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The West End Frame Show is a weekly theatre podcast covering the latest Theatre News, Show Talk and updates from Broadway.Throughout each series, West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, is joined by guest co-hosts including actors, journalists and other industry professionals. Sometimes special guests pop in for a chat too! New episodes drop every Tuesday.
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We're back with Ryan Carter who is producing and directing The Secret Society of Leading Ladies for the Barn Theatre! Andrew & Ryan discuss The Color Purple (Leicester Curve), The Secret Society of Leading Ladies (Barn Theatre) and The Theatre Channel (Theatre Café) as well as the latest news about Sister Act, Brooklyn, Fiver, Six and Vanara. As an actor, Ryan's credits include: Motown The Musical (West End), The Boyfriend (Menier Chocolate Factory) and The World Goes Round (Barn Theatre). He is the Creative Producer of RyCa productions, with his projects including Refresh and a series of concerts at Jack Solomons. Ryan is one of the Creative Director for Turn Up London and is Creative Director of Digital Projects for the Barn Theatre, where his latest project is The Secret Society of Leading Ladies!   The Secret Society of Leading Ladies is an innovative concert which gives you - the viewer - control over which performances to watch with a top notch cast of incredible talent. The Secret Society of Leading Ladies is streaming online until Sunday 7th March. Visit www.barntheatre.org.uk for tickets. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
The Outtakes Episode

The Outtakes Episode

2021-01-1925:20

An exclusive, behind-the-scenes insight into what happens whilst recording The West End Frame Show featuring outtakes from Series One to Series Four. Please note, this episode features some adult language and lots of laughter! SECTION 1: WELCOME TO THE WEST END FRAME SHOW 00:00 – Kayla Carter (S4 Ep4) 00:45 – Rebecca Levy (S1 Ep16) 00:55 – William J Connelly (S1 Ep23) 01:10 – Kayleigh McKnight (S2 Ep2) SECTION 2: INTRODUCTION 02.00 – Lizzie Loveridge (S3 Ep18) 02:25 – Joshua St Clair (S3 Ep20) 02:40 – Caz Cronin (S4 Ep8) 02:50 – Ryan Carter (S1 Ep22) 03:35 – Ksenya Gray (S1 Ep25) 03:40 – Lisa Martland (S1 Ep7) 04:20 – Caz Cronin (S1 Ep15) 04:35 – Lisa Martland (S3 Ep6) 05:00 – Adam Davenport (S1 Ep4) 05:30 – Rebecca Levy (S1 Ep16) 05.35 – Fred Smiley (S3 Ep12) 05:45 – Ryan Carter (S1 Ep22) 05:55 – Melissa J Fleming (S1 Ep24) 06:05 – Ksenya Gray (S4 Ep6) 06:20 – Matthew Hemley (S2 Ep6) 06:35 – Caz Cronin (S3 Ep1) SECTION 3: THEATRE NEWS 06:55 – Caz Cronin (S1 Ep15) 07:00 – Jon Robyns (S1 Ep9) 07:30 – Adam Davenport (S1 Ep4) 07:40 – Ryan Carter (S1 Ep22) 08:00 – Ksenya Gray (S1 Ep25) 08:40 – Kayleigh McKnight (S2 Ep2) 08:55 – Matthew Hemley (S2 Ep6) 09:30 – Shanay Holmes (S3 Ep8) 10.00 – Steph Parry (S2 Ep8) 10:25 – Kayleigh McKnight (S2 Ep2) 10:45 – Mark Dugdale (S3 Ep4) 11:12 – Emma Kingston (S1 Ep20) 11:16 – Adam Davenport (S1 Ep4) SECTION 4: BETWEEN SECTION MOMENTS 11:40 – Matthew Hemley (S2 Ep6) 12.00 – Lizzie Loveridge (S3 Ep18) 12:30 – Ksenya Gray (S4 Ep6) 12:40 – Sabrina Aloueche (S1 Ep12) 13.00 – Lisa Martland (S1 Ep7) 13:30 – Matthew Hemley (S2 Ep6) 13:50 – Sabrina Aloueche (S1 Ep12) 14:05 – Rebecca Levy (S1 Ep16) 14:15 – Katie Bernstein (S1 Ep21) 14:25 – Ryan Carter (S1 Ep22) 14:30 – Kayleigh McKnight (S2 Ep2) 14:40 – Matthew Hemley (S2 Ep6) 14:46 – Rebecca Levy (S1 Ep16) 14:52 – Matthew Hemley (S2 Ep6) 15:02 – Adrian Hansel (S2 Ep5) 15:08 – Steph Parry (S2 Ep8)  SECTION 5: SHOW TALK 15:58 – Ryan Carter (S1 Ep22) 16:18 – Adam Davenport (S1 Ep4) 16:40 – Lisa Martland (S1 Ep7) 17:06 – Emma Hatton (S4 Ep3) 17:30 – Adam Davenport (S1 Ep4) 18:00 – Lisa Martland (S1 Ep7) 18.10 – Benjamin Yates (S1 Ep17) 18:20 – Marianka Swain (S3 Ep11) 18:46 – Benjamin Yates (S1 Ep17) 18:56 – Lisa Martland (S3 Ep6) 19:16 – Ksenya Gray (S4 Ep6) 22:24 – Benjamin Yates (S1 Ep17) 20:34 – Ksenya Gray (S4 Ep6) 20:47 – Sabrina Aloueche (S1 Ep12) SECTION 6: OUTRO 22:12 – Adam Davenport (S1 Ep4) 22:45 – Caz Cronin (S1 Ep15) 22:56 – Ryan Carter (S1 Ep22) 23:06 – Caz Cronin (S4 Ep8) 24:46 – Melissa J Fleming (S1 Ep24) 24:58 – Rebecca Levy (S1 Ep16) Thanks for listening! The West End Frame Show will return for Series 5 shortly. Our interviews podcast, In The Frame, returns Tuesday 26th January! Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
