Step into the limelight with the Theatre Audience Podcast, a thrilling and acclaimed platform that sets the stage on fire, embracing the enchanting world of live performance. From its humble origins as Natalie's personal passion project in 2019, this podcast has evolved into an electrifying force that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.
When the curtains fell on traditional theatre due to the pandemic, Darren's artistic journey took an exhilarating twist. Invited by Natalie to join her captivating Instagram Live chat show, they fearlessly explored the depths of the theatrical landscape, adapting to the virtual stage with finesse. As the world eagerly awaited the return of live performances, their vibrant conversations effortlessly transitioned into a captivating podcast experience.
Now, united as co-hosts, Darren and Natalie bring their theatrical prowess to the forefront, discussing awe-inspiring shows, breaking theatre news, and sharing their profound insights. What started as a monthly rendezvous quickly transformed into a twice-monthly extravaganza and has now matured into a spellbinding weekly affair, connecting listeners to the ever-evolving wonders of British theatre.
With their combined expertise and infectious enthusiasm, Darren and Natalie embark on a riveting mission to captivate audiences with unrivalled theatre conversations. They delve into the vibrant realm of the stage, unveiling valuable insights, sparking thought-provoking discussions, and hosting engaging interviews with esteemed guests including actors, directors, writers, and influential contributors from the theatre world.
Prepare to be whisked away on a theatrical adventure as the Theatre Audience Podcast invites you to immerse yourself in the mesmerising magic of live performance. Picture yourself indulging in a delightful cup of Earl Grey, joining Darren and Natalie in spirited banter that blends camaraderie, laughter, and an unquenchable thirst for all things theatre. From legendary productions to hidden gems, every episode promises to ignite your imagination and transport you to the heart of the action.
Are you ready to be part of the standing ovation? Tune in to the Theatre Audience Podcast and let the captivating world of live performance unfold before your very ears. The spotlight is on you – join the conversation and let your love for theatre shine!
Theatre Audience Podcast S3 Ep28: La Cage aux Folles, Macbeth and in conversation with Gareth Snook, Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
40:14Get ready for a delectable journey into the world of pure imagination as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical embarks on its highly anticipated first-ever UK & Ireland Tour. This iconic tale of young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and the enigmatic confectionary wizard Willy Wonka is set to dazzle audiences across the country. In this episode, we're bringing you exclusive insights into the production, including an interview with the talented actor Gareth Snook, who takes on the iconic role of Willy Wonka. Discover the magic behind the scenes as we explore the creative process and the excitement of taking this beloved story on the road. But the theatrical excitement doesn't stop there! Regent's Park is hosting a glorious musical revival of Jerry Hermanand Harvey Fierstein's classic La Cage aux Folles. This wonderfully powerful production reminds us that "the best of times are now." Join Georges, Albin, and their son Jean-Michel as they rediscover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices made for the ones they love. With lead actor Carl Mullaney delivering a perfect rendition of "I Am What I Am," this revival promises to be a show-stopping experience you won't want to miss. One couple’s ruthless quest for power turns nature upside down as Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy Macbethconsumes the Globe Theatre in a ‘powerful… striking’ ★★★★ (The Guardian) production. On his return from war, three strange men offer Macbeth the prospect of ultimate control. Desperate for a new future, he and his wife set out to make it a reality with devastating costs. Following 2022’s ‘mesmerising’ ★★★★★ (WhatsOnStage) The Merchant of Venice in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Director Abigail Graham debuts in the Globe Theatre with Shakespeare’s epic tale, exploring the impact and exploitation of unexpressed grief. Join us as we dive into these captivating productions, providing you with in-depth insights, interviews, and a behind-the-scenes look at the world of theatre. Whether you're a fan of classic tales, heart-warming musicals, or Shakespearean tragedies, this episode promises to be a theatrical delight that will leave you eagerly anticipating your next trip to the theatre.
