Matthew Warchus

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Stephen Mangan: ‘I still feel like I’m 14 years old’
The actor is finding it ‘worryingly easy’ to channel his inner Scrooge for A Christmas Carol. He and director Matthew Warchus talk about faith, family entertainment and festive mayhem

Miriam Gillinson

16, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘It had to be dark’ – how we made Matilda the Musical
‘We didn’t give Matilda any songs because she was shy. Then we realised: it’s a fricking musical – the protagonist needs to sing!

Interviews by Chris Wiegand

08, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Old Vic theatre plans ‘supremely informal’ welcome back for audiences
Exclusive: Emma Rice’s adaptation of Bagdad Cafe and Harold Pinter’s darkly comic The Dumb Waiter staged in July as venue reopens

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

11, May, 2021 @7:00 AM

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A Christmas Carol review – Andrew Lincoln's Scrooge is a tearjerking gem
The Old Vic’s zoom-broadcast version of the Dicken classic is full of heart and pulls back the curtain on Covid-era theatre

Claire Armitstead

18, Dec, 2020 @12:15 PM

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Faith Healer review – Friel's spellbinder captures theatre's magic
Michael Sheen, Indira Varma and David Threlfall are a superb trinity for Brian Friel’s powerful monologues

Chris Wiegand

20, Sep, 2020 @9:46 AM

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'I've threatened to break the rules and kiss her': Claire Foy and Matt Smith on acting in lockdown
They’re separated by a two-metre stick but their chemistry is as strong as ever. The Crown stars on their socially-distanced take on Lungs; lockdown diets and naked drawings

Arifa Akbar

29, Jun, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Lungs: In Camera review – Claire Foy and Matt Smith mix the personal and planetary
In a physically distanced stage production, performed live to a Zoom audience, Duncan Macmillan’s play acquires new pertinence

Chris Wiegand

28, Jun, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Old Vic theatre is in 'seriously perilous' position, warns Matthew Warchus
Covid-19 crisis draining theatre’s reserves, says artistic director, who announces new community schemes and streamed shows

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

13, May, 2020 @8:00 AM

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New Matilda movie in works from director of West End musical
Casting call goes out for film version of the Roald Dahl classic, led by Matthew Warchus, who staged RSC’s smash hit

Chris Wiegand

17, Jan, 2020 @5:46 PM

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A tale of two Carols: Dickens's festive feast served with a twist
This year, the tried-and-tested tale at London’s Old Vic is up against subversive surprises at Wilton’s Music Hall, where Scrooge’s sister takes the lead

Arifa Akbar

09, Dec, 2019 @5:15 PM

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The week in theatre: The Hunt; Present Laughter; The Damned – review
Young performers shine in a riveting adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg’s film about a falsely accused teacher. And Andrew Scott is a Noël Coward natural

Susannah Clapp

30, Jun, 2019 @9:00 AM

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Game of Thrones' Indira Varma: 'All I was being offered was women undressing'
She was ruthless Ellaria in the TV epic. As she appears in a Noël Coward comedy, the actor talks about her dreams of returning to mime – and why sticking with her name may have hurt her career

Chris Wiegand

19, Jun, 2019 @4:01 PM

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