In our special end of year episode, Andrew & Caz each reveal their top five shows of 2020! We also share your theatrical highlights and answer some of your questions. Caz returns to The West End Frame Show, having previously co-hosted S1 Ep15 and S3 Ep1. Caz is a theatre journalist for BroadwayWorld UK. You can follow her on Twitter: @CazCronin. **WARNING** This episode contains a snort and some outro-outtakes.Thank you for listening to The West End Frame Show in 2020. We're taking a little break in January, but will be back next year for lots more stagey catchups! Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Adam Gillian, who recently played Gerry Goffin in Beautiful, co-hosts a festive-filled episode of The West End Frame Show! Andrew & Adam discuss Dick Whittington (National Theatre), Girl Power (Thespie) and Cinderella: The Socially Distanced Ball (Turbine Theatre) as well as the latest news about West End returns, Cadogan Hall, Mischief Comedy, White Christmas, Rebecca Levy's new single 'This Song Is Not About Boys' and lots more. Adam trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.  His television credits include BBC’s Counsel and Pan Tau.  On stage, he understudied Orpheus in Hadestown at the National Theatre and appeared in Refresh for RYCA at the Underbelly Festival.  Earlier this year he toured the UK as Gerry Goffin in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Last month, Adam brought some incredible names together for a charity single he wrote called 'Ghost Light'. The song is in aid of Acting For Others and is available on iTunes and all streaming platforms. You can also donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ghost-light. Follow Adam on social media: @ajgillian Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Social media manager Ksenya Gray returns to co-host The West End Frame Show! Andrew & Ksenya discuss Les Misérables: The All Star Staged Concert (Sondheim Theatre), Six The Musical (Lyric Theatre), Love Letters (Theatre Royal Haymerket) and the film adaptation of The Prom (Netflix) as well as the latest news about Come From Away, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Sister Act 3 and lots more. Ksenya is Communications Manager for the agency Global Artists. She also runs social media company Storytellers UK, with her clients including Jodie Steele Associates. Visit www.storytellersuk.net for more info and follow Ksenya on Instagram: @ksenya.gray. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Casting Director Harry Blumenau co-hosts The West End Frame Show! Andrew & Harry discuss Cinderella: The Socially Distanced Ball (Turbine Theatre) and Jodie Jacobs Live (Hippodrome Casino) as well as the latest news about The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Get Up! Stand Up!, Cameron Mackintosh and more. Harry is one of the UK’s busiest casting directors, just a few of his recent credits include The Pirate Queen, Hugh Jackman’s world arena tour, Beast Type Song, Thriller Live, Starlight Express, Dirty Dancing, One Man Two Guvnors, American Idiot, Footloose, Close To You and Five Guys Named Moe. He was the children’s casting director for Kinky Boots, Annie and The Bodyguard and is casting director in residence at Above The Stag and the Barn Theatre. Harry discusses a day in the life as a Casting Director, what projects get him most excited and lots more!Follow Harry on social media: @harryblumenau We're also joined by Jonathan Ashby Rock and Philip Ryder to discuss this year's panto at the Arts Centre, Hounslow. The duo have created an interactive production of Red Riding Hood. The show will be streamed, meaning people can enjoy Red Riding Hood in real life or at home. Red Riding Hood runs at the Arts Centre, Hounslow 15th - 20th December 2020. Visit www.theartscentrehounslow.co.uk for info and tickets. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Kayla Carter, who recently appeared in Rent at the Hope Mill Theatre, co-hosts the 60th episode of The West End Frame Show! Andrew & Kayla discuss Rent (Hope Mill Theatre), Fiver (Southwark Playhouse) and Death Of England: Delroy (National Theatre) as well as the latest news about theatre shutdown, Romeo & Juliet, the Grammy Awards, new coffee table book Dear Audience and more. Kayla is a 2020 masters graduate from the Royal Academy of Music  and recently received rave reviews when she took to the stage at Hope Mill Theatre in Rent. The musical played to sold-out houses, and despite having its run cut short, is currently being streamed online. Kayla discusses belting at 1am, receiving mid-song applause and being a 2020 new grad. Rent is streaming online with specific dates and times until Sunday 20th December 2020. Visit www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk for more info and tickets. Follow Kayla on social media, @kaylacarter_ Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
