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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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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.
Leon Craig (Sandra Bollock in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) co-hosts The West End Frame Show! Leon recently understudied the Genie and played Babkak in Disney's Aladdin.Andrew & Leon discuss Bombshell in Concert (Broadway Concert for The Actors Fund) & The Sound of Music LIVE (The Shows Must Go On); there's lots of news about SMASH, Troubadour Meridian Water, Newfound Hope Songs & West End LIVE + Leon discusses joining Jamie, the challenges of playing Genie & his collection of pantomime Dame costumes. Just a few of Leon's other theatre credits include; Audrey II in Little Shop Of Horrors (Salisbury/Colchester), Sid/Inventor in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour), Montel/Jesus in Jerry Springer The Opera (West End), Chuck Brown in Over the Rainbow (UK tour), Queen Of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland (UK tour), King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar (World Arena tour), Rodney in My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Greenwich), Melvin P Thorpe in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Union) and over 14 pantomimes as Dame. Make sure you follow Leon on social media;Insta: @leoncraigofficial.Twitter: @LeonCraig1.You can tune into Leon's chat show A Brew and a Biscuit via his Instagram on Fridays at 8pm. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening!Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
Mark Dugdale (Kevin T in Come From Away) co-hosts The West End Frame Show!In this episode, Andrew & Mark discuss Cats The Musical (1998 filmed production) and Fun Home (Victory Gardens achieve); there's lots of news about Frozen, Hamilton & A Monster Calls PLUS we play charity single "We're Unstoppable" by Stiff & Kitch and James Taylor.Mark also discusses all things Come From Away, getting up to antics with Rachel Tucker, learning bass guitar for The Commitments and his dream of playing Beverley Bass... plus lots more!Mark was a standby in the original West End cast of Come From Away, and earlier this year took over as Kevin T (& others) full time. Mark's West End credits include: Jersey Boys (Piccadilly), The Commitments (Palace), We Will Rock You (Dominion), Les Misérables (Sondeim) and Chicago (Cambridge). He has also appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air), Jest End (Leicester Square), Have a Nice Life (Union), Alice: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast and Merry Christmas Betty Ford (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), The Threepenny Opera (Opera Northern Ireland) plus the UK tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Boy Friend (UK Tour).  Make sure you follow Mark on social media;Insta: @duggy01Twitter: @Markdugdale1 Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening!Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
West End actor Keith Jack joins us to co-host The West End Frame Show!In this episode, Andrew & Keith discuss By Jeeves (The Shows Must Go On), Fleabag (Wyndham's Theatre, NT Live recording) & Pieces Of String (Mercury Theatre Colchester).There's news about Rachel Tucker, Lizzie Bea, Barber Shop Chronicles & Harry Potter PLUS Keith discusses his top picks from Disney+, touring the UK with Fame and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.In 2007, Keith Jack finished second on Any Dream Will Do (BBC) and later went on to play both the Narrator and Joseph in the UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.His other theatre credits include Only The Brave, Sincerely Mr Toad, HMS Pinafore & Forever Plaid as well as numerous pantomimes. He has also released four albums and regularly performs concerts across the UK. Most recently Keith starred as Nick in FAME which toured the UK before transferring to the West End for a run at the Peacock Theatre followed by a season at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. FAME is now available to stream via BroadwayHD.Keith is performing a live solo concert via his Facebook Page this Sunday 17th May in aid of Marie Curie UK.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening!Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
