Rogues & Vagabonds

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

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

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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

Benjamin Whitrow obituary | Stage | The Guardian

‘Benjamin Whitrow has never given a bad performance,” said Laurence Olivier, who employed the actor in his National Theatre company at the Old Vic for seven years in the late 1960s. By … Continue reading

10/01/2017 · 3 Comments

The March on Russia, Orange Tree Theatre review – vividly funny amid the bleakness

The late David Storey spoke movingly, elsewhere on The Arts Desk, of his sense of overwhelming powerlessness at the challenge of accepting his father’s death. “I was quite racked by his … Continue reading

09/30/2017 · 3 Comments

Quote • SIR PETER HALL • Acting versus Performing

“To me the greatest actor was [Ralph] Richardson. Larry was a great performer. In a way you always knew it was performing. But he was such an extraordinary conjurer that … Continue reading

09/14/2017 · 1 Comment

Sir Peter Hall, theatre, film and opera director, dies aged 86 | Stage | The Guardian

Founder of Royal Shakespeare Company and former National Theatre director dies surrounded by his family in London Source: Sir Peter Hall, theatre, film and opera director, dies aged 86 | … Continue reading

09/12/2017 · 4 Comments

Tennessee Williams: We Are Human

“It simply isn’t enough to be queer, you know? I’m proud to be queer–gay, homosexual, odd, inverted–whatever the term. There are people who want me to be solely that, to … Continue reading

09/09/2017 · 1 Comment

The Forgotten Flapper – Olive Thomas | The Müscleheaded Blog

Here comes another singular narrative from the perspective of Muscleheaded’s fascination with the early 20th Century and the stranger side of its popular culture. Today, the story of O… Source: The … Continue reading

09/08/2017 · 2 Comments

Anton Chekhov says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“People don’t really notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” Source: Anton Chekhov says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

09/03/2017 · 4 Comments

“I’m not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.” Vivien Leigh | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

Photo post by @toobeguiling. Source: “I’m not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.” … Continue reading

09/02/2017 · 3 Comments

She was absolutely beautiful, the most beautiful woman I had ever seen… | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

Myrna Loy grew up in Los Angeles and when she was a teenager she posed for this statue outside the old Venice High School. Around the same age, she was … Continue reading

08/30/2017 · 6 Comments

King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, review: A naked emotional spontaneity in Kevin McNally’s fine performance | The Independent

Nancy Meckler makes her debut at Shakespeare’s Globe with this intelligent, uneven, heartfelt account of King Lear. The theme of homelessness is central to the tragedy and the production heightens our sense … Continue reading

08/28/2017 · 4 Comments

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Art of Quotation

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” — Charlie Chaplin, actor Source: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Art of Quotation

08/25/2017 · 9 Comments

On this day: a choreographer and his muse. | In Times Gone By…

This is the edition of LIFE Magazine for the 23rd of August, 1965. The cover features choreographer George Balanchine, who was born into a Georgian family in Saint Petersburg before moving to … Continue reading

08/23/2017 · 2 Comments

RIP Jerry Lewis! Comic Legend Was “Nutty Professor” AND Jerry Langford! His “Clown” Drama Will Never Be Seen… – johnrieber

RIP Jerry Lewis… RIP to comic legend Jerry Lewis, who died at the age of 91…one of comedy’s biggest movie stars in the 50’s and 60’s, he was known for … Continue reading

08/20/2017 · 7 Comments

Edinfest: 70 years of challenge and innovation | David Hencke

CROSS POSTED ON BYLINE.COM This year the Edinburgh International Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary. So did I. The opera, music, dance and drama festival tends to be overshadowed by the … Continue reading

08/20/2017 · 2 Comments

Sir Bruce Forsyth: 8 little-known facts about his career – BBC News

Sir Bruce Forsyth, who has died at the age of 89, hosted some of the biggest shows on British TV of the past 60 years – from Sunday Night at the … Continue reading

08/19/2017 · 4 Comments

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 · 9 Comments