West End LIVE takes place this weekend

West End LIVE takes place in Trafalgar Square this weekend, with a number of Winterson’s actors from West End shows taking part in the event. It’s an increasingly popular date in the London festival calendar, offering audiences the chance to sample scenes from across the Region’s theatres. Presented by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre, West End LIVE also receives support from the Mayor of London’s office. Now in its fourteenth year,…

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Madhav Sharma nominated for best soap newcomer in the TV Choice Awards

Winterson’s actor, Madhav Sharma, has been nominated in the category of Best Soap Newcomer in this year’s TV Choice Awards. The actor, who plays, Arshad Ahmed in the show, has also been nominated alongside fellow Eastenders cast members in the overall Best Soap category. Voting is now open for the TV Choice awards, and Winterson’s is delighted to see that Madhav Sharma has been announced amongst the nominees in the prestigious Best Soap Newcomer category. If…

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4 Winterson’s actors nominated in the 2018 British Arrows awards

Four Winterson’s actors have been shortlisted as part of production-level awards at this year’s British Arrows ceremony, which takes place tonight at the Battersea Evolution in London. It’s the third year in a row that Winterson’s clients have been nominated within the programme, and representatives from the agency will be in attendance of this evening’s event. For over forty years, British Arrows has been championing, awarding and celebrating innovation and artistry in advertising. Focussing on…

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David O’Hanlon promoted to Agent

David O’Hanlon has been promoted from Junior Agent to full-Agent by Winterson’s. A highly talented and knowledgable professional, David’s understanding of, and impact on the industry has risen sharply within recent years.  “It’s fantastic to have been promoted to the role of agent within the Winterson’s team,” said David. “My desk is buzzing right now, and it’s been a great privilege to work with such a diverse portfolio of actors across such a diverse range…

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Janique Charles on telling stories through acting, singing, and writing

Winterson’s actress, Janique Charles, is currently playing Nala in Disney’s Lion King Musical in the West End, having previously performed in the UK Tour of the show. Passionate about storytelling in all its forms, the actress also writes music and short stories. Here, she talks to us about her journey in the industry so far, and what she might like to do next in her career.     Please introduce us to your background with The…

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Anita Harris fans out in full force on social media

ITV’s Last Laugh in Vegas featuring Anita Harris has been receiving rave reviews both in the press and directly from viewers on Twitter. The actress and singer has received a raft of support from audiences across social media, with many enjoying the performers off-stage personality just as much as her on-stage talent. Cameras have been following the full group of performers, which also includes comedy double act Cannon & Ball, entertainer Bernie Clifton, comedian Mick…

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Janique Charles shines in new Lion King video

Winterson’s actress Janique Charles, who plays Nala in The Lion King, shines in this stunning new video released this week by the official Lion King Musical team. Charles appears recording a studio version of the popular show hit ‘Shadowlands’ in a clip that gives a flavour of the show. You can view a short clip from the video below or for the full version simply head over to The Lion King Musical Facebook page here….

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Comedy About a Bank Robbery production shots published in WhatsOnStage

A wonderful selection of production shots from West End hit The Comedy About a Bank Robbery has been published in WhatsOnStage. The show features Winterson’s actress, Holly Sumpton, and has now entered its second year in the West End.  Holly plays the role of Caprice in the show. The production, written by Mischief Theatre’s Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, follows an anarchic attempt to rob a bank in Minneapolis, with a slapstick twist. The…

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Anita Harris to appear in Last Laugh in Vegas

Winterson’s actress, Anita Harris, this week joins the cast of Last Laugh in Vegas, with the ITV show debuting at 9pm this evening. It’s the first show in a 5-part series that will see a group of UK showbiz legends prepare for a high-octane show in Las Vegas. Cameras will follow the group of performers, which also includes comedy double act Cannon & Ball, entertainer Bernie Clifton, comedian Mick Miller, pianist and entertainer Bobby Crush,…

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The Last Ship sails into 5-Star waters

Last week Winterson’s actors Frances McNamee and Kevin Wathen both appeared in the successful UK launch of Sting’s debut musical, The Last Ship. The Northern Stage production received fantastic four and five star reviews across the national and industry press, with both actors being singled-out for their strong performances in the show. We have highlighted a few of the key reviews here. “Frances McNamee, who plays Meg beautifully both in song and performance, shines among…

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Magnificent reviews for Emma Rice’s Brief Encounter

Emma Rice’s Brief Encounter, which features Winterson’s actor Peter Dukes, received its press night this week and inspired some truly magnificent reviews throughout the national and trade press. We’ve brought together a selection of the finest here. “Back in the West End after 10 years, Rice’s heart-stopping adaptation cuts seamlessly from theatre to cinema” ★★★★ – The Guardian “Neil Murray’s design evokes the cinematic, while being proudly theatrical. And Rice’s adaptation has a character of its…

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Winterson’s featured in the Mail on Sunday

Lead Agent Niki Winterson is this week featured in the Mail on Sunday, leading the debate on equal pay and calling for a drastic rethink to how we approach the salaries of men and women.  “It is illegal to pay women less than men for doing the same job,” says Winterson. “So how are we to enforce the law? From next month, employers must report their gender pay gaps, and we must ensure compliance by…

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Rave reviews for RSC’s Hamlet featuring Patrick Elue

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production of Hamlet came into London last night to a raft of positive press reviews. Featuring Winterson’s actor Patrick Elue, the show hoasts a wealth of fresh talent, and can be seen on stage at the Hackney Empire until the end of March. “Arguably London’s prettiest theatre, Hackney Empire only tends to pull in the crowds at panto season. But this touring production from the RSC is well worth a…

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Young Frankenstein nominated for Olivier Award

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein has been nominated in the category of Best New Musical in the 2018 Olivier Awards. The West End musical comedy, which features Winterson’s actress Summer Strallen in the role of Inga, has already received rave reviews across the national and trade press. Following the opening and press nights of the hotly anticipated West End show, it became clear instantly that Young Frankenstein was set to be a hit. Mark Shenton wrote in…

