Lyric 360

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.
Documentary
(2017)

Practitioners on Practice: an interview with Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone

Having been named one of the most influential people in British theatre, Vicky Featherstone discusses her path to success, from her role as Artistic Director of touring company Paines Plough to leading the National Theatre of Scotland and her current position with the Royal Court Theatre in London.
Vicky Featherstone - Digital Theatre+ (2017)
Interview
(2017)

The Shakespeare Series | Part 2: Love

Professor Kate McLuskie, former Director of the Shakespeare Institute, leads two directors – Lucy Bailey and Phillip Breen – and two actors – Ray Fearon and Zoe Waites – in an in–depth discussion of love and sex with reference to Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Interview
(2017)

An Interview with Scott Graham

Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, explores the honest and collaborative process of developing the physical and textual language of Things I Know To Be True, alongside co-director Geordie Brookman, writer Andrew Bovell and a cast that grew into their characters as rehearsals progressed.
Interview
(2016)

Theatre Lives: Michael Grandage

Michael Grandage explains, to Digital Theatre+’s Fiona Lindsay, why he dislikes the term ‘revival’, how an old play must become new for a company to ‘crack’ it, and talks of bringing current work into perspective through the past.
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

Contemporary Performance Practice: Paul Allain on Directing

Paul Allain is Professor of Theatre and Performing Arts at the University of Kent, as well as a movement director and actor trainer. Paul talks about the benefits of multidisciplinarity and the increased need for a global generation of directors to be flexible, adaptable and collaborative. He discusses training directors, working with actors, the advantages of maturity and how all theory is necessarily born out of practice.
Contemporary Performance Practice: Paul Allain on Directing
Interview
(2016)

Talking About Plays... A Day in the Death of Joe Egg: An Interview with Phillip Breen

Phillip Breen, theatre director, describes how the life of the play, which was originally expected to run for a fortnight, was unexpectedly extended, details the challenges of staging such sensitive subject matter in his 2011 production, and relives the playwright's response to seeing his life laid bare on stage.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... A Servant of Two Masters: An Interview with Tim Supple

Tim Supple, theatre director, explores Carlo Goldoni's 1746 comedy A Servant of Two Masters.

Tim discusses the play's renowned character types, the work's modern-day equivalents - the most explicit of which is Richard Bean's celebrated adaptation One Man Two Guvnors - and how Goldoni mastered an art form so successful with a bourgeois theatrical audience.

Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Earthquakes in London: An Interview with Sarah Esdaile

Sarah Esdaile, theatre director, discusses Mike Bartlett's 2010 environmental drama Earthquakes in London.
 
Esdaile considers the challenges of staging a play whose scenes tumble into one another, why one might look to Chekhov's Three Sisters, Shakespeare's King Lear, and Marber's Closer in the rehearsal room, and how Bartlett's work speaks to young audiences.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Girls: An Interview with Michael Buffong

Michael tells of Talawa's role in helping emerging playwright Ikoko develop the work, how a perfect cast is like an orchestra, and why the play's resonance won Ikoko both the Alfred Fagon (2015) award and George Devine (2016) awards. Most recently, Ikoko swooped the Channel 4 Playwrights' award for Girls itself, earning her a year-long placement with theatre company, HighTide.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Jerusalem: An Interview with Ian Rickson

Ian Rickson, former Artistic Director of the Royal Court, tells of his collaborative relationship with Butterworth, being thankful to lead actor Mark Rylance, and how recces to the shires helped to inform the atmosphere of the play. He explains the challenges of translating such a richly spiritual text into physical performance and the essentiality of trust amongst a theatre company, particularly when staging new writing.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Live Like Pigs: An Interview with Robert Leach

Robert Leach, director, investigates how Arden was influenced by an alternative tradition of writers including Ben Jonson and John Skelton and why the context of the Royal Court's 'kitchen sink' dramas caused the play to be misinterpreted.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... My Mother Said I Never Should: An Interview with Michael Attenborough

Michael Attenborough, theatre director, discusses staging his production at the Royal Court in 1989, where the truth might be found amongst deception spanning decades, and the significance of time in the text.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Red Velvet: An Interview with Lolita Chakrabarti and Indhu Rubasingham

Lolita Chakrabarti, playwright of Red Velvet, and Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, talk about how their long-term collaborative relationship enabled the story to finally make it to the stage.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Sweeney Todd: An Interview with Michael Fentiman

Michael Fentiman, theatre director, explores the unlikely but pivotal partnership between Todd and local piemaker Mrs Lovett, reasons why such a melodramatic series of events could actually happen, and analyses the story's self-perpetuating momentum.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... The Accrington Pals: An Interview with Rebecca Gatward

Director Rebecca Gatward shares her experience of having twice-directed Peter Whelan's 1981 play. She explores the characters' origins in Whelan's own family history, the beauty of prose akin to working class poetry, and how the text lends itself so well to today's political landscape.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... The Entertainer: An Interview with Sean Holmes

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith, explores the play's modern parallels and discusses why Osborne's bold, frank and 'kitchen sink realism' approach to playwriting has seen The Entertainer endure across the decades.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... The Government Inspector: An Interview with Roxana Silbert

Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, discusses Gogol's personal eccentricities, Tsar Nicholas I's surprising support for the work, and the difficulties present in translating a text across both time and language.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... The House of Bernarda Alba: An Interview with Bijan Sheibani

Bijan Sheibani, theatre director, uncovers Lorca's passionate interest in natural forces, interrogates the role of off-stage love interest Pepe Romano, and explains why, for a play about women, the piece is surprisingly biographical.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Talking About Plays... Woyzeck: An Interview with Daniel Kramer

Daniel Kramer, director and Artistic Director of English National Opera, considers how the unfinished fragments of the text allow for multiple interpretations, explaining the choices made for his own 2004 production. In addition, he analyses how the male gaze informed the lead female's animalistic characterisation, discusses the value of sound in translation, and encourages those studying the text to interrogate their own situations in order to understand the work.
Talking About Plays
(2016)
Interview

Practitioners on Practice: Talawa Theatre Company with Michael Buffong

Founded in 1986, Talawa has grown to become a leading platform for Black British voices.

Michael considers the implications of leading a company without a building, details the mission to enrich the British cultural landscape, and explains how Talawa's objectives today compare with those it held when established three decades ago.

Interview
(2016)

An Introduction to Physical Theatre with Scott Graham

Scott Graham, Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, talks us through how crucial the concept of the ‘warm-up’ is to his company’s process. He explains why a tangible sense of self-improvement breeds a positive rehearsal space, and the need to create a warm-up that is engaging, inclusive and shows that it can be fun to get sweaty.
Interview
(2016)

On Directing: Maria Friedman

Maria Friedman is one of the West End’s most acclaimed leading ladies and has won numerous awards for her accomplishments on stage. She talks to us about her first role as a director and the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along alongside detailing how she worked on the text and songs from the show.

Maria Friedman smiles in a dressing room backstage at the theatre
Interview
(2014)

On Directing: Timothy Sheader

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.
Interview
(2012)

On Running a Building: Indhu Rubasingham

Indhu Rubasingham is the Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, based in north west London. Rubasingham reflects on the responsibility she feels towards a space at the heart of such a culturally diverse borough and explains what it means to be leading a theatre renowned as a "firecracker against the establishment".
Interview
(2016)