Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

Archive Theatre Review • PURE GOLD • Talawa @ Soho Theatre • 2007

Director Indhu Rubasingham is much in the news at present for taking over the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, London, and changing its name to the Kiln. Most of us are up … Continue reading

06/02/2018 · 1 Comment

Film Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife – Rearview Mirror

Some of my favourite films are about my fascination with the Second World War. It is not from a morbid fascination with the horrors of war, but from my humanist … Continue reading

06/01/2018 · 5 Comments

Lyn Gardner: Every playwright – even Alan Bennett – needs a champion

Peter Hall was once at a party where a woman collared him and said: “What would poor Samuel Beckett’s career have been like if  Waiting for Godot hadn’t landed on … Continue reading

05/29/2018 · 6 Comments

From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars | News | The Guardian

Earlier this year, the casting director Nina Gold sat at the back of the stalls of the Criterion theatre in the West End and watched a group of students from … Continue reading

05/24/2018 · 2 Comments

Old Vic Theatre celebrates 200th birthday: 7 fascinating things you never knew | London Evening Standard

‘Dare, always dare,’ reads a sign that shines bright across the Old Vic foyer. These words are inspired by a sign the theatre’s former manager, Lilian Baylis, kept on her … Continue reading

05/20/2018 · 3 Comments

Rochdale News | News Headlines | Appeal for Gracie Fields memories for new biography – Rochdale Online

It is 40 years next year since the death of Rochdale and Britain’s first superstar, Dame Gracie Fields. To commemorate the anniversary, Seb. Lassandro, the president of the Dame Gracie … Continue reading

05/19/2018 · 1 Comment

Greta Garbo in “The Temptress” (1926) | FROM THE BYGONE

I find photographs of Garbo impossible to ignore! Click for more Greta Garbo in “The Temptress” (1926) | FROM THE BYGONE

05/10/2018 · 5 Comments

The Old Vic is throwing a free party and parade for its 200th birthday

The extremely venerable Old Vic will be celebrating its double centenary this Saturday (May 12) with a series of free events, kicking off with a jolly good old-fashioned procession featuring special dance, theatre and opera … Continue reading

05/10/2018 · 2 Comments

Riot at the King’s Theatre in 1813 – All Things Georgian

On Saturday 1st May 1813 at the King’s theatre a serious disturbance broke out, proceeding apparently a call from the audience for the reappearance of Madame Catalani, who had withdrawn … Continue reading

05/01/2018 · 3 Comments

Amazing Vintage Photos of Actresses attending the Film Festival in Cannes during the Sixties | FROM THE BYGONE

The Cannes Film Festival was founded in 1946. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. via Amazing Vintage Photos of … Continue reading

05/01/2018 · 1 Comment

Think William Shakespeare couldn’t come up with those plays, sceptics?

The Shakespeare authorship question has raised its head again, with Mark Rylance voicing his doubts about the ‘man from Stratford’ on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, coinciding with a four-day … Continue reading

04/30/2018 · 5 Comments

Women are being excluded from the stage. It’s time for quotas | Julia Pascal | Opinion | The Guardian

It’s a century after some British women were allowed to vote, and a statue of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett is being unveiled in Parliament Square, so why is women’s presence … Continue reading

04/29/2018 · 2 Comments

Judi, Maggie, Joan and Eileen: all hail British theatre’s great dames | Michael Billington | Stage | The Guardian

Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. The wheeze of bringing together four of Britain’s distinguished theatrical dames – Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith – and … Continue reading

04/28/2018 · 6 Comments

Lyn Gardner: Is honesty always the best policy? | Opinion, Picks | The Stage

We’ve all been there. A friend has written, or directed, or has a role in a new production. You’ve been to see it and now you wish you hadn’t. It … Continue reading

04/21/2018 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • STOCKHOLM • Frantic Assembly @ Hampstead Theatre • 2008

Frantic Assembly have a come a long way. Actually, they were always ahead of the game, into the mingling of extended physical movement and text long before it became today’s … Continue reading

04/20/2018 · 1 Comment

Helen Mirren, interview: ‘I always hated sex scenes’

