Rogues & Vagabonds

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

Caryl Churchill honoured for outstanding contribution to writing | The Stage

Playwright Caryl Churchill has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to writing at the 2018 Writers’ Guild awards. Fellow playwright Lucy Kirkwood presented Churchill with the award at a London … Continue reading

01/16/2018 · 1 Comment

Deborah Kerr: Invitations To Be Great

Interview with Deborah Kerr Conducted by James Grissom By Telephone 1991 The opportunities to be kind or gracious or giving arrive for us all the time: These are the invitations … Continue reading

01/15/2018 · 1 Comment

“We’re intellectual opposites. Well, I’m intellectual and you’re opposite.” – Art of Quotation

“We’re intellectual opposites. Well, I’m intellectual and you’re opposite.” Mae West, actress via “We’re intellectual opposites. Well, I’m intellectual and you’re opposite.” – Art of Quotation

01/14/2018 · 4 Comments

10 Reasons to Remember Terence Marsh (1931-2018) | thedullwoodexperiment

It’s easy to forget when watching a movie that what you’re actually looking at, the physical environment that the cast is working within, has either been designed or adapted to … Continue reading

01/13/2018 · 4 Comments

Three Billboards director Martin McDonagh: ‘Little girls don’t have a James Dean to emulate’ | Film | The Guardian

There’s no stopping Mildred Hayes, the mighty heroine of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She’s out on a mission to find her daughter’s killer, swinging down Main Street like a … Continue reading

01/13/2018 · 3 Comments

Pass the popcorn: a brief introduction to cinemas | Heritage Calling

Film was first shown in Britain in 1896 in temporary fairground booths and converted shops – so-called ‘penny gaffs’ or theatre ‘turns’. What followed was an endless love affair between … Continue reading

01/12/2018 · 5 Comments

Quote • HELEN MIRREN • Looks

Helen Mirren would rather not be the poster woman for ageing gracefully. In fact, she’s “a bit cross” that she’s been getting so much attention for her looks in recent years. … Continue reading

01/11/2018 · 6 Comments

Quote • JAMES NORTON • Looks

‘I was sitting opposite my great-aunt Grania at a family lunch the other day and she was staring at me, in a quizzical way. Then she said: “Honestly, James, I … Continue reading

01/09/2018 · 11 Comments

Natalie Portman Calls Out Lack of Women Directing Nominees at Golden Globes

Despite the rapidly growing awareness of women’s issues in Hollywood and high-profile films from female directors in the past year, not a single woman was nominated for best director award … Continue reading

01/08/2018 · 6 Comments

Harold Pinter: The Bobbing of Egos

Interview with Harold Pinter Conducted by James Grissom 1997 Most people are not talented. This is true of the world in general, and this is true of the theatrical world … Continue reading

01/06/2018 · 4 Comments

James Barber death: Tributes pour in for ‘loved and respected’ chief executive of Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – Get Surrey

Tributes have been paid to the chief executive and director of Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre James Barber, who has died aged 59. Mr Barber, commonly known as Jamie, died suddenly … Continue reading

01/03/2018 · 2 Comments

Coronation Street’s first barmaid Doreen Keogh dies at 91 – BBC News

Actress Doreen Keogh, who played the first Coronation Street barmaid, has died aged 91. Keogh pulled Rovers Returns’ first pints as Concepta Riley, starring in the soap in the 1960s … Continue reading

01/03/2018 · 2 Comments

The Toy Theatre Publishers Of Old St

These days the vicinity of Old St is renowned for its digital industries but, for over a hundred years, this area was celebrated as the centre of toy theatre manufacture … Continue reading

12/27/2017 · 2 Comments

Judi Dench | The Old Vic | Happy Birthday!

