Rogues & Vagabonds

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

Archive Review • THE CHRIST OF COLDHARBOUR LANE • Soho Theatre • 2007

The impressively titled The Christ of Coldharbour Lane portrays curiously eclectic Brixton, where social groups are divided by age, religion and addiction. Brixton’s recent gentrification is signalled from the outset, but writer … Continue reading

06/29/2017 · 1 Comment

“To give a character life… arrive on screen with a past.” – Art of Quotation

“To give a character life in a short space of time, it helps if you arrive on screen with a past.” — Jeanne Moreau, French, actress Source: “To give a … Continue reading

06/28/2017 · 4 Comments

Churchill (2017) | CineMuseFilms

While historians debate facts audiences judge movies on expressive qualities, human insight and entertainment value. The beautifully produced Churchill (2017) is being criticised for its interpretation of history, leaving the … Continue reading

06/27/2017 · 3 Comments

The Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush, London. | reviewdonkey

The Bush Theatre has just had a big refurbishment. The first thing you notice when you arrive on a warm sunny evening is the new terrace and bar. It is … Continue reading

06/25/2017 · 5 Comments

Elsa Lanchester – Catford’s Bride of Frankenstein | Running Past

48 Farley Road is an ordinary looking Victorian terraced house in Catford; it has a brief, but important, place in British cinematographic history – in the early 20th century it … Continue reading

06/24/2017 · 10 Comments

Clara Bow in “Call Her Savage” (1932) | FROM THE BYGONE

Hal Phyfe, Clara Bow in “Call Her Savage” directed by John Francis Dillon, 1932… Source: Clara Bow in “Call Her Savage” (1932) | FROM THE BYGONE

06/22/2017 · 6 Comments

Georgian Theatre Criticism | Pen and Pension

The theatre critic is a fixture in today’s newspapers and it turns out that such people have a long history behind them. Even in Georgian times, people turned to their … Continue reading

06/21/2017 · 1 Comment

‘Trump death’ in Julius Caesar prompts threats to wrong theatres – BBC News

Several US theatres with Shakespeare in their name receive abusive messages in an apparent mix-up. Source: ‘Trump death’ in Julius Caesar prompts threats to wrong theatres – BBC News

06/20/2017 · 6 Comments

Ruth Gordon: On Assholes

Interview with Ruth Gordon Conducted by James Grissom By Telephone 1984 Oh, there are a lot of lousy people in the world. Also, a lot of terrific people. You’ve gotta … Continue reading

06/19/2017 · 4 Comments

Billy Connolly leads the way in Queen’s birthday honours list | UK news | The Guardian

Actor knighted in recognition of services to entertainment and charity, and is joined by Paul McCartney, JK Rowling and Delia Smith on the list Source: Billy Connolly leads the way … Continue reading

06/17/2017 · 5 Comments

BEAUTIFUL GERMAN ACTRESS: HELI FINKENZELLER | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

This vintage real photo postcard features pretty German film actress Heli Finkenzeller (1911-1991). During her career, she appeared in more than 80 films and television shows between 1935 and 1991. … Continue reading

06/17/2017 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Taylor on Mike Nichols: He Freed Me

I knew specifics of film. I was aware of specificity, you know? I knew where the lights were or should be; I knew how to move around a set like … Continue reading

06/15/2017 · 8 Comments

Katharine Hepburn on SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER: Guess and Fly

Interview with Katharine Hepburn Conducted by James Grissom New York City/Turtle Bay 1990 I didn’t understand that woman at all. [Violet Venable in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer]. Not at … Continue reading

06/14/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • DAN LENO • Stewart Permutt • 2003

Mr Dan Leno as Mother Goose Posterby FirstNightVintage Excerpt from an interview with the actor, director and playwright, Stewart Permutt. [One project] on the go is a play about the Music … Continue reading

06/13/2017 · 2 Comments

The Essential Marilyn Monroe films – If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

