A Leap Year special edition: John Bowles and Stephen Collins discuss the three best long-running shows in London, the question of racism in the Arts, Bette Midler’s casting in Hello Dolly!Five Finger Exercise, the Critic’s Circle Awards and the triumphant Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in Leeds.

 

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John Bowles
John Bowles, having started his career on Australian variety television at the age of ten, had notched up 300 hours of live national TV by the age of sixteen. As an adult he has gone on to star in many theatrical productions such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Cats’. He has produced, directed and written for television but admits his favourite role is as presenter, and he relishes the opportunity to talk to interesting show business people and tell their stories.