From Mary Poppins to Middle Earth: Laura Michelle Kelly interviewed
In this week’s issue of The Stage:
Insight: While the government’s policy of inclusion in education is admirable, are the gifted children being forgotten? Susan Elkin examines the solutions to nurturing talent
With the rising popularity of musicals, there is a danger of plays being pushed out of the West End as increasingly powerful theatre owners choose profit over artistic merit. Mark Shenton considers the problems producers can face securing venues
Dear John looks at lessons to be learned from two old-school comedians in the news recently: Bernard Manning and Bob Monkhouse
Matthew Hemley interviews Debbie Horsfield, who has adapted her Red Devils Trilogy, stage at the National Theatre over 20 years ago, into a new TV drama series, True Dare Kiss
Laura Michelle Kelly has hung up Mary Poppins’ umbrella to play Elven queen Galadriel in Lord of the Rings at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She talks to Nuala Calvi about the challenges of bringing the huge fantasy adventure to the London Stage
Butlins has managed to move with the times and provide quality live entertainment while keeping its iconic Redcoats. Derek Smith talks to head of entertainment Mike Godolphin about popular acts and the new directions the company is taking
At 22, Kevin Fitzmaurice was a computer analyst in the City. Today he’s executive director of the Young Vic, with a background in stage management. AK Bennett-Hunter finds out how things changed so drastically — for the better
Reports from the Theatres Trust ‘Performing Theatres?’ conference, and Bectu’s recent series of seminars and workshops
Kismet, which incorporates music by Alexander Borodin, is to be revived at the Coliseum next year. Anthony Field points out that musicals which have hijacked the work of classical composers have always received a mixed response
We also have interviews with Jonathan Slinger, opening as Richard II for the RSC next month, Kate Mullins, one third of Forties-style harmonists The Puppini Sisters, Adam Pearce, who joins the cast of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi next month, and Lesley Jackson executive director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Columnists this week include Ian Herbert on the changing nature of truth in theatre; Richard Jordan on why the lure of Broadway should sometimes be resisted; Liz Thomas on how, despite assurances by TV executives, the era of the copycat show is far from over; Howard Bird on myths surrounding health and safety issues; and Patrick Newley remembers Diana Marr-Johnson.
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