Rogues & Vagabonds

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

Quote • JOHN BARRYMORE • Famous Last Words

“Die, I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.” These are often incorrectly cited as the last words of the … Continue reading

12/09/2016 · Leave a comment

The Famous Actress Who Loved Playing A Rooster | Atlas Obscura

New York City, in the winter of 1910-11, two days before the box office opened, people began standing in line to buy tickets to Chantecler, a French play about a … Continue reading

12/08/2016 · Leave a comment

5 London theatres awarded vital funding to improve accessibility and working conditions

Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, have announced five small theatres in London will benefit from the second round of its London Theatres Small Grants Scheme. The … Continue reading

12/07/2016 · Leave a comment


I was not sure what to expect when I turned up to this event at The Institute of Psychoanalysis. Was the celebrated children’s author and poet Michael Rosen – the … Continue reading

12/07/2016 · Leave a comment

Peter Vaughan, star of Porridge and Game of Thrones, dies aged 93 | Television & radio | The Guardian

The character actor Peter Vaughan, known for his role as Grouty in the TV sitcom Porridge and more recently as Maester Aemon in Game of Thrones, has died aged 93. … Continue reading

12/06/2016 · 2 Comments


The pretty subject of this vintage real photo postcard is actress Tamara Desni (1910-2008). She has an exotic appearance. She was a German born daughter of a Ukrainian born silent … Continue reading

12/06/2016 · 1 Comment

Dave Johns lands his first acting award : News 2016 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide

Comedian Dave Johns has won his first major acting award. The veteran stand-up scooped best actor at the British Independent Film Awards for his role in the Ken Loach film … Continue reading

12/05/2016 · Leave a comment

Lyndie Wright in conversation with Ronnie Le Drew and Linda Stanfield (part 1 of 3) #LATat55 – Little Angel Theatre: The Blog

To celebrate the theatre’s 55th birthday we’re sharing a story  or conversation every week for the next year. Expect tales from puppeteers, makers, staff members and brilliant people wh… Source: Lyndie … Continue reading

12/05/2016 · Leave a comment

A New Kind of Puppet invented by a British Lad

This is going to change the face of puppetry. And the British lad must surely be on his way to a fortune! Source: This Kid Invented A Clever New Puppet … Continue reading

12/04/2016 · 2 Comments

Fawlty Towers stars John Cleese and Connie Booth salute Andrew Sachs | Television & radio | The Guardian

Andrew Sachs was a quiet, unassuming man – until he put on that moustache. And in Manuel, he created one of TV’s greatest comic characters. His co-stars remember a witty … Continue reading

12/03/2016 · Leave a comment


“You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.” From Knights by Aristophanes [444 – 380 BC] Originally published on R&V … Continue reading

12/03/2016 · 1 Comment

Archive Book Review • ONE NIGHT STANDS pub. Nick Hern Books • Michael Billington • 2008

There are two great pleasures to be had from reading Michael Billington’s first collection of theatre criticism, One Night Stands 1971-1991. The first, assuming you are old enough to have … Continue reading

12/02/2016 · 1 Comment

Andrew Sachs, 86, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers, dies after secret dementia battle | London Evening Standard

Actor Andrew Sachs, who played the well-loved Manuel in iconic comedy Fawlty Towers, has died aged 86. Mr Sachs, from Kilburn, died at a care home last week following a … Continue reading

12/01/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Obituary • JUDY CAMPBELL • 2004

British actress | 31st May 1916 – 6th June 2004 From a husky nightingale to a theatrical career spanning over sixty years, Judy Campbell, who said “The wonderful thing about … Continue reading

12/01/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • SEAN O’CASEY • All the world’s a stage…

‘All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.’ Irish playwright Sean O’Casey. Originally published on R&V 14-01-08

11/30/2016 · 2 Comments

No storm (Angus) in a (Pavilion) teacup

Originally posted on Friends of the Leas Pavilion:
November has seen a bit of progress, as some of you locals may have noticed.. The Pavilion is now having regular (mainly…

11/29/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • THE ISLAND PRINCESS • RSC @ Gielgud Theatre • 2002

The Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, reverberates with the steady heady hypnotic throb of a gamelan orchestra, sounds that conjure exotic images of eastern temples and mysterious religious ritual. Three … Continue reading

11/29/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • JUDE WRIGHT • Spitting Feathers • 2002

For many years, theatre involving young people has been associated with stark issues, usually drugs, drink, or under-age sex or, more likely, all three together with a back beat of … Continue reading

11/27/2016 · Leave a comment

Support | Alexandra Palace – Victorian Theatre

Alexandra Palace is being transformed. The East Wing Restoration Project is underway and represents the biggest investment in the building for a generation. This is your opportunity to help us … Continue reading

11/26/2016 · Leave a comment


‘If the audience were indeed entitled to know about elements that might alarm, distress or offend them, why should this be restricted to effects? No show is perfect, and shouldn’t … Continue reading

11/25/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • SAMANTHA SPIRO • Twelfth Night • 2008 | Rogues & Vagabonds

“Maria is one of those parts that can be played by any actress, whether a sixty-year-old in a hair net or a saucy young minx. I guess I’m something in … Continue reading

11/24/2016 · Leave a comment

Movie Accent Expert Breaks Down 32 Actors’ Accents | WIRED

Dialect coach Erik Singer analyses the accents of some of Hollywood’s biggest names. How accurate were they really?

11/23/2016 · 1 Comment

What goes on in the wings: actors’ backstage secrets | Stage | The Guardian

From knitting and piano-playing to late-night poker games, eight stars including Mark Rylance, Anne-Marie Duff and Niamh Cusack reveal all Source: What goes on in the wings: actors’ backstage secrets … Continue reading

11/21/2016 · Leave a comment

‘Trump’s so angry at theatre, he’s gonna…’

Trump’s so angry at theatre, he’s gonna try to build a fourth wall. — Jeeves Williams (@jeeveswilliams)November 19, 2016 //

11/20/2016 · 10 Comments

Archive Interview • GRAHAM COWLEY & TRICIA THORNS • My Real War 1914 – ? • 2007 | Rogues & Vagabonds

Not far from Finsbury Park Station, in a complex of offices and mini warehouses, resides the home of Out of Joint, the theatre production company headed by the enthusiastic and … Continue reading

11/20/2016 · Leave a comment


This vintage real photo postcard features stage actress Julie Opp (1871-1921).  Miss Opp was an American stage actress who was for many years popular in America as well as in … Continue reading

11/19/2016 · Leave a comment

Iconic theatreland restaurant Joe Allen may close to make way for Robert De Niro hotel | London Evening Standard

It has been a late-night haunt for West End stars winding down after performances for almost 40 years. But Joe Allen, the US-style diner that pulled in more A-listers than … Continue reading

11/18/2016 · 2 Comments

Women taking power in Shakespeare’s plays | The Shakespeare blog

It’s been noticeable how many of the male roles being taken over by women are the powerful ones. In previous years it’s been the contemplative roles of Hamlet and Brutus, … Continue reading

11/18/2016 · Leave a comment

The History Girls: Victorian Tattooed Ladies: Circus freaks or pioneering feminists? by Katherine Clements

The history of tattooing goes back to prehistory but the English word, in this context, is first attested in the writings of Captain Cook. An entry in Cook’s ship’s log … Continue reading

11/16/2016 · 1 Comment

Alf Garnett actor Warren Mitchell dies aged 89 – ITV News

The actor Warren Mitchell, best known for playing Alf Garnett, in BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, has died aged 89, his family has confirmed.A statement said: “Sadly we … Continue reading

11/15/2016 · 2 Comments