Rogues & Vagabonds

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

First Night Design | A Breathless Break from Blogging #LeakyHeartValve

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Goose and Frog’s Easter Journey Coaster by FirstNightDesign Dear All, I had hoped not to write about the full extent of the ‘poor health I…

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Obituary: Michael Bogdanov, provocative director who co-founded the English Shakespeare Company | The Independent

Idiosyncratic and provocative, Michael Bogdanov, who has died aged 79, brought a modern approach to the Bard’s work, most notably as co-founder (with actor Michael Pennington) of the English Shakespeare … Continue reading

04/22/2017 · 2 Comments

“Papillon”: A flawed but fascinating film with a tangled real-life history. – SeanMunger.com

Although a well-made and interesting film, Schaffner’s “Papillon” suffers from the identity crisis of its source material: is it fact or fiction? Source: “Papillon”: A flawed but fascinating film with … Continue reading

04/22/2017 · Leave a comment

Britain is no longer a country for & says “Farewell” to director/designer Bill Mitchell

Bill, theatre director/designer, who has died at the age of 65, recalled in 2012 that : “The name ‘landscape theatre’ came out of almost a joke” when he was “outside … Continue reading

04/19/2017 · 2 Comments

Spencer Tracy: Working Backwards from “Mad” | Travalanche

Just a few words on Spencer Tracy (1900-1967) since I just saw him the other night for maybe the twenty-fourth time in the first film I ever saw him in (It’s … Continue reading

04/14/2017 · 2 Comments

Christopher Morahan obituary | Michael Billington | Stage | The Guardian

Director and producer whose 60-year career spanned television, theatre and film – from The Jewel in the Crown to Pinter plays Source: Christopher Morahan obituary | Michael Billington | Stage … Continue reading

04/12/2017 · 1 Comment

Olivier Awards 2017: Winners in full – BBC News

The full list of winners and nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards which took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April. Source: Olivier Awards 2017: Winners in … Continue reading

04/11/2017 · 1 Comment

Olivier Awards: It wasn’t all about Harry Potter – BBC News

Here are a few other things were learned backstage and on the red carpet. Source: Olivier Awards: It wasn’t all about Harry Potter – BBC News N.B. I’m not currently … Continue reading

04/11/2017 · 1 Comment

Garrick in the Garrick – The Bowes Museum’s Blog

Carmen Holdsworth-Delgado is Curator for the Garrick Club. In 2011 the Club acquired two paintings by Johann Zoffany of David Garrick and his wife and in doing so, became only … Continue reading

04/08/2017 · 1 Comment

Actor Tim Pigott-Smith dies aged 70 – BBC News

British actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who was best known for his Bafta-winning role in 1984 TV series The Jewel in the Crown, has died aged 70. His agent described him as … Continue reading

04/07/2017 · 5 Comments

MARTE HARRELL: PRETTY AUSTRIAN ACTRESS OF THEATER, FILM, AND TELEVISION | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

Marte Harell (1907-1996) was an Austrian film actress. She was married to Karl Hartl (1899-1978), an Austrian film director. Harell’s filmography… Source: MARTE HARRELL: PRETTY AUSTRIAN ACTRESS OF THEATER, FILM, … Continue reading

04/07/2017 · 2 Comments

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) | CineMuseFilms

A dystopian masterpiece where alternative facts and fake news are weapons to crush truth Source: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) | CineMuseFilms

04/06/2017 · 2 Comments

Jack Lemmon Rages Against The China Syndrome – Silver Screenings

The China Syndrome (1979) was, for a time, more famous for issues surrounding it than the movie itself. When this thriller was first released, it received mixed reviews. Newsweek called the film… … Continue reading

04/05/2017 · 6 Comments

Lost London – Canterbury Music Hall, Lambeth | Exploring London

Described by the Theatres Trust as a “key building” in music hall history, the Canterbury Music Hall was first erected in Westminster Bridge Road in 1852 on the site of an … Continue reading

