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

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

Taming Kate: Lisa Dillon

Lisa Dillon has played a number of Shakespeare's women in her career to date, but none more physically than Kate from The Taming of the Shrew. Lisa explains why she has historically been turned off Shakespeare, how interrogating the idea of a modern-day shrew lead her to create Kate as an outrageous mess of a woman, and why she rejects the scholarship around the character.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

Practitioners on Practice... On Voice and Text: An interview with Barbara Houseman

As a highly experienced voice and text coach, Barbara understands the difference between intellectually and experientially connecting with the language of a piece. She explores the voice as an instrument like any other, explains the physical movement of breath and sound through the body, and how there is no one-size-fits all approach to voice work.
Barbara Houseman on Voice and Text
Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

Playing Romeo: Nicholas Shaw

Nicholas Shaw played Romeo in Timothy Sheader's first production at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 2008.

Nicholas explores the importance of Romeo's relationships and suggests that Romeo is so well-drawn because Shakespeare constantly develops him as a person throughout.

Actor Nicholas Shaw
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

Playing Romeo: Daniel Boyd

Daniel Boyd played Romeo in Robert Icke's Headlong production, which toured the UK in 2012. Daniel describes how Romeo's language makes clear his earth-shattering connection to Juliet and argues that the moment of Tybalt's murder holds great significance for Romeo as a character.
Actor Daniel Boyd discusses taking on one of Shakespeare's most famous male leads, Romeo Montague
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

Playing Juliet: Alex Gilbreath

Alex Gilbreath played Juliet opposite David Tennant's Romeo in Michael Boyd's RSC production in 2000.

Alex suggests that Juliet's "Gallop apace" speech is an honest portrait of sexual awakening and identifies how disruption to the text's iambic pentameter implies a play about chaos.

Actor Alex Gilbreath
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Voice: Lyn Darnley

Head of Text, Voice and Artist Development at the RSC, Lyn Darnley has worked with a wide array of performers over the years.

She discusses the twofold nature of a voice coach's role in exploring how both physical preparation and exercise, and deep, considered exploration of text can enrich an actor's performance.

RSC Voice Coach Lyn Darnley
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Playing Shakespeare's Clowns: Pearce Quigley

Actor Pearce Quigley is one of the UK's most renowned Shakespearean funny men, having played a number of the Bard's greatest clowns on stage.

Pearce shares how his route into the industry began in childhood, his experiences in finding humour in unexpected places, and the problem with playing serious.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Performing: Desmond Barrit

Desmond Barrit has a long history with Shakespeare. Having tackled numerous roles including Bottom, Trinculo, Malvolio, and both Antipholi in a the same production, Desmond shares his experience treading the boards as some of the Bard's most renowned characters and explains his criteria for choosing the parts he plays.

Digital Theatre
(2016)
Interview

On Music: Iain Johnstone

Iain Johnstone talks about working with Paul Hunter and the RSC company to develop and create the soundscape for The Comedy of Errors.

Iain Johnstone On Music, The Comedy of Errors
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Music: Gary Yershon

Composer Gary Yershon discusses how music amplifies mood and atmosphere and helps to recreate the epic poetic landscape in Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd.

Gary Yershon On Music, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Zoë Waites

Zoë Waites gives a detailed personal and realistic insight into developing and sustaining a life in performance and the choices behind her portrayal of Goneril in King Lear.

Actress Zoë Waites sits in a library whilst discussing her role as Goneril in King Lear
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Trevor White

We speak to Trevor about his approaches to playing the eldest Tyrone son, Jamie. He discusses the challenges of playing a character battling his demons.

Trevor White talks about Long Day's Journey into Night
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Trevor Fox

Trevor Fox describes his deeply personal response to King Lear and the ways in which he used his experience to inspire his performance. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Toby Stephens

Elyot Chase is an impulsive, funny, erratic, passionate man. Toby Stephens reveals how he gets under his skin in performance.

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

On Acting: Sam Donovan

Sam Donovan chats about playing eight different characters in the stage version of Billy the Kid and jumping from playing in the past to the present.

Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage played John Proctor in Yaël Farber's acclaimed production of The Crucible at The Old Vic.

Richard details the physical process he went through and the practical research he undertook in order to fully understand John Proctor.

Actor Richard Armitage discusses playing John Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

On Acting: Rebecca O'Mara

Bathsheba Everdene is one of literature's greatest female characters. Actress Rebecca O'Mara talks about how she got under her skin and brought Bathsheba's energy and passion to life on stage.

Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview

On Acting: Phoebe Fox

Phoebe Fox takes us through the acting processes she employed to unlock Cordelia. She looks at why Cordelia may not be as innocent as she seems and closely analyses Shakespeare's text to better understand the character she plays. 

Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Nick Fletcher

Actor Nick Fletcher played 'bad penny' Nils Krogstad in Carrie Cracknell's acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. Fletcher reveals the hidden depths of his character, providing an analysis for his motivations, and explains how building a backstory can improve a performance.
Digital Theatre
(2013)
Interview

On Acting: Natalie Gavin

Natalie Gavin played Mary Warren in The Old Vic's production of The Crucible.

Here, Natalie talks to Digital Theatre Plus about how she prepares each night for such an intense performance and how reaching a state of flow enables a richer, more honest performance.

Actor Natalie Gavin discusses playing the role of Mary Warren in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
Digital Theatre
(2015)
Interview

On Acting: Mark Umbers

Through the course of Merrily We Roll Along Franklin (Frank) Shepard loses himself and the love of those closest to him. Mark Umbers discusses the tension in the character and how he brought him to life on stage working from the outside in.

Marks Umbers laughs in the bar of the Harold Pinter Theatre
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Lesley Manville

Lesley Manville won an Olivier Award for her portrayal of tormented widow Helene Alving in Ibsen's darkest play, Ghosts.

Lesley reveals how she prepared for such an intense role and how director Richard Eyre's award-winning adaptation relates the play's core values and ideas to a new and contemporary audience.

Lesley Manville is interviewed about her role as Helene Alving in Richard Eyre's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts
Digital Theatre
(2014)
Interview

On Acting: Leanne Rowe

Actor Leanne Rowe gives an honest and realistic account of bringing a character to life in rehearsal and on stage in Lovesong, and discusses in detail the emotional complexity of her character, Margaret.
Leanne Row On Acting, Lovesong by Abi Morgan
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Interview