The West End Frame Show: Theatre News, Reviews & Chat

BONUS (ft. Jon Brittain & James Howard): Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder! and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

July 31, 2023 West End Frame Season 8
The West End Frame Show: Theatre News, Reviews & Chat
BONUS (ft. Jon Brittain & James Howard): Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder! and Harry Potter & the Cursed Child
Show Notes

In today's bonus episode we're joined by Jon Brittain and James Howard.

First up we're joined by Jon Brittain who has written the book, co-written the lyrics and co-directed Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! which is returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was a huge hit last year. The new expanded version will also tour to Bristol and Manchester.

Jon Brittain is a playwright, comedy writer and director. His critically acclaimed play Rotterdam won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2017, he went on to direct Richard Gadd's debut play Baby Reindeer, which won the same award in 2020.

Jon's other work includes the cult hit shows Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows, the Fringe First Award-winning A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad), and the UK Theatre Award-winning Billionaire Boy: The Musical.

He directed both of John Kearns’s Fosters Award winning shows Sight Gags for Perverts and Shtick as well as shows for Tom Allen, Mat Ewins, Tom Rosenthal and others. He co-wrote a dozen episodes of Cartoon Network's The Amazing World of Gumball and was a staff writer on seasons 3 and 4 of The Crown and he is currently writing a new sitcom for Apple.

Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! runs Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe 2nd – 27th August before touring to Bristol Old Vic 13th – 30th September and Home Manchester 5th - 21st October. Visit www.kathyandstella.com for info and tickets.

Later we speak to James Howard who plays Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. The production is celebrating its seventh birthday in the West End, and James has been in the show since it opened.

James' theatre credits include Brave New World (Northampton Theatre Royal/Touring Consortium); Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Mojo, The Drunks, King Lear, Morte D’Arthur (RSC); Twelfth Night, Ivanov (Donmar Warehouse in the West End); Not About Heroes (Blackeyed Theatre Company); Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Exchange);The Duchess of Malfi (NT). 

His film credits includes: Survivor, The Theory of Everything, Shoot on Sight, The Oxford Murders and Penelope whilst his television work includes Black Mirror, Dark Matters, Doctors, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Skins, Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Broken News, Spooks, Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Dream Team.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is booking at the Palace Theatre until 19th May 2024. Visit www.uk.harrypottertheplay.com for info and tickets.

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