Rogues & Vagabonds

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

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

Malcolm McDowell: ‘I have no memory of doing most of my films’ | Film | The Guardian

Malcolm McDowell was the insolent prince of early-70s cinema, the Liverpool salesman who stormed the establishment’s barricades. You can see him on screen in Lindsay Anderson’s If…., kickstarting a bloody revolution … Continue reading

07/17/2020

Key Largo (1948) – Waldina

Seventy-two years ago today, the film Key Largo Premiered. A Bogie and Bacall pairing that solidified the legend… Army veteran Frank McCloud (Humphrey Bogart) arrives at the Hotel Largo in … Continue reading

07/16/2020 · 1 Comment

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – Art of Quotation

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” Source: “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – Art of Quotation

07/09/2020

Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning Italian film composer, dies aged 91 | Music | The Guardian

Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose symphonic scores backed everything from spaghetti westerns to romance, horror and sci-fi films, has died aged 91… … His 1960s scores for Sergio Leone, … Continue reading

07/06/2020

STR 2020 Theatre Book Prize Winner announced – Society for Theatre Research

[18th June 2020] Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh by Alan Strachan has been awarded the Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize (for books published in 2019). The announcement was made … Continue reading

07/05/2020

MABEL IN LONDON TOWN | thekeystonegirlblogs

It was in June 1922 that Mabel departed the shores of the United States for her European tour, which would begin in Southampton, England. Of course, she wasn’t the first … Continue reading

07/02/2020

Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre says 65% of roles could be made redundant | Stage | The Guardian

Illustrious venue says the government’s plans for the industry give them no ‘confidence or clarity to be able to restart any activities in the immediate future’. The Royal Exchange relies … Continue reading

07/01/2020

The Stage – News – Coronavirus: ‘Theatre is to UK what Venice is to Italy’ – Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren has become the latest high-profile figure to call for major investment to prevent the arts from collapsing.She follows the likes of Judi Dench, who appeared on Channel 4 … Continue reading

06/30/2020

Quote • CARL REINER

The critic Pauline Kael “once wrote that she’s not sure if I’m a serious filmmaker or not,” Carl Reiner once recalled in an interview. “So I assured her: I’m not.” … Continue reading

06/30/2020

Carl Reiner dies: Comedy icon created ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ – Los Angeles Times

Carl Reiner, the veteran comedy actor, writer, director and producer who created the classic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and played second banana to Sid Caesar and straight man … Continue reading

06/30/2020

Quote • HELEN McCRORY • RSC Types

Quote | HELEN McCRORY ‘…she is identifiably an RSC type, the small, punchy actress with a voice that can coat a back wall in honey from 100 paces… You already … Continue reading

06/28/2020

‘This is the best moment of my life,’ he said, lying in the bath: Ian Holm remembered | Film | The Guardian

  That sense of emotional ruthlessness was what made him such a brilliant Lear Richard Eyre Ian Holm was, as it was so often said, the actor’s actor. Not because … Continue reading

06/22/2020

Obituary: Ian Holm – BBC News

Sir Ian Holm was the consummate supporting actor, happy to let others bask in the limelight of stardom. He built his career in the theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company, … Continue reading

06/19/2020

Vera Lynn: the best of the wartime spirit, not its continuation by other means | Stephen Moss | Music | The Guardian

That Vera Lynn was 103 years old is of no consequence. She was, in our mind’s eye, forever in her 20s, belting out the string of songs that helped sustain … Continue reading

06/18/2020

London’s oldest theatre discovered in East End excavation | The Independent

Archaeologists have discovered London’s oldest theatre – an Elizabethan playhouse constructed in the mid-16th century. Known as the Red Lion, it represents a major “missing link” in the history of … Continue reading

06/14/2020

Das Boot: this tense submarine thriller is ‘TV for dads’ that the rest of us can enjoy | Television & radio | The Guardian

Growing up I always assumed the movie Das Boot was an elaborate joke played on me by my father. There cannot be a five-hour film, sorry. Subtitled entirely in German. … Continue reading

06/12/2020

Actors offer action plan over drama school racism – BBC News

A group of young BAME actors who have spoken out about racial discrimination they endured at a leading drama school have proposed their own action plan. The Royal Central School … Continue reading

06/10/2020

Landmark 20th Century Fox building in London facing new threat | Film | The Guardian

  Twentieth Century Fox’s former HQ faces the threat of imminent demolition after developers submitted a new set of plans, it has been revealed.Situated in London’s Soho Square, in the … Continue reading

06/03/2020

Martin Scorsese in lockdown: an auteur’s eye view of house arrest | Film | The Guardian

Martin Scorsese’s Zoom call to the world is a marvellous coup for Mary Beard’s BBC Lockdown Culture special: a personal short film shot on his smartphone – sometimes artlessly in … Continue reading

06/01/2020

First Night Design | Joseph Grimaldi, Clown 1778–1837 | First Night Design

A story is told that in 1806 a man goes to visit a doctor who is acclaimed for his ability to treat melancholia. “I can’t eat, I can’t sleep,” says … Continue reading

05/31/2020

Actor Michael Angelis dies aged 76 – BBC News

Actor Michael Angelis, known for his role in TV dramas such as Boys from the Blackstuff, and for narrating Thomas The Tank Engine, has died at the age of 76. … Continue reading

05/31/2020

The Bill actor Tony Scannell dies aged 74 – BBC News

ActorTony Scannell, who played DS Ted Roach in ITV police drama The Bill, has died at the age of 74. The Cork-born star served in the RAF before turning to acting, … Continue reading

05/28/2020