Theatre Audience Podcast: S3 Ep27: The Effect and in conversation with Rachelle Diedericks, Catherine from A View From The Bridge
47:08Step into the captivating world of The Effect at the National Theatre, where hearts race, and minds are entangled in a web of emotions. This critically acclaimed play, penned by Lucy Prebble of Succession fame, returns to the National Theatre in a bold new production directed by the renowned Jamie Lloyd, known for his work on Cyrano de Bergerac. At the heart of the story are Connie and Tristan, two young volunteers participating in a clinical drug trial. Their sudden and intoxicating chemistry seems to defy explanation. However, a pressing question looms: is their passionate connection real, or is it merely a side effect of a new antidepressant? As they navigate this rollercoaster of emotions, their illicit romance presents startling dilemmas for the supervising doctors, blurring the lines between science and love. Paapa Essiedu, known for his outstanding performance in I May Destroy You, takes the stage as one of the central characters, bringing his undeniable talent and charisma to the production. Essiedu's portrayal adds depth and authenticity to the character, making the audience question the nature of human connection. Joining Essiedu is Taylor Russell, acclaimed for her work in Bones and All who starred screen icon Timothee Chalamet. Russell's presence on stage is magnetic, and her chemistry with Essiedu is palpable. Together, they create a captivating and intimate examination of love, ethics, and the complexities of the human heart. The Effect is not just a play; it's a thought-provoking journey into the depths of human emotions and the ethical dilemmas that arise when science and romance collide. This production promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience, leaving audiences with lingering questions about the nature of love and the impact of pharmaceuticals on our lives. Under the direction of Jamie Lloyd, The Effect continues to push the boundaries of storytelling and is a must-see for theatre enthusiasts and anyone fascinated by the intricacies of human relationships. Next, we have an exclusive interview with cast member Rachelle Diedericks, who takes us behind the scenes of A View From The Bridge. She shares insights into her character, her preparation process, and the unique challenges faced by young actors in a post-COVID world. This Arthur Miller classic, set on the Brooklyn waterfront, delves into love, passion, and the complexities of family bonds. Notably, Nancy Crane makes history by becoming the first woman to portray Alfieri in this powerful drama. The production of A View From The Bridge unfolds in the intimate setting of the Octagon Theatre before embarking on a short tour, hitting Chichester from October 6th to 28th and concluding at the Rose Theatre in Kingston on November 11th, 2023. Don't miss the opportunity to witness Miller's timeless masterpiece in these unique and compelling interpretations. Tune in to this week's podcast for a captivating journey through the world of theatre, where powerful emotions, thought-provoking dilemmas, and historic performances come to life on stage.
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Theatre Audience Podcast S3 Ep26: The Odyssey and For Tonight. In conversation with Iestyn Griffiths the MD of For Tonight.
36:52Get ready for a thrilling journey through the world of theatre in this exciting podcast episode! We're diving into epic productions and heartfelt stories that are sure to leave you enchanted. First up, we have The Odyssey, a national, multi-venue production that unfolds over five parts. Each episode of Odysseus' incredible journey is created and performed by local artists and communities from four partner organisations across the UK. The grand finale takes place on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre, featuring community performers from all partner organisations and members recruited through Public Acts founding community partners in London. This epic retelling of Odysseus' adventures will have you on the edge of your seat! Odysseus, held captive by the nymph Calypso, has nearly lost hope of ever returning home. But back on Ithaca, his son Telemachus hatches a daring rescue plan. Meanwhile, the Gods on Mount Olympus are convening to decide Odysseus' fate. Will she be allowed to return home, or are more trials in store for her? Join us on this mythical journey filled with drama, suspense, and the enduring human spirit. To mark the fifth anniversary of Public Acts, The Odyssey is reimagined for today with hundreds of community members from across the country. The production boasts stage favorites Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Tarinn Callender, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and Zubin Varla. It's a theatrical experience like no other! But that's not all – we also bring you For Tonight, a new musical that will tug at your heartstrings. Inspired by true events, this timeless love story unfolds in 1832 in a small town in North Wales. A Romani family finds shelter and friendship, but tragedy strikes when an unknown disease spreads. Blame falls on the Romani traveller’s, and they are forced to flee, leaving three Parry siblings to navigate a world filled with love, joy, friendship, pain, prejudice, and struggle. For Tonight is a musical that uniquely blends the rich traditions, languages, and cultures of the Welsh and Romani peoples. It's a stirring journey that explores the power and meaning of home. Join us for an exclusive interview with the Musical Director, Iestyn Griffiths, and get a sneak peek of a song from the show sung by the talented Amy Di Bartolomeo and Simon Gordon. This is a musical experience that will resonate with your heart and soul. So, get ready for a podcast filled with epic tales, stunning performances, and captivating music. Tune in now for an unforgettable theatrical adventure!
