In Conversation With

Mountview’s In Conversation series sees leading figures of the theatre and film industry talking about their careers in front of a specially invited audience of students and special guests.
Informative, funny and often revealing, the conversations are intimate masterclasses with the best in the business.

Previous Conversations

elaine-pageElaine Page

Elaine won an Olivier Award for her role as Eva Peron in Evita in 1978 and went on to create the role of Grizabella in Cats and Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. She has released 22 solo albums and has hosted a weekly show on BBC Radio 2 since 2004. In 2014 she celebrated her 50th anniversary in show business with a gala performance at the Royal Albert Hall supported by a choir of Mountview students.

30th April 2015


Brian Cox

Olivier Award-winning actor Brian Cox’s hugely successful career encompasses radio, TV, stage and screen. He gained recognition for his portrayals of King Lear, Petruchio and Titus Andronicus for the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in many Hollywood movies including The Bourne Supremacy, X2 and Troy.

28th May 2015


Judi Dench CH, DBE

Judi is one of the country’s best-known and loved actors. She made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company and her glittering career has encompassed award-winning work with the RSC and National Theatre as well as TV and film. Her film roles include Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown, M in the James Bond series and Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love, for which she won an Oscar.

11 June 2015


Sir Richard Eyre

Richard was Artistic Director of the National Theatre from 1988-1997 where his notable productions included Guys and Dolls, Hamlet (with Daniel Day-Lewis, Ian Charleson and Judi Dench) and Richard III (with Ian McKellen). Other productions includes La Traviata for the Royal Opera House, Hedda Gabler, John Gabriel Borkman and Ghosts as well as work for TV and film. He has written widely on the theatre and won awards across the globe.

8 October 2015

Howard Goodall CBE

Howard is a multi award-winning composer. His work ranges from The Hired Man to Bend it Like Beckham to the theme tune to The Vicar of Dibley. In recent years he has been England’s first ever National Ambassador for Singing, the Classical Brit Composer of the Year and Classic FM’s Composer-in-Residence.

25 November 2015

Everyone’s A Critic

The Guardian’s theatre critic Michael Billington in discussion about the role of the critic in theatre in the 21st century with actress Sian Thomas, playwright Stephen Jeffreys and producer Danielle Tarento.

9 May 2016


Christopher Hampton CBE

Christopher’s work as a playwright, screenwriter and director ranges from the play Les Liaisons Dangereuses and its Oscar-winning film version, to translations including The Father and the musical adaptation of Sunset Boulevard.

1 June 2016

Sir Michael Boyd

Michael Boyd’s career has taken him from training in Moscow to Artistic Directorships at the Tron Theatre Glasgow and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he commissioned and developed Matilda the Musical, produced the Complete Works, and World Shakespeare Festivals, rebuilt the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and directed the eight-play History Cycle, described by The Guardian as “one of the great moments of modern theatre”.

30 June 2016

Sir Ronald Harwood with Lord Bragg

Ronald is an author, playwright and screenwriter. His plays include Collaboration and The Dresser. His screenplays include The Diving Bell and Butterfly and The Pianist for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Melvyn Bragg has written many prize-winning novels including The Soldier’s Return and the recent Now is the Time. He has presented The South Bank Show for 38 years and is the host of Radio 4’s In Our Time.

22 November 2016

Sir Peter Bazalgette with Clive Jones CBE

Peter has been behind some of TV’s best-known shows including Deal or No Deal, Ready Steady Cook and Big Brother. He is Chairman of ITV, president of The Royal Television Society and in January 2017 stepped down as Chair of Arts Council England. Clive Jones was CEO of Central Television, the Carlton Television Group, MD of the ITV Network, CEO News and Regions and Chairman of GMTV in his thirty years with ITV. He now chairs the Disasters Emergency Committee and National Theatre Wales.

2 February 2017

Graham Norton with Darren Lawrence

Graham Norton is a television and radio presenter, DJ, comedian, actor, and writer. He is a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. Graham recently received a Special Recognition Award at the 2017 National Television Awards. Darren Lawrence is an actor and director. His recent credits include Cucumber for Channel Four, That Day We Sang at the Royal Exchange and The Passion with National Theatre Wales.

20 June 2017