Actress & singer Kerry Ellis joins us to discuss her album & new podcast!In this episode, Andrew discusses Ryan Murphy's Hollywood (Netflix), Frankenstein (National Theatre at Home), Take Me To The World: Sondheim’s 90th Birthday Concert (YouTube Concert) & Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday Concert (Royal Albert Hall). There's lots of news about the Theatre Support Fund, the Sunday Favourites concert series, Rags cast album and Fun Home PLUS Andrew delves further into the #TeamPhantom vs #TeamRaoul debate!Kerry was the original British Elphaba in the West End & Broadway productions of Wicked. Her theatre credits also include: Grizabella in Cats (London Palladium), Nancy in Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Fantine in Les Misérables (Queen's Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (UK Tour), Sara in Murder Ballad (Arts Theatre), Ellen in Miss Saigon (UK Tour), Meat in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre, original cast) and understudy Eliza in My Fair Lady (National Theatre & Theatre Royal Drury Lane).Alongside her theatre work, Kerry also records and tours with Brian May alongside making various concert appearances around the world. Her new album Feels Like Home is available from www.kerryellis.com and you can subscribe to her new podcast Keep Calm And Kerry On. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
Theatre journalist Caz Cronin joins us to co-host our first "virtual" episode! This series we'll continue to bring you weekly updates from theatreland, discussing all the productions being streamed online as well as the latest stagey news. In this episode, Andrew & Caz discuss The Phantom of the Opera (25th Anniversary production), Love Never Dies (Australian production) & Flowers For Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre).There's lots of news about Dreamgirls, National Theatre At Home & Six PLUS Andrew & Caz talk about the last shows they saw before theatres closed, including Pretty Woman (Piccadilly Theatre) and Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre). Caz returns to the West End Frame Show, having previously co-hosted S1 Ep15. Caz is currently reviewing and live-tweeting streamed productions for BroadwayWorld UK. You can follow her on Twitter: @CazCronin. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
Steph Parry is currently starring as Kate in Mamma Mia The Party at the 02. She recently starred in The Pirate Queen at the London Coliseum and can soon be seen as Dr Alice Easton in Series 4 of Unforgotten for ITV.Andrew & Steph discuss The Last Five Years (Southwark Playhouse) & Bang Bang (UK Tour). There's lots of news about Olivier nominations, Hello Dolly & Something Rotten PLUS find out what's going on over on Broadway.Just a few of Steph's theatre credits include understudy Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace) and understudy Madame Morrible in Wicked (Apollo Victoria). She was most recently the standby for Dorothy and Maggie in 42nd Street (Drury Lane), later taking over as Dorothy full-time. Steph has a long association with Mamma Mia!; she understudied all three Dynimos in the West End, was also part of the show's international tour and played Donna for the RCCL production.Mamma Mia The Party is booking at the O2 until 28th March 2021. Visit www.mammamiatheparty.com for info & tickets. Steph's next solo cabaret is at The Pheasantry on Sunday 6th September 2020. Visit www.pizzaexpresslive.com for info & tickets.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
This week Andrew flies solo to bring you an update from theatreland! In this week's podcast we discuss Prince Of Egypt (Dominion Theatre), Be More Chill (The Other Palace) & On Your Feet (UK Tour). There's lots of news about the WhatsOnStage Awards & Bat Out of Hell PLUS find out what's going on over on Broadway.To celebrate the return of our interviews podcast, In The Frame, this episode also features a preview of our interview with Anita Harris! In The Frame returns this Friday (6th March 2020). Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
Matthew Hemley (News Editor of The Stage) co-hosts our very special 8th birthday episode!Andrew & Matt discuss Be More Chill (The Other Palace) & The Wedding Singer (Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre). There's lots of news about the Sammy Davis Jr musical, 101 Dalmatians & The Inheritance PLUS find out what's going on over on Broadway.Matt discusses his role at The Stage, his love for Gloria Estefan & the different people he has interviewed over the years. We also celebrate West End Frame's 8th Birthday, with Andrew looking back and discussing some of his highlights. Twitter: @MattHemleyInstagram: @matthewhemleyHosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
Adrian Hansel has starred in countless shows, he was the original Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray with his other West End credits including Tyrone in Fame, Rusty in Starlight Express & Adrian in All You Need Is Love.Andrew & Adrian discuss A Taste Of Honey (Trafalgar Studios), Six (UK Tour) & Stiff & Kitsch (The Vaults). There's lots of news about Cinderella, Chichester's new season & Bring It On casting PLUS find out what's going on over on Broadway.Adrian's other theatre credits include: Ain't Misbehavin' (Southwark Playhouse), The Distance You Have Come (Cockpit) & 5 Guys Named Moe (Marble Arch). Most recently he played Benny Southstreet in Guys & Dolls at the Sheffield Crucible and he is about to star in Dominic Powell's new musical Cases at the Other Palace.Cases runs at The Other Palace between 31st March & 18th April 2020.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.