Theatre Audience Podcast S3 Ep25: In conversation with Queens Leah Vassell and Rachel Rawlinson from the musical SIX
50:25Natalie takes you on a captivating journey in an intimate interview with two of the dazzling Queens from the musical SIX. It's time to set aside what you thought you knew about the six Wives of Henry VIII and immerse yourself in this enchanting encounter. Natalie sits down with the remarkable Leah Vassell and Rachel Rawlinson, who shine as Queens in the hit musical.Prepare to be utterly amazed as Natalie delves deep into the captivating world where history assumes a whole new vivaciousness. The musical provides a fresh perspective on each of Henry's Queens, affording them the opportunity to reshape their narratives, turning back the clock and reclaiming their crowns. With a blend of sass, strength, and unforgettable tunes, the current West End company - including Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky (Aragon), Baylie Carson(Boleyn), Claudia Kariuki (Seymour), Dionne Ward-Anderson (Cleves), Koko Basigara (Howard), and Roxanne Couch(Parr) - steps into the limelight, amplified by the powerful on-stage band - the Ladies in Waiting. Together, they reinvigorate history with tales of love, loss, and the notorious ex they all share.Moreover, SIX, the brainchild of the ingenious Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, transcends being merely a musical – it's a sensational voyage through the lives of these historical luminaries. Boasting more than 35 international awards, including two 2022 Tony Awards, SIX has cast its enchantment globally, spanning the realms of the West End, Broadway, and beyond. The musical's reign in the West End continues until April 28, long may their reign continue.Trace the origins of SIX, from its initial appearance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018 to its triumphant West End transition in 2019, culminating in its current residency at the Vaudeville Theatre since November 2021. Directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, SIX stands as a theatrical masterpiece, with vibrant choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouilleand a spellbinding set design by Emma Bailey. Gabriella Slade's ingenious costume design, Tim Deiling's immersive lighting, Paul Gatehouse's evocative sound, and Tom Curran's musical orchestration contribute to the symphony of excellence. Joe Beighton's musical supervision rounds out the remarkable creative team. Furthermore, the current West End Queens are supported by their accomplished alternates: Monique Ashe-Palmer, Danielle Rose, Leah Vassell, Rachel Rawlinson, and Esme Rothero.From tales of love to stories of loss, and the infamous ex that ties them together, these Queens spill their tales in an engaging interview. As they belt out their stories, audiences are in for a Tudor treat unlike any other, complete with fierce performances and a fresh spin on British Her-story. SIX continues to reign supreme on the West End, Broadway, and beyond and has solidified its status as a theatrical phenomenon.Join Natalie as she unveils the magic and creativity that breathe life into these iconic Queens in this exclusive podcast episode. Step behind the scenes and into the hearts of the Queens who are rewriting history in the most entertaining and empowering manner.
Theatre Audience Podcast S3 Ep24: Featuring reviews of National Theatre’s Grenfell, Tudor Englands’s Horrible Histories and the world premiere of Brokeback Mountain.
24:14Step into a world of impactful theatre as we unpack the latest podcast episode. We kick things off with Grenfell: in the words of survivors at the National Theatre. This powerful verbatim play draws directly from the testimonies of the residents at the heart of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. With six years passed since the devastating event, the interviews with survivors and bereaved individuals lay bare the shocking impact of the failures that led to this national disaster. Gillian Slovo masterfully weaves these voices into a narrative that raises urgent questions about prevention and justice. Co-directed by Phyllida Lloyd and Anthony Simpson-Pike, the play delves into the resilience of a community fighting for justice, forming part of the National Theatre's ongoing creative engagement with North Kensington.Switching gears, we dive into the sensational world of Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors. Back by popular demand for a second year, this West End hit brings history to life in a hilariously gruesome manner. From the notorious Henries to the treacherous reign of Elizabeth, audiences are treated to legends, lies, and the nastiest bits of the torturous Tudors. Prepare for headless wives, punch-ups with the Pope, Bloody Mary, and even surviving the Spanish Armada. It's a history lesson with a twist that's sure to keep you entertained and educated.Lastly, we delve into the world premiere of Brokeback Mountain, a poignant new play with music based on Annie Proulx's acclaimed short story. Under the direction of Jonathan Butterell, the production stars Broadway and silver screen names Mike Faist and Lucas Hedges, both making their West End debuts. The narrative unfolds against the backdrop of 1963 Wyoming, where Ennis and Jack's lives are forever altered by their time working on Brokeback Mountain. Dan Gillespie Sells' emotionally charged Country and Western songs beautifully underscore this tale of forbidden love and its heartrending consequences over two decades. The production also features the remarkable Eddi Reader and her onstage Country and Western band, adding an additional layer of musical depth.Get ready to immerse yourself in these thought-provoking and captivating theatrical experiences in the latest episode.
