Rogues & Vagabonds

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

“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 · 4 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

The Amazing Lauren Bacall by Nina Leen for Life Magazine (1945) | FROM THE BYGONE

Lauren Bacall (1924 – 2014) began her career in the 1940s as a model, before making her debut as a leading lady with Humphrey Bogart in the film To Have … Continue reading

05/23/2017 · 5 Comments

PRISCILLA DEAN: TALENTED SILENT FILM ACTRESS AND LESS TALENTED “TALKIE” ACTRESS | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

Priscilla Dean (1896-1987) was a popular American actress who appeared in both silent films and theatre productions. Her career spanned two decades. She was born in New York to a … Continue reading

05/21/2017 · 2 Comments

Joseph Cotten: Courtliness Personified | Travalanche

Joseph Cotten (1905-1994) was born on May 15. The late year of his death surprised me. Cotten’s last film had been in 1981 and I couldn’t imagine him ever not … Continue reading

05/19/2017 · 1 Comment

Trevor Nunn: How the genius Terence Rattigan made a comeback years after his unjust rejection | The Independent

Terence Rattigan is a dramatist of genius.  There … I have said it straight out, no ifs or buts, no shilly-shallying.  I am, of course, expressing my opinion, but I … Continue reading

05/17/2017 · 1 Comment

James Nesbitt gives passionate speech supporting equal pay for actresses at BAFTA TV Awards

James Nesbitt showing his support for equal pay in the industry. Source: James Nesbitt gives passionate speech supporting equal pay for actresses at BAFTA TV Awards

05/16/2017 · 1 Comment

Favorite Horror Films of the 1920s Continued: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – charles french words reading and writing

In this post, I will continue my series on favorite horror films, specifically of the 1920s. Another  brilliant horror movie of the 1920s is Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. … Continue reading

05/16/2017 · Leave a comment

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2016) | CineMuseFilms

The diversity of Holocaust-themed movies has increased over recent years as filmmakers try different storytelling approaches to keep alive our collective memory of what happened. One film that has divided … Continue reading

05/15/2017 · 3 Comments

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975): The Darkest of Comedies

MovieBabble’s attempt to watch and review every movie on the IMDb Top 250 list starts with a classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest! Source: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s … Continue reading

05/14/2017 · 8 Comments

Quote • GLENDA JACKSON • Theatre People

“One of the amazing things about theatre people is that you might not see each other for years, and then when you do it’s as if you’d just walked into … Continue reading

05/13/2017 · 2 Comments

Leicester, Middleham and That Play | Matt’s History Blog

Originally posted on First Night History:
Antony Sher as Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company [1984] The performances of Shakespeare’s Richard III scheduled to take place inside Leicester Cathedral…

05/12/2017 · 1 Comment

Vintage Photos of Berlin Cabaret Artists (1920s-1930s) | FROM THE BYGONE

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). Her earliest professional stage appearances were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher’s Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments, and in Rudolf Ne… Source: Vintage Photos of Berlin Cabaret Artists … Continue reading

05/11/2017 · 1 Comment

“We are living in a mass surveillance state” – George Mann on politics, privacy and the power of the dystopian – Battersea Arts Centre: Blog

Dystopian thriller Light returns to Battersea Arts Centre at the end of May following two sell-out runs last year. Director, George Mann, talks to us about why audiences aren’t yet … Continue reading

05/11/2017 · 1 Comment

A songwriter’s desperate end in a Bowery hotel | Ephemeral New York

If you’ve ever found yourself humming “Camptown Races” or “Oh! Susanna,” then you know Stephen Foster. He’s the genius behind these and other catchy Antebellum-e… Source: A songwriter’s desperate end … Continue reading

05/10/2017 · 5 Comments

That’s the way to do it (Samuel Pepys, 1662) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1662, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary: “Thence … into Covent Garden to an alehouse … and … to see an Italian Puppet Play, that is … Continue reading

05/09/2017 · 1 Comment

Consent, National Theatre, South Bank, London | reviewdonkey

The reviews for this show had been so good, but it was sold out. I know that NT have a few restricted view seats that they sell at 9.30 on … Continue reading

05/08/2017 · 1 Comment

“Thank you and Farewell” to an old, quintessentially English actor and ‘lovely human being’ called Moray Watson

Moray, who has died at the age of  88, had a voice which, with its perfectly enunciated diction, exuded a natural confidence, which probably explains why, over his 60-year career, … Continue reading

05/06/2017 · 4 Comments

All Our Children review – a shameful historical period horrifies anew

How do you tell a story as complex as the eugenics movement, which is pursued afresh in writer-director Stephen Unwin’s new play All Our Children? Its idealistic origins lie in … Continue reading

05/06/2017 · 3 Comments

Maybe I’m a grumpy old luvvie – but I think young actors have a lot to learn | Michael Simkins | Opinion | The Guardian

As Dame Judi Dench has noted, many actors under the age of 30 haven’t even heard of the titans who preceded them. And as for their diction … Source: Maybe … Continue reading

05/05/2017 · 3 Comments

Scandalous Women: Spirit of a Dove – Guest Post by Stephen Bourne

Evelyn Dove was one of the true pioneers of the booming cabaret age of the 1920s. She thrilled audiences around the world and her exquisite stage costumes helped to make … Continue reading

05/01/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • MARK BABYCH • Blonde Bombshells of 1943 • 2007

Alan Plater’s drama about an all-women swing band in the Second World War began life as an award-winning TV film starring Judi Dench and Ian Holm. West Yorkshire Playhouse swiftly … Continue reading

04/30/2017 · 1 Comment

Why the Armenian-Genocide Film ‘The Promise’ Is Crucial Cinema – CURNBLOG

Terry George’s ‘The Promise’, set during the Armenian-Genocide, is a great movie. The talents of Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale are… Source: Why the Armenian-Genocide Film ‘The Promise’ Is Crucial … Continue reading

04/28/2017 · 1 Comment

“…The last time I was unknown I was too busy trying to become known to realize …” – Art of Quotation

“I never knew how good it is to be unknown until now. The last time I was unknown I was too busy trying to become known to realize the advantages … Continue reading

04/26/2017 · 1 Comment

“Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?” – Art of Quotation

“Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?” — Marcel Marceau, actor, mime, French Source: “Do not the most moving moments of our lives find … Continue reading

04/24/2017 · 2 Comments

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