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Melissa Johns on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester

Recently Winterson’s actress Melissa Johns was nominated for not one but two national awards, in the category of Positive Role Model of the Year at the National Diversity Awards, and Actor of the Year at the Media in Diversity Awards. Here, she speaks to her local radio station, BBC Hereford & Worcester, about what it was like to receive two accolades in the diversity sector back to back. “One of the biggest things I campaign…

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William Belchambers on the success of The Winslow Boy

William Belchambers is currently playing John Watherstone in the UK Tour of The Winslow Boy, a play which has received a number of impressive 4-Star reviews. We caught up with Will to find out a little bit more about the show, his role within it, and some of the central themes that have made The Winslow Boy such a success with modern audiences. Please tell us how your latest role in The Winslow Boy came…

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Melissa Johns nominated for Diversity in Media Award

Winterson’s actress, Melissa Johns, has been nominated in the 2018 Diversity in Media Awards, to be held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on Friday 21st September. The actress has been a vocal campaigner for increased diversity across the industry in recent years. The Diversity in Media Awards recognise and celebrate the voices that accurately reflect the society we live in. The aim is to encourage and inspire people to pursue a career in…

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Tracy Brabin calls for shared parental leave for self employed

Winterson’s actress Tracy Brabin, who is now Labour and Co-operative MP for Batley and Spen, has called upon the government to extend shared parental leave to self-employed workers. The bill, which has been highly praised by campaign group Parents in Performing Arts, will go before parliament this week. Originally speaking on Twitter, Brabin said that shared parental leave is “one of the many vital steps required to keep pace with the changing world of work….

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Moray Treadwell and David Shaw-Parker on Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

Winterson’s actors Moray Treadwell and David Shaw-Parker have both been cast in the upcoming UK Tour of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, directed by Guy Unsworth. We sat down with the two actors to ask about the audition process, find out a little more about the show, and get their wider views on the current state of the industry today. Please tell us how your role in the show came about, and what the audition…

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Emmerdale named best serial drama at the National Television Awards

ITV soap Emmerdale was crowned Best Serial Drama at the National Television Awards (NTAs) earlier this week, receiving the accolade for the second year running. The show, which recently saw the return of Winterson’s actor Mark Jordon who plays Daz, is said to have held off close competition at the 2018 ceremony from Eastenders and Coronation Street. Mark returned to Emmerdale in the summer of 2017, telling the Radio Times: “I’m overjoyed to be back….

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All female RSC season reopens the door to artistic advancement

Last year the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) announced that all of the plays produced during its 2018 summer season would be directed by women. It was a notable benchmark, not least because the decision was apparently made through merit alone, rather than as a deliberate attempt to champion equality. With Oprah Winfrey’s strident Golden Globes speech dominating the headlines at the beginning of this year, a new day for equal representation within the industry –…

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Winterson’s speaks to the Metro about equal pay

Recently Lead Agent for Winterson’s, Niki Winterson, was featured in the Metro newspaper, highlighting the importance of equal pay for men and women throughout the BBC. In a letter published in the Metro Talk section, Niki points out that the corporation receives 50% of its license fee payments from women, yet does not reciprocate this by virtue of attaining a 50/50 split between male and female wages. “So Carrie Grace has quit as China Editor…

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National’s unique take on Pinocchio receives critical acclaim

The highly anticipated National Theatre take on Disney classic Pinocchio took to the stage last week, featuring Winterson’s actor Stuart Angell. The show provides a dark and mysterious interpretation of the original story, bringing a visually stunning production to life on the stage. The show has received some strong reviews amongst the national and industry press, and we have outlined a short selection here. “The almost-real boy and adorably annoying cricket win hearts and minds…

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Impressive reviews for RSC’s Imperium featuring Eloise Secker

Parts 1 & 2 of The RSC’s Imperium debuted at The Swan Theatre in Stratford earlier in this month, prompting impressive reviews across both national and industry press. Winterson’s actress, Eloise Secker, plays the roles of Clodia & Fulvia in the two shows, and has previously appeared in The Two Nobel Kinsmen, The Rover, and The Seven Acts of Mercy for The RSC. We have here highlighted a selection of the Imperium reviews. “Eloise Secker,…

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David Shaw-Parker on the magic – and might – of social media

David Shaw-Parker is a prolific force in the industry. Recently announced as Father O’Hara in the upcoming UK Tour of Some Mother Do ‘Ave ‘Em, a typical year can include up to twenty or thirty voice jobs in addition to his other stage and screen projects. He’s also a prolific social media user, casting a footprint across numerous channels through which he always expresses an opinion about the industry and encourages others around him. We recently…

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Madhav Sharma joins the cast of Eastenders

Winterson’s actor, Madhav Sharma, has joined the cast of Eastenders, playing one of two new family members to come into the Ahmed family home. Acting alongside Indira Joshi, the pair will take residency of number 41 Albert Square, as the new heads of the Ahmed family. “It’s really great to be joining EastEnders and I’m excited to be part of the Ahmed family,” said Sharma. “The first continuing drama I starred in was on the…

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Two Winterson’s actresses shine on stage as new productions launch

Last week two new stage productions launched featuring Winterson’s actresses in prominent roles. Frances McNamee opened alongside Kelsey Grammer in Big Fish at The Other Palace, while Evlyne Oyedokun also received her press night for The Cherry Orchard, which launched at Nottingham Playhouse. Frances McNamee plays the role of Josephine in Big Fish, a musical production new to the West End starring US actor, Kelsey Grammer. Adapted from the much-loved book and Tim Burton movie,…

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Jeffery Kissoon speaks to WhatsOnStage ahead of Dostoevsky’s Demons

