ITWE Ep012 Tim Minchin (Part 2)

This is our second episode with the award winning comedian and 'Matilda' composer Tim Minchin. In this episode Tim discusses his life and his views on the industry. We also hear exclusive chat about his upcoming Dreamworks animated movie musical project, which he has composed and is in the process of directing.

To hear our first conversation with Tim, check out 'Episode 1' of our podcast series where Tim gives an exclusive interview about his new musical 'Groundhog Day'.

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ITWE Ep011 Philip Griffiths

In this episode we speak to the veteran West End performer Philip Griffiths. Philip was recently awarded The Guinness World Record for 'The longest time spent in the same production (West End)' after 25 years and 185 days in 'The Phantom of The Opera' in London. 

He is still currently appearing in Phantom as the Auctioneer and Monsieur Reyer, so we sat down with him backstage at Her Majesty's Theatre to hear about his life, his career and how he has managed to achieve such an impressive record.

ITWE Ep010 Debbie O'Brien

In this episode we speak to one of the most prominent casting directors in the UK, Debbie O'Brien. Debbie specialises in theatre casting for the West End, UK and international tours and regional productions.

She answers many of the questions that performers would love to put to the people who sit on the opposite side of the table in auditions. Debbie gives a frank and fascinating insight into the world of casting. Get your notepad out, this conversation is littered with incredible advice.

ITWE Ep009 Eddie Elliott

In this episode we speak with Motown cast member Eddie Elliott. Eddie discusses the challenges he faced in his upbringing, training and career while dealing with mental health issues.

It's a truly inspiring and fascinating success story. Listeners may find the content of this conversation upsetting. If you are affected by any of the issues discussed in this episode, then please visit www.samaritans.org or call 116 123 (for free) to talk to someone immediately.

 

ITWE Ep008 Eva Noblezada

In this episode we speak to American actress Eva Noblezada, who at just 17 years old was chosen by Sir Cameron Mackintosh to play the lead role in the West End revival of Miss Saigon. Having completed 2 years in the multi award-winning production, she has just opened as Eponine in Les Miserables.

Now 20 years old, Eva is a cheeky and confident woman with an incredible story and a great sense of humour. In 2017 she will move back to the United States to reprise the role of Kim in Miss Saigon on Broadway. We popped along to her dressing room for a chat backstage at The Queens Theatre.

 

ITWE Ep007 Damian Humbley

In this episode we talk to West End leading man, Damian Humbley.

Since arriving in London from Perth in 2005, Damian has performed in big scale West End musicals like 'Forbidden Broadway', 'The Woman in White' and 'Fiddler On The Roof'. He is a regular at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in Stephen Sondheim musicals such as 'Company' and 'Merrily We Roll Along'. 

Having navigated many of the ups and downs that come with a life in show business, Damian is an actor at the top of his game. This conversation is full of truth and advice about working in the industry. 

ITWE Ep006 @westendproducer

In this episode we talk to the naughtiest man in show business, West End Producer! 

We chat to the Twitter sensation about all things 'show', from audition advice to upsetting some of the biggest names in the industry with his tongue in cheek tweets. 

All opinions expressed by West End Producer are solely his own and in no way reflect this podcast's, or either of its hosts', beliefs. 

...That said... prepare to chortle HEARTILY! 

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ITWE Ep005 Sasha Regan

In this episode we talk to the founder of 'The Union Theatre' Sasha Regan. 

The Union Theatre has become one of London's leading fringe venues, with productions regularly becoming critically acclaimed, touring nationally and internationally. 

We hear from the woman who set it up at just the age of 23! 
Artistic director, producer and director, we hear about it all and how she got there.

ITWE Ep004 Barry James

In this episode Ben and Rob pop down to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London's oldest theatre, and chat to West End legend Barry James. Hear about everything from his current role as Grandpa Joe in 'Charlie and The Chocolate Factory' to being the original Seymour in the first ever London production of 'The Little Shop of Horrors'. 

Barry James - The man who puts 'character' into 'character actor'.  

ITWE Ep003 Ben Forster

In this episode of 'Inside The West End' we chat to ITV's 'Superstar' winner Ben Forster backstage at The Dominion Theatre about everything from growing up in Sunderland to playing the title roles in 'Elf' and 'Phantom of the Opera' in the West End as well as his iconic performance as Jesus in 'Jesus Christ Superstar World Arena Spectacular'.

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ITWE Ep002 Killian Donnelly

We speak to Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly about his journey from amateur dramatics in Ireland, to being a regular West End leading man in London. We join Killian in his dressing room backstage at the Adelphi Theatre where he is currently starring as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots.

ITWE Ep001 Tim Minchin ( Part 1 - Ground Hog Day)

In this episode we speak with multi award-winning comedian, actor and 'Matilda' composer, Tim Minchin. We join Tim at the workshop of his highly anticipated new musical, 'Ground Hog Day' where he gives us an exclusive interview about the upcoming production and his writing process in general. This episode contains expletives.

ITWE Ep000 Series Preview

In this, the preview of 'Inside the West End' podcast, Ben and Rob chat about the upcoming series and the inspiration for it. They reveal both the identity of their first guest and a short teaser clip of the debut episode with one of the West End's biggest names.