In The Frame: Theatre Interviews from West End Frame

In The Frame: Theatre Interviews from West End Frame

Interviews with theatre's biggest stars! West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, sits down with West End performers and creatives for candid, in-depth discussions about their careers and latest projects.

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December 31, 2021 31 min

For the final episode of this series, we’re chatting to the amazing Cameron Blakely!

Cameron originated the role of Gomez when The Addams Family  made its UK premiere in 2017. He is currently reprising his performance for the musical's latest UK tour.

Directed by Matthew White, with choreography by Alistair David, The Addams Family has book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

Cameron is wel...

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Today we're chatting to David Cumming, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts from SpitLip Theatre about their hit show, Operation Mincemeat The Musical.

Following this year's sold out and acclaimed run, Operation Mincemeat returns to the Southwark Playhouse in January.

Operation Mincemeat won The Stage Debut award for Best Composer/Lyricist, the Off-West End award for Best Company Ensemble and was listed in the Observer's Top 1...

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Ainsley Hall Ricketts is starring as Paul in Nikolai Foster's revival of A Chorus Line at Leicester Curve.

A Chorus Line marks Ainsley's return to musical theatre, having spent the past few years working as a dancer and choreographer. 

His theatre credits include: Motown The Musical (West End), understudy Joice in Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), Mr T in The Wedding Singer (UK Tour), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West...

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West End legend Anna-Jane Casey is currently starring in Rebecca Frecknall's brand-new West End production of Cabaret. She plays Fraulein Kost and Fritzie.

For this production, the Playhouse Theatre has been transformed into The Kit Kat Club. The show also stars Eddie Redmayne as The Emcee, Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles and Omari Douglas as Cliff Bradshaw.

Just a few of Anna-Jane's extensive theatre credits include: Sweet C...

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Today we have a special bonus episode with drag superstar Karen From Finance!

Karen is currently starring alongside Cheryl Hole, Kitty Scott Claus and Choriza May in TuckShop's West End all-drag pantomime, Dick Whittington. The production is running at the Phoenix Theatre for select dates across December and January.

Karen was the standout star from the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under, finishing as a runner-up. ...

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Vanessa is starring as Danielle in the UK premiere of Bring It On The Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and Jeff Whitty.

The musical runs at the Southbank Centre over Christmas ahead of a UK tour in 2022.

Vanessa's theatre credits include: Dynamite in Hairspray (UK Tour), Chiffon/Dance Captain in Little Shop Of Horrors (UK Tour), Martha Reeves in Motown (West End), Hansel & Gretel (Rose Theatre Kingston) a...
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Julie Jupp is playing Fairy Fuchsia in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Hackney Empire. The show is co-directed by Clive Rowe and Tony Whittle.

Just a few of Julie's theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic In Camera), Man Of La Mancha (English National Opera), Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), Urinetown (St James & West End), Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter), Finding Neverland (...

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November 19, 2021 32 min

Djalenga is currently starring as Velma in the UK Tour of Chicago, having understudied the role in 2006 and 2012 in the West End.

Djalenga's theatre credits include Bombalurina in Cats (Kilworth House), Lily St. Regis in Annie (West End & UK Tour), Rizzo in Grease (Curve / Dubai), Anita in West Side Story (UK Tour), Harley Quinn in Batman Live (US Tour), Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour), Brooke in Noises Off ...

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Sha is starring as Eponine in the West End production of Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre.

Having graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2021, Les Misérables marks Sha's West End and professional debuts.

In her first interview, Sha discusses auditioning to play Eponine, her path into the industry and experiences of training at drama school during the pandemic... plus lots more!

For Les Misérables tickets, visit ...

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Savannah is starring as Marmee in the London premiere of Little Women at the Park Theatre.

Produced by Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Knockhardy Productions in association with Park Theatre, the musical is based on the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women ran on Broadway in 2005 starring Sutton Foster.

Savannah starred as Glinda in the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for three years b...

