Category Theatre Interviews

Louis Dempsey talks to Frankly My Dear UK about his role as Finbar in THE WEIR

Louis Dempsey as Finbar in THE WEIR UK Tour

Louis Dempsey talks to Frankly My Dear UK about his role as Finbar in THE WEIR

It’s hard to believe that Conor McPherson’s award-winning play THE WEIR is over 20 years old. Before it took the theatre world by storm, THE WEIR was booked to play for just three weeks to an audience of 60 people a night when it first opened at The Royal Court in 1997...

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INTERVIEW: Ben Forster Talks ELF: THE MUSICAL

Ben Forster as Buddy in ELF THE MUSICAL

Ben Forster chats to Frankly My Dear UK about reprising his role as Buddy in ELF: THE MUSICAL

It’s fair to say that ELF: THE MUSICAL’s first Christmas Season outside of London has been a success. Alongside our five star review, ELF: THE MUSICAL has been given glowing reviews by Manchester Evening News, Northern Soul and Opening Night to name but a few, with Ben Forster’s performance as Buddy standing out in particular.

Based on the 2003 hit movie starring Will Ferrell, ELF: THE MUSICAL t...

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INTERVIEW: Kirsten Foster talks AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Kirsten Forster as Mrs Aouda in Around The World in 80 Days

Kirsten Foster talks to Frankly My Dear UK about reprising her role as Mrs Aouda in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

Following its premiere at the New Vic Theatre in 2013 and a successful season at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2014, Theresa Heskins’ production of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS finally heads to The Lowry next month as part of its first national tour.

Based on the 1873 novel by Jules Verne, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS tells the story of Phileas Fogg, an ever-so-slightly st...

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INTERVIEW: Lizzy Watts talks HEDDA GABLER

Lizzy Watts in HEDDA GABLER

Frankly My Dear UK chats with Lizzy Watts about the National Theatre’s touring production of HEDDA GABLER

Following its sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2016, Henrik Ibsen’s modern masterpiece HEDDA GABLER finally heads out on a five month tour across the UK.

Adapted by Patrick Marber, the play tells the story of Hedda, a young woman trapped in a marriage she seems uncertain of. Bored and despondent, Hedda seeks distraction where she has always sought distraction – in men...

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Matthew Eames talks about The Lowry's innovative PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE season

Frankly My Dear UK talks to Matthew Eames, the brains behind The Lowry’s innovative PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE season

When The Lowry launched their Pay What You Decide (PWYD) season back in January 2017, it seemed like a bit of wacky idea. Instead of paying for a ticket in advance, audiences are asked to decide how much they want to pay for the performance at the end of the night. Sounds a little risky right? Yet it’s a risk that seems to have paid off...

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INTERVIEW: Liz McClarnon talks ELF THE MUSICAL

Liz McClarnon in ELF THE MUSICAL

Liz McClarnon chats to Frankly My Dear UK about her role as Jovie in ELF THE MUSICAL

Following its record-breaking run in London’s West End in 2015-16, ELF THE MUSICAL finally heads to Salford’s The Lowry next month for a seven week run over the Christmas period.

Based on the 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, ELF THE MUSICAL tells the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s sack and is transported back to the North Pole...

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INTERVIEW: Theatre Designer Tom Piper talks BAYADERE – THE NINTH LIFE

Tom Piper at the BLOOD-SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED poppy installation for Tower of London. Photo: Ian Ritchie

Tom Piper at the BLOOD-SWEPT LANDS AND SEAS OF RED Tower of London installation. Photo: Ian Ritchie

Frankly My Dear UK chats with award-winning theatre designer Tom Piper about his bold new stage design for BAYADERE – THE NINTH LIFE

Theatre designer Tom Piper has certainly had a varied career...

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Interview with Birmingham Royal Ballet ALADDIN dancers Lachlan Monaghan and Yaoqian Shang

Yaoqian Shang and Lachlan Monaghan rehearse BRB's ALADDIN. Photo: Ty Singleton

Yaoqian Shang and Lachlan Monaghan rehearse Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ALADDIN. Photo: Ty Singleton

Lachlan Monaghan and Yaoqian Shang discuss their lead roles in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ALADDIN

The UK’s leading classical ballet touring company – Birmingham Royal Ballet – makes a welcome return to Salford’s The Lowry this month with ALADDIN, a classic story about a street urchin who frees a genie from a magical lamp and finds his wishes granted.

In anticipation for their four night ru...

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INTERVIEW: Jeffrey Holland on WAITING FOR GOD

Nichola McAuliffe and Jeffrey Holland in WAITING FOR GOD. Photo: Geraint Lewis

Jeffrey Holland talks to Frankly My Dear UK about his role in the new comedy play

When WAITING FOR GOD first aired on BBC One in the early 1990s, it became an instant hit with fans, running for a total of five series between 1990 and 1994. More than 20 years later, the hit sitcom has been adapted for the stage with an all-new script penned by the original creator Michael Aitkens.

Set at the fictional Bayview Retireme...

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Interview: Deborah McAndrew on CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Award-winning playwright Deborah McAndrew talks to Frankly My Dear UK about her love for CYRANO DE BERGERAC

As part of their 25th anniversary year, Northern Broadsides join forces with the award-winning New Vic Theatre to present an exciting new adaptation of CYRANO DE BERGERAC.

Originally written by Edmond Rostand in 1897, the classic romantic comedy tells the story of a brilliant poet and swordsman named Cyrano who is deeply in love with his beautiful, intellectual cousin Roxane...

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