Backstage with Amanda Hadingue from the National Theatre's 'A Pacifist's Guide'

I'm fascinated by works of theatrical art and am even more fascinated by the people behind them. In today's edition of the Backstage series, I sat down with Amanda Hadingue - star of A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer at the National Theatre, Dorfman - to find out about how the show came to life and how it's affected her as both an actress and as a human.

Review: Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's THE ENTERTAINER at the Garrick (Live Screening)

I love a play that simply looks at the inner workings of the human condition through normal human conversation and that's why I love John Osborne so much; Look Back in Anger is undeniably one of the greatest and most iconic plays ever written and The Entertainer's legacy isn't far behind, but there was something about this new production starring Kenneth Branagh that I simply didn't fall for.

Without Emma Rice, Shakespeare's Globe becomes the Bankside Living Museum

I appreciate Shakespeare. Granted, I am not the biggest fan of the man or his words but when he's done right, I appreciate Shakespeare. A woman who was very open about feeling similarly to me was recently appointed as the Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe. Today, that woman stepped down from the role.

Review: SIDE SHOW at the Southwark Playhouse

I've loved Side Show for a long time now so when I heard that the show would be making its UK premiere this fall at the Southwark Playhouse - one of the best up-and-coming Off-West End venues in town - I was elated. This beautiful show about the unique story of the conjoined Hilton Sisters is a show that isn't commercial at all, but is doing what theatre does best: making us feel something.

Review: A PACIFIST'S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER at the National Theatre, Dorfman

We never want to talk about cancer. And why would we really? Why would we want to discuss one of the most horrific truths about the human condition: that we could get ill and - ultimately - die from it? It's brutal to think and perhaps it's even more brutal to say, but performance artist Bryony Kimmings is trying to dilute that brutality with her latest show, and she does a bloody good job of it.

Laugh Out Loud Funny: Nina Conti's IN YOUR FACE, UK Tour (at the Aylesbury Waterside)

I first discovered Nina Conti through TV appearances and internet videos and found her style and humour really funny. It's so British to watch a comedian rip into other people, but there is something so much more funny about Conti doing it through different voices and characters that she creates; her ability to be entirely herself yet entirely another character totally endears and entertains me.

Review: MISS SAIGON 25th Anniversary Performance Screening, UK Cinemas

It's no secret at all that Miss Saigon is my favourite musical of all time so the news that the recent revival that I fell in love with is coming to cinemas filled me with an unbelievable amount of joy. I was lucky enough to catch a preview screening of the film about a month ago at Universal's offices and I immediately fell in love with this stunning re imagining of the classic love story.

Phantom Never Dies: #Phantom30th Birthday Celebrations at Her Majesty's Theatre

The theatre is full of many special moments but in my eyes, no moment in theatre is as special as the sudden wave of nostalgia and passion you can feel for a show when you attend a special performance and that is exactly what #Phantom30th was: a night to celebrate one of my earliest and most favourite shows sat in an audience full of like-minded and passionate fans of both Phantom and the theatre.

Funny, Raunchy and Brutal: THE LIBERTINE at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket

There was something about this play that intrigued me from the moment that its London transfer was announced – and no, it was not the fact that my big celebrity crush Dominic Cooper was the star of the show. I was fascinated by the show’s branding and how open it was to being a play that embraced and exhibited sex in such an obvious way, which is something the West End never seems to do.

Beautifully Brutal: FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2, 3) at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, The Royal Court Theatre

Suzan Lori-Parks has been on my distant radar for a very long time, as her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Topdog/Underdog is a modern classic in its own right. When I saw that her new series of plays were transferring to the Royal Court from the Public in New York, I was delighted to see her work so closely with the cast and to bring her vision of the piece to life.