This week Jeffery Kissoon opened in Dostoevsky’s Demons in the unique venue of St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch. Ahead of the short run, the actor spoke to WhatsOnStage about the play, and gives his thoughts on a full and varied career across stage and screen. “I’m still getting my head around the plot of Demons,” Jeffery Kissoon told WhatsOnStage. “It’s a big book by Dostoevsky and what is incredible is that Peter Sturm has managed to…

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Melissa Johns wins TOYP Award

It has been announced that Winterson’s actress, Melissa Johns, has won a 2017 TOYP Award, granted by the global JCI organisation to Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, for inspirational achievements in their chosen field. The Awards programme focusses on individuals who are contributing to making the world a better place, and taking a leading role in inspiring change. Melissa has campaigned strongly for the equal representation of actors with disabilities on the UK…

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Summer Strallen shines in new Mel Brooks musical

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein opened on the West End this week, to rapturous applause and standout reviews for Summer Strallen, who plays Inga in the show. The Winterson’s actress was reported to “light up the stage” by The Guardian, while Mel Brooks himself highlighted Strallen’s performance in the The Evening Standard, saying: “We were so lucky to find Summer”. Young Frankenstein has been a hotly anticipated addition to the West End since it was announced…

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Emma Connell stars in Peter Kay Warburtons commercial

Winterson’s actress Emma Connell stars alongside Peter Kay in the latest commercial for Warburtons Bread. The piece has already hit the internet and a special 3-minute version will air on television on Saturday 7th October during ITV’s X Factor. It’s unusual for a television commercial to run for a full three minute slot, not least because of the huge budgets associated with mainstream television advertising, particularly during primetime shows such as X Factor. However, the…

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Mark Jordon gives his take on returning to Emmerdale

Mark Jordon recently returned to ITV’s Emmerdale after a 3 year absence. Here, he talks to us about the role of Daz, what might be next in-store for the character, and what it’s like to be back on the set of the ITV Studios having previously appeared not only in Emmerdale, but also in a 17 year stint as Phil Bellamy in Heartbeat. It’s fair to say that there was some strong media attention around your recent return to…

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4-Star reviews all-round as The Stage declares Our Town a ‘Spellbinding Production’

A new production of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 play Our Town opened for press night at The Royal Exchange earlier this week. Winterson’s actor, Patrick Elue, impressed in the leading role of George Gibbs. Mark Shenton, Associate Editor and Joint Lead Critic for The Stage, dubbed the play a ‘Spellbinding Production’. “Frankcom’s production is expertly stage-managed to play in-the-round. It wraps the audience in a warm embrace. Skilful lighting by Jack Knowles focuses on the actors we need to see and…

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From Harry Potter to The Jungle Book: Chipo Kureya goes from one mainstream classic to another

Winterson’s actress, Chipo Kureya, has been confirmed amongst the cast of The Jungle Book, a new adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic set to embark upon a UK Tour. The show will begin with an initial run in Northampton this Christmas, and then transfer to the Chichester Film Festival in January 2018. “I’m really thrilled to have been named amongst the cast of The Jungle Book,” said Kureya. “To go directly from Harry Potter and…

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Suzie Chard speaks to London Live about new film

The 2017 Portobello Film Festival is underway and this years’ celebration provides the stage for the unveiling of a new short film featuring Suzie Chard, called Jermaine and Elsie: a tale of two worlds. The Winterson’s actress was recently interviewed on London television station, London Live, alongside director, Leon Lopez, and writer and fellow actor, Ashley Campbell. “It’s very true to life,” said Suzie. “I have experience as well of carers. My Mum is very…

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5-star reviews for Young Frankenstein

New musical, Young Frankenstein, has not even hit the West End yet and it is already receiving 5-star reviews! The Mel Brooks musical comedy features Winterson’s actress, Summer Strallen, and received its local press night yesterday evening as the show debuted in Newcastle to 5-star reviews.  “His beautiful assistant Inga is played by Summer Strallen, whose grace and gymnastic skill is matched by an equally lovely singing voice.” ★★★★★ – Reviews Hub “It’s not easy to…

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Raft of publicity as Melissa Johns joins Coronation Street

Winterson’s actress, Melissa Johns, made her Coronation Street debut last week with the actress’ entrance on the show receiving widespread media attention.   Melissa plays Imogen, a new character we first meet when she catches the eye of Kate Connor (played by Faye Brooks). It’s not the first time that Johns has taken to the cobbles, as you may remember that last year we reported on her attendance at a disability conference in the famous…

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Mark Jordon rejoins the cast of Emmerdale

Winterson’s actor Mark Jordon made a dramatic return to ITV soap, Emmerdale last night, three years after originally parting the show. The high profile return was kept secret from the show’s fans, who took to social media last night to voice their surprise. “I’m overjoyed to be back at Emmerdale,” Jordon told the Radio Times yesterday. “I had a wonderful time when I was here before, it was one of my favourite jobs ever and…

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Standout reviews for another Winterson’s actor as Burt Caesar commands at The Globe

King Lear opened at The Globe last week, with Winterson’s actor, Burt Caesar, taking on the role of Gloucester. The innovative telling of the Shakespeare classic has received some positive reviews, with Caesar’s performance standing out to many commentators. We have highlighted a selection from the national press here.  “The images of national disunity and civil war have an uncomfortable resonance — never more so than when Burt Caesar as the cruelly abused Gloucester observes,…

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Frances McNamee joins the cast of Big Fish

The Ambassador Theatre Group has today announced that Winterson’s actress, Frances McNamee, will star in West End musical Big Fish, alongside Tony Award-nominated actor, Kelsey Grammer. The show will open at The Palace Theatre at the beginning of November. Based on the original novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed Tim Burton film, Big Fish centres on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest, and then some! According to an article…

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Negotiation and the gender pay gap

By Niki Winterson, Lead Agent, Winterson’s The gender pay gap at The BBC is 10 percent – two thirds of stars earning more than £150,000 are male, the top seven earners are male. 10 percent is pretty damn good when compared with 18 percent nationwide. As it should be. If we’re not doing better in entertainment than the rest of the country then the rest of the country isn’t going to move forward. We’re in…