04/04/2017 · 1 Comment

Shakespeare commonplace book on Antiques Roadshow | The Shakespeare blog

The BBC Antiques Roadshow has often featured items with a Shakespeare connection, but on Sunday 2 April 2017 we saw “one of the most remarkable items to ever feature on … Continue reading

04/03/2017 · 2 Comments

Don Juan in Soho, Wyndham’s Theatre, London, 2017 | reviewdonkey

The 17th Century version of this play closed, after only one performance, because of its repulsive and offensive nature. It was not shown in an uncensored form again for almost 150 … Continue reading

04/03/2017 · 5 Comments

David Storey obituary | Stage | The Guardian

David Storey, who has died aged 83, was an unusual literary figure in being as well known for writing novels as he was for writing plays, never claiming that one … Continue reading

04/02/2017 · 2 Comments

Just been watching…(32) | beetleypete

Son of Saul (2015) (Hungarian, German, and Russian languages. English subtitles.) After ‘Schindler’s List’, The Grey Zone’, and lots more, it may seem to many that there hav… Source: Just … Continue reading

04/01/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Feature • IMMEASURABLE OUTCOMES • Funding • 2007

Shaftesbury Avenue 1949 Cards for sale I’ll save R&V readers the trouble of pointing out what I don’t know. I don’t know economics. I don’t know the principles or the … Continue reading

03/31/2017 · 5 Comments

Arthur Miller: The Price and the Dust of a Life

Interview with Arthur Miller Conducted by James Grissom Hotel Carlyle New York City 1998 There is anger and passion and love—and sometimes these three things are very much… Source: Arthur … Continue reading

03/29/2017 · 2 Comments

Film Review – Viceroy’s House: Photocopying Downton Abbey | Enough of this Tomfoolery!

With 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence (and the creation of Pakistan as well), the release of Viceroy’s House is perfectly timed, a narration of the road to … Continue reading

03/28/2017 · 1 Comment

How Bette Davis Turned 18 Minutes into a Whole Movie – Silver Screenings

*Spoiler Alert* We found a Bette Davis film that made us cry. Now, as much as we adore Ms Davis, we never cry at her films, not even if she’s dying of … Continue reading

03/26/2017 · 3 Comments

Quote • PETER FINCH • ‘cheerful idiots’

[When asked why he chose acting as a profession] “If I was going to be broke I decided I might as well be with actors as anyone else. They were … Continue reading

03/25/2017 · 4 Comments

Pop Goes The Opera – hello emma kay

I remember watching this… And thought “I have to see these guys!” It only took four years (Scary thought!) to put my thoughts into action and watch Pop-up Opera, at … Continue reading

03/24/2017 · 1 Comment

The Marx Brothers: The Chico Years | Travalanche

Time once again to celebrate the birthday of Leonard “Chico” Marx (1887-1961). Today seems to me an appropriate time to float a notion I came up with the other day, … Continue reading

03/22/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • LUNCH WITH MARLENE • New End Theatre • 2008

Whenever I visit the V&A I always, and I do mean always, have to walk round my favourite section of the Museum. It is the part that houses the wayward … Continue reading

03/21/2017 · 1 Comment

Ann Beach obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

Actor who made her name with Joan Littlewood and went on to play the nosy neighbour in the 1980s sitcom Fresh Fields Source: Ann Beach obituary | Television & radio … Continue reading

03/20/2017 · 2 Comments

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. | Travalanche

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better-known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • THE PRODUCERS • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane • 2004

The producers of all this year’s West End flops should be ordered to sit in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and watch a masterpiece in action. The Producers, starring Nathan … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Derek Walcott is Dead – The St. Lucia STARThe St. Lucia STAR

Derek Walcott is dead. Relatives and sources close to the Saint Lucian poet and playwright who had been suffering with health issues have confirmed that he passed away in the early … Continue reading

03/17/2017 · 6 Comments