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Live Blog: 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards

21st February 2016 | Theatre

Live Blog: 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards

This LIVE BLOG will launch at 6.45pm from the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.

6.45pm We're here, live from the Prince of Wales Theatre in London at the WhatsOnStage Awards! We can hear Nicole Kidman talking downstairs... it's nice to have a different accent in the house.

6.51pm People are arriving in their droves... Sorry, we mean dresses! A little update on the KidmanCam - we can still hear her beautiful Aussie accent and it'd be ace if she came up to talk to us. Just sayin'.

7.00pm And the show has begun! The curtain has lifted, the lights are on, and I'm really trying to be funny/satirical but I'm finding it difficult amongst all of the excitement. Ask me in a couple of hours though, I'm sure it would have worn off.

7.10pm The show has kicked off with Steve Furst singing a lil piece and ending on (you guessed it) a chorus line. Also name dropping Dame Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton (both up for awards tonight)...

7.18pm The Furst song is over (see what we did there) and now onto tonight's proceedings (and the first of MANY Orange Juices).

7.19pm Alright, now time for serious business. It's time for the Equity Award for Servics to Theatre presented by Sarah Hadland (TV star).

7.23pm And the winner is Kenneth Branagh! What a way to kick off the night.

7.27pm And the winners are piling on! The award for Best New Play has gone to Photograph 51. We're expecting to hear Kidman's voice again very very soon...

7.28pm The award for Best Play Revival goes to Hamlet. (My fingers are starting to get tired)

7.33pm It's starting to get mega busy here - and just as Dame Judi Dench…

Interview with Emma Earle

23rd December 2015 | Theatre

Interview with Emma Earle
Based on the popular book by Richard and Florence Atwater, also made into the Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey.

At of the many children's musicals in the West End (and just off the West End) this Christmas season, none is more creative than Emma Earle's new production of Mr. Popper's Penguins.

Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. So, he is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep, out of which waddles a penguin!

With songs, puppets and a family of performing penguins this enchanting musical production suitable for all the family.

James Gilmore interviewed director Emma Earle about why she decided to turn this legendary story into a musical and how adaptations are made.

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James Gilmore interviews Emma Earle

James Gilmore interviews Emma Earle about her production of Mr. Popper's Penguins and how adaptations are made.

Interview with Owen Guerin

5th December 2015 | Theatre

Interview with Owen Guerin
The Gruffalo is everybody's favourite children's story by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler.

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood in search of a nut, meeting the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake on the way. Will the story of the Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these wily woodland creatures? Armed with only a nut map and a little courage, Mouse must outwit them all, and after all, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo - is there?

As we all know, yes there is. And, naturally, James Gilmore interviewed him.

The Gruffalo has been touring successfully for 15 years, performing in 14 countries and 5 continents. It has played twice at the Sydney Opera House, twice on Broadway, once at the National Theatre and had seven West End seasons.

It's also set some records - in 2013, the ‘tallest actor in the West End’ played The Gruffalo/b> at The Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue and in 2012 The Gruffalo did a skydive, raising almost £4000 for charity.

Now, direct from Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to the West End.


In this laugh-out-loud interview with Owen Guerin, who plays The Gruffalo in the West End, James Gilmore asks about the 'perks' of being The Gruffalo, the initiation process and more.

Broadcasted worldwide, only on W!ZARD Radio Station.

James Gilmore interviews Owen Guerin

James Gilmore interviews Owen Guerin about his new role playing The Gruffalo at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End. They talk about the perks of the job, play 'Would You Rather' and more.


Don't miss The Gruffalo at the Vaudeville Theatre, West End from the 15th December 2015 to the 3rd January 2016.