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The rising star of Mikhail Sen

Born to parents who were both involved in the theatre, Mikhail Sen found himself treading the boards from a very young age – literally, they took him there as a baby. Despite growing up in a theatrical environment, Sen was repeatedly told that he could not make acting a full time career, and took a quick d-tour via university, before returning to drama school and eventually to the stage. Here, he talks through his incredible…

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Doctor Who: this was the casting the industry badly needed

By Niki Winterson, Lead Agent, Winterson’s When I was five I thought that girls could be nuns, secretaries or teachers. I wanted to be the communications expert on the Starship Enterprise. I liked the short skirt better than the wimple and I liked the earpiece so I reckoned that’s what I’d do. Uhura rocked. The secretaries that I met were probably largely doing the jobs that I do today – running companies. Amongst the female…

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Mamma Mia: how Alice O’Hanlon graduated through the West End stage

In her third year at Mountview, newly signed Winterson’s actress, Alice O’Hanlon, attended her first audition – and received her first role. She has now joined the cast of Mamma Mia in the West End and still managed to graduate drama school, having been directly assessed on her work in the show itself. We recently caught up with Alice at the West End Live event in Trafalgar Square to get the inside track on the…

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Andrew Greenough on his new Netflix original

Netflix original Free Rein debuted on the online streaming service at the end of last month, and has received strong reviews. The new series features Winterson’s actor, Andrew Greenough, and has been produced by Lime Pictures, the company behind Hollyoaks, a show on which Greenough also recently appeared as a regular. We spoke to the actor about the new show, his experience of working on a streaming-first production, and the changing trends dictating content production within…

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A fascinating history play with uncanny modern parallels

Queen Anne opened at the Royal Haymarket in the West End earlier this month, and has been receiving some exceptional reviews. The play, which features Winterson’s actress, Daisy Ashford, has been reviewed through the national and industry press, and we have selected a few publications for you here. “A fascinating history play with uncanny modern parallels… it throws up uncanny modern parallels too in showing the monarch dismayed by party political in-fighting, contemplating stretched national…

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Peter Dukes talks Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet

Watermill Theatre’s dual-productions of Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet, which feature Winterson’s actor Peter Dukes, both get underway at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, this week. The two plays provide an innovative take on Shakespeare’s work, adding a lively jazz feel to the traditional shows. Earlier this week Peter spoke to Gloucestershire’s online lifestyle magazine, SoGlos, about the two productions and the music that they bring.  Originally from Cirencester, Peter Dukes grew up performing in…

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Negotiating the new online ecosystem

With more media channels opening up to actors than ever before, the plethora of opportunities is growing. Commercial jobs in particular have increased significantly in recent years, as the entertainment industry itself has expanded into online commercial content and native advertising. As with all uncharted territories, there are an equal number of unique avenues and potential pitfalls. Here, Associate Agent and Head of Commercial for Winterson’s, Lawrence James, looks at how actors can approach a…

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Alex Chang featured in The Stage

Winterson’s actor Alex Chang was recently featured in The Stage newspaper, in an interesting piece by John Byrne, the publication’s Careers Adviser, for the ‘How to’ section. In this case, Alex drew upon his experience in the commercials sector to provide tips to fellow actors on ‘How to nail a commercial’.  “Commercial castings are very different to those of theatre, film and TV,” says Chang. “You will have learned about the importance of openness at…

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‘Jaw-dropping spectacle’ as Bat Out Of Hell flies into the West End

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical, which features Winterson’s actress Eve Norris, received its press night at the London Coliseum this week to rapturous applause. Directed by Jay Scheib and featuring the timeless music of Jim Steinman, it’s a loud, high energy show with mainstream appeal.  Lead Winterson’s agent, Niki Winterson, attended the show in support of our client, Eve Norris, and you can view a selection of images from the opening night event on…

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Standout reviews for Mikhail Sen in Taj Express

The Taj Express opened at the Peacock Theatre in the West End last week, and Winterson’s actor Mikhail Sen received some standout mentions in the national press.   “And the composer-hero, as played by Mikhail Sen, is an engaging heart to the show.” –Clement Crisp, Financial Times “The first act sets up the premise of Shankar (the likeable Mikhail Sen) receiving a commission to score a new film from an unseen, demanding vulgarian of a…

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Rustlers ad featuring Joe Etherington wins Gold Award at the British Arrows

Integrated television, online, and virtual reality Rustlers commercial, 80 Years of Torment, has taken the Gold Award in the Food category at the British Arrows Awards. The ad features Winterson’s actor, Joe Etherington, playing a downtrodden consumer in a series of pre-Rustlers Burgers historical settings. Speaking about the win, Etherington said: “It’s great to hear that 80 Years of Torment has won these British Arrows awards. I’m very happy the teams at Droga5, Somesuch and Rustlers have…

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Neil Salvage nominated for award at Madrid International Film Festival

Winterson’s actor, Neil Salvage, has been nominated for an award in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film at the Madrid International Film Festival 2017 (IFF). Neil is nominated for his performance in short film Boat, which was originally screened at the VAULT Film Festival 2017 in London earlier this year. Directed by Daniel McGowan, the dark comedy is a two-hander that takes place between Salvage and other actor, Neil Grainger. Speaking…

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Glenn Carter to perform at Bill Kenwright celebration

Winterson’s actor, Glenn Carter, will this evening perform in a special BBC Radio 2 show to celebrate Bill Kenwright’s 50 years in showbusiness. The star studded show is being hosted at the London Palladium and will also include performances from Michael Ball, Elaine Paige, Kiki Dee and Maria Friedman. Bill Kenwright has been an industry mainstay for 50 years. The 71 year old largely now focusses on his two major positions as a West End theatre producer and the Chairman…

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Art and political disenfranchisement: is entertainment doing enough to represent contemporary trends?