West End leading lady, Emma Hatton (Wicked/Evita) co-hosts The West End Frame Show!In this episode, Andrew & Emma discuss Marry Me A Little (Barn Theatre) as well as the latest news about Anything Goes, Flowers for Mrs Harris, Death of England: Delroy, The Phantom of the Opera & more!Emma also reveals whether she would return to Wicked, reflects on the most important thing about playing Eva Perón and confesses why she needs to listen to more Sondheim! She also gives us all the gossip about her latest projects, including standing in for Ruthie Henshall on Magic FM at the Musicals, her new podcast Dear Music and one-woman show Songbird.Emma's theatre credits include: Elphaba in Wicked (West End), Eva Peron in Evita (West End/Tour), Grizabella in Cats (Kilworth House), understudy Scaramouche & Meat in We Will Rock You (West End) and Donna in Dreamboats & Petticoats (West End/Tour).Emma has toured the world and performed at the UK’s most prestigious music venues as a vocalist, working with the likes of Post Modern Jukebox and even supporting Jools Holland at the Royal Albert Hall! She’s released two chart-topping EPs and recently launched her own podcast Dear Music in addition to covering Ruthie Henshall’s radio show on Magic FM at the Musicals.For more info about everything Emma is up to, visit www.emmahatton.com.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
This week's co-host is West End performer, voice actor, bass baritone, accent coach and poet Cameron Bernard Jones! In this episode, Andrew & Cameron discuss Emilia (online broadcast) & Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (Netflix) and the latest news about Songs For A New World (West End), Alan Menken's A Christmas Carol (West End), Louise Dearman's new album, Fiver & more. Cameron is originally from New York and has performed internationally in Porgy & Bess and Showboat. In the West End, Cameron has been in Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre) and, most recently, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Aldwych Theatre). Some of his voiceover credits include Black Mirror (Netflix), Avenue 5 (HBO) and Aladdin (Disney).  For more info about everything Cameron is up to, visit www.cameronbernardjones.com. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
We're back for another series to finish off the year! This week we're joined by Joel Harper-Jackson who recently starred as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots and has just released his debut album So What Happens Now. In this episode, Andrew & Joel discuss From Here To Eternity (The Shows Must Go On/Shaftesbury Theatre) and the latest news about Beauty & The Beast (UK Tour), Dick Whittington (National Theatre), Jersey Boys (West End) and The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour).In addition to playing Charlie Price in Kinky Boots (UK Tour), Joel's theatre credits include: Tom Price in Pieces Of String (Mercury Theatre), Curious Incident (UK Tour), Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park), Beautiful  (Aldwych), Che in Evita (Slovenia) and Rent (UK Tour).Joel talks about saying goodbye to Kinky Boots as well as the process of working on, recording and releasing his album!To purchase Joel's album So What Happens Now visit www.joelharperjackson.com.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins@Andrew_TomlinsThanks for listening!Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
