Theatre Lives: Imelda Staunton

“The writer is the thing. Sometimes I feel that I haven’t really earned the accolades – I didn’t write it, I’m only saying it out loud really. But when those big parts come along you do have a huge responsibility, and I will rise to that because I am my worst critic... So it's exhausting doing theatre, but wonderful.”
Imelda Staunton
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

On Acting: David Morrissey

Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre alumnus David Morrissey returned to the iconic venue to take on the title role in Macbeth. Morrissey considers Macbeth’s psychological decline, the character’s relationship with the audience and explains why, in times of political turmoil, Shakespeare remains as relevant as ever.
David Morrissey on acting Macbeth
Interview
(2012)

On Lighting: Jono Kenyon

Jono Kenyon is part of the electrics team that make real the work of the lighting designer. He talks about his passion for the job and how he began working in theatre.

Jono Kenyon, Lighting technician, headshot in front of a fireplace
Interview
(2013)

On Lighting: Peter Mumford

Peter Mumford was the Lighting Designer on Richard Eyre's award-winning revival of Ibsen's Ghosts.

Peter sheds light on how a Lighting Designer works in collaboration with the rest of a theatre company, describes how technological advances have changed the industry, and discusses his thoughts on establishing a career in a field that wasn't formally recognised until the 1950s.

Lighting Designer Peter Mumford
Interview
(2014)

On Much Ado About Nothing: Carol Chillington Rutter

Shakespeare expert Professor Carol Chillington Rutter deconstructs the layers of plot and meaning in Much Ado About Nothing.

From the influence of Shakespeare's grammar school education to broader themes such as masculinity, Carol sheds light on a play complex with subplots, deception, and misunderstandings.

Professor Carol Chillington Rutter
Interview
(2014)

On Props: Lindah Balfour

Lindah has spent her career in theatre working behind-the-scenes on the stage management team. She has covered every role from props supervisor and deputy stage manager through to company stage manager. She chats about her love of the job and what it involves.

Lindah Balfour (Props Supervisor) headshot
Interview
(2013)

On Shakespeare: Carol Chillington Rutter

Professor of English and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, Carol sheds light on England's most renowned playwright.

With so little physical evidence to unravel Shakespeare's life, Carol argues that his Latin grammar school education lies at the heart of his work.

Professor Carol Chillington Rutter
Interview
(2014)

On Technical Stage Management: Angel Hasted

Technical Stage Manager, Angel Hasted has over 18 years of experience under his belt, Angel tells us how he got his start in "show business" and shares his advice for young people aspiring to a theatrical career.

Interview
(2016)

On Writing: Jonathan Harvey

Jonathan Harvey is a prolific writer and his work spans the theatre, television and literary worlds. He is an artist who brilliantly expressed the sensibility of a time. He talks to us about his early years as a writer and the creation of his iconic hit play Beautiful Thing.

Jonathan Harvey chats to Digital Theatre Plus in front of bookshelves
Interview
(2013)

I Will Refuse to Bubble: History and Theater as Defiance

I Will Refuse to Bubble - History and Theater as Defiance is a documentary film by Ron Kopp highlighting the importance of theatre in understanding the world's most incomprehensible events. Its title comes from a quote from Survivor and Director of the Holocaust Resource Center, Temple Judea of Manhasset, Irving Roth.

Greg Mullavey as 'Milton' and Andi Potemkin as 'Annie' face each other, smiling, with Andi's hand on Greg's on her cheek
National Jewish Theater
(2012)
Interview

Arthur Miller

Filmed in 1987, this exclusive interview sees BBC Omnibus talk to the great American playwright at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US during the late twentieth century, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary

Key Analysis: David Morrissey

Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre alumnus David Morrissey returned to the iconic venue to take on the title role in Macbeth. Morrissey considers some of the play’s biggest speeches and explains why time and tempo are so important in Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy.
David Morrissey gesticulates whilst sitting in a brown leather chair in front of several bookshelves filled with books
Interview
(2012)