Rogues & Vagabonds

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Archive Theatre Review • THE ENTERTAINER • Liverpool Playhouse • 2004

From the Archive 25-06-2014 Liverpool Playhouse has opened its doors under the new directorship of Gemma Bodinetz with an adventurous, some would say dangerous first choice of production, John Osborne’s darkly political… … Continue reading

08/16/2017 · 4 Comments

Norma Shearer: The Subtle Magnet | Travalanche

I have a friend — a female friend — who never talks about Norma Shearer (1902-1983) without talking about how ugly and unappealing she finds her. I suppose my friend … Continue reading

08/13/2017 · 2 Comments

The Strange, Sad Story of Joe Orton, His Lover, and 72 Stolen Library Books – Atlas Obscura

Police came to the door of Joe Orton, the man who would one day be one of the most famous playwrights in the United Kingdom, and his partner Kenneth Halliwell’s one-bedroom … Continue reading

08/11/2017 · 7 Comments

“Vamp” – Theda Bara | The Müscleheaded Blog

There was no actress who steamed up the screens of early motion picture theatres more than Theda Bara – – She has been called the original ‘vamp’: and she really was the … Continue reading

08/10/2017 · 5 Comments

Forgotten London films: Night and the City (1950) – Mathew Lyons

Unarguably the finest British film noir ever made, Night and the City was directed by American Jules Dassin. Its strikingly dark tone may not be unrelated to the fact that … Continue reading

08/08/2017 · 2 Comments

Robert Hardy and Shakespeare | The Shakespeare blog

On Thursday 3 August 2017 one of the UK’s best-loved actors, Robert Hardy, died. His family described him as “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified” and most of his admirers … Continue reading

08/07/2017 · 5 Comments

Ava Gardner says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“She made movies, she made out and she made a fucking mess of her life, but she never made jam.” (Ava Gardner describing her life) Source: Ava Gardner says: | … Continue reading

08/05/2017 · 2 Comments

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor, Is Dead at 73 – The New York Times

07/31/2017 · 10 Comments

JEANNE MOREAU (1928-2017) – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

Photo post. Source: JEANNE MOREAU (1928-2017) – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

07/31/2017 · 4 Comments

Jeanne Moreau, actress, 1928-2017

Paris-born star of stage and screen rose to prominence in the 1960s in career spanning eight decades Source: Jeanne Moreau, actress, 1928-2017

07/31/2017 · 5 Comments

“playwriting is and has always been like making a chair. Your concerns are…” – Art of Quotation

“For me, playwriting is and has always been like making a chair. Your concerns are balance, form, timing, lights, space, music. If you don’t have these essentials, you might as … Continue reading

07/31/2017 · 5 Comments

£2m in Arts Council funding for Emma Rice’s new company is everything that’s wrong with the arts | Opinion | ArtsProfessional

If the national funder really cared about equality, it wouldn’t endorse a £2m application from a nine-day-old organisation, argues Christy Romer. Source: £2m in Arts Council funding for Emma Rice’s new … Continue reading

07/28/2017 · 2 Comments

Barrie Rutter on leaving Northern Broadsides: ‘We were told that our 25 years’ work was irrelevant’ | Opinion, Picks | The Stage

This is appalling news. Shame on the Arts Council. A figurehead of northern theatre, Barrie Rutter resigned from the pioneering touring company he founded a quarter-century ago. He explains why … Continue reading

07/27/2017 · 5 Comments

Michelle Terry is a bold, unexpected and possibly inspired choice for Shakespeare’s Globe | Stage | The Guardian

Forget all the stuff about poisoned chalices. Running Shakespeare’s Globe is a huge opportunity and Michelle Terry strikes me as a bold, unexpected and possibly inspired choice to be the … Continue reading

07/26/2017 · 3 Comments

The Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Melee in Niagara – Silver Screenings

As it turns out, Niagara Falls is a perfect place for murder. The 1953 Technicolor thriller, Niagara, shows us what a perilous place it is: craggy shorelines, thundering water, a … Continue reading

