Rogues & Vagabonds

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

First Night Design | My Comments on Your Blogs and That Virus

Comments The comments I made and make on your blogs do not register and haven’t during my blog sabbatical.  I have been unable thus far to resolve the situation  This … Continue reading

03/29/2020

What I’ve learnt: Kevin Bacon

‘We all have a desire to be loved but with actors we want to be seen and we want the love of the masses. I felt that even when I … Continue reading

03/22/2020

Marie Lloyd – Queen of the Halls

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the legendary music hall performer Marie Lloyd and I think she would have appreciated the lecture about her colourful life and spectacular career that … Continue reading

03/18/2020

Roy Hudd obituary

‘In 1958 Hudd’s agent, Morris Aza, suggested he audition for Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. As Hudd later explained: “Morris said, ‘In about three or four years variety … Continue reading

03/16/2020

Max von Sydow obituary

The great Swedish film and stage actor Max von Sydow, who has died aged 90, will be remembered by different people for different roles: the title role in The Exorcist, … Continue reading

03/16/2020

The actor who was really stabbed on stage

When he was cast as Hamlet at age 24, Conor Madden thought his stage career was about to take off – but then an accident during a sword-fighting scene [during … Continue reading

03/15/2020

How Film Noir Tried to Scare Women out of Working

The femme fatale doesn’t get upset when men flirt with her. In fact, she barely looks at them. She just answers their lame lines with a witty retort, one that … Continue reading

03/13/2020

Michael Billington on Stage

Over the course of 50 years, Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington has reviewed over 10,000 productions. He is, joked National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, at tonight’s event: “The critic who’s struck more … Continue reading

03/11/2020

Sean Foley Q&A: the new artistic director of Birmingham Rep outlines his vision

As Sean Foley announces his first season as artistic director of the Birmingham Rep, he tells Matthew Hemley about his vision for the company The season opens with a run of … Continue reading

03/10/2020

Marie Dressler, the Grandest Old Trouper of Them All

Will Rogers paid tribute to Marie Dressler on the radio just before her death in 1934. “Marie Dressler is the real queen of our movies,” the actor/humorist said of the … Continue reading

03/08/2020

The (Gasp!) Canadian Who Played Abraham Lincoln

An old trick of the media is to suggest an upcoming event will cause Great Offence and Controversy, without waiting to see if it actually does. Source: The (Gasp!) Canadian … Continue reading

03/06/2020

Revivals of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm pick up 5 Oliviers

Revivals of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm picked up five [Olivier Award] nominations each, including best actor for Wendell Pierce as Miller’s Willy Loman and … Continue reading

03/04/2020

The Sinatra Movie Some Blamed for JFK’s Death

In the 1950s, Frank Sinatra starred in Suddenly, a movie that happens to depict a plot against the President. John Baron paces in a living room full of hostages, gun in … Continue reading

02/28/2020

Michael Medwin: Shoestring actor dies aged 96

Michael Medwin, who trained at the Italia Conti stage school in London, made his film debut as a radio operator in 1946’s Piccadilly Incident… Source: Michael Medwin: Shoestring actor dies … Continue reading

02/27/2020

The History of Race, Performance, and Drag Intersect in a Rare Photo of Thomas Dilward

TODAY IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, the southwest corner of Court Street and Remsen Street is home to a vitamin store, a law office, and a pizzeria. But in September 1862, during … Continue reading

02/26/2020

Sharon Horgan: ‘I want adventures. I want to do stuff that’s challenging’

Sharon Horgan – Photograph: David Yeo/The Observer Sharon Horgan doesn’t especially enjoy watching herself on screen any more. She feels an awkwardness that, she thinks, comes from years of sitting … Continue reading

02/23/2020

How Do You Solve a Problem Like ‘Emma’?

There’s a moment toward the end of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” when the heroine goes to a picnic and is horrified to discover that she is not as wonderful as she … Continue reading

02/23/2020

Francis Cuka Obituary

Although she became one of the most loved and reliable of character actors on stage and television, Frances Cuka, who has died aged 83, seemed destined for stardom when her … Continue reading

02/22/2020

Terry Hands obituary

Artistic director of the RSC, who co-founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and revived the Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Terry Hands, who has died aged 79, spent more time with and did … Continue reading

02/06/2020

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood legend and star of Spartacus, dies aged 103

  Kirk Douglas, the self-styled “ragman’s son” who became the last great star of Hollywood’s golden age, has died at the age of 103. His son Michael announced the news … Continue reading

02/06/2020

Langston Hughes’s Ardent Public Fan Letter to the Young Nina Simone

On February 8, 1949, a week after his forty-eighth birthday, the poet, novelist, activist, and playwright Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901–May 22, 1967) traveled to Asheville to speak at the Allen … Continue reading

02/05/2020

Bud Flanagan’s Spitalfields

My Sabbatical is Over! I’m back. However, posts will not be as frequent as during the old days. Also, I’ve decided not to allow your beautiful comments partly because of … Continue reading

01/28/2020

Rogues & Vagabonds | Taking a Sabbatical | Update

Update 12 November 2018 I have been finding it far easier and less time-consuming to post on my accompanying Facebook page so if you’re on FB, join me there! Rogues … Continue reading

11/12/2018

Carry on Screaming’s Fenella Fielding on fighting with Kenneth Williams and bouncing back after bankruptcy | Stage | The Guardian

I knew Fenella Fielding’s death was in the offing as I’d read about her stroke a few days ago. I am very sad as she was always part of my … Continue reading

09/12/2018 · 3 Comments

Fenella Fielding obituary | Film | The Guardian

Inimitable, luxuriantly breathy and slyly mellifluous, Fenella Fielding, who has died aged 90, was a household name in the 1960s when she graced and sidled across the West End stage … Continue reading

09/12/2018 · 3 Comments

RIP Roy Heather [1935-2014] aka Sid the cafe owner in #OFAH

Originally posted on Rogues & Vagabonds:
Please forgive me for any errors, grammatical or otherwise.  I am writing this tribute through tears for I have lost my ex-husband and a good friend. Roy…

09/03/2018 · 4 Comments

David Wood: ‘Audiences for children’s theatre are becoming more middle-class as school trips decline’

Acclaimed children’s playwright David Wood has warned that young theatre audiences are becoming more middle-class because fewer schools are organising trips to shows. Wood said he desperately wanted schools to … Continue reading

08/29/2018 · 6 Comments

Neil Simon, a Master of Comedy on Broadway, Is Dead at 91 – The New York Times

Neil Simon, the playwright whose name was synonymous with Broadway comedy and commercial success in the theater for decades, and who helped redefine popular American humor with an emphasis on … Continue reading

08/26/2018 · 4 Comments

Lindsay Kemp, performer and Bowie mentor, dies at 80 – BBC News

Kate Bush has paid tribute to ground-breaking dancer, mime artist and choreographer Lindsay Kemp, who has died aged 80. She described Kemp – who taught her to dance – as … Continue reading

08/26/2018 · 5 Comments

Sotheby’s Is Selling the World’s First Movie Poster, Which Promoted a Premiere Only 30 People Attended | artnet News

The world’s first public movie screening was a far cry from today’s red carpet premieres, with just 30 people in attendance for an event that lasted some 20 minutes at … Continue reading

08/21/2018 · 4 Comments