The SWLondoner Theatre podcast – understudies

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began almost two years ago, London’s West End has suffered the most tumultuous era in its history. Now, as the Omicron variant sweeps through the capital, there is one section of the West End community holding theatres together – the understudies. 

In this podcast, SWL’s Isabelle Casey, Henry Bird and Sasha Nugara look at the crucial role of understudies, how they have been viewed historically, and talks to two West End actors – Ben Tyler (The Book of Mormon) and Sarah O’Connor (Frozen) – to see how understudies are fast becoming the bedrock of the West End during this new phase of the pandemic.

Editing by James Hibbs.