The Stage Podcast: Seven Stages
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.

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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.

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Vault Festival, Lyn Gardner and Tim Bano’s top picks for 2019 and learn improv with The Showstoppers

Vault Festival, Lyn Gardner and Tim Bano’s top picks for 2019 and learn improv with The Showstoppers

January 31, 2019

In our January episode, critics Tim Bano and Lyn Gardner reveal their top picks of of 2019 ranging from major West End musicals to emerging fringe shows and with shows across the UK.

We interview Vault Festival's head of theatre and performance Gillian Greer about this year's programme and the London fringe festival's huge growth in recent years.

 

Meanwhile, after previous disappointing attempts to learn an American accent and become an acrobat, reporter Fergus Morgan reveals a surprising aptitude for improvisation when he has a masterclass with The Showstoppers and learns how to create a West End musical on the fly.

The Stage Podcast, hosted by Tim Bano, is presented in association with Charcoalblue
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Pantomime special: Sharon D Clarke, Susie McKenna and Lyn Gardner plus find out how to be a panto dame

Pantomime special: Sharon D Clarke, Susie McKenna and Lyn Gardner plus find out how to be a panto dame

December 3, 2018

In our sparkly pantomime special, Doctor Who star Sharon D Clarke and her wife, panto expert Susie McKenna, discuss their enduring love for the art form and recall how they first met on a show at the Hackney Empire 20 years ago.

 

Lyn Gardner and Tim Bano try to convince Christmas grinch Rosemary Waugh to embrace her inner Buttons. 

Plus, after a failed bid to run off and join the circus, Fergus Morgan tries his hand at becoming a pantomime dame, with some (very patient) help from the Lyric Hammersmith's Carl Mullaney

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

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The Stage Podcast: Stephen Sondheim’s Company, comedian Tom Allen, understudies and circus skills

The Stage Podcast: Stephen Sondheim’s Company, comedian Tom Allen, understudies and circus skills

October 26, 2018

In our October episode, critics Tim Bano and Lyn Gardner discuss Marianne Elliott's new gender-swapped production of Company by Stephen Sondheim with comedian Tom Allen.

Plus, we go backstage to talk to Steph Parry, the 42nd Street understudy who made headlines when she stepped in to save Mamma Mia! in the West End.

Meanwhile, after last month's failed attempt to learn an American accent, reporter Fergus Morgan runs off to join the circus, with some help from circus company Mimbre.

 

The Stage Podcast, hosted by Tim Bano, is presented in association with Charcoalblue
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The Stage Podcast: Antony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo

The Stage Podcast: Antony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo

September 28, 2018

The Stage critic Tim Bano and associate editor Lyn Gardner discuss the National Theatre's latest major opening – Antony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo – with Time Out theatre editor Andrzej Lukowski. What was the highlight: Fiennes, Okonedo, the live snake?

We recap on The Stage Debut Awards and hear from some of the great emerging and established talent who joined us on the night. 

In the first of a new series, The Stage critic Fergus Morgan visits the Royal Shakespeare Company's head of voice Kate Godfrey, who tries to teach him how to enunciate. And speak in an American accent. 

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