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John Kani, Tim Minchin and Brigerton’s Adjoa Andoh star in RSC’s new podcast

Missing the buzz of live theatre and all the backstage gossip? Pour yourself a G&T and listen to the RSC's new 'in-house' podcast series, Interval Drinks.

Launching the RSC’s new seven-part podcast series, Interval Drinks, this week are Australian comedian/musician Tim Minchin and South African actor John Kani (Marvel films’s T’Chaka).

This first ever ‘in-house’ podcast brings together members of the current acting company and ‘inspirational personalities’ who’ve worked on past RSC productions including star of Netflix’s Bridgerton Adjoa Andoh – Lady Danbury – and Paul Chahidi (BBC’s This CountryDeath of Stalin).

Adjoa Andoh

It sets out to offer a rare insight into the professional journeys of these RSC artists, the craft of modern theatre and some of the biggest issues facing the theatre industry today.

Tim Minchin Photo by Damian Bennett

The first two episodes of Interval Drinks are available to download now. Episode one features actor and comedian Miles Jupp in conversation with Tim Minchin, who’s celebrating a decade since Matilda the Musical, for which he wrote both music and lyrics, opened in the West End.

Episode two features Mogali Masuku in conversation with playwright, actor and political activist Dr John Kani, who recently wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed post-apartheid two-hander Kunene and the King, which premiered at the Swan Theatre before transferring to the Ambassadors Theatre in London last year. The show’s run ended prematurely due to the pandemic.

John Kani

On screen, John is best known for the role of T’Chaka in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Black Panther (2018), as well as voicing the role of Rafiki in the 2019 remake of Disney’s The Lion King.

Each episode will be available to download for free via the RSC website here, as well as multiple podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes). A new episode will be made available to download every Thurs and will include a captioned vodcast episode, available via video supporting platforms and the RSC YouTube channel.

Joining Miles and Mogali from the RSC’s 2020/21 acting company are Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Hal Chambers, Greg Haiste, Avita Jay and Bea Webster.

Here’s the full series schedule:

25 Mar – Miles Jupp and Tim Minchin; Mogali Masuku and John Kani

1 April – Greg Haiste with Olivier-nominated British Iranian actor Paul Chahidi

Paul Chahid

You may recognise Paul as the vicar in BBC comedy series This Country and defence minister Nikolai Bulganin in Armando Ianucci’s historical comedy The Death of Stalin. An Associate Artist has played numerous roles at the RSC, including in Written on the Heart, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, The American Pilot, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed.

8 April– Bea Webster with actor Charlotte Arrowsmith (Vodcast)

Photo by Claire Grogan

During the RSC’s The Taming of the Shrew, Charlotte became the first Deaf actress to understudy for a principal hearing actor, stepping in for the role of ‘Vincentia’.. She also played Cassandra’ in Troilus and Cressida, performing in Sign Language or using a creative mix of BSL, ‘home’ signs, gestures and visual vernacula.

15 April – Hal Chambers with theatre director Justin Audibert, Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre.

Justin Audibert

Justin most recently directed The Taming of the Shrew as part of the 2019 RSC Summer season, which then transferred to the Barbican, before that Snow in Midsummer and The Jew of Malta.

22 April – Kemi-Bo Jacobs with playwright Juliet Gilkes Romero

Juliet Gilkes Romero Photo by Steve Tanner (c) RSC

Juliet recently won the prestigious Alfred Fagon Best Play Award for The Whip performed at the RSC in 2020

29 April  – Avita Jay with Adjoa Andoh, best known for her role as Lady Danbury in Netflix’s original series Bridgerton. Adjoa’s other screen credits feature multiple BBC series, including Silent Witness, Death in Paradise, Line of Duty, New Tricks, River, Doctor Who and Casualty plus ITV’s Broadchurch, Law and Order, Wire in the Blood and Scott and Bailey.

Her RSC roles include Gregory Doran’s production of Troilus and CressidaJulius CaesarThe Dispute, Tamburlaine, The Odyssey and Crowned with Fame.

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