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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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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. 
Performer Fred Smiley (The Book of Mormon) joins us to co-host The West End Frame Show! In this episode, Andrew & Fred discuss Turn Up (Cadogan Hall) and History Has Its Eyes On You (Disney+), as well as the latest news about outdoor theatre, Godspell, Showstoppers, Wicked and The Southwark Playhouse. After touring the UK as Simon Senior in Kinky Boots, Fred recently made his West End debut in The Book of Mormon. He’s one of the hosts of "The TBH Podcast". Follow Fred on Twitter: @Fred_Smiley Follow Fred on Instagram: @FredSmiley Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Arts journalist Marianka Swain (UK Editor-in-Chief of BroadwayWorld) co-hosts an action-packed episode of The West End Frame Show! In this episode, Andrew & Marianka dedicate an entire segment to the Hamilton film (Disney+) and also discuss Into The Unknown: The Making of Frozen II (Disney+) & Every Little Step (A Chorus Line documentary - Amazon Prime). This week there is news about the Government's £1.57bn one-off investment in UK culture and the launch of a new UK Theatre Fund headed up by The Society Of London Theatre & Sam Mendes with a £500,000 donation from Netflix to help theatre workers who have been unable to support themselves through the pandemic, particularly those who have been ineligible for Government aid and have not been able to work since theatres closed. There's also lots of news about Songs For A New World, The Mousetrap, Turn Up & Alice Fearn's garden! Marianka Swain is a London-based arts journalist and editor. She 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. Marianka returns to The West End Frame Show, having previously co-hosted S1 Ep11. Follow Marianka on Twitter: @mkmswain Visit Marianka's website: www.mkmswain.com Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
To celebrate one year of The West End Frame Show, original co-host Jenny Gayner returns for another stagey catchup! In this episode, Andrew & Jenny discuss The Last Five Years (Lambert Jackson Productions) & Falsettos (BroadwayHD) as well as the latest news about Oliver Dowden's roadmap to reopen theatres, the return of SIX, The Phantom of the Opera, Hamlet at the Theatre Royal Windsor starring Ian McKellen, Sleepless at Troubadour Wembley Park and Lin-Manuel Miranda's new Disney movie. Last year Jenny toured the UK as Lily in the UK touring production of Annie.  Her theatre credits also include Gangsta Granny (West End/UK tour), Miss Wilson in Gary Barlow & Tim Firth’s musical The Girls (West End), Lina Lamont in Singin’ in The Rain & Brooke Windham in Legally Blonde (Kilworth House Theatre), Hunyak/cover Roxie Hart in Chicago (West End), Kristine Urich in A Chorus Line (Lowry Theatre), Laker Girl in Spamalot (West End), Ginny in Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking (International tour), Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (European tour), Chloe in Sophie Kinsella’s Sleeping Arrangements (Landor), Lorraine Flemming in 42nd Street (Octagon Theatre) and she performed in her sell out one woman show All About The Girl at (The Pheasantry). Jenny discusses how she has adapted into lockdown life, how she got into the industry, saying goodbye to Annie and lots more. Follow Jenny on Instagram/Twitter: @jennygayner Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Actor Joshua Lovell (The Book of Mormon/Kinky Boots) co-hosts The West End Frame Show! In this episode, Andrew & Joshua discuss Peter Pan LIVE (The Shows Must Go On) & the Hamilton trailer (Disney+) as well as the latest news about British Theatre, Turn Up at Cadogan Hall & In The Wings. Joshua's theatre credits include: Annie (Toronto), The Book of Mormon (West End), Mack & Mabel (Chichester/UK Tour), Follies (Royal Albert Hall), Singin' in the Rain (UK Tour), Pipe Dream (Union Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dubai), White Christmas (Manchester) & Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre). Most recently he toured the UK as the referee Angel in Kinky Boots before whizzing off to Paris to star in Stephen Mear’s production of Funny Girl (Théâtre Marigny).Joshua talks about touring in Kinky Boots, what he has been up to during lockdown & the time Christine Baranski offered to buy him a sandwich..!Follow Joshua on Social Media: Instagram/Twitter: @joshualovell90 Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures. 
Actress & Producer Shanay Holmes co-hosts The West End Frame Show! In this episode, Andrew & Shanay discuss The Wiz LIVE (The Shows Must Go On) & Staged (BBC) and there's lots of news about the Dear Evan Hansen film, Sara Bareilles' new Apple TV+ show & Vicki Manser's debut single topping the charts. Andrew & Shanay also continue the Black Lives Matter conversation, discussing the theatre industry, casting and why we need to do more to ensure we have black producers and creatives at the top of our industry. Alongside her performing career, Shanay is a producer and business owner. She is the founder of West End Musical Brunch. Last Friday (12th June), Shanay hosted a Musical Marathon for West End Musical Brunch which raised £4,500 for The Bail Project. After making her professional debut in Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre), Shanay went on to become the youngest person to play Rachael Maron in The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre). Her theatre credits also include: Close To You (Criterion Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Open Air Theatre), Joanne in the 20th anniversary production of Rent (UK Tour/The Other Palace), Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep) and Narrator in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Kilworth House). Most recently she played Marian in The Bridges of Madison County (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Laura in High Fidelity (Turbine Theatre). Shanay is also an acclaimed singer/songwriter. She previously appeared on S1 Ep3 of our interviews podcast In The Frame. To book tickets/buy gift vouchers for West End Musical Brunch, visit www.westendmusicalbrunch.co.uk For more information and to donate to The Bail Project, visit www.bailproject.org To watch Decent Exposure with Alexia Khadime & Rachel John, visit www.youtu.be/D9ll-sV2IOs To listen to Shanay's episode of In The Frame, visit www.westendframe.co.uk/2019/10/25/interview-shanay-holmes-starring-in-high-fidelity/ Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
In this week's episode, West End Frame Editor Andrew Tomlins discusses Black Lives Matter and racism within the theatre industry, including discussion about the UK's leading drama schools and experiences from black performers in the West End. In addition, we celebrate the #StandByMeChallenge which has seen theatrical community's from around the world coming together in solidarity.  Useful Links (as discussed during the episode):Asmeret Ghebremichael: I’m tired of being the token Black friend. https://broadwaynews.com/2020/06/04/opinion-im-tired-of-being-the-token-black-friend/ The Stage: Racism in the UK’s top Drama Schools. https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/drama-school-racism-students-call-out-top-schools-and-reveal-stories-of-abuse Black Lives Matter: Ways You Can Help (Sign, Donate & Educate). https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co Also in this episode, Andrew discusses A Monster Calls (The Old Vic) and news about The Wiz, The Theatre Fund and Chicago The Musical.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening!Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
Journalist Lisa Martland (Founding Editor of www.MusicalTheatreReview.com and former Deputy Editor of The Stage) returns to co-host The West End Frame Show!In this bumper episode, Andrew & Lisa discuss Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall (Netflix), Hairspray LIVE (The Shows Must Go On), A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic/NT At Home), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC/Channel 4) & Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (Netflix documentary).There's lots of news about The Phantom of the Opera, The Old Vic & The Last Five Years PLUS we have some exciting West End Frame news about our interviews podcast, IN THE FRAME!Lisa Martland is an acclaimed theatre journalist. She spent many years at The Stage newspaper, including five years as Deputy Editor, and went on to create one of the UK’s top theatre websites, www.MusicalTheatreReview.com.Additionally Lisa works with Stage Faves and My Theatre Mates. She previous hosted our Broadway Special in Series One. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening!Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
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