We're back for another EMERGENCY episode to discuss the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards (Young Vic, Sky Arts) and the Olivier Awards (London Palladium, ITV). West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, is joined by arts journalist Marianka Swain. Marianka is the UK Editor-in-Chief of BroadwayWorld, writes a popular Strictly Come Dancing blog for Dancing Times magazine, and contributes to outlets such as The i Paper, the Telegraph, theartsdesk, the Ham & High, and TodayTix. The West End Frame Show returns for Series 4 on Tuesday 10th November 2020. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins@Andrew_TomlinsThanks for listening!Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
We had to do an EMERGENCY episode to discuss Songs For A New World which was staged at the London Palladium starring Rachel John, Rachel Tucker, Cedric Neal, David Hunter and Shem Omari James.West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, is joined by journalist Lisa Martland (Editor of www.MusicalTheatreReview.com & former Deputy Editor of The Stage) to discuss why this was such a special, unforgettable, five-star production.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins@Andrew_TomlinsThanks for listening!Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
It's the final episode of the series, so we knew we needed a super stagey co-host... the one and only Joshua St. Clair (Frozen/City Of Angels)!In this episode, Andrew & Josh discuss Sleepless (Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre) and Claudia Kariuki's set for Duality Music (Centrepoint). In addition to an industry update, Andrew & Josh cover the latest news about Songs For A New World, First Date, Theatre Royal Windsor and more.Josh's credits include: understudy Fiyero in Wicked (International Tour), swing in School Of Rock (Gillian Lynne Theatre), Harry & understudy Charlie in Kinky Boots (UK Tour) and Peter Kingsley in City Of Angels (Garrick Theatre). Next year Josh will play Pabbie in the West End production of Frozen at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane!To watch Josh's vlog From Shabby to Pabbie, visit https://bit.ly/35rZoNd.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins@Andrew_TomlinsThanks for listening!Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Maureen Rejali from Sunday Show Tunes co-hosts The West End Frame Show! In this episode, Andrew & Maureen discuss The World Goes 'Round (Barn Theatre) & Godspell (Hope Mill Theatre Online Concert) as well as the latest news about French Theatre, the Tony Awards, Dear Evan Hansen, The Stage Debut Awards & more. For the past five years Maureen has been co-hosting and producing Sunday Show Tunes alongside Paul Branch. To listen to Sunday Show Tunes, visit www.sundayshowtunes.co.uk. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Theatre critic Lizzie Loveridge co-hosts The West End Frame Show! In this episode, Andrew & Lizzie discuss Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre) and Fanny & Stella (Garden Theatre) as well as the latest news about the Tony Awards, Pippin, Doctor Who, The Boys In The Band and lots more. Lizzie has been reviewing theatre for twenty-four years. She is chief London critic for CurtainUp and a member of the Critic’s Circle. Lizzie is currently preparing to launch www.theatrevibe.co.uk. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Toyan Thomas-Browne, who recently covered Lola in Kinky Boots, co-hosts The West End Frame Show!In this episode, Andrew & Toyan discuss A Little Night Music (Holland Park) and the latest industry update, as well as news about Diana on Netflix, the Turbine Theatre, the National Theatre and the Come From Away film. Toyan's theatre credits include Angel/understudy Lola in Kinky Boots (UK Tour), Me & My Girl (Chichester), Guys & Dolls (Manchester Royal Exchange), Wonderland (UK Tour), Christmas On Ice (Canada), We Will Rock You (Anthem of the Seas) and The Wizard of Oz & Macbeth (Leicester Haymarket). Prior to lockdown, he was in the UK tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Follow Toyan on social media: @toyantb Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Claire-Marie Hall (Les Misérables/The Grinning Man) co-hosts The West End Frame Show! In this episode, Andrew & Claire discuss The West End Musical Drive-In (Drive In London) and the latest industry update, as well as news about BroadwayHD, Dirty Dancing and Channing Tatum plus casting for And the World Goes 'Round (Barn Theatre) and Camelot (Watermill Theatre), At the age of 11, Claire made her professional debut as Ngana in the National Theatre's touring production of South Pacific. After graduating from Mountview, she