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

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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.

 

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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. 

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The Stage Podcast Edinburgh Festival Fringe episode 3 with Lyn Gardner and Tim Bano

August 23, 2018

In the third and final of our weekly podcasts from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, The Stage critic Tim Bano and associate editor Lyn Gardner discuss all the big shows and key issues of the festival.

In episode 3, they are joined by cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat, The Stage reviews editor Natasha Tripney and critic and theatremaker Ben Kulvichit.

Our critics discuss some of the best shows from emerging theatre companies at this year's festival, Lyn Gardner reveals what she thinks makes a good Edinburgh Fringe PR, and Le Gateau Chocolat tells us what he gets up to in the shower.

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The Stage Podcast: Edinburgh Festival Fringe episode 2 with Lyn Gardner and Tim Bano (August 16, 2018)

August 16, 2018

 

In the second of our weekly podcasts from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, The Stage critic Tim Bano and associate editor Lyn Gardner discuss all the big shows and key issues of the festival.

In episode 2, they are joined by actor Julie Hesmondhalgh and reviewer Fergus Morgan, plus Helen Monks, who shares some stories of Edinburgh Fringe disasters that she has collected for her show You’ve Been Fringed.

Find out what the critics thought of four Edinburgh plays focussing on the NHS, why Hesmondhalgh left Coronation Street to return to theatre, plus lots of horror stories from the festival - most involving bodily fluids.

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The Stage Podcast: Edinburgh Festival Fringe episode 1 with Lyn Gardner and Tim Bano (August 9, 2018)

August 9, 2018

In the first of our weekly podcasts from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, The Stage critic Tim Bano and associate editor Lyn Gardner discuss all the big shows and key issues of the festival.

In episode 1, they are joined by theatremakers Chris Thorpe and Rachel Chavkin, actor and playwright Yolanda Mercy and The Guardian reviewer Kate Wyver.

Find out what the critics thought of controversial play Ulster American, whether Thorpe and Chavkin manage to walk Edinburgh's Royal Mile and be interviewed at the same time and what Lyn Gardner's favourite fringe foodstuff is.

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The Stage Podcast: Mark Thomas, interviewed by Thom Dibdin

July 13, 2018

As he collects The Stage Special Award, part of The Stage Edinburgh Awards 2016, Mark Thomas talks to Thom Dibdin about discovering Brecht, the difference between comedy and theatre, how he deals with phones in the auditorium and his show at the Traverse Theatre, The Red Shed.

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The Stage Podcast, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, part 6

July 13, 2018

In our sixth Edinburgh episode, we catch up with Sarah-Louise Young, who is juggling three shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. How does she do it? "My day is boringly military." The cabaret performer – who is appearing in Cabaret Whore Presents... La Poule Plombee, Roulston and Young: Songs for Lovers (and Other Idiots) and Royal Vauxhall, as well as guest spots throughout the month – also discusses tips to preserve your voice and talks about the difference between Edinburgh and London audiences.

Meanwhile, on the critics' sofa, Tim Bano has caught up with Henry Naylor's Angel, while Paul Vale has been to see Buzz, a new musical about vibrators...

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The Stage Podcast, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, part 5

July 13, 2018

In our fifth Edinburgh-specific podcast episode, Mark Thomas talks about his show The Red Shed at the Traverse Theatre, and how his work has increasingly moved from stand-up towards theatre in a bid to reflect the truth. He also talks about performance, journalism, audience participation and why he nearly voted Leave in the EU referendum.

Meanwhile, our critics pick some of their top shows. This week things take an immersive turn as Tim Bano and Paul Vale discuss the relative merits of an immersive musical, an immersive dance piece and one of Edinburgh's most talked-about immersive theatre shows, Counting Sheep.

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The Stage Podcast, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, part 4

July 13, 2018

In episode four of The Stage Podcast's Edinburgh 2016 series, we catch up with Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen, aka RashDash. The company has returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the first time in four years with Two Man Show. In this podcast, they discuss gender, feminism, men and masculinity, plus the practical benefits of getting naked on stage.

Tim Bano and Paul Vale are perched on the critics' sofa this week. Their recommendations include Foiled, a site-specific play set in a hairdresser, and On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me As Her Young Lover.

There's also discussion of musicals that are ripe for improvement, and why composers and lyricists should treat the fringe as an opportunity to window shop for writing partners.

Next week: Mark Thomas talks about his Traverse show, The Red Shed.

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