Rogues & Vagabonds

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

Olivier Awards 2020: the winners in full

After Covid-19 delayed the 2020 Olivier Awards by more than six months, this year’s winners have been revealed. Musicals Dear Evan Hansen and & Juliet and new play Emilia each … Continue reading

10/27/2020

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

Originally posted on Rogues & Vagabonds:
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…

10/22/2020

David Hare can’t bear too much reality – UnHerd

A Western democracy clashes with a Middle Eastern despotism in a war whose outcome will shape a new world order. Just a few years later, a writer presumes to turn … Continue reading

10/22/2020

Happy 138th Birthday Bela Lugosi

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 138th birthday of Bela Lugosi.  Make the time to watch any of his films, understand his artistry.  He is truly one of the greats. …

10/20/2020

Theatre Light Bulb Jokes

This is a post I put aside for future use in 2017. Inevitably,  I forgot all about it. Source: Theatre Light Bulb Jokes

10/19/2020 · Leave a comment

How Joan Harrison Became a Film Producer in 1940s Hollywood | Silver Screenings

There is a scene in the 1944 thriller, Phantom Lady, where a young woman walks on a dark city street. But she’s not alone; a man – a stranger – … Continue reading

10/18/2020

John Cusack: ‘I have not been hot for a long time’ | Film | The Guardian

Two o’clock, Chicago time. The curtains are down against a bright afternoon sun and John Cusack, who is by reputation a late riser, takes a seat at the breakfast counter … Continue reading

10/12/2020

Frank Windsor, star of Z-Cars and Softly, Softly, dies aged 92 | Television & radio | The Guardian

The actor Frank Windsor has died at the age of 92, it has been announced by his agent. Windsor, perhaps best known for his role as DS John Watt in … Continue reading

10/03/2020

Helen Reddy obituary | Music | The Guardian

Every social movement has its definitive song, and feminism got its anthem in 1972 when the Australian singer Helen Reddy released the single I Am Woman. In three elegant minutes, … Continue reading

10/01/2020

Archive Interview | WILLIAM GAUNT | The Family Reunion @ Donmar Warehouse

“When you’re in a play that has had a chequered history,” confides the veteran actor William Gaunt, “you are inevitably nervous about how it will be received.” Gaunt is discussing … Continue reading

09/30/2020

Quote • “Don’t worry. Tonight you’ll make them look like amateurs….”

Postant [Nigel Bruce]: Don’t worry. Tonight you’ll make them look like amateurs.Calvero [Charlie Chaplin]: That’s all any of us are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else. … Continue reading

09/26/2020

Juliette Gréco, face of chic postwar Paris, dies aged 93 | World news | The Guardian

The legendary French actor and singer Juliette Gréco, whose career spanned more than half a century, has died aged 93, her family has said.“Juliette Gréco died this Wednesday surrounded by … Continue reading

09/23/2020

Quotes & Anecdotes • Niall MacGinnis

‘On a trip home to Wales, Niall MacGinnis was stopped and searched by police. He was arrested as a German spy when the police found a photo in his wallet of MacGinnis … Continue reading

09/18/2020

As Diana Rigg’s understudy, I never tired of watching her | Margaret Drabble | Stage | The Guardian

Diana’s demeanour in real life was most unlike Cordelia’s, and her vocabulary was racy and rich. I once put one of her more colourful remarks about a fellow actress in … Continue reading

09/12/2020

Diana Rigg, Avengers and Game of Thrones star, dies aged 82 | Television & radio | The Guardian

Rigg, who rose to prominence in the 1960s through her starring role as Emma Peel in The Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee, enjoyed a long and varied career, playing Lady Olenna … Continue reading

09/10/2020

Sir Ronald Harwood, Oscar-winning scriptwriter for The Pianist, dies at 85 | Ronald Harwood | The Guardian

Sir Ronald Harwood, the playwright and screenwriter best known for The Dresser and his Oscar-winning script for The Pianist, has died aged 85. Harwood, who also wrote several books and … Continue reading

09/10/2020

Archive Interview • JOANNA McCALLUM • The Clean House [tour] • 2008

Published on the original R&V 21-04-08  Joanna McCallum is having a grand old time touring in Sarah Ruhl’s play, The Clean House, which reaches Richmond Theatre this week. Her character, Virginia, … Continue reading

09/02/2020

MARGARET HALSTON: BEAUTIFUL SHAKESPEARIAN ACTRESS AND FILM STAR | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

Margaret Halston, in her role in Othello, is the subject of this real photo postcard published by Percy Guttenberg of Manchester, England. The postcard is part of the “Revival Series”… … Continue reading

08/27/2020 · Leave a comment

Chariots of Fire actor Ben Cross dies aged 72 – BBC News

Actor Ben Cross, who was best known for playing athlete Harold Abrahams in the film Chariots of Fire, has died at the age of 72. His representatives said he had … Continue reading

08/19/2020 · 2 Comments

Burnley Empire home to Houdini first

Legendary lost film Houdini Defeats Hackenschmidt was initially thought to have been shown in Boston, Massachusetts in March 1906. The film, where Houdini escapes from manacles fastened by wrestler George … Continue reading

08/17/2020

Marian Seldes: Fear Destroys Us

I asked Marian Seldes what she most wanted to teach her students, and she stopped me and said there was something she most wanted to teach everyone. This is what she … Continue reading

08/17/2020 · Leave a comment

Julian Bream obituary | Music | The Guardian

Britain had to wait a long time for its great classical guitarist. But the debut at the Wigmore Hall, London, in November 1951 of Julian Bream proclaimed the arrival of … Continue reading

08/14/2020

Archive Profile | JAMES AGATE [1877 – 1947] | Theatre Critic

Saturday 2nd March 2002 James Evershed Agate [1877 – 1947] was the renowned theatre critic of The Sunday Times. He started there in 1923 and worked on the paper until … Continue reading

08/02/2020

Sir Alan Parker obituary | Film | The Guardian

In 2013, Alan Parker, who has died aged 76, received the Bafta fellowship award “in recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image”. Parker was praised … Continue reading

08/01/2020

Memories of British television director & producer June Wyndham Davies

Fascinating memories from retired British actress-turned television director and producer June Wyndham Davis. When I achieved my goal of directing a number of well-received television productions, I began to realise … Continue reading

07/29/2020

CONSTANCE TALMADGE : PRETTY BUT TROUBLED SILENT FILM STAR | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty film actress, Constance Talmadge (1898-1973). She was a silent film star and the sister of actresses Norma and Natalie Talmadge. Constance was born … Continue reading

07/28/2020

Olivia de Havilland, star of Gone with the Wind, dies at 104 | Film | The Guardian

Olivia de Havilland was so much more than ‘the fragrant queen of the Hollywood costume drama’, as described in The Guardian Olivia de Havilland, the fragrant queen of the Hollywood … Continue reading

07/27/2020

Charles Wood obituary | Stage | The Guardian

I’m sad that I missed this news in February, especially as I’m ‘Facebook friends’ with Charles Wood’s writer daughter Kate but then again I’ve spent great chunks of time not … Continue reading

07/25/2020

Andrew Scott to star in Old Vic’s livestreamed play Three Kings | Stage | The Guardian

One year on from his award-winning run in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter, Andrew Scott will return to the Old Vic theatre in London to perform a new livestreamed play. Three … Continue reading

07/20/2020

Alfre Woodard: ‘We want all those with a stake in the death row business to see this film’ | Film | The Guardian

The focus of Black Lives Matter protests has inevitably fallen on the most visible injustice – instances of police brutality. More systemic racial disparities in the American penal system are … Continue reading

07/19/2020