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Around the world in SE1: 80 days director recalls her multi-cultural influences growing up

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New Vic artistic director Theresa Heskins has attracted critical acclaim for the globe-trotting zeal of her hit production of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, currently at London’s Cadogan Hall as part of an extensive new UK tour. She recalls how, growing up in south London, a lack of foreign travel didn’t prevent her from being influenced by all manner of far-flung cultures.






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Bringing Barnum-style spectacle to #EdFringe via China Goes Pop!

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As the first major London revival of Barnum is announced today, American director and choreographer Shanda Sawyer talks about her own experience helming numerous circus productions for Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, which closed this past May after 146 years.






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King Cowboy Rufus: Can you decipher the full meaning of the show? Doubt it.

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American theatremaker Richard Foreman’s King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe, in which a ruddy-faced Trump-like figure takes the title role, is currently receiving its UK premiere at the London Theatre Workshop. Director Patrick Kennedy explains why he relishes the “nauseating” challenge of staging Foreman’s work.






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Brian Cooke: Horne A’Plenty is my tribute to radio & TV great Kenneth Horne

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Radio classic Round the Horne returns to the London stage with a brand-new show Horne A’Plenty have a limited try-out season at the White Bear Theatre this month. Writer Brian Cooke explains his connection to Kenneth Horne, which began exactly fifty years ago, and how the new show has come about.






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Serafina Salvador: ‘While we are busy blaming, who’s really winning?’

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After success at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, ‘poetic economist’ Serafina Salvador’s Don’t Blame the Bankers…$toopid is now running for six performances only at London’s Camden Fringe. She explains her journey of enlightenment from banker to artist.






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More than a Spoonful: How well do you know The Sherman Brothers?

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A Spoonful of Sherman celebrates a century of Sherman family music, including the childhood hits of Disney favourites The Sherman Brothers. Robert J Sherman, the son of ‘brother’ Robert B Sherman explains how the show has changed since its first outing three years ago.






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Boom: ‘Theatre & biology is a nice yin & yang of interests’

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San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s hit Off-Broadway black comedy BOOM, the most produced play in the US in 2009 and 2010, receives its UK premiere at London’s Theatre503 in London. Here, he explains how Richard Dawkins and a love of evolutionary biology inspired the play… I’m a huge biology buff. I think I first became interested in biology initially through …