Theatre Audience Podcast S3 Ep23: Featuring reviews of The Crown Jewels, The Third Man and an exclusive interview with Back to the Future - the Musical actor Cory English
44:18Get ready for a royal riot of laughter in this week's episode! The Crown Jewels boasts an all-star line-up that's nothing short of spectacular. With the "King of Comedy" himself, Al Murray, and the incomparable Mel Giedroyc, who's been hailed as being "at her comedy peak," this outrageous production will have you in stitches, as attested by The Stage. The audience's laughter rings loud, a fact not lost on the Daily Express.But that's just the beginning – this side-splitting show features an ensemble cast that reads like a who's who of comedic talent. Joe Thomas, Neil Morrissey, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Aidan McArdle, Adonis Siddique, and Tanvi Virmani share the stage, their performances brilliantly interwoven by the BAFTA award-winning mastermind behind The Durrells and Men Behaving Badly, Simon Nye. Under the deft direction of multi-Olivier Award winner Sean Foley(known for Upstart Crow and The Ladykillers), this uproarious royal spectacle promises an evening of entertainment you can't afford to miss.Steering the ship toward musical territory, we delve into the enthralling world of Graham Greene's iconic tale, The Third Man. Once a celebrated film and novella, it now takes centre stage as a captivating musical. The creative forces of Don Black and Christopher Hampton have masterfully crafted the book and lyrics, while George Fenton's music sets the scene. Guided by the renowned Trevor Nunn, this production breathes new life into a classic narrative.As our final treat, we've secured an exclusive Back to the Future the Musical interview with none other than Cory English who plays the masterful Doc in the show. This special glimpse into the musical sensation gives you an insider's view of the creative process and the magic behind the scenes.With laughter, drama, and exclusive insights, this episode is a rollercoaster of theatrical excitement that'll keep you on the edge of your seat. Tune in and let the show begin!
Theatre Audience Podcast S3 Sp22: Featuring reviews of Spitting Image: Idiots Assemble, the return of Aspects of Love, Wizard of Oz and A Little Life
28:12🎙️ Get Ready for Showtime Spectaculars! 🎭In this dazzling episode, we're rolling out the red carpet for a theatrical extravaganza like no other! 🌟 First up, we're diving into the hilarious realm of Spitting Image: Idiots Assemble at the Phoenix Theatre. With over 100 uproarious puppets and a side-splitting script by comedy legends Al Murray, Matt Forde, and Sean Foley, get ready for a rollercoaster ride of satire, songs, and pure comedic genius. Join us as we navigate through a world where nothing and no one is spared, not even Megan and Harry!But the fun doesn't stop there! 🎶 We're whisking you off to the romantic allure of Aspects of Love at London's Lyric Theatre. Revel in the breath-taking performances, including the sensational Michael Ball, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's celebrated musical. A "classy revival" that's set to sweep you off your feet!Hold onto your ruby slippers, because next, we're off to the enchanting land of Oz at the prestigious London Palladium. Immerse yourself in the magical journey of Wizard of Oz, featuring iconic songs from the original MGM film and the creative touch of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Starring Jason Manford, Ashley Banjo, Diane Pilkington, Christina Bianco and Gary Wilmot. Join Dorothy and Toto on an unforgettable adventure over the rainbow and beyond!But wait, there's more drama to unfold! 📚 We take a profound dive into the heart-wrenching A Little Life at the Savoy Theatre. James Norton leads a stellar cast bringing Hanya Yanagihara's million-copy bestseller to life on stage. Experience the raw emotions, complex relationships, and the boundless power of love as secrets unravel and friendships are put to the ultimate test.So, whether it's puppet antics, musical magic, or heart-wrenching drama you're after, this episode has it all! Tune in and let us be your guides through the captivating world of theatre. 🎤🎬
Theatre Audience Podcast S3 Ep21: A look behind the scenes of Paddington™ Lo-Commotion with an exclusive interview with the creative genius Calum Finlay.
