Artistic director from the past returns

The Fifteen Streets is being performed at the Kings Theatre, Southsea on May 5.
The Fifteen Streets is being performed at the Kings Theatre, Southsea on May 5.
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Having spent six years working in one place, it can become easy to have fond memories of your time there.

And that’s exactly how David Tudor feels as he brings his company’s production of The Fifteen Streets to the Kings Theatre, Southsea, after he worked there as the artistic director during the 1980s.

Responsible for brings shows such as Evita and names such as Julian Clary to the theatre, it was 14 years ago that he decided to start his own company, The Rep College.

David says: ‘It was an idea I’d been working on because studying acting isn’t very useful, and it’s no good sitting around talking about it or pretending to be a snowflake.

‘A friend of mine said “why don’t you start a college?”, and all they do is put on shows and I thought about it. Fourteen years later and we’re still going!

Talking about The Fifteen Streets, David adds: ‘It’s a story about the two different classes and whether this is a love story, and whether it can work between the pair.’

But more than anything he’s looking forward to coming back to the Kings.

He says: ‘I’m gobsmacked to be back down there. I’m so excited about it. It’s such a beautiful theatre, it should be kept going forever.’

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