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Shows That Shaped Me

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Shows That Shaped Me is a theatre podcast by WhatsOnStage. Theatre actors and makers divulge the most memorable productions in their career and theatregoing life, as well as the show they wish they'd seen and the person they'd most like to work with.

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Shows That Shaped Me is a theatre podcast by WhatsOnStage. Theatre actors and makers divulge the most memorable productions in their career and theatregoing life, as well as the show they wish they'd seen and the person they'd most like to work with.

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Shows That Shaped Me

Latest release on Aug 02, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Alfred Molina

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This week's guest is stage and screen actor Alfred Molina.

On screen, his credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Boogie Nights, Frida and Spider-Man 2.

In 1980, he earned an Olivier Award nomination for Best Newcomer in Oklahoma! at the Palace Theatre, and his stage roles since then include Speed the Plow at the National in 1989, Yasmina Reza's Art on Broadway in 1998 and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof in 2004 for which he received a Tony Award nomination.

In 2009 he played Mark Rothko in John Logan's Red at the Donmar Warehouse and won a Drama League Award for the production's Broadway transfer. He now returns to the role in the show's West End premiere, which runs at Wyndham's Theatre until 28 July.

May 25 2018

6mins

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Rank #2: Simon Stephens

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This week's guest is the Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.

A mainstay of London's new writing theatre, the Royal Court where he is now associate playwright, Stephens' work with the Sloane Square venue includes Bluebird, Herons, Nuclear War and Birdland.

Elsewhere his critically acclaimed plays include Sea Wall, which premiered at the Bush in 2008, Heisenberg, which was seen in the West End last year, and a new adaptation of Brecht's The Threepenny Opera which premiered at the National Theatre in 2016 starring Rory Kinnear and Rosalie Craig.

He's perhaps most well-known for penning the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time which ran in the West End for over 1,600 performances and on Broadway for almost two years – earning Stephens major accolades on both sides of the Atlantic.

Last year his new piece with Frantic Assembly's Scott Graham and Underworld's Karl Hyde, Fatherland, premiered at the Manchester International Festival and it now transfers to the Lyric Hammersmith, running from 25 May to 23 June.

May 18 2018

7mins

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Rank #3: Le Gateau Chocolat

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This week’s guest is cabaret star, drag artist and actor Le Gateau Chocolat.

With a wealth of experience across contemporary opera, cabaret and theatre, his solo shows have seen him perform in venues from London’s Menier Chocolate Factory to the Adelaide Fringe.

He has worked with the Olivier Award–winning circus acts La Clique and La Soiree and alongside acts including Basement Jaxx at the Barbican.

On stage, he has recently been seen in Porgy and Bess at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, The Threepenny Opera at the National and Twelfth Night at Shakespeare’s Globe.

He is currently starring in Effigies of Wickedness, which runs at the Gate Theatre until 9 June.

May 11 2018

6mins

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Rank #4: Kate Fleetwood

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This week's guest is Tony and Olivier Award nominee Kate Fleetwood.

Growing up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Kate began her career as a child actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 2010 she played Lady Macbeth in Chichester Festival Theatre's production of the Scottish play, gaining a Tony Award nomination for the show's Broadway transfer. 2015 saw her play Tracy Lord in High Society at the Old Vic and the title role in Medea at the Almeida.

At the National Theatre she has played Goneril in King Lear in 2014, was nominated for an Olivier Award for London Road in 2015, and now returns to star in Joe Hill-Gibbins' production of Rodney Ackland's Absolute Hell until 16 June.

Apr 27 2018

8mins

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Rank #5: Gina Beck

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This week’s guest is actress Gina Beck.

Gina’s big break came in 2008 when she joined the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Daee.

Her subsequent theatre credits include the West End productions of Wicked, Les Miserables and Show Boat.

Gina’s current role finds her back in the West End as Miss Honey in Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Matilda.

Apr 13 2018

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Rank #6: Rosalie Craig

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After graduating from Rose Bruford in 2001 Rosalie Craig joined the RSC and made her professional debut in Adrian Mitchell’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Her stage career since then has featured leading roles in both plays and musicals including the National Theatre productions of London Road, As You Like It, and Tori Amos’s The Light Princess at the National Theatre, for which she won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical Performance in 2013.

She is currently starring in Jez Butterworth’s critically acclaimed smash hit The Ferryman at the Gielgud until 19 May, and will return to the same theatre in September to star in Marianne Elliot’s highly anticipated production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, alongside Broadway legend Patti LuPone. The new version of the show will see Craig’s character Bobbi played as a woman for the first time.

Mar 16 2018

5mins

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Rank #7: Lesley Nicol

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Three-time SAG Award winner Lesley Nicol has no shortage of incredible parts to her name, including the starring role of Beryl Patmore in Downton Abbey.

She also appeared in the West End production of Mamma Mia! from 2000 to 2002, and the original stage production of East is East in 1996.

She now comes to the Donmar Warehouse, where she appears in the new revival of Peter Gill's The York Realist. The show, set in 1960s Yorkshire, will transfer to Sheffield Crucible from 27 March.

Mar 09 2018

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Rank #8: Jemima Rooper

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Jemima's career started at a young age, appearing in several films in the early '90s, as well as playing George in a TV adaptation of Enid Blyton's Famous Five.

More recent screen credits include As If, Hex and Lost in Austen, and she made her Hollywood debut in The Black Dahlia, alongside Scarlett Johansson.

On stage, her credits range from Her Naked Skin and One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, to the West End productions of All My Sons with David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker, and Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury.

Next up, she plays Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, which runs at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre until 15 September.

Aug 02 2018

11mins

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Rank #9: Jenna Russell

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This week's guest is Tony-nominee and Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell.

Russell's professional stage debut came in 1987 as an understudy for Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables, a show she returned to as Fantine in 1991 and 2000.

Her subsequent 30-year theatre career includes West End productions of Follies in 1987, Martin Guerre in 1998, Guys and Dolls opposite Ewan McGregor in 2005 and Sunday in the Park with George in 2006, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for a Tony Award for the show's Broadway transfer.

Further notable credits include Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier and Harold Pinter Theatre, Urinetown at the St. James and Apollo Theatre and Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse.

In 2016 she joined the cast of EastEnders, playing Michelle Fowler for two years.

She is now starring in Fun Home, which runs at the Young Vic until 1 September.

Jul 27 2018

12mins

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Rank #10: James Graham

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This week's guest is one of the most prolific British playwrights of the last ten years.

Since the premiere of his critically acclaimed This House at the National Theatre in 2012, James Graham's further successes include Privacy and The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse and Finding Neverland, a collaboration with Gary Barlow on Broadway.

In 2017, three of his plays were performed in the West End, with the revival of This House joined by Ink and Labour of Love.

Next up is yet another West End transfer, with his new play Quiz – about the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal – transferring from Chichester Festival Theatre to the Noel Coward in March.

Feb 23 2018

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