Last year saw seismic shifts in both the UK and US political landscapes. From Brexit to Trump, a whole new populist voice seemed to shake the existing establishment, which we are still feeling the reverberations from today. Perhaps most startling about the events of 2016 is quite how unexpected they were. Now, as we move towards another UK election and politics once again takes centre stage, have the arts and entertainment sectors done enough to…

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Felicity Dean set to star as Queen Elizabeth I in new television series

Winterson’s actor, Felicity Dean, will appear as Queen Elizabeth I in a new television docudrama, set to begin on Channel 5 at 9pm on Tuesday 9th May. Dean takes on the role of the older Elizabeth, appearing alongside Lily Cole, who plays the 20 year old version of the Queen. The 3 part series combines elements of documentary and drama, and sees performances from both Dean and Cole as the action switches back and forth along Elizabeth’s lifetime. The show will…

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Angels in America lives up to expectations with magnificent reviews

Winterson’s actor Stuart Angell and the team had their press day for Angels in America yesterday, as the highly anticipated 8-hour fantasia finally hit the National Theatre. Twenty-five years after its first production, the show serves as both a document of the Aids crisis and a wider comedy about US politics. Its relevance today has made it a hot talking point throughout the industry press for many months now, and it didn’t disappoint as as the show was unveiled. We…

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Chris Andrew Mellon on playing his part in Beauty & The Beast’s worldwide success

Winterson’s actor, Chris Andrew Mellow, appears as the Nasty Headmaster in the live action version of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, which smashed through the $1bn mark at the global box office earlier this year. Here, he talks to us about the film, the audition process, and what’s next for an actor who features in the highest grossing film of the year so far. Beauty and the Beast has been a huge worldwide success –…

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Summer Strallen to star in Young Frankenstein

Summer Strallen will star in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, it has been announced. She will be performing alongside Hadley Fraser, Ross Noble and Lesley Joseph in the forthcoming West End musical. The Olivier Award-nominated actress is currently starring as Jessica in Hysteria, and the new show will begin in August 2017.  Based on Brooks’ 1974 film, Young Frankenstein sees Brooks collaborate with director and choreographer Susan Stroman. The production begins previews at the Garrick Theatre on September 28,…

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Standout reviews for Peter Dukes in Twelfth Night

Winterson’s actor Peter Dukes is currently playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Watermill Theatre. The play has been well received across the industry press, with standout reviews for Dukes throughout. We have highlighted a few of them here. “Peter Dukes’ steward is a terrific tragi-comic creation, morphing from snooty steward to posturing wannabe squire, to pouting transvestite, channelling The Rocky Horror Show‘s Frank-N-Furter in little more than those yellow stockings.” —WhatsOnStage ★★★★ “The transformation is…

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Carl Rice on television, writing, and a varied career

Winterson’s actor Carl Rice has had a busy and varied career. More recently known for playing the part of Colin in Sky 1 sitcom Trollied, Carl has been appearing on television since the age of eight. He has also branched out into writing and is now even working on a novel. We recently caught up with Carl to ask him about his career, favourite roles, and the synergy between his acting and writing that has developed over the years….

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Alexander Gage on preparing to graduate from The Guildford School of Acting

Alexander Gage is in his final year of study at The Guildford School of Acting (GSA). Having signed with Winterson’s earlier this year, he has already begun attending castings and auditions in London. Here, he talks to us about completing his studies, making the leap from drama school to ‘real-world’ castings, and what advice he would give to students setting out on a similar path. Please tell us about your plans for graduation and what you’d…

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Standout reviews for Serena Jennings as POSH shines at The Pleasance

Winterson’s actor Serena Jennings is currently playing the role of Alistair Ryle in the all-female version of Laura Wade’s POSH at the Pleasance Theatre. The show received its press night earlier this week, to rave reviews across the national and trade press, with Serena being singled out for the strength of her performance. “Serena Jennings gives a stunning performance as the loathsome Alistair Ryle, caressing the lines with a cruel drawl and whipping herself up…

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Winterson’s featured on the Hannah Cate Blog

Winterson’s has this week been featured on the Hannah Cate blog, offering insights into the world of social media for actors. It’s the second such post we’ve had published in the publication, which offers practical advice and opinions from around the industry. Optimising your online profile can these days play an important part in the career of any actor. Tools like Instagram, Twitter, and more niche online platforms geared-up specifically towards actors can be a…

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Jack Whittle joins the final of The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2017

Winterson’s actor, Jack Whittle, has been successful in reaching the final of the Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year awards 2017 (SSSSPOTY). The awards help support a performing arts student starting out in the world of professional musical theatre, and also showcase the work of new composers, lyricists, and writers. We recently caught up with Jack, who told us about starting out in the industry, offering insights into the process of signing with an…

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Winterson’s featured in the Mail on Sunday

Winterson’s was this week featured in the Mail On Sunday, as Lead Agent Niki Winterson called for greater female pay equality both inside and outside of the industry. The short piece centred around BBC1 drama The Replacement, which unusually features two female leads side-by-side. The much celebrated show has been hailed as a breakthrough for Women’s roles by some, but Niki’s comments emphasise caution in an industry – and a world – where there is still much…

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Spectacular Reviews across the board for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Last night saw press night for Winterson’s actress, Evlyne Oyedokun, and the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead team. The Tom Stoppard tragicomedy, featuring Daniel Radcliffe, is now running at the Old Vic. Winterson’s was on-hand at the Theatre last night to witness the Production’s launch and it has today been given spectacular reviews throughout the press. To view more images from yesterday’s aftershow party, simply click on the image strip above to go through to the…

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Standout reviews for Jonathan Tafler in The Crucible

Winterson’s actor, Jonathan Tafler, has received a number of standout reviews for his performance as Judge Danforth in The Crucible. The play, which is currently being shown at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, has received strong reviews across the board. “This is an actors’ play, and Eoin Slattery’s John Proctor presents the thrilling charge of a man being true to himself even if it will cost him his life. Jonathan Tafler’s Judge Danforth is no less…

