This unique and exclusive documentary opens the door to life at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, west London, during summer and autumn 2017. DT+ goes behind the scenes to access all areas of the company, from their extensive young people’s programme to the key planning stages for their main house production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Explaining the process from commission through to opening night, Mike Poulton, award-winning playwright and translator, shares his daily working practice, his experiences revisiting the same text for different productions, and how luck has been on his side throughout his career.
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Director Dominic Cooke has a wealth of experience in staging both classic and contemporary theatre, having worked at the RSC before an eight-year tenure as Artistic Director of new writing playhouse the Royal Court.
Dominic talks of his surprise at being approached by Sam Mendes to bring four Shakespeares to the small screen in The Hollow Crown, why directing Shakespeare is a particular craft, and what a theatre director can bring to film.
Meera Syal is one of the UK's best-known performing arts polymaths, having turned her hand to acting, writing, singing and producing across both stage and screen. She is currently playing the role of Nurse in Kenneth Branagh's all-star Romeo and Juliet at The Garrick Theatre.
In this interview, Meera explores the origins of her stage-adapted novel Anita and Me and reflects upon the joy of collaborative work and why it's important for a writer to invest in the small characters.
Playwright and practitioner Timberlake Wertenbaker has penned work for renowned production houses including the Royal Court and the RSC over a career spanning half a century.
Timberlake discusses writing internationally celebrated set text Our Country's Good, explores the craft of translation, and reveals the challenges of adapting Tolstoy's War and Peace.
Declan Donnellan is a co-founder and joint Artistic Director of british theatre company Cheek by Jowl, whose award-winning theatrical technique reimagines classic works to put actors firmly at the centre.
Nancy Meckler was Shared Experience's second ever Artistic Director, after Mike Alfreds, and was instrumental in crystallising a distinctive performance style that celebrates the union of physical and text-based theatre.
How do you take a 40,000 word classic novel and transform it into a piece for the stage? Join the director, writer, composer and actors as they reveal how they took Thomas Hardy's classic Far from the Madding Crowd and made it work on the stage.
Joe Talbot is the Co-Founder of Short Form Film Company and the Director and Producer of WillShake's Henry V.
Joe explains how his own difficulties with Shakespeare growing up prompted him to create WillShake: a vivid, exciting opportunity to break down the barriers that stop young audiences from engaging with the work of our greatest playwright.
Director Timothy Sheader discusses his work on the award-winning production of Into the Woods at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Sheader explains why his choices were led by music more than words, as well as exploring the characterisation of these iconic fairy-tale legends.
Director and writer Tony Graham talks about making his production of Billy the Kid for the Unicorn Theatre and adapting the original novel by Michael Morpurgo.
Writer Mark Healy adapted Far from the Madding Crowd for the English Touring Theatre's stage production. Watch him discuss working with Thomas Hardy's classic novel and how he found solutions to the challenges in reducing a 40,000 word novel into a two hour stage show.