Helen Mirren saunters into a Venetian garden in the midday sunshine. Sporting a bright yellow skirt, purple nail polish and rainbow-coloured cardigan, she’s here to talk up her latest movie … Continue reading

04/17/2018 · 5 Comments

The Long Read: The Leas Pavilion

In 2007 The Radnor Estate sold to Churchgate Developers for £3.2m a lease of 150 years on the Leas Pavilion and surrounding land. Planning Permission is due to lapse on the … Continue reading

04/16/2018 · 3 Comments

Miloš Forman: the director who brought the spirit of anti-Soviet rebellion to Hollywood

The divine inspiration of madness – its ambiguity, its creativity, its higher sanity, and the cover and legitimacy it gives to protest against oppression and bullies of all stripes – … Continue reading

04/14/2018 · 1 Comment

Anti-Semitism in Handel’s ‘Messiah’? | A R T L▼R K

The first production of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin in 1742 was also notable for the breakthrough performance of the contralto Susannah Cibber, who consequently became one of the biggest and … Continue reading

04/13/2018 · 1 Comment

Quote • PATTI Lu PONE • ‘Stunt’ Casting

“I’ve seen terrible performances by stage actors and I’ve seen brilliant performances by film actors coming to the stage, but it’s when an actor tries to legitimise themselves without having … Continue reading

04/13/2018 · 2 Comments

A flying visit – A Shakespearean story arc… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

The afternoon was drawing to a close and the chill of early spring was settling over Stratford-upon-Avon as we made our way back towards the car. There were still many … Continue reading

04/10/2018 · 6 Comments

Caro Newling | The Ferryman producer | Neal Street Productions

The theatrical impresario Caro Newling’s production company Neal Street, which she founded with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, boasts a vast portfolio of film, stage and TV hits – but … Continue reading

04/08/2018 · 1 Comment

Olivier Awards 2018: the winners in full

This year’s Olivier Awards saw Hamilton take home seven prizes, the most of any show, including two performance accolades and best new musical. Its seven awards mean it now shares … Continue reading

04/08/2018 · 3 Comments

Lady Windermere’s Fan, Vaudeville Theatre, London 2018 | reviewdonkey

This is the second play in Dominic Drumgoole’s Oscar Wilde season in the West End and it is directed by Kathy Burke. I attended this production with some trepidation because, … Continue reading

04/06/2018 · 1 Comment

Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya: Love in the Creative Partnership | A R T L▼R K

On the 3rd of April 1950, German composer Kurt Weill died of a heart attack in New York City. His highly innovative and eclectic works for the theatre, such as … Continue reading

04/03/2018 · 3 Comments

How Anna Scher’s maverick acting school created so many working-class stars | Stage | The Guardian

For 50 years Anna Scher has taught acting to north London children, with many – such as Kathy Burke, Daniel Kaluuya and Adam Deacon – becoming household names. What is … Continue reading

04/03/2018 · 2 Comments

Shakespeare in Politics: Ustinov’s Romanoff and Juliet

On the 2nd of April 1956, German-Russian born director Peter Ustinov’s screenplay Romanoff and Juliet premiered as a theatrical performance in Manchester, England. A Broadway production followed an… Source: Shakespeare … Continue reading

04/02/2018 · Leave a comment

Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard dies at 89 – BBC News

Heartbeat actor Bill Maynard has died at the age of 89 after a career spanning eight decades. Daughter-in-law Jacqueline Reddin said he died in hospital in Leicestershire, shortly after breaking … Continue reading

03/30/2018 · 5 Comments

Madhubala, a Bollywood Legend Whose Tragic Life Mirrored Marilyn Monroe’s

A Bollywood legend whose tragic life mirrored Marilyn Monroe’s. via Madhubala, a Bollywood Legend Whose Tragic Life Mirrored Marilyn Monroe’s

03/30/2018 · 1 Comment

Carrie Hope Fletcher | singer, author and actor| interview

Her CV boasts stints in big-name West End productions and her vlogs attract a huge following, but the multi-talented performer, author and internet star tells Mark Bonington her upcoming show … Continue reading

03/29/2018 · 2 Comments
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