36:12Welcome to this Bear-y Exciting Podcast! 🐻🎉In this episode, we're diving into the delightful world of Paddington Bear Lo-Commotion at Blenheim Palace! Join us as we share our paw-sitively amazing review of this charming and whimsical production, where the beloved bear takes centre stage in a lovable locomotive adventure!But wait, there's more! 🎉 We have an exclusive treat for all you Paddington fans out there! Natalie sits down with the creative genius behind the show, the one and only writer and director Calum Finlay! Get ready to hear firsthand about the magical journey of bringing Paddington Bear to life on stage and the paw-some inspirations behind this heartwarming production.So, grab your marmalade sandwiches and join us for a beary special episode filled with laughter, joy, and the lovable bear we all adore! Paddington Bear Lo-Commotion is sure to bring a big smile to your face and warm your heart like never before. Don't miss out on this un-bear-lievable experience at Blenheim Palace!Tune in now to enjoy the podcast and embrace the spirit of adventure with our furry friend Paddington Bear! 🎧🐾🐻
Theatre Audience Podcast S3 Ep20: Featuring the reviews of Then, Now & Next, 80s Live, Tarantino Live and Crazy for You, Secret Thoughts and an exclusive interview with director Paloma Jacob-Duvernet
34:16Welcome to the latest episode of our thrilling podcast! We kick things off with the brand new British musical Then, Now & Next at Southwark Playhouse, composed by Christopher J Orton and Jon Robyns and starring West End sensation Alice Fearn, all under the masterful direction of Julie Atherton.Get ready to be transported back in time with 80s Live, the ultimate retro concert featuring iconic hits by legends like Wham!, Madonna, Duran Duran, and Bon Jovi, and many others, live on stage.For all the Quentin Tarantino fans out there, don't miss Tarantino Live, a pulsating rock experience celebrating the films and soundtracks of this legendary director, playing for a limited time at Riverside Studios.Next up, the Chichester Festival Theatre's west end transfer of Crazy for You, featuring the incredible talents of Charlie Stemp and Carly Anderson, directed by Broadway legend Susan Stroman.Last but not least, we explore the thought-provoking play Secret Thoughts at the Omnibus Theatre as part of their AI festival, and delve into the creative process with an exclusive interview with director Paloma Jacob-Duvernet.Join us as we uncover the magic of these captivating productions, filled with stunning performances, nostalgic tunes, and thought-provoking themes. Don't miss a moment of our latest episode!
Theatre Audience Podcast S3 Ep19: An exclusive interview with Tony Award winning Broadway star Lena Hall as she discusses the Roy Orbison inspired musical In Dreams.
40:33Welcome to an exciting new episode of Theatre Talk! In this podcast, we have a special guest, the multi-talented Lena Hall, known for her brilliant performances in both stage and screen. Lena is not only a Tony Award winner but also a star of the hit Netflix television sci-fi thriller, Snowpiercer.Darren sits down with Lena to delve into her iconic role as Hedwig in the critically acclaimed musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. They explore the challenges and triumphs of bringing this ground-breaking character to life on Broadway, earning Lena a well-deserved Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.Lena Hall then takes us on a thrilling journey to her UK debut in the new musical In Dreams, a tribute to the legendary Roy Orbison. The podcast delves into the captivating world of the Roy Orbison musical, celebrating his timeless music and exploring Lena's electrifying portrayal of the iconic singer.But that's not all! Throughout the podcast, we'll be padding you with fascinating facts about Lena Hall's impressive career, from her early days as a child actor to her rise as a Broadway sensation. You'll discover the fascinating stories behind some of her most memorable performances and the insights into her creative process.So, sit back and join us as we uncover the magic of Lena Hall's career, her unforgettable portrayal of Hedwig, and her extraordinary UK debut in In Dreams, the Roy Orbison musical. With Darren's expert commentary and Lena's infectious enthusiasm, this episode promises to be a captivating ride through the world of theatre and music. Don't miss it!