The Theatre Show

The Theatre Show, 20 January 2011

Actor Christopher Naylor tells us about his current role as Victor in the Oldham Coliseum production of Noël Coward's Private Lives and a previous role with the same director in the long-running West End production of Susan Hill's ghost story The Woman In Black.

The writer of Islanders, Dick Curran, talks to us about the play's journey from 24:7 Theatre Festival success to MEN Awards nominations, an invitation to the Re:Play Festival and Arts Council funding for a tour of the north.

We have a look at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages project, giving amateur theatre groups the chance to collaborate with one of the world's most famous theatre companies, and at some of the reports recently produced in the north west about the economic benefits of the arts produced to counteract the threat of funding cuts.