Theatre Lives: Adrian Lester

Adrian Lester talks to Digital Theatre+'s Creative Producer about the roles and industry realities he has encountered in his career, from speaking without words to walking in women's shoes. Lester explains how drama school teaches aspiring actors about graft, how mastering Taekwondo helped focus him as a performer, how roots aren't necessarily geographical, and how he will always, ultimately, return to the stage.
Theatre Lives
(2016)
Interview

On Acting: Adam Kotz

Adam Kotz starred as Pastor Manders in Richard Eyre's award-winning revival of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts.

Adam discusses playing a character with a fractured sense of self and a strongly held dogma, and explains how, in giving Manders a complex inability to govern his emotions, Ibsen succeeds in fleshing out the familiar literary figure of 'the Pastor'.

Adam Kotz talks about playing Pastor Manders in Richard Eyre's production of Ibsen's Ghosts
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Adrian Schiller

Adrian Schiller played Reverend John Hale in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.

Adrian reflects on Hale's struggle with Deputy Governor Danforth and the challenge of fighting for the truth within a suspicious and paranoid community.

Actor Adrian Schiller discusses playing Reverend John Hale in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

On Acting: Alex Ferns

Scottish actor Alex Ferns played Lee in Phillip Breen's acclaimed production of Sam Shepard's True West. Ferns shares how his childhood experiences helped him identify with Lee’s wild behaviour and why observing coyotes enabled him to access the character's physicality on stage. Contains strong language.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Acting: Amanda Drew

Amanda Drew plays Joy, a character whose lacklustre life pushes her to the edge of social and moral boundaries. Amanda gives a frank and detailed account of her work on the part in the acclaimed production of Parlour Song.

Contains references to sex.

Amanda Drew talks in front of a soft focus bookshelf
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Anna Chancellor

Anna Chancellor shares her feelings about the character of Amanda in Private Lives and what she does to prepare to bring her to life in all her glory on stage.

Anna Chancellor smiles in front of horizontal striped wall paper a black lamp and a small plant.
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Anna Madeley

Anna Madeley played Elizabeth Proctor in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.

Anna describes how integrity is essential to her character, the role Mary Warren plays in her secluded life, and the rehearsal exercises used to build intimacy between John and Elizabeth in performance.

Actor Anna Madeley discusses playing the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

On Acting: Anna-Louise Plowman

Sibil's honeymoon happiness is short-lived in Private Lives as she's thrust into the chaos of Amanda and Elyot's tempestuous relationship. Anna-Louise Plowman talks about love, hair and heartache.

Anna-Louise Plowman smiles in front of horizontal striped wall paper a black lamp and a small plant.
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Anthony Calf

Victor Prynne is a thoroughly decent man and Anthony Calf presents his case and discusses the character's role in Private Lives.

Anthony Calf looks quizzical in front of horizontal striped wallpaper.
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Damian Humbley

Damian Humbley plays Charley Kringas, the let-down best friend and creative collaborator of Frank Shepard and Sondheim gives his character one of the best and most difficult songs in Merrily We Roll Along. Damian chats about creating Charley’s look and how he prepares for his performance on stage.

Damian Humbley smiles in his dressing room with a Merrily We Roll Along poster behind him
Digital Theatre
(2014)
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
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: David Suchet

David Suchet is one of the UK’s most acclaimed actors on stage and screen. He is a brilliant character actor who transforms himself from person to person. He has played many of the greatest characters ever written and here he discusses the mammoth task of bringing James Tyrone to life in rehearsal and through performance.

David Suchet laughing on sofa headshot as he talks about James Tyrone and Long Day's Journey into Night
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Dominic Rowan

Dominic Rowan played Torvald Helmer in Carrie Cracknell’s acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House. Rowan reveals how extensive research and improvisation methods played a pivotal role in the development of his character, and provides an in-depth analysis of the relationship between Nora and Torvald.
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Dudley Sutton

Dudley Sutton chats about playing the young and old Billy in Billy the Kid and how his own life experience helped bring the character to life on stage.

A full head shot of Dudley Sutton in his dressing room
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Edward Bennett and Sam Cox

Bennett and Cox consider the difficulties of two actors sharing one role, explaining their approach to creating the character and revealing the processes they went through in order to get in sync.
Edward Bennett and Sam Cox On Acting, Lovesong by Abi Morgan
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Eugene O'Hare

Eugene O’Hare played aspiring screenwriter Austin in Phillip Breen’s revival production of Sam Shepard's True West. O’Hare explores the complicated relationship between brothers Austin and Lee, explains how silences are an integral part of dialogue, and how the play’s themes, set and audience impact and inspire his performance.
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Acting: Forbes Masson

Forbes Masson who plays the melancholic anti-hero Jacques gives us insight into what makes Jacques so depressed. He identifies parallels between people in the play and provides in-depth analysis to characters and contextualisation. 

Forbes Masson, On Acting, As You Like It, by William Shakespeare
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Hattie Morahan

Hattie Morahan played the iconic Nora Helmer in Carrie Cracknell’s critically-acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Morahan explains how improvisation can help create and develop relationships between characters, and delves into the processes and challenges of bringing Nora to life.
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Jack Ellis

Jack Ellis played Deputy Governor Danforth in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.

Jack describes his approach to character and performance, exploring the emotional history of the character and how his interpretation darkened as rehearsals progressed.

Actor Jack Ellis discusses playing Deputy Governor Danforth in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

On Acting: Jack Lowden

Jack Lowden won an Olivier Award for playing the cocksure, but terminally ill Oswald Alving in Richard Eyre's revival of Ibsen's Ghosts.

He discusses how playing a role like Oswald enabled him to show a wide range of attitudes and emotions, how the text allows for freedom of interpretation and why confidence is key.

Jack Lowden is interviewed about his role as Oswald Alving in Richard Eyre's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Jake Davies and Danny-Boy Hatchard

Jake and Danny-Boy share their experiences of growing up, being 16 and how they drew upon their own backgrounds to bring Jonathan Harvey's story of identity, friendship and love to life.

Danny-Boy Hatchard and Jake Davies in Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Jenna Russell

The long-suffering, warm-hearted Mary Flynn is a wonderfully rich part for a performer and Jenna Russell draws out all her complexity in the hit show Merrily We Roll Along. Jenna talks about how she approached the role and the challenge and joy of singing Sondheim.

Jenna Russell gesticulates in her dressing room at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Jonjo O'Neill, Dyfan Dwyfor, Richard Katz and James Tucker

How do four very different looking actors convince an audience that they are two sets of identical twins? The Royal Shakespeare Company's Jonjo O'Neill, Dyfan Dwyfor, James Tucker and Richard Katz reveal how they did it.

Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Julia Ford

Julia Ford took to the Liverpool Everyman to play opposite David Morrissey in Gemma Bodinetz’s post-apocalyptic reimagining of Macbeth. Ford reflects on the clues in Shakespeare’s writing and how she makes use of the spaces in between, as well as explaining her interpretation of this controversial character.
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Katy Stephens

Katy Stephens, who plays Rosalind, helps us to understand one of Shakespeare's most complex female characters. She examines the difficulties in attempting to mask femininity onstage and her approaches to Shakespearean text. 

Katy Stephens, On Acting, As You Like It, by William Shakespeare
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview