Tuesday, 1 March 2016

February's theatrical round-up

Star of the Month
Emma Williams

It is an utter joy to see Emma Williams back in the West End, starring in charming new British musical Mrs Henderson Presents.

Williams' performance is endearing, feisty and incredibly brave. Her voice is stronger than ever - in the second act Williams' vocals gloriously soar as she belts out 'If Mountains Were Easy To Climb'.

Mrs Henderson Presents is Williams' show, and as far as I'm concerned she should be nominated in the Leading Actress in a Musical category for this year's Olivier Awards. Read our previous interview with Emma Williams.

Show of the Month
Nell Gwynn

Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn, which has transferred to the West End following a short season at the Globe, is an absolute must see - I had the most joyously incredible evening seeing the piece for the first time.

Telling an interesting part of forgotten theatrical history, Gemma Arterton is perfectly cast in the title role and is joined by a stellar ensemble - all of whom give stand out performances. Director Christopher Luscombe and Swale have worked together impeccably well. Nell Gwynn is outstanding. Read our ★★★★★ review of Nell Gwynn.
Interview Highlights

on his big break & career highlights
on Hand To God & her extraordinarily diverse career
Dean John-Wilson
on Aladdin, Miss Atomic Bomb & his Hamilton ambition



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