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

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)

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)

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

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.