International Women’s Day with Women In Theatre

Celebrating the powerful work of women on stage and behind the scenes.

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Thursday 8 March 2018 marks International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the world.

Following a year that witnessed the rise of the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns, sparked by injustice and sexual assault within Hollywood and the wider arts and entertainment industry, International Women’s Day remains as poignant and vital as ever.

Events, such as the HeForShe London Arts Week which launches today, aim to challenge stories, create a new narrative, and to change mindsets across the country and the globe.

The continued movement is embedded into the world of arts and entertainment, with countless powerful displays of equality channeled on theatre stages right across the globe, driven by highly influential women behind the scenes.

Since 6 February 2018, marking 100 years since women’s suffrage in the UK, we’ve been running a series of interviews, videos and features on Women In Theatre, celebrating the cultural impact of individuals and groups on stage and behind the scenes.

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, we’ve pulled together all of these Women In Theatre articles below.

Interview: Marianne Elliott on making it in theatre
Director Marianne Elliott celebrates an illustrious career in theatre, with notable credits on both side of the Atlantic. The Olivier and Tony Award winner looks back at her career, and towards her return to the West End behind Company.

Interview: Dreamgirls’ Effies on the empowering tale
Moya Angela, Marisha Wallace and Karen Mav open up about sharing the lead role between three powerful women.

Interview: The King & I’s Kelli O’Hara
As The King And I gears up to take over the iconic London Palladium, we chat with Kelli about her experiences and how preparation for the show is going.

Interview: Wicked stars Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans
We catch up with current Wicked stars Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans to discuss the importance of their roles on stage and how it feels to play such iconic characters night after night.

Interview: Lady Winderemere’s Fan star Samantha Spiro
We sit down with the star of Lady Windermere’s Fan, Samantha Spiro, to talk about her role alongside Jennifer Saunders in the Oscar Wilde classic and how she’s enjoying the changing landscape of roles for women.

Video Interview: Rosalie Craig
We sit down with West End leading lady Rosalie Craig, currently starring in The Ferryman and preparing for Company.

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Feature: Alice Ellen Wright takes us into Les Miserables
As understudy to Eponine and Fantine, Wright takes us inside the world of Les Miserables from a unique perspective.

Feature: The five most important roles in the West End
We take a look at the five biggest musical theatre roles for women that are currently playing on the West End stage.

Feature: Five inspiring and indomitable female directors
We’ve rounded up five more women directors we admire. They’ve not only been calling the shots and breaking ground on stage for years, but they’re also inspiring the next generation of impassioned female directors.

Feature: Five of our favourite acceptance speeches
We’ve rounded up some of the greatest moments by leading women from behind the awards show podium.

Feature: Five female roles we want to see in the West End
We’ve hand-picked our favourite female roles that we’re dying to see in London.

Playlist: Women In Theatre
Here’s our hand-picked playlist of musical theatre songs that celebrate strong women, female empowerment and kick-ass ladies from the stage.

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