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The Glass Piano Q&A video: What is the ‘glass delusion’? How did it affect 19th-century royals?

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Visits to the Coronet Theatre, until recently known as The Print Room at the Coronet, make me miss the days when I lived in Notting Hill (or rather, near enough, Ladbroke Grove). Recently, I returned to chair a post-show Q&A at the world premiere of Alix Sobler’s The Glass Piano, specially programmed to launch this fresh chapter in the building’s history.

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Q&A video: Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem tackles intergenerational mental health matters

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Timed to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the full-length premiere of Rachel Tookey’s award-winning new play Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem is now running at the Old Red Lion Theatre. I got to speak to Rachel and her producer-sister Hannah about how their own family inspired this story exploring how trauma and mental illness can be passed from one generation to the next.

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Heroes Q&A video: What happens when you & your dad share a love of David Bowie?

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Are you a David Bowie fan? What first turned you on? Was it seeing his Top of the Pops debut as Ziggy Stardust? Was it your parents taking you to your first Bowie concert when you were still a baby? Was it memorising the album liner notes in your bedroom? Bebe Barry inherited her love of […]

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Intra Muros Q&A video: What compelled director Ché Walker to take to the stage himself for the first time in 11 years?

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What does theatre mean to you? How do actors marry up the dual emotional demands of their chosen profession? How many ‘characters’ or versions of ourselves to the rest of us play in our own lives?

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Cry Havoc Q&A video: How much would you sacrifice for love? Which wins when sexuality & faith clash?

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At a time when our headlines are full of news about Brunei’s gay death penalty laws and religious parents protesting LGBTQ inclusion in classrooms, let alone growing Brexit and Trump-era intolerance to asylum seekers and immigrants, Cry Havoc is scarily relevant and all-too-real.

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Tony’s Last Tape Q&A video: Paying tribute to Tony Benn, from ‘most dangerous man’ to ‘national treasure’

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Many in the audience at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre knew and were influenced by Tony Benn and were happy to share memories and thoughts on what he would think about the play as well as today’s political situation.

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Undetectable Q&A video: Tom Wright, Rikki Beadle-Blair & guests on chemsex & the gay community

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Why is intimacy so hard? In the bedroom, when can drugs be a help and when a hindrance? How much should we reveal to a new partner? What new demons do today’s young gay men carry with them into relationships? After the fun we had last month with My Dad’s Gap Year at the Park Theatre, […]

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Launch Q&A video: What’s different about the Lion & Unicorn Theatre under its new Proforca management?

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How can a 60-seat black box studio above a pub stand out amongst nearly 100 Off-West End and fringe theatres in London? THIS is how. There was palpable excitement in the room on last night at Proforca Theatre Company’s industry relaunch of the Lion & Unicorn Theatre, with a very warm reciprocal embrace for the company’s […]

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Q&A video & photos: Returning Bram Stoker’s Dracula to the scene of the literary crime

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The bookworm in me adores everything about libraries and they don’t get much more atmospheric, or historic, than The London Library, the world’s oldest independent lending library – and now a highly unconventional theatrical venue for Creation Theatre Company’s latest offering, Dracula.