‘The girl with the week’s biggest break’ Dame Judi Dench returned to The Old Vic 60 years after she made her professional stage debut as Ophelia at 22. She discusses … Continue reading

12/09/2017 · 3 Comments

“Modern man… does not want to make any sacrifice, even though true affirmation of the self can only be expressed in sacrifice.” – Art of Quotation

“Modern man, however, does not want to make any sacrifice, even though true affirmation of the self can only be expressed in sacrifice.”   Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian, director… Source: “Modern … Continue reading

12/07/2017 · 2 Comments

Musty or momentous? Three forgotten hits are back on stage in London

One of the hoariest critical cliches is that if a play is neglected, it is usually with good reason. In fact, many plays gather dust simply because of the wilful … Continue reading

12/06/2017 · 2 Comments

Bollywood star Shashi Kapoor dies aged 79

Veteran Indian film industry stalwart Shashi Kapoor has died at the age of 79, it has been confirmed. His nephew Randhir told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that the actor had … Continue reading

12/04/2017 · 4 Comments

Quote • CECIL BEATON • The Burtons

“I’ve always despised the Burtons for their vulgarity, commonness and crass bad taste. Richard Burton is as butch and coarse as only a Welshman can be. Elizabeth Taylor is everything … Continue reading

11/30/2017 · 8 Comments

A Complete Break

My recent experience in hospital and the prospect of further investigations into other health problems has made me realise I need to take a complete break from blogging and social media, … Continue reading

10/28/2017

The History Girls: Tamara Karsavina: Stravinsky’s First Firebird by Janie Hampton

This is the story of a British diplomat and a Russian prima ballerina caught up in the October 1917 Russian revolution, and their dramatic escape with their love-child. In old age, relatives … Continue reading

10/27/2017 · 2 Comments

Rosemary Leach obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

Stage and screen actor who was admired for her roles as Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road and Mrs Honeychurch in the 1985 film A Room With a View… … Continue reading

10/25/2017 · 3 Comments

Book Review: Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell. | Adventures In Historyland

When a writer chooses as their lead protagonist an actor and his main theme the theatre, possibilities abound. At first looking at Bernard Cornwell’s new novel “Fools and Mortals”… Source: … Continue reading

10/22/2017 · 6 Comments

From Olivier’s dance of death to Picasso’s Quixote: the National Theatre’s poster power | Stage | The Guardian

An exhibition of highlights from the NT’s archive triggers memories of striking productions and shows how the poster imprints a play on the public’s imagination Source: From Olivier’s dance of … Continue reading

10/19/2017 · 5 Comments

“I get bored with actors talking about themselves.” – Art of Quotation

“I get bored with actors talking about themselves.” — Alan Rickman, actor, English Source: “I get bored with actors talking about themselves.” – Art of Quotation

10/14/2017 · 2 Comments

Piaf and Cocteau: Les Enfants Terribles | A R T L▼R K

When I write I disturb. When I make a film I disturb. When I paint I disturb. When I exhibit my paintings I disturb, and I disturb if I don’t. … Continue reading

10/11/2017 · 2 Comments

The Gallery of Achievers: The Inescapable Sarah Bernhardt | Victorian Paris

Be a little careless in your hearing and when I give you my name, it sounds as if I’m saying, Sarah Bernhardt. I love it. Perhaps I’d have done better if I’d … Continue reading

10/10/2017 · 3 Comments

Bernard Kops, Poet, Novelist & Playwright | Spitalfields Life

“It’s amazing I have lived so long, after all the drugs that I have taken in my life!” declared Bernard Kops with a certain genial alacrity – speaking now as a … Continue reading

10/04/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • ALAN DOBIE on PETER HALL on GODOT

“As he gets older, he does this wonderful thing, which is why I always like working with him — he never has a pre-conceived notion of how he’s going to … Continue reading

10/02/2017 · 9 Comments

RIP Harry Dean Stanton! A Great Actor! A Class Act! An American Original… – johnrieber

Just before I went into hospital, this great American actor died. Farewell, Harry! RIP Harry Dean Stanton… One of Hollywood’s most interesting, unique and singular talents passed away at the age … Continue reading

10/01/2017 · 6 Comments

Quote • LIVE THEATRE v FOOTBALL MATCHES • Surprising

I have been in hospital for two weeks, hence the gap in transmission. ‘More people watch live theatre every year than Premier League football matches.’ Libby Purves, @RadioTimes  Originally published on … Continue reading

10/01/2017 · 5 Comments