Theatre Interviews – West End Creators

A guide to press interviews with West End creators.

This handy guide brings together press interviews that the creators of West End shows have given to the media, ahead of their productions launching in the West End.

From established directors, writers and choreographers, to hot new creative talent, check out the interviews, below.

Ryan Calais Cameron, The Times
Ryan Calais Cameron: ‘I realised I’d never spoken to another man about love’

The playwright talks to Dominic Maxwell about the life experiences that fed into his breakthrough production

Dominic Maxwell, The Times (20/03/2023)
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Ivo Van Hove, Financial Times
Ivo Van Hove on the theatre of trauma: ‘It’s devastating, in a good way’

The Belgian director and purveyor of raw emotion discusses his staging of Hanya Yanagihara’s ‘A Little Life’, starring James Norton

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times (16/03/2023)
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Annilese Miskimmon, The Guardian
‘I fear we are losing a whole generation of talent’: ENO head hits back at the ‘leave London’ ultimatum

As she stages a new production of The Dead City, Korngold’s wild opera banned by the Nazis, English National Opera’s artistic director Annilese Miskimmon talks about the company’s strong present and uncertain future

Erica Jeal, The Guardian (13/03/2023)
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Danny Robins, The Times
Danny Robins on 2:22: A Ghost Story: ‘Casting unknowns and hoping it will sell is madness’

The writer of the haunting hit play, which has starred Lily Allen and now Cheryl, is taking his podcast Uncanny on tour, he tells Dominic Maxwell

Dominic Maxwell, The Times (11/03/2023)
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Jake Brunger & Pippa Cleary, The Independent
On your marks, get set… sing! How The Great British Bake Off became a West End musical

The nation’s nicest TV show has been turned into an all-singing, all-dancing musical about star bakers and soggy bottoms. Isobel Lewis meets the cast and creatives bringing the tent to the stage

Isobel Lewis, The Independent (03/03/2023)
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More about Jake Brunger & Pippa Cleary
Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard, The Sunday Times
Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard: ‘I proposed on the afternoon we met’

The League of Gentlemen star and his actor husband on dating at the dawn of the internet and coming out to their parents

Danny Scott, The Sunday Times (01/03/2023)
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Ian Hallard & Mark Gatiss, i News
‘DJs would laugh when I requested Abba’: Mark Gatiss and Ian Hallard on their new play, The Way Old Friends Do

Mark Gatiss is directing a new Abba-inspired play, written by his husband Ian Hallard. They talk about why love for the supergroup endures

James Rampton, i News (15/02/2023)
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Gary Owen & Rachel O’Riordan, The Guardian
Babygrows are such sweet sorrow: Romeo and Juliet get a gritty romcom reboot

Romeo, an out-of-work single dad, falls for Julie, a top student who dreams of being an astrophysicist. We go behind the scenes at a Shakespeare update that swaps fair Verona for Splott in Cardiff

Arifa Akbar, The Guardian (13/02/2023)
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More about Gary Owen & Rachel O’Riordan
Simon Stone, The Stage
Simon Stone: “I bring the past back to life”

Director and writer Simon Stone tells Fergus Morgan how the traumatic death of his father in childhood – and his resulting upbringing surrounded by women – influences his work, why he thinks Greek tragedies are like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and why Janet McTeer is his dream actor for the production of Phaedra he is currently directing at London’s National Theatre 

Fergus Morgan, The Stage (09/02/2023)
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Kate Prince, The Telegraph
‘Churchill was on the wrong side of this issue’: the Suffragette story gets a hip-hop spin

Creator Kate Prince and star Beverley Knight on how their new Sylvia Pankhurst musical will resonate in the age of Brexit

Helen Brown, The Telegraph (07/02/2023)
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Simon Stone, The Observer
Director Simon Stone: ‘My heroes are women’

The innovative Australian director who gained acclaim for his version of Yerma starring Billie Piper is now reframing Phaedra as a postmenopausal love story with Janet McTeer

Claire Armistead, The Observer (21/01/2023)
The interview
More about Simon Stone
Simon McBurney & Kathryn Hunter, Financial Times
Complicité brings murder-mystery eco-fable Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead to the stage

Director Simon McBurney and actor Kathryn Hunter have adapted Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s novel

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times (19/01/2023)
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More about Simon McBurney & Kathryn Hunter
Pippa Cleary & Jake Brunger, Express
The Great British Bake Off The Musical and there are no soggy bottoms in the house

As Bake Off the musical arrives in the West End, its creators on how they cooked up an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza from Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith’s reality TV show.

Richard Barber, Express (07/01/2023)
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More about Pippa Cleary & Jake Brunger

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