The Stage Podcast: Seven Stages
Seven Stages: Episode 8 – Es Devlin

Seven Stages: Episode 8 – Es Devlin

July 10, 2020

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and more make up Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible. Our eight episode features designer Es Devlin and was released on Friday, July 10, 2020.

From fringe theatres to worldwide stadium tours for the likes of Beyoncé and Adele, there are few worlds and scales untouched by designer Es Devlin. Starting as a designer for theatres like the Bush in west London, she quickly became a renowned stage designer, winning three Olivier Awards along the way. Recent stage work includes Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Lehman Trilogy, Chimerica and The Nether.

But in parallel to her stage career, she has become the go-to designer for the world's biggest musicians. Kanye West and U2, Lady Gaga and Take That, The Weeknd and Dua Lipa have all called on Devlin to conjure the engrossing, kinetic designs - mixtures of sculpture, language and light - that are her signature.

Here she talks about early inspirations from her childhood on the south coast, through to all-night listening sessions with Kanye West. 

Every fortnight, you can join Tim Bano for illuminating, intimate conversations with influential performers and creatives who have lived their lives in theatre. The Seven Stages podcast, sponsored by Audible, is available anywhere you find your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the link below.

Devlin’s interview is available to listen to now and follows episodes with actor Paul Chahidi, playwright Alan Ayckbourn, actor Noma Dumezweni, choreographer Arlene Phillips, former Young Vic artistic director David Lan, Olivier award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable and Ian McKellen.

Seven Stages: Episode 7 – Paul Chahidi

Seven Stages: Episode 7 – Paul Chahidi

June 26, 2020

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and more make up Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible. Our seventh episode features actor Paul Chahidi and was released Friday, June 26, 2020.

Actor Paul Chahidi has had an extensive career on stage, highly regarded for his Shakespearean performances at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. In 2002, he played Maria in an all-male production of Twelfth Night alongside Mark Rylance, to commemorate the play’s 400th anniversary. That production subsequently went to the West End and then to Broadway, and brought Chahidi an Olivier and a Tony nomination.

But more recently, Chahidi has become a familiar face on TV and film, particularly for his role as the kind and patient Reverend Francis Seaton in the phenomenally successful BBC Three mockumentary This Country.

In this episode of Seven Stages, Chahidi talks about his early life from his birth in Tehran, to the difficult moment his father was caught up in the Iranian Revolution. He tells stories of getting his chest waxed with Eddie Redmayne and his abiding passion for a certain Andrew Lloyd Webber musical…
Every fortnight, you can join Tim Bano for illuminating, intimate conversations with influential performers and creatives who have lived their lives in theatre. The Seven Stages podcast, sponsored by Audible, is available anywhere you find your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the link below.

Chahidi’s interview is available to listen to now and follows episodes with playwright Alan Ayckbourn, actor Noma Dumezweni, choreographer Arlene Phillips, former Young Vic artistic director David Lan, Olivier award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable and legendary actor Ian McKellen.

Seven Stages: Episode 6 – Alan Ayckbourn

Seven Stages: Episode 6 – Alan Ayckbourn

June 12, 2020

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and more make up Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible. Our sixth episode features playwright Alan Ayckbourn and was released this Friday, June 12, 2020.

Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 80 full-length plays, with more than half of them having been produced in the West End.  These include huge hits such as The Norman Conquests, Absurd Person Singular and A Chorus of Disapproval, for which he won Olivier and Evening Standard awards.

Seven Stages explores Ayckbourn’s extensive and hugely successful stage career – from his first appearance as an actor in a non-speaking part in Donald Wolfit’s West End company in 1956, right up to his most recent play Anno Domino, which was released for radio last month.

Meanwhile, he talks about his time running Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre – named after his great mentor – and reveals that he has just finished writing yet another play, his 84th.

Every fortnight, you can join Tim Bano for illuminating, intimate conversations with influential performers and creatives who have lived their lives in theatre. The Seven Stages podcast, sponsored by Audible, is available anywhere you find your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the link below.

Ayckbourn’s interview is available to listen to now and follows episodes with actor Noma Dumezweni, choreographer Arlene Phillips, former Young Vic artistic director David Lan, Olivier award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable and legendary actor Ian McKellen.

Seven Stages: Episode 5 – Noma Dumezweni

Seven Stages: Episode 5 – Noma Dumezweni

May 29, 2020

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and more make up Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible. Our fifth episode features Olivier award-winning actor Noma Dumezweni and was released this Friday, May 28, 2020.

Noma Dumezweni is best known for playing Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage in the West End and on Broadway. For her performance in the West End production, she won her second Olivier award, while she was also nominated for a Tony in New York.

Seven Stages explores Dumezweni’s extraordinary life and extensive stage career - from arriving in the UK as a refugee in 1977 to her beginnings working in theatre in education productions and winning her first Olivier for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun at the National Theatre. She also discusses the life-changing period in 2015 when she had to step in at the last minute to replace Kim Cattrall as the lead role in Linda at London’s Royal Court, before being cast in Harry Potter only a few days later.

Every fortnight, you can join Tim Bano for illuminating, intimate conversations with influential performers and creatives who have lived their lives in theatre. The Seven Stages podcast, sponsored by Audible, is available anywhere you find your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the link below.

Dumezweni’s interview is available to listen to now and follows episodes with choreographer Arlene Phillips, former Young Vic artistic director David Lan, Olivier award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable and legendary actor Ian McKellen.

