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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February 3, 2023 34 min

Olivier nominee Maiya Quansah-Breed is starring as Philoclea in the UK premiere of Head Over Heels at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

Described as a "hilarious, exuberant celebration of love" and featuring songs by The Go-Gos, Head Over Heels follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each ...

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Having originated the role in Germany, Kristina Love is currently making her West End debut as Tina Turner in Tina The Musical at the Aldwych Theatre.

Kristina grew up in the US and after graduating relocated to Germany where she made her professional theatre debut in the ensemble of Dirty Dancing. She stayed in Germany, with her credits including swing in the world premiere of Rocky, Deloris van Cartier in Sister Act, Fortune Tell...

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December 31, 2022 6 min

Just a few of our favourite clips from this year's episodes. Thank you for listening to In The Frame in 2022! 

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For the final episode of this series, we're joined by Nathania Ong who is starring as Éponine in the West End production of Les Misérables.

Nathania previously played Éponine in the musical's UK & Ireland tour. After growing up in Singapore, Nathania moved to London to train at Mountview. Upon graduating, Nathania made her West End debut in Be More Chill at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Les Misérables runs at the Sondheim Thea...

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Matt Nalton is currently playing The Pub Bore in the West End production of The Choir Of Man at the Arts Theatre.

Described as an " uplifting celebration of community and friendship", The Choir Of Man has returned to the West End for a second run. The 90-minute show features hits from artists such as Queen, Luther Vandross, Sia, Paul Simon, Adele, Guns & Roses, Avicii and Katy Perry, performed by an ensemble of singers ...

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Today we're chatting to Andy Barke who recently took over as Happy Man and Mr. Thompson in the West End production of Pretty Woman at the Savoy Theatre, having previously understudied the role.

Just a few of Andy’s credit’s include  Drake and understudy Rooster in Annie (UK Tour), Nativity! The Musical (UK Tour & Workshop), An Officer and a Gentleman (Leicester Curve), Elle’s Dad & Dewey in Legally Blonde (Leicester Cur...

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Joel Harper-Jackson is back In The Frame to discuss his whirlwind year in theatreland.

Earlier this year, Joel was cast as an understudy in Marianne Elliott's West End revival of C * C K by Mike Bartlett. Joel went on for the role of M multiple times, including half-way through the first preview, due to the indisposition of Taron Egerton. Joel went on to take over the role full-time to huge acclaim, and is now nominated for a Wh...

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Maddison Firth is currently playing Heather Chandler in the London production of Heathers at The Other Palace

Maddison previously played the role in the first Heathers UK tour, making her the musical's longest running Chandler worldwide! Maddison also played Chandler in the new Heathers musical film which is available to stream in the US.

Prior to Heathers, Maddison was a rehearsal swing for the first Breakaway Cruise production...

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In this very special episode, Nadine Higgin chats through her career - including the highs and lows - and recent role as Paulette in Legally Blonde.

Nadine's theatre credits include: Taylor in High School Musical (Hammersmith Apollo), Dynamite & understudy Motormouth in Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre, original cast), Chiffon in Little Shop Of Horrors (Kilworth House Theatre), ensemble in The Book of Mormon (Prince Of Wales T...

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Olivier winner George Maguire is currently starring as Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley in the European premiere of Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Some of George's early theatre credits include: Stu in Tonight's The Night, Angel in Rent, Joe Vegas in Fame, Marc Bolan in 20th Century Boy, Berger in Hair and Busker in Lift.

George won the 2015 Olivier Award for Bes...

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November 25, 2022 55 min

West End stars Alice Fearn and Simon Bailey join us for a very special, double trouble episode!

Alice and Simon are both part of the workshop cast of Footballers Wives, and feature on the musical's cast recording which is out now. Footballers Wives has a book by Maureen Chadwick, co-creator of the original TV series, with music and lyrics by Kath Gotts. Alice and Simon play Tanya and Jason Turner.

The duo are also set to perform ...

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Georgina Hagen is currently starring as Mary Brown in But I'm A Cheerleader at the Turbine Theatre.

First presented as part of MTFestUK in 2019, But I'm A Cheerleader received its official premiere at  the Turbine Theatre earlier this year and is now back for a second run. The show has book and lyrics by Bill Augustin, music by Andrew Abrams and direction by Tania Azevedo.

As a child actor, Georgina played Kate/Molly in Anni...

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Dom Hartley-Harris recently completed his run as Curtis Taylor Jr in the first ever UK & Ireland tour of Dreamgirls.  

Some of his other theatre credits include Collins in Rent (Hope Mill Theatre), George Washington in Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre), Ratsey in Moonfleet (Salisbury Playhouse), Jagwire in Bat Out Of Hell (Manchester Opera House & London Coliseum), Drifter in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Thea...

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Georgina Castle is currently starring as Jovie in the West End return of Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre.

Based on the 2003 film, Elf The Musical has book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin with songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The show opened on Broadway in 2010 and first ran in the West End in 2015. 

Georgina's theatre credits include: Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Novello), Doralee in 9 to 5 (UK & Ireland Tour), Ma...

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Grace Mouat is currently starring as Ella in the UK premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.  

Cinderella is the only musical written for the television by legendary duo Rodgers & Hammerstein. Originally broadcast live in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, the broadcast was watched by more than 100 million people, before subsequently being remade for TV again in 1965 and 1997 starrin...

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Luke Suri is currently making his West End debut as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys at the Trafalgar Theatre.

Luke was previously alternate Frankie in the musical's UK tour, marking his theatre debut.

Luke developed his craft working his way up through holiday parks, hotels, cruise ships and short residences. He found his agent during the pandemic, with some help from social media.

In this episode, Luke discusses his incredible jou...

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Rob Madge is starring in the West End production of their one-person show My Son's A Queer (But What Can You Do?), following sell out runs at the Turbine Theatre (2021) and Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2022).

The piece is Rob's autobiographical story, celebrating the joy and chaos of raising a queer child... bringing together home videos with original music as Rob sets out to recreate a Disney parade.

Rob began their stage car...

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Me'sha Bryan is currently starring as Celie in the UK tour of The Color Purple.

Directed by Tinuke Craig, this is a co-production between Leicester Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome, first seen in 2019 before being revived digitally in 2021. Based on Alice Walker’s novel, The Color Purple is adapted for the stage by Marsha Norman, Allee Willis, Brenda Russell and Stephen Bray.

Me'sha's theatre credits include: understudy Sa...

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Broadway star Felicia Boswell is currently making her West End debut as Faye Treadwell in The Drifters Girl.

The musical tells the story of The Drifters and the truth about the woman who made them, Faye Treadwell. As their manager, Faye fought for three decades alongside her husband to turn the vocal group into a global phenomenon.

Felicia joined the production in July, taking over the role from Beverley Knight.  The Drifters Girl c...

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Liisi Lafontaine is currently wrapping up her run as Satine in the original West End cast of Moulin Rouge The Musical.

Baz Luhrmann's iconic film comes to life onstage, in a production directed by Alex Timbers with choreography by Sonya Tayeh. Fresh from Broadway where it won ten Tony Awards, Moulin Rouge began performances in London at the Piccadilly Theatre in November 2019.

After understudying Deena in a US production of Dream...

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