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Ryan J Brown hosts BAFTA writing roundtable

Ryan J Brown, who last year won the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition, recently conducted a roundtable interview in which he spoke to two leading BAFTA nominated writers. In the video, which was published on YouTube last week, Mike Carey (The Girl With All The Gifts) and Robert Schenkkan (Hacksaw Ridge) discuss their approaches to writing. “I used to have terrible days where I couldn’t focus, and I’d just play Sonic the Hedgehog and feel incredibly guilty about it,”…

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New trailer for Beauty and the Beast released

A new trailer for upcoming Disney feature film Beauty and the Beast was released earlier this week. The clip features Winterson’s actor, Chris Andrew Mellon, giving us our first glimpse of him in his role as the Nasty Headmaster. The minute-long clip introduces us to Belle (played by Emma Watson) and has already received over 2.5 million views. Disney’s new instalment of Beauty and the Beast is a live-action remake of the classic 1991 cartoon,…

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Another victorious night for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Following on the back of its recent success at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, which features Winterson’s actress, Chipo Kureya, won an amazing 8 awards at the WhatsOnStage celebration on Sunday. The haul sets a new record for total number of award wins by a play in a single WhatOnStage ceremony. The awards list included: best actor (Jamie Parker), best new play, best director (John Tiffany), best supporting actor…

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Cursed Child wins big at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is currently playing at the Palace Theatre and features Winterson’s actress Chipo Kureya, received a total of 3 awards at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards last month. The Critics Circle Theatre Awards are presented annually for the closing year’s theatrical achievements. The winners, from theatre throughout the UK, are selected via vote by the professional theatre critics of The Critics’ Circle and were this year hosted by the…

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Boat sails into VAULT Film Festival

Today Neil Salvage will feature in a short film that is being screened at the VAULT Film Festival 2017. The dark comedy has been directed by Daniel McGowan and is making its screen debut at the event. Boat is a comic two hander that takes place between Salvage and other actor, Neil Grainger, taking place against the backdrop of an engaging and mysterious dystopian environment. “I’m really delighted that Boat has been selected for the…

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Summer Strallen talks to Mark Shenton at The Stage

Winterson’s actress, Summer Strallen, has given an in-depth interview to The Stage, speaking to London-based theatre critic, Mark Shenton. Within it, the Olivier nominated actress offers a unique insight into the industry, earnestly talking about the highs and lows of her journey. Winterson’s is an avid reader of – and contributor to, the industry publication – and last year announced our dedication to the Equal Representation of Actresses (ERA) campaign through it. Indeed, in her…

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A look into The Lower Depths at the Arcola Theatre

The Lower Depths is running at the Arcola Theatre until Saturday 11th February. The play features two Winterson’s actors, James Simmons, as well as recent signing, Ved Sapru. We caught up with Ved to find out a little more about the play and other projects on the horizon. Please introduce us to The Lower Depths… It’s a show about real people. People we pass by every day without a second thought. It’s this very reality…

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Screen Actors Guild Awards shows us some interesting trends

The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los on Sunday, honouring the best achievements in film and television performances for 2016. Long regarded as a key barometer for Academy Awards results, which take place at the end of February, this year’s SAG ceremony threw up some interesting industry themes to look out for in 2017. Diversity The acting industry continues to champion diversity and in particular to…

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Winterson’s joins the Women’s March on London

This Saturday Winterson’s will be in attendance of the Women’s March on London, being staged in opposition to the Inauguration of US President Elect, Donald Trump, and to help reassert the positive values that the politics of fear denies. It represents an extension of the commitment we show to equality within our own industry as vocal supporters of the Equal Representation for Actress (ERA) campaign and the need to highlight the work still to be…

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The West End’s non-musical roots

Today the West End has become synonymous around the world with musical theatre. However, this was not always the case. Its flagship theatres were once the only two venues in which you could watch non-musical stage shows in London. Until the modifying of the Theatre Licensing Act in 1843, non-musical theatre was heavily restricted by the UK government. The vast majority of companies were forced under law to stick to productions where there could be no dialogue…

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Summer Strallen talks Casey Nicholaw to The Times

Winterson’s actress Summer Strallen gave her endorsement of Dreamgirls to The Sunday Times at the weekend, with the hit musical set to make its West End debut at the Savoy Theatre this evening. It’s been a 35 year wait for the much celebrated musical to appear on the London stage, having first launched on Broadway in 1981. The Show’s Director and Choreographer, Casey Nicholaw, has previously worked on projects such as Monty Python’s Spamalot, The…

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The growing trend of actors in music videos

15 years ago Christopher Walken appeared as the sole protagonist in Fatboy Slim video, Weapon of Choice. It was not the first time an actor had appeared in a music video, but it did represent a notable evolution in the artform as the narrative took shape around a recognisable face. More recently the likes of Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey, Ray Liotta and notably Millie Bobby Brown have all turned their hand to the genre. Now,…

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Stage Antics: bringing performing arts back to young people

Winterson’s Lead Agent, Niki Winterson, has been named as one of the Patrons of Stage Antics: an organisation that aims to bring performing arts to young people outside of a traditional classroom setting.  Stage Antics, based in Kent, has been operating since 2005 and recently opened up a new school in London. Teaching children aged 5-18, acting and dancing classes are taught by industry professionals from a range of entertainment backgrounds, and unlike the majority…

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Nicholas Collett wins Best Actor at the British Arrows CRAFT Awards

Winterson’s actor, Nicholas Collett, has won the award for Best Performance by an Actor at the 2016 British Arrows CRAFT Awards. Now in their 20th year, the awards champion and celebrate innovation, bravery and artistry in the sector of moving images in the advertising industry. “Thank-you to the British Arrows CRAFT Awards 2016, for my award for Best Performance by an actor,” said Nicholas. “I just want to say thank-you to all of the agency, AMV BBDO, to…

