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INTERVIEW: Director Nick Bagnall on The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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“People who want ‘traditional’ Shakespeare – I don’t know what that is,” laughs Nick Bagnall. “I like to think if Shakespeare was here today he’d be using all he possibly could to be telling stories. When he was around, there was music, song, dance, audience interaction, all of it, he was always playing with theatre.”

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Mark Rylance: ‘What’s wrong with being a theatre actor?’

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Opinion, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

On this Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show on BBC One, in amongst an interview with David Cameron and other reports from this year’s Conservative Party conference in Manchester, I was delighted to see Marr, perched in the circle at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre, chatting with actor Mark Rylance. Theatregoers know, of course, that Rylance has just opened in the West End in Farinelli and the King, written by his wife Claire van Kampen and transferred after a sell-out season earlier this year at the Globe’s indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. But Rylance is also in the news, starring opposite Tom Hanks in Hollywood spy thriller Bridge of Spies, in which he was cast after causing an onscreen stir in Wolf Hall.