David Richards sits down for a quick chat with Seth Rudetsky – A multi-talented and multi-faceted entertainer. It is a rare balmy and sunny day, the first official day of Summer, when Seth Rudetsky and I sit down in Leicester Square to chat about his life, profession and current collaboration with Patti LuPone. His work to date has been really quite unique; a mixture of actor, pianist, enthusiast and chatty man. ’My career is like a big pie. I’ve always been interested in multiple aspects. I’ve never been interested in one thing. I was a classical piano major in college, but at the same time I was conducting the musicals, I was also in the musicals, and then I was hosting the comedy night: we would do this thing called ‘Mock Students’.’ Clearly Rudetsky has always had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and first-hand experiences of the theatrical world, particularly musical … Read more
Phil Matthews meets celebrated playwright Philip Ridley. His new play Feathers in the Snow premieres at Southwark Playhouse this month. Walking into the Southwalk Playhouse during the day is an odd experience. Gone are the atmospheric lights and energy that form part of the theatre’s famous character. This feels more like being in a nightclub post-event. The cleaners have mopped up the detritus of the previous hedonistic party, and we’re left with the bare bones of the building – warts and all. Sitting in the theatre bar though, it feels rather poignant, considering the venue is in its final days of life here, a move to make the London Bridge Station redevelopment possible. Boy, if these walls could talk. I’m meeting Philip Ridley, the celebrated playwright of The Pitchfork Disney, Mercury Fur and Shivered. The latter premiered at the theatre earlier this year in a hugely successful production, and now … Read more
In this production, the creative team and cast have clarified Jonathan Larson’s message. By returning to the Broadway roots, recreating the ambiance of the bohemian Alphabet City of the Nineties, and focussing on the narrative drive of the show, Rent becomes relevant. This is an admirable revival of a modern classic.
In the first of our Tales From The Dressing Room series, Penelope Keith chats candidly to JBR about the changes in the industry since her training. “Come in, come in. Welcome to the most elegant dressing room in the West End.” How could it not be? This is, after all, the famed Dressing Room No. 10 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Current resident, the ever fragrant Penelope Keith, is precisely as one imagines her to be; part hectoring schoolmarm, part favourite aunt. “I like the idea of older actors passing on what they know, but don’t make me sound too much like an old fart,” she pleads, as she crosses the room and takes her seat. The room is not the most extravagantly appointed one in the West End. A large, French style dressing table occupies the right hand side where Keith’s wig sits, proudly, on a stand. Modest amounts … Read more