Charles Stanley has announced its partnership with the National Theatre to launch a new interview series – Life in Stages – featuring some of the leading names in British theatre.

Filmed on the empty Lyttelton stage, each pre-recorded episode features different artists reflecting on their theatre careers. The series will be free to watch from the National Theatre YouTube channel on Thursday 22 April 2021 at 7pm BST.

Releasing a new episode each week, the first of the series will feature a conversation between Academy Award-winning actor Olivia Colman and Director and Joint Chief Executive of the National Theatre Rufus Norris.

Speaking about the complementary nature of the wealth management industry and Life in Stages, Paul Abberley, Charles Stanley chief executive said: “At Charles Stanley we understand the significance of conversation. We spend time getting to know our clients at every stage of life’s journey to help them achieve their personal and financial goals.”

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Abberly continued: “Much like Life in Stages, we discuss everything from careers to retirement, lifestyle to responsibilities, family and the wider community. After a tumultuous year for the arts, we are delighted to partner with the National Theatre to celebrate the art of conversation and to have had so many wonderful British Artists join this fantastic and timely series.”

Airing on Thursday 29 April, the second episode will feature co-stars of the National Theatre’s critically Romeo & Juliet – filmed in the Lyttelton theatre over 17 days during lockdown – Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley.

On Thursday 6 May the third episode of the series will see a discussion between actor and director Adrian Lester and writer, comedian and actor Meera Syal. Details of further episodes from this series will be announced later this month.

Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, said: “The interview series has been a fantastic way to take a moment and reflect; to explore the careers of some of the leading figures within our industry, and to consider how the world around us will shape the work we create as we move forwards.

“We are so grateful for the time generously given by the artists involved and to Charles Stanley for their support.”