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Ryan J Brown on his prize winning series We Are Your Children

Earlier this year you won the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition… could you tell us a little bit about that project please? I did! It’s been a great year. It was my first drama pilot and the response has been overwhelming. I never imagined it would take off as much as it has. The series is called We Are Your Children and it’s a dark thriller inspired by true events. It’s been described as True Detective meets Fargo via Paris…

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Hamilton shows that the impact of the arts has never been higher

Hamilton: An American Musical hit the headlines on Friday when Vice President Elect of the United States, Mike Pence, was booed by the audience as he attended the Broadway show. He was also addressed directly by the cast following the performance, who called upon the politician to “protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, [and] defend us and uphold our inalienable rights.” It was a strong public declaration from an emerging Broadway powerhouse that…

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Faye Timby promoted to Junior Agent

Winterson’s employee, Faye Timby, has been promoted to the role of Junior Agent. Joining the agency in 2015 as PA to Niki Winterson & Trainee Agent, Faye has quickly shown an aptness, determination, and willingness to learn. “I’m really excited to begin the next phase of my career with Niki,” said Faye. “She’s been a wonderful mentor. I joined Winterson’s in January 2015 as an assistant so to have progressed so quickly in such a short…

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Evlyne Oyedokun on the success of E15

Newly signed to the Winterson’s books is Evlyne Oyedokun, a recent RADA graduate who has already achieved strong success with E15. The play tells the story of 29 singles mothers affected by the Newham housing crisis of 2013 and was strongly praised when it appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in August. We asked Evelyne ‘4 Quick Questions’ on making the transition from recent Grad to immediate success. You recently signed with Winterson’s: what inspired you to…

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Suzie Chard to star in Cinderella at the London Palladium

Cinderella promises to be a loberandiose performance featuring the likes of Paul O’Grady and Julian Clary… What can you tell us about the show? Don’t know what to expect from the show yet. Looking forward to meeting everybody when we start rehearsals. I have had a costume fitting and the drawings look incredible. Very over excited about the whole thing! They talk a lot in the marketing literature about pantomime coming home – how important…

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Winterson’s completes the Spotlight Challenge

The Spotlight Challenge took place last week, and Team Winterson’s was on hand to run the gauntlet. Lawrence Panther-James joined Faye Timby to complete the 10k distance of the challenge, and were both delighted to have finished in times that surpassed their expectations. They were accompanied by actors represented by the agency, as well as a number of well known friends and colleagues from the industry. Of course the most important thing was to raise money…

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Nicholas Collett on the success of The Six Sided Man at Edinburgh

Nicholas Collett is currently embarking on a successful UK tour of Your Bard, a play that provides a humorous and informal audience with William Shakespeare. Earlier this year he also received acclaim for his performance in The Six Sided Man, a darkly engrossing and engaging piece of theatre that received strong audiences at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We caught up with Nic backstage to get his take on the play as well as the…

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Hamish Adams-Cairns on the transition from stand-up to stage shows

Hamish Adams-Cairns’ show Ash lit-up the Edinburgh Festival last month, with rave reviews across the industry press. Here, he talks to us about the festival, current trends in UK comedy, and the blurring lines between stand-up and stage. A few highlights from the reel… Came up here in 2012… (0:04) …and then I was just doing sort of stand-up on the open mic circuit. Then I came last year and did a clown show called…

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RSC Press Night delivers strong reviews for Frances McNamee

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Two Noble Kinsmen opened to press last night at the Swan theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Jointly attributed to Jon Fletcher and William Shakespeare, it’s an interesting play that derives its plot from Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale. Running through to February 2017, the production’s press night took place last night, and reviews have been published in full force across the trade and national press. Winterson’s actress, Frances McNamee, plays Emilia (you may…

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Adam Collier nominated for Understudy of the year

Winterson’s actor Adam Collier has been nominated for West End Frame’s Understudy Of The Year Award 2016. The nomination comes for understudying Jim and Peter in The Railway Children at King’s Cross Theatre, London. Voting will remain open until 3pm on Monday 29th August. Those wishing to participate should click here tocast their vote http://www.westendframe.com/p/west-end-frame-awards.html. It is hugely exciting to see Adam shortlisted for such a prestigious award. The recognition given to winners of the West…

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Ash lights up the Edinburgh festival

Winterson’s actor Hamish Adams-Cairns is currently appearing in Ash at Zoo Venues in the Edinburgh festival. Based on a true story, the play explores the life of George Crozier and his journey from his first to his last cigarette. It’s a humorous and sensitive production set against a backdrop of the tobacco industry’s ever-changing advertisements. Ash has received some fantastic reviews from across the industry press, making it a real highlight of the festival. We’ve listed a…

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Winterson’s speaks to The Stage newspaper about gender equality

Winterson’s is this month featured in The Stage, the weekly UK newspaper and online publication for the entertainment industry. In an article centred around equal representation of women in the industry, Georgia Snow writes about our pledge to improve gender equality on our own books, as part of a new initiative to champion female talent in the industry. Winterson’s also feels very strongly about female representation in the industry at large, and is a vocal…

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Winterson’s makes tracks to Edinburgh

Winterson’s will be heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next week, taking time to meet with new artists and taking in shows from across the canon. The agency has committed to making a prolonged stay at the festival this month, with an emphasis on finding the next generation of female talent. Leading agents from the company will take up residence in Edinburgh for a 2-week period from Monday 8th – Sunday 21st August, scouring…

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Shining a spotlight on disability in the arts

Melissa Johns is a Winterson’s actor with a passion for the equal representation of actors with disabilities across stage and screen. She recently attended an ITV event centred around that very topic and here shares with us her insights into what the portrayal and use of disabled professionals in our industry currently looks like, and what more can be done to level the playing field.  1. You recently attended a disability confident conference at ITV/Coronation…

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Keeping your showreel short and simple