The world would truly be a dull place without the extraordinary charisma and talent of American actress and model Marilyn Monroe, born on June 1st 1926, at the Los Angeles … Continue reading

06/12/2017 · 3 Comments

Maggie Smith: “I led a perfectly normal life until Downton Abbey”

Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in ITV’s costume drama, talks to Mark Lawson about why her character should be killed off, forgetting which film she’s … Continue reading

06/10/2017 · 10 Comments

Isadora Duncan | Sheroes of History

During a time when those in power were clinging to rigidity in all aspects of public and private domains, Isadora Duncan scoffed at tradition and made the world take notice. … Continue reading

06/06/2017 · 6 Comments

Peter Sallis: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies aged 96 – BBC News

Last of the Summer Wine actor Peter Sallis, voice actor in Wallace and Gromit, dies aged 96. Source: Peter Sallis: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies aged 96 – … Continue reading

06/05/2017 · 8 Comments

West End Theatres – Playhouse to New London – A London Inheritance

In this blog post, I start a walk round all the West End Theatres photographing a snapshot of their productions on a single day… Source: West End Theatres – Playhouse … Continue reading

06/05/2017 · 2 Comments

The Ups and Downs of Lina Basquette | Travalanche

Lina Basquette (Lena Copeland Baskette) was born on April 19, 1907. Basquette was a star of stage and screen through several different phases but is perhaps best remembered today for … Continue reading

06/04/2017 · 1 Comment

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Art of Quotation

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers, Quotes for Now, writer, columnist, humorist, actor source: New York … Continue reading

06/02/2017 · 7 Comments

The talent of older actors is shamefully being ignored

I do wish editors wouldn’t print things like ‘the actress sister of John le Carré’; it’s so unnecessary. That gripe against the newspaper aside, I agree with everything Charlotte Cornwell … Continue reading

06/01/2017 · 2 Comments

A critic’s life for me: Susannah Clapp on 20 years in the stalls | Stage | The Guardian

It’s 20 years since Susannah Clapp filed her first theatre review for the Observer. She reflects on two decades of drama Source: A critic’s life for me: Susannah Clapp on … Continue reading

05/31/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • MICHAEL CAINE • Not Such a Class Act

‘I am being tough on him, but only because the world has been far too kind. [Michael] Caine can do good work, in a limited range: he is very interesting … Continue reading

05/30/2017 · 12 Comments

May 29, 1913: Ill-Mannered Factions? In Paris? – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

On the evening of May 29, 1913, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the newest venue in Paris, open for just over a month, was packed.  According to a newspaper report: “Never. … Continue reading

05/29/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • HOLDING FIRE! • Shakespeare’s Globe • 2007

Jack Shepherd’s new play, commissioned by the Globe for this Renaissance and Revolution Season, begins with co-founder William Lovett (Peter Hamilton Dyer) addressing a meeting of the London Working Men’s … Continue reading

05/29/2017 · 2 Comments

The Country Doctor (2016) | CineMuseFilms

To urban eyes, the rural doctor stereotype is a walking museum of what village medicine used to look like in bygone days. French filmmakers excel in portraying this endangered species … Continue reading

05/27/2017 · 1 Comment

Playwright Threatens Fines Over Post-Show Discussion of His Play — OnStage

Given the times we’re living in, theatre can provide an escape but also an opportunity to create dialogue. Whether it’s to inform, educate or simply gain feedback, conversations between cast … Continue reading

05/26/2017 · 2 Comments

“I’ve never received a nomination for an Academy Award – and that after I went to the trouble of learning two more facial expressions.” – Art of Quotation

“I’ve never received a nomination for an Academy Award – and that after I went to the trouble of learning two more facial expressions.” — Roger Moore, 1927-2017, English, ac… … Continue reading

05/25/2017 · 6 Comments

Actor Sir Roger Moore dies aged 89 – BBC News

Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family announces. Source: Actor Sir Roger Moore dies aged 89 – BBC News

05/23/2017 · 9 Comments