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Emma Williams is currently on tour in An Officer and a Gentleman. Emma plays Paula - the role played by Debra Winger in the 1982 film. Emma’s been working as an actress since she was a teenager when she starred alongside Steve Coogan in the film The Parole Officer. A lengthy list of musical theatre credits to her name, this show is a departure from the work she is known for. We recently caught up at the Wycombe Swan, a week or so after Emma got married. She and her new husband,...
Dianne Pilkington is currently starring as Elizabeth Benning in Young Frankenstein in the West End. We chatted over a cup of tea in her dressing room in the run up to the Olivier Awards. She talked about her pre-show rituals, how she learned to cope with Wickedmania, and her 20 years in musical theatre. Dianne also showed me the vintage bed-come-sofa she inherited from Lily James which now has Matthew Horne’s gold bedspread on it. It sounds odd but it suits her character in this...
Producer Katy Lipson has been behind some of the most talked about productions of the last few years. As artistic director of the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester she has produced a catalogue of shows, some of which have gone on to transfer to London, including Yank!, Hair and Pippin. She’s a big supporter of new material having produced From Page to Stage, a season of new musicals, as well as the UK premieres of Yank!, Toxic Avenger the musical and The Addams Family. In this episode...
Rachael Wooding is currently on the road in the UK tour of Fat Friends the musical. Her extensive CV lists shows like We Will Rock You, which she did twice, Hairspray and the title role in Evita. We talked for ages all about the shows she’s done. But we started, in true British style, by talking about the traffic and problems on our journeys into Leeds where we met at Leeds Grand Theatre back in November. Fat Friends the musical is touring the UK until 2nd June 2018.
Matthew Seadon-Young is currently starring alongside Kelsey Grammer in Big Fish the musical. His credits include Gerry Goffin in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Tony in Billy Elliot and Bobby in Urinetown. We talked about what it’s like playing opposite your idols, how far you can push yourself when there are no understudies, and being interrogated by security officials at the Oscars. In this episode we’re backstage in Kelsey Grammer’s dressing room, which has the loudest air...
I don’t think I have ever laughed as much in an interview as I did while chatting to Jodie Prenger. She is undoubtedly one of the nicest people in showbiz. Jodie won the role of Nancy in the 2008 programme I’d Do Anything. She’s since taken on roles in Spamalot, One Man Two Guv’nors and Calamity Jane. She’s currently starring in Fat Friends - a new musical by Kay Mellor and Nick Lloyd Webber (you might have heard of his father…). In this episode we're backstage in her dressing room at...
Episode two of Backstage With... featuring James Meunier who is touring the UK in Sunset Boulevard. James is a musical theatre singer and actor. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has since appeared in a variety of theatre productions in the UK and across the world. He's also sung with Elton John at the Royal Albert Hall and performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In this episode he talks to Mikey Worrall about getting emotional at a car chase, the song...
The first episode of Backstage With... featuring Emma Hatton who's currently playing the lead in Evita in the West End. Emma has previously starred as Elphaba in the London production of Wicked, as well as in We Will Rock You and Dreamboats and Petticoats. Emma talks candidly about the often bizarre audition process so many performers go through as well as what happens when you're called to the stage to take over halfway through a performance. Evita closes at the Phoenix Theatre on...