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Olivier nominee Dan Burton is currently starring as Phil Davis in the UK tour of White Christmas, having previously played the role in the West End at the Dominion Theatre.

Described as "a timeless romantic comedy to warm hearts of all ages", White Christmas has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and book by David Ives and Paul Blake. 

Dan’s theatre credits include playing Giles in The Mousetrap (West End), Don Lockwood in Si...

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Sharon is currently starring as Sloane in the UK tour of Bat Out Of Hell, having created the role in the original production.

Sharon originally opened Bat Out Of Hell - which features Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s greatest hits - in Manchester, with the show  transferring to the London Coliseum and then the Dominion Theatre. She also starred in the musical's run in Canada.

Just a few of Sharon's theatre credits include playing...

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Shem is currently starring as Caladar in the world premiere of Vanara.

Following its workshop performances and concept album, Vanara is being staged at the Hackney Empire. The musical is written by Tony Cucchiara, Gianluca Cucchiara, Andrew James Whelan and Michael Conley. This production is directed by Adam Lenson and Eleesha Drennan, who also serve as dramaturg and choreographer respectively.

Later this year, Shem will star as CC i...

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October 17, 2021 35 min

Lucie is starring in the UK tour of Waitress, reprising her performance from the West End production (Adelphi Theatre).

Based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress has music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles with book by Jessie Nelson. Directed by Diane Paulus with choreography by Lorin Latarro, Waitress has garnered multiple awards and nominations in both America and the UK.

Lucie burst onto our screens in the 2009 seri...

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Marc Antolin is preparing to play Leo Matienne in RSC's new musical The Magician's Elephant.

Adapted from Kate DiCamillo's novel, The Magician's Elephant has book & lyrics by Nancy Harris and music & lyrics by Marc Teitler. The production is directed by Sarah Tipple.

The Magician's Elephant marks Marc's return to the RSC, having originated the role of Rudolpho in Matilda The Musical.

Just a few of Marc&...

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October 11, 2021 48 min

Olivier-Award-winning and Tony-Award-nominated performer Jenna Russell is currently preparing for her first large solo concert at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 7th November 2021. 

Jenna will perform some of her favourite songs and material from some of the roles she has played, with a live band helmed by her friend, and musical director, Nigel Lilley.

Jenna most recently starred as the title role in Piaf (Nottingham Playhouse/Leeds Playhous...

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Shobna can currently be seen in Going The Distance, a new digital comedy by Henry Filloux-Bennett and Yasmeen Khan.

Directed by Felicity Montagu, Going The Distance is a co-production from the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, The Dukes and The Watermill Theatre. The cast also includes Sara Crowe, Nicole Evans, Sarah Hadland, Merch Husey, Matthew Kelly, Emma McDonald and Penny Ryder with Stephen Fry as the Narrator.

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Akeem is currently starring as Seaweed J. Stubbs in the UK touring production of Hairspray The Musical.

Prior to Hairspray, he understudied Stevie Wonder in the UK tour of Motown The Musical. In this episode, Akeem discusses his path into the industry, why Seaweed is his dream role and lots more!

Hairspray is currently touring through to April 2022. Visit www.hairsprayuktour.com for info and tickets.

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West End legend Rachael Wooding is currently starring as Kit De Luca in Jerry Mitchell's production of Pretty Woman at the Savoy Theatre.

Pretty Woman features original music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, a book by Garry Marshall and the film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton.

Early in her career Rachael starred as Meat in We Will Rock You (Dominion) and later returned to play Scaramouche in the musical’s closing West End ...

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Molly is starring in the West End production of The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown at the Garrick Theatre!

Molly made her professional debut understudying Joanna in Sweeney Todd at the London Colesium. Her other credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera/Royal Albert Hall), Betty in Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour/Curve Digital Production) and Wasted (Southwark Playhouse). 

Molly  understudied Clara in The Light in The P...

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