July 28: Olympics, Glee and Graham Seed
With the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony now exactly a year away, this week’s issue of The Stage meets Catherine Ugwu, executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She talks about working on four shows that the whole world will be watching.
There is something about the nature of ceremonies that is in some ways different from other kinds of shows — they are about who we are as a country and who we want to be.
Matthew Hemley talks to Glee executive producer Dante Di Loreto, who is responsible for taking the writers’ vision and executing them, even if it involves the cast to be dressed as zombies and dance on a football pitch in front of 1,000 extras.
I am not allowed to say no. My job is to say yes and to figure out how to get it done — I can’t think of anything we have said no to.
Six months after losing his long-standing role in The Archers, Graham Seed tells Maureen Paton how his theatre grounding has survived and prospered since.
Although every actor is looking for a regular earner, which in my case helped me to bring up my children, it could sometimes be difficult to fit a telly role between Archers bookings. And I’ve always needed the full spectrum of acting to satisfy me
Praised for his naturalism on stage, Richard Burbage could portray a wide variety of characters, from Hamlet to Lear — and Shakespeare created many of his greatest roles with the actor in mind, writes Professor Stanley Wells in the latest of our series on Greatest Stage Actors
Also this week:
This year, the Royal Shakespeare Company launched an initiative in which amateur groups are guided by the company to perform their own productions. Nick Smurthwaite talks to those involved about what they are trying to achieve
Insight: As performers across the UK and beyond gear up for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Thom Dibdin examines how the event has changed over the years and what new developments you can expect in 2011
Geoffrey Colman, Central School of Speech and Drama’s head of acting, warns that aspiring students are not the only ones struggling to make the sums work. The schools themselves still have a funding gap to fill
Dear John: What’s a good theme for my one-person show, and how can I develop it once I have decided?
Training: As the summer holidays stretch out for those lucky enough to have them, Susan Elkin looks at the projects, groups and opportunities coming up
Backstage Focus: Backstage workers voice their opinions in the ongoing low pay/no pay debate.
Midge Gillies reveals how many famous entertainers used their time as captives of the Nazis as a chance to hone their acting skills
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