made her West End debut as Cosette in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre). Her theatre credits also include: Gabriella in High School Musical (Hammersmith Apollo & National Tour), Tuptim in The King And I (Leicester Curve & National Tour), The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios), The Colours (Soho Theatre) and Operation Mincemeat (Southwark Playhouse). Prior to lockdown, Claire was playing The Innkeeper's Wife in The Wicker Husband (Watermill Theatre) which closed after its press night due to covid-19. She is currently preparing to tour cricket grounds in a socially distanced, family friendly, actor musician production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Scoot Theatre. Follow Claire on Instagram @clairemarie_hall and Twitter @clairemarie612. Visit her website www.clairemariehall.com. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is touring cricket clubs from 24th August until 4th September. Visit www.cricketdream.org for info and tickets. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
West End star Jennifer Tierney (Come From Away/Wicked) joins us to co-host The West End Frame Show! In this episode Andrew & Jennifer discuss Encore with Kristen Bell (Disney Plus) and the latest industry update, as well as the latest news about The Phantom of the Opera, A Little Night Music, Once on this Island, Crazy Coqs and lots more. Jennifer discusses life in lockdown, the challenges of learning Come From Away, her iconic performance on the Lift concept album and her experiences in Mamma Mia! and Wicked. Jennifer is currently a standby in the West End production of Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre). Her theatre credits also include: Mama Bear & understudy Dragon in Shrek the Musical (UK & Ireland Tour), understudy Elphaba & Madame Morrible in Wicked (Apollo Victoria), Donna in Mamma Mia! (RCL), ensemble in Mamma Mia! (International Tour), Jerry Springer the Opera (UK Tour), Saturday Night Fever (RCL), Chess (Oslo Spektrum), Carousel (Royal Festival Hall), Godspell (Chichester) and Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). She sings "That Rainy Day" on the concept album of Lift The Musical, having performed in the musical's original workshop. Follow Jennifer on Instagram @jenniferltierney80 and Twitter @Jenn_Tierney80. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Performer Reece Kerridge (Starlight Express/Shrek The Musical) co-hosts The West End Frame Show! In this episode, Andrew & Reece discuss Songs For A New World & The Space Between as well as an industry update and the latest news about Jesus Christ Superstar casting, NT At Home, Lucie Jones' live album and lots more. Reece's theatre credits include: Our House (Union), The Book of Mormon (West End) and Shrek The Musical (UK Tour).  Most recently he was in rehearsals to play Brexit and understudy Rusty in the German production of Starlight Express. During lockdown he has launched the podcast That’s All We Need For Today. Visit Reece's website, www.reecekerridge.com. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Director Kirk Jameson joins us to co-host The West End Frame Show! In this episode, Andrew & Kirk discuss Intermissions and this week's Government update as well as the latest news about Six's Drive-In Tour, Jesus Christ Superstar, Frozen, The New Normal Festival and The Theatre Café. Kirk is currently directing Intermissions, an online musical theatre show which is hosted by Alice Fearn (Elphaba in Wicked & Beverley Bass in Come From Away) live from her garden! Kirk's directing credits include: Dreamworks' Madagascar (UK & international tour), Stiles & Drewe's Just So (Barn Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Newark Palace Theatre ), the German premiere of The Last Five Years (Frankfurt), Seussical & I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (both Arts Theatre) and Privates On Parade, Annie Get Your Gun, The World Goes Round, Once Upon a Mattress, Dames at Sea & On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (all Union Theatre).  He has also worked extensively at the UK’s leading drama schools. For tickets for Intermissions, visit www.intermissionslive.com Follow Kirk on Twitter: @JamesonTweets Hosted by Andrew Tomlins @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
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