Jodie Jacobs is a West End legend, having appeared in countless shows.Andrew & Jodie discuss the Oscars, Sara Bareilles in Waitress (Adelphi Theatre) & Kinky Boots (cinema broadcast). There's lots of news about cast recordings, Hamilton, Only Fools and Horses, Sister Act & Cases PLUS find out what's going on over on Broadway.Some of the iconic roles Jodie has played includes Nancy in Oliver!, Paulette in Legally Blonde and Grizabella in Cats. She has been in Jest End, Carrie, We Will Rock You, Footloose, The Wedding Singer, Fame, Evita, Little Shop of Horrors and many more.Jodie played Regina in Rock Of Ages for the entirety of its West End Run. She recently appeared in Cinderella at Cadogan Hall & completed her second season in panto at the Lyric Hammersmith.This week's episode also features an interview with Matthew Croke & Amy Ross who are currently appearing in Eurobeat at the Turbine Theatre as part of MT Fest UK, which is a celebration of new musical theatre from around the world. Matthew's credits include Aladdin in Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre) & understudy Fiyero in Wicked (Apollo Victoria). Amy's credits include Elphaba in Wicked (UK & Ireland Tour) & Nicola in Kinky Boots (Adelphi Theatre). For info about Eurobeat & MT Fest UK, visit www.theturbinetheatre.com.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Thanks for listening! Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.Please note this episode contains stories of an adult nature. 
Charlie Pittman is currently in his final year at Arts Educational Schools London. He is also producing and directing the London transfer of EdFringe hit Berlin Girl. Andrew & Charlie discuss Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre) & Sierra Boggess (Cadogan Hall). There's lots of news about Hamilton & Louise Dearman PLUS find out what's going on over on Broadway.Charlie recently played Emmett in Legally Blonde at ArtsEd, and also appeared in Jerry Springer: The Opera & Freaky Friday. Berlin Girl premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer. Following a sold out run, the show is transferring to London for a very limited run at the New Wimbledon Theatre Studio between Wednesday 22nd and Saturday 25th April 2020. Visit www.atgtickets.com for tickets.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.Thanks for listening! 
Kayleigh McKnight recently toured the world in Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show.Her West End credits include; Tina, Les Misérables & Bend It Like Beckham plus she was in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Kayleigh is currently preparing to perform an intimate, underground, acoustic solo show at Jack Soloman’s in Soho this Sunday 2nd February.Andrew & Kayleigh discuss We Will Rock You (UK Tour), the new cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre) plus Evie Rose Lane & Steph Parry's solo shows. There's lots of news about Mean Girls, Love Never Dies, Hairspray, Mischief Theatre  & Lucie Jones PLUS find out the latest from Broadway (including Rachel Tucker, Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel & Hadestown). Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Head over to www.rycacreative.com for tickets to Kayleigh's gig. Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures.Thanks for listening! 
Maria Coyne, currently standby Anna in The King & I (UK Tour) is our first co-host of 2020!Andrew & Maria discuss Rags (Park Theatre), Les Misérables (Sondheim Theatre), Cirque du Soleil (Royal Albert Hall) & Waitress starring Desi Oakley (Adelphi Theatre). There’s lots of news about Come From Away casting, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical & Cynthia Erivo’s quest for world domination PLUS we discuss the latest Broadway gossip.Maria was most recently Standby Glinda in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre) & understudy Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre). Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures!Thanks for listening! 
It's the final episode of Series 1! We'll be back on Tue 21st Jan to kick off Series 2.Actor & writer Alex James Ellison co-hosts this special end of year edition of The West End Frame Show!Earlier this year Alex wrote & starred in the musical Fiver which played a sold out run at the Southwark Playhouse.In this episode, Andrew & Alex discuss Andrew's favourite 10 shows of the year including Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Barbican), Velvet (Tour/Above The Stag), Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre), Waitress (Adelphi Theatre), Noises Off (Garrick Theatre), The Prom (Broadway), Honest Amy (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Beetlejuice (Broadway) & Evita (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).Andrew & Alex also answer listener questions PLUS look ahead to what's coming up in 2020! In addition to Fiver, Alex's other theatre credits include: The Secret Garden (Barn Theatre), Aliens Love Underpants (Tour/West End), Whistle Down The Wind (Union Theatre) & Best Of Friends (Landor Theatre). As a singer/songwriter he has released 5 EPs and previously supported Samantha Barks on her 2016 RAGE tour. He recently played a lead in new series Mia and Me for Netflix.Thank you for supporting West End Frame in 2019! Stay tuned for lots of exciting stuff coming up next year!!Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.Visit www.westendframe.co.uk to stay up-to-date with our podcasting adventures!
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