Seven Stages: Episode 4 – Arlene Phillips

Seven Stages: Episode 4 – Arlene Phillips

April 3, 2020

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and more make up Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible. The fourth episode featuring choreographer Arlene Phillips is released this Friday, April 3, 2020.

Choreographer Arlene Phillips is best known to the general public for her appearances as a judge on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing, but has enjoyed a diverse and hugely successful career in theatre and music: from her beginnings with pop group Hot Gossip to her extraordinary breakthrough as a stage choreographer on Starlight Express and work on productions ranging from Shakespeare to Monty Python.

Seven Stages explores Arlene Phillips’ creative journey through dance, beginning with the ‘overnight success’ of Hot Gossip and taking in her 35-year association with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit roller-skating musical, as well as more recent work on shows including Nicholas Hytner’s immersive staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre in London.

Phillips explains how John Travolta can help inspire non-movers to dance, shares her insight into how dance training has changed over the years and reveals how babysitting for Ridley Scott led to her big break.
Listen below to hear the full interview.

Every fortnight, you can join Tim Bano for illuminating, intimate conversations with influential performers and creatives who have lived their lives in theatre. The Seven Stages podcast, sponsored by Audible, is available anywhere you find your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the link below.

Arlene Phillips’ interview is available to listen to now and follows episodes with former Young Vic artistic director David Lan, Olivier award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable and legendary actor Ian McKellen.

Seven Stages: Episode 3 - David Lan

Seven Stages: Episode 3 - David Lan

March 20, 2020

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and more make up Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible. The third episode featuring playwright and director David Lan is released this Friday, March 20, 2020.

David Lan was the Young Vic’s artistic director for 18 years and in that time he transformed the landscape of British theatre, ensuring international collaboration, community outreach and nurturing the next generation of theatremakers.

Seven Stages explores David Lan’s creative journey through the arts, a journey that began when he saw a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a park in Cape Town, where Lan grew up, starring celebrated actor and director Leslie French.

Lan shares stories about working with Jude Law on Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus (2002), falling out with playwright David Mamet and feigning illness to avoid national service in South Africa so he could study acting and theatre at university.

In his final season at the Young Vic, Lan produced five critically acclaimed productions including The Inheritance, which has successfully transferred to Broadway, and The Jungle, which is set to run in New York and Washington this year. 

Every fortnight, you can join Tim Bano for illuminating, intimate conversations with influential performers and creatives who have lived their lives in theatre. The Seven Stages podcast, sponsored by Audible, is available anywhere you find your podcasts, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the link below.

David Lan’s interview is available to listen to now and follows episodes with Olivier award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable and legendary actor Ian McKellen.

Seven Stages: Episode 2 - Paule Constable

Seven Stages: Episode 2 - Paule Constable

March 6, 2020

The second episode of Seven Stages featuring multi-award winning lighting designer Paule Constable

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and more make up Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible.

 

Seven Stages: Episode 1 - Ian McKellen

Seven Stages: Episode 1 - Ian McKellen

February 21, 2020

What was the first show you ever saw? Your biggest theatre regret? And which production would you choose to watch on a loop for eternity? These questions and more make up Seven Stages, the new podcast from The Stage, sponsored by Audible. The first episode is released this Friday, February 21, 2020, featuring Ian McKellen.

Ian McKellen topped The Stage 100 as the most influential person in theatre this year and boasts one of the most extraordinary, long-lasting careers in theatre. In the inaugural episode of Seven Stages, he tells our host, award-winning journalist Tim Bano, about the impact pantomimes and amateur dramatic groups have had on his work – and shares an amusing tale about his debut performance.

In a wide-ranging conversation, the intimate conversation covers stories from behind the scenes of major productions throughout McKellen’s career, such as Macbeth alongside Judi Dench (1978), the original Royal Court production of Bent (1979) and his much-loved recent one-man show Ian McKellen On Stage, for which he travelled to more than 80 theatres across the UK to mark his 80th birthday. Listen below to hear the full conversation.

Every fortnight, you can join Tim Bano for illuminating, intimate conversations with influential performers and creatives who have lived their lives in theatre. 

Musical theatre company SpitLip and Ian Charleson Award-winning actor Bally Gill

Musical theatre company SpitLip and Ian Charleson Award-winning actor Bally Gill

June 19, 2019

In our June episode, Tim Bano meets the four members of exciting musical theatre troupe Spitlip, who tell him how they created their first full-length show Operation Mincemeat – a madcap, wartime espionage thriller that recently opened to five-star raves at the New Diorama Theatre in London.

Meanwhile, Ian Charleson Award-winning actor Bally Gill talks about working with Steven Berkoff, representation on stage, and being the first Sikh actor to play Romeo at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The Stage Podcast, hosted by Tim Bano, is presented in association with Charcoalblue
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Magician Ben Hart on secret stage effects, plus meet some of the West End’s animal stars

Magician Ben Hart on secret stage effects, plus meet some of the West End’s animal stars

March 27, 2019

In our March episode, Tim Bano talks to magician Ben Hart about making heads spin in The Exorcist and how he summoned up Marley's ghost in The Christmas Carol for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Meanwhile, Desmond Jordan from Performing Pets tells our roving reporter Fergus Morgan about his trials with pigs, goats and pooing Corgis, and tries to train him to become an animal wrangler.

The Stage Podcast, hosted by Tim Bano, is presented in association with Charcoalblue
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