For any performer, perfecting a showreel can be a daunting task. Like a magazine editor, knowing what to leave in can be just as hard as knowing what can be taken out. Here we have assembled our top 3 tips for short, sharp, showreel production. 1. Treat it like a performance As a performer, conveying emotion without going OTT is paramount to success. Avoid the temptation to apply Hollywood production values, musical scores, and other bells…

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Winterson’s takes up the spotlight challenge

Winterson’s has just signed up to be involved in both the Spotlight 10K and 5K runs that take place in September. Lawrence James and Faye Timby will take on the 10K challenge, while Mithra Harding will be involved in the 5K. Other representatives from the agency will be on-hand to lend their support to the Winterson’s team and the event at large. You can get involved by signing yourself up here – simply opt to join Team…

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A Brief Encounter with Adrian Hood

Having recently filmed a part for the new ITV drama series, Brief Encounters, Adrian Hood will next month take up rehearsals for When We Are Married, a joint production between Northern Broadsides and the York Theatre Royal that will be embarking on a UK tour. We caught up with Adrian to find out a little more about his upcoming projects, working with Winterson’s, and his enduring connection to the local community.      Please give us…

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Penelope McGhie on the unique appeal of The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time

The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time is a multi-award winning show. Currently being performed at the Gieldgud Theatre in the Westend it brings a high energy, highly visual narrative to a captivating story. We asked our very own Penelope McGhie, who has been appearing in Curious for 3 years, to talk us through the show’s unique popularity. We spoke to Penny backstage at the Gielgud to get an inside view on the show….

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Emma Thompson and Michael Caine criticise social media actors

Earlier this month an article appeared in Vanity Fair in which both Emma Thompson and Michael Caine criticised the growing trend for studios to hire what they called ‘Social Media Actors’. Citing a current favourability in the industry that they believe places the online popularity of performers above their talent, Caine said that he believed that there are a lot of people in the industry today that ‘can’t really act’. But is this really the…

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Lia Burge to make television debut in EastEnders

Tonight Winterson’s actress Lia Burge will make the leap from stage to screen as she appears in her first television role, starring alongside Steve McFadden and Letitia Dean in EastEnders. It’s a small step for a hugely talented performer who is currently busy across a number of different projects. We caught up with the rising star to find out what she’s up to and how her career is developing. Please tell us what you’re up to…

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Brian Lonsdale in Noises Off

The enduringly popular Noises Off returned to Newcastle this month, where it will be performed at the Northern Stage Theatre until May 28th. For Winterson’s actor, Brian Lonsdale, who plays comedy stage manager Tim Allgood in the award winning show, it’s an opportunity to return to his North East roots: “This is the first time I’ve been back since The Pitmen Painters played in Newcastle,” Lonsdale told the Northern Echo in an interview earlier this…

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A new star shines as Melissa Fleming receives Spotlight Prize nomination

The nominees for the coveted Spotlight Prize 2016 Awards were announced earlier this month, and we are delighted to say that our very own Melissa Fleming is included on the list. Melissa is currently a third year Musical Theatre student at Mountview, and the hugely exciting new talent recently joined the Winterson’s books. The annual Spotlight Prize celebrates some of the most unique and exciting upcoming talent in the industry, with the award ceremony taking place on…

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Baftas provide a stage for artists to defend the BBC

The TV Baftas took place last night, in what turned out to be an at times emotionally charged ceremony centring around the future of the BBC. Mark Rylance, who received the leading actor award for his role as Thomas Cromwell in the BBC Two historical drama Wolf Hall, used his acceptance speech to champion the ongoing independence of the BBC: “Woe to any government and any corporation who tries to get between the British people…

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Tracy Brabin joins the club

Tracy Brabin will join the cast of In The Club later this month, which also features actors Will Mellor, Hermione Norris, and Jill Halfpenny. The hit show returned to the BBC for a second series earlier this week, after almost two years away from the screen. The new series marks the second instalment of the critically acclaimed show, penned by Bafta-winning writer, Kay Mellor OBE, who is also responsible for the creation of The Syndicate, Band of…

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Official trailer for Take Down released

The official trailer for upcoming film, Take Down, was released earlier this week and it looks like we need to brace ourselves for an intense affair! Winterson’s actress, Yuho Yamashita, will play the role of  Keiko Oshimoto in the thriller. The film sets itself on an island where rebellious affluent youths are sent to be taught the morals and disciplines that their privileged upbringings have failed to instil. It was featured in Cosmopolitan on Tuesday and will feature…

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Hobson’s Choice transfers to the West End

The wonderfully talented David Shaw-Parker will reprise the role of Tubby Wadlow when Hobson’s Choice transfers to the West End in June. The play has just completed a successful UK tour, leaving newly signed Winterson’s actor, David, just enough time to record a TV ad campaign for Terraria, a lost episode of The Avengers for Big Fish Productions, and three new computer games, before commencing work again on the show. In an announcement made on his…

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Summer Strallen joins Winterson’s

Winterson’s are proud to announce the signing of Summer Strallen, who has officially become a member of the Agency’s exclusive portfolio as of today. The Olivier nominated English actress has performed various leading roles on stage and screen. Summer played the role of Nancy Morrell in BBC One’s World War Two drama, Land Girls. She also voiced the part of “Princess Lucy” in The Big Knights, a British animated children’s television series, and played the role of Summer…

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New website launched

Premier London theatrical talent management agency, Winterson’s, has launched a new website to coincide with a wider company expansion that will see a greater drive into musical theatre and other genres. The Covent Garden based agency represents clients across film, theatre, musical theatre, television and new media, and has commissioned the new online hub to provide greater visibility and information on all of its clients across these genres. “The acting industry is a cutting edge sector…

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Channel 4 comedy The Windsors to launch

Crashing star Louise Ford will play the Duchess of Cambridge with W1A’s Hugh Skinner as Prince William, Harry Enfield as Prince Charles and Haydn Gwynne as Camilla

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