyfrig Morris as Baloo in THE JUNGLE BOOK

Dyfrig Morris as Baloo in THE JUNGLE BOOK. Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Welsh actor Dyfrig Morris talks to Frankly My Dear UK about taking on the iconic role of Baloo in THE JUNGLE BOOK

Mention THE JUNGLE BOOK and most people think of Disney. Mention Baloo and most people think of BEAR NECESSITIES...

Read More

The Cast of SPRING AWAKENING Talk About Bringing The Iconic Musical to Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre

Darragh Cowley and the cast of SPRING AWAKENING

The cast of SPRING AWAKENING talk to Frankly My Dear UK about taking on the iconic musical

Spring Awakening is the seventh in-house musical at Hope Mill Theatre since it’s opening in 2016. The show has music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, utilising a contemporary rock sound to tell the story of sexual and adolescent discovery amongst sheltered teens in late 19th century Germany...

Read More

INTERVIEW: Natalie Reckert Talks NATALIE INSIDE OUT

NATALIE INSIDE OUT by Natalie Reckert and Mark Morreau

Natalie Reckert talks to Frankly My Dear UK about what it takes to become a world-class hand-balancing artist

It’s fair to say that Natalie Reckert has a pretty unique job. As a world-class handstand artist, Reckert uses her body to create circus art like never before, a skill she explores in her new show NATALIE INSIDE OUT.

Developed in collaboration with The Lowry and digital artist Mark Moreau, NATALIE INSIDE OUT explores the inner workings of the circus performer’s body at a level of deta...

Read More

Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Samara Downs on her contrasting lead roles in THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Samara Downs as Carabosse-in THE SLEEPING BEAUTY. Photo: Ty Singleton

Samara Downs as Carabosse in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s THE SLEEPING BEAUTY. Photo: Ty Singleton

Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Samara Downs talks about her contrasting lead roles in THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Birmingham Royal Ballet bring their critically acclaimed production of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY to Salford’s The Lowry this week for a four night run.

Based on the popular fairytale, THE SLEEPING BEAUTY tells the story of a beautiful princess falls into a deep, enchanted sleep at the curse ...

Read More

INTERVIEW: Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers Miki Mizutani and César Morales Talk THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Miki Mizutani and César Morales rehearse THE SLEEPING BEAUTY. Photo: Gabriel Anderson

Miki Mizutani and César Morales rehearse THE SLEEPING BEAUTY. Photo: Gabriel Anderson

Miki Mizutani and César Morales talk about their lead roles as Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Birmingham Royal Ballet make a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry next week with their critically acclaimed production of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.

Based on the famous fairytale, THE SLEEPING BEAUTY tells the story of a beautiful princess who falls into a deep, e...

Read More

Deborah McAndrew Interview: The importance of arts in education and why Charles Dickens' HARD TIMES is still pertinent today

Deborah McAndrew

Deborah McAndrew talks to Frankly My Dear UK about HARD TIMES and the importance of arts in education

Deborah McAndrew’s new adaption of Charles Dickens’ HARD TIMES heads to The Lowry next month as part of a four month long UK tour.

The famous Northern novel of repression and longing has been adapted for stage by McAndrew, who is best known as CORONATION STREET’s Angie Freeman in the 1990s.

“I’ve known this book for a long time” explains McAndrew in an exclusive interview with Donn...

Read More

INTERVIEW: Garrett Phillips, Nigel Casey and David Hayes talk THE RAT PACK – LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS 

Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra in THE RAT PACK - LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS. Photo: Betty Zapata

Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra in THE RAT PACK – LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS. Photo: Betty Zapata

Garrett Phillips, Nigel Casey and David Hayes talk about their roles in THE RAT PACK – LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS

THE RAT PACK is back in town and this time, they are bringing Ella Fitzgerald!

Based on a concept by Mitch Sebastian, THE RAT PACK LIVE – LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS takes audience back in time to the glamorous, golden era of 1950s...

Read More