Carrie Hope Fletcher: ‘The humanities aren’t viable? See how you’re feeling with out them!’ | Stage

Carrie Hope Fletcher, centre, in Heathers the Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, in 2018.

Greater than six months have handed because the pandemic closed theatres in March. What was that point like?
I had simply left Les Mis for just a few weeks to do a workshop for Cinderella. Covid circumstances had been rising and there was speak of lockdown. I believed: am I really going to get again to Les Mis? We had someday of the workshop after which all of the theatres closed. We had been gutted. My boyfriend [Oliver Ormson] was in Manchester doing Again to the Future. They’d been open for about three weeks after which bought the decision to say, “Don’t are available tomorrow.”

What do you consider the federal government’s response to the disaster in theatre? The suggestion appears to be that arts jobs aren’t viable
Anybody who works within the leisure business is aware of that our jobs aren’t taken significantly. We’re continually requested – when are you going to get an actual job? In regular life, you’d simply roll your eyes and stick with it. However when there’s a world disaster and your business is dying you assume possibly you need to have fought again somewhat tougher. Now, not taking our jobs significantly is costing our business dearly. Lots of people have made the legitimate level that should you don’t consider the humanities are a “viable” job, otherwise you assume we’re low-skilled, then swap off Netflix, shut your books, flip your music off. For those who don’t assume that is necessary then you definately shouldn’t be allowed to get pleasure from it. See how nice you’re feeling with no leisure.

How has work been progressing on Cinderella?
They’ve been perfecting the rating and the script – we would be the most well-prepared present to ever go into the primary day of rehearsals! For promotion we filmed a track from the present in Her Majesty’s Theatre – Andrew Lloyd Webber on one facet of the stage enjoying piano, me singing on the opposite facet. It was bittersweet: wonderful to be there, reverse Andrew, however in an empty theatre with no viewers.

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A bit of shock for you all. Right here is Far Too Late from my new @ALWCinderella, carried out by @CarrieHFletcher in an empty Her Majesty’s Theatre. – ALW pic.twitter.com/e3ZP4ftahF


September 13, 2020

This 12 months has proven the large viewers for streamed stage reveals. Do you assume it can change how theatres make use of the web sooner or later?
I hope so. Over the previous couple of years it has been going that approach. The primary 12 months I used to be on Les Mis there was strictly no filming backstage, then slowly social media proved invaluable to constructing an viewers. Every present I’m in now, they’re glad for me to do extra on-line about it. On Heathers the Musical, we tweeted and filmed something we wished.

What can we anticipate from the script for Cinderella, written by Killing Eve’s Emerald Fennell?
It’s underneath wraps for the time being. I’m simply having fun with the concept that individuals are considering that this will probably be a “Disney” Cinderella. Individuals shopping for tickets for that will probably be sitting of their seats going: “Oh! This isn’t what we thought it will be in any respect!” I’m enthusiastic about seeing everybody barely confused however hopefully intrigued and glad, too.

You’ve simply written Into the Highlight, a sequel to Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Sneakers. How did that come about?
This 12 months is Puffin’s 80th anniversary and what would have been Noel Streatfeild’s 125th birthday so Puffin had been trying to do one thing particular. They contacted me about two years in the past due to my theatrical background. I had beloved the TV adaptation with Emma Watson. My ebook is extra of a sequel than a retelling. It tells the story of three orphans – Marigold, Mabel and Morris. All of them find yourself on the Pebble theatre. Marigold needs to be a author, Mabel needs to work for Nasa and all Morris needs to do is dance. However their theatre is at risk of going underneath. Perhaps they’ll placed on a present that’s so good they’ll reserve it?

Carrie Hope Fletcher, centre, in Heathers the Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, in 2018.



Carrie Hope Fletcher, centre, in Heathers the Musical on the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, in 2018. {Photograph}: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

The unique ebook ends by asking the reader which of the three orphaned sisters they determine with: Pauline, Petrova or Posy. Which one was it for you?
I used to be like Pauline. Whenever you watch youngsters come to the theatre these days, some don’t get it: they’d a lot moderately play soccer or write their very own tales as an alternative of watching them on stage. Then you definately see youngsters who’re so taken with it. That’s what Pauline is like in contrast together with her sisters and that’s what I used to be like after I noticed a present for the primary time.

What does Streatfeild’s ebook must say concerning the theatre business?
I like the quantity of help the youngsters are given going to stage faculty. We’ve bought a authorities for the time being saying that should you’re within the arts you’re low expert, it’s unviable. It’s discouraging an entire technology from going into the humanities.

Have there been specific songs from musicals which have helped get you thru this pandemic 12 months?
Beetlejuice has been my go-to musical. There’s a track in it known as Residence that I’ve been enjoying on repeat. Beetlejuice just isn’t within the UK but, so if I hearken to it I’m not going to have the identical response as if I listened to, say, Les Mis or Expensive Evan Hansen or Waitress the place I’d assume, “Oh God these are reveals that I can’t go and see proper now.”

Carrie Hope Fletcher will probably be discussing Into the Highlight at Cheltenham Literature pageant on 11 October.

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