07/24/2017 · 12 Comments

Victim (dir. Basil Dearden) 1961 | reviewdonkey

Victim is a classic movie in so many different ways. It is a great representative of the black and white, crime thriller, genre of the early 1960s. The storyline is … Continue reading

07/21/2017 · 2 Comments

“I made mistakes… I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.” – Art of Quotation

“I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.” — Frank Capra, director, filmmaker, cinema, film, American Source: “I made … Continue reading

07/20/2017 · 3 Comments

ENGLISH THEATRE ACTRESS PAMELA GAYTHORNE AND HER NOT SO SUBTLE HAT | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

This vintage real photo postcard features English stage actress Pamela Gaythorne. She is quite attractive and wearing much jewellery and lace. Note her not so subtle hat. It looks as … Continue reading

07/18/2017 · 2 Comments

RIP Martin Landau! Oscar-Winning Actor And “Mission: Impossible” Star! – johnrieber

Such a very fine actor. RIP Martin Landau… The great Actor Martin Landau died July 15th at the age of 89 following “unexpected complications”, his publicist Dick Guttman confirmed Sunday. … Continue reading

07/17/2017 · 12 Comments

Buffalo Bill’s wild west show thrills 1894 Brooklyn | Ephemeral New York

Part circus, part vaudeville act, part patriotic celebration of a mythic American frontier, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show was a huge summer draw when this traveling extravaganza booked time i… … Continue reading

07/17/2017 · 2 Comments

MERYL STREEP – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

Meryl Streep (b. 1949). Source: MERYL STREEP – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

07/16/2017 · 2 Comments

Ball of Fire (1942) – The Blonde at the Film

This charming film was written by two of the best, Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, and directed by a master of the genre, Howard Hawks. The talent onscreen is just … Continue reading

07/13/2017 · 10 Comments

On the Pivotal Thomas Mitchell: From Classics to “Columbo” | Travalanche

The great Thomas Mitchell (1892-1962) came into the world on this day (11th July). Mitchell remains well-known today as a character actor with parts in an unnaturally long list of … Continue reading

07/12/2017 · 4 Comments

The gulf between rich and poor is vast and growing. Where will it end? | Trevor Nunn | Opinion | The Guardian

From the very beginning, our species behaved hierarchically, just like chimpanzees, with whom we share a common ancestor. We have always colluded in the principle that some people are much … Continue reading

07/09/2017 · 4 Comments

10 Questions for actress Tracy-Ann Oberman: “it’s made me pretty fearless”

What do you call a woman who murdered Dirty Den, is the darling of TV comedy producers, writes radio plays about the golden age of Hollywood, hosted and judged Channel … Continue reading

07/08/2017 · 3 Comments

Interview with Brian Blessed – Published in The South China Morning Post – Etan Smallman

Thespian Brian Blessed, who served as master of ceremonies at the handover 20 years ago, recalls sparring with the Dalai Lama, punching Harold Pinter down the stairs, hospitalising Dr Who’s … Continue reading

07/05/2017 · 9 Comments

Archive Interview • BARRY NORMAN • Have a Nice Day • 2004

Reblogged from the original R&V site in tribute to the film critic who died last night at the age of 83. Have a Nice Day by the writer, film critic and … Continue reading

07/01/2017 · 7 Comments

Quote • SAMUEL BECKETT • Failure

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” —  Samuel Beckett

07/01/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • J.M.BARRIE • Advice

When asked for some advice on a particular role, J. M. Barrie [1860 – 1937] told an actor, ‘Try to look as if you had a younger brother in Shropshire.’

06/30/2017 · 6 Comments

Archive Review • THE CHRIST OF COLDHARBOUR LANE • Soho Theatre • 2007

The impressively titled The Christ of Coldharbour Lane portrays curiously eclectic Brixton, where social groups are divided by age, religion and addiction. Brixton’s recent gentrification is signalled from the outset, but writer … Continue reading

06/29/2017 · 2 Comments