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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CJ de Mooi speaks to London Theatre 1

Winterson’s client CJ de Mooi enjoyed a 9 year stint on BBC quiz-show Eggheads, before experiencing a turbulent 2016. Here, in an interview given to London Theatre 1, he reflects on the events of the last year, and offers upcoming performers his advice on staying grounded through turbulent times, and staying focussed on the career path ahead. 2016 was a tremendously difficult year for you. Could you please give us your view on the events…

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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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