Rogues & Vagabonds

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

For One Knight Only: what we learned about Judi, Maggie, Ian and Derek in their Zoom knees-up | Theatre | The Guardian

…Derek Jacobi got a copy of Hamlet from Peter O’Toole …In 1963, Jacobi was Laertes to O’Toole’s prince. One day, O’Toole presented him with a book of Hamlet that once … Continue reading

12/01/2020

Archive Interview • JAMIE LLOYD • Piaf @ Vaudeville Theatre

  “I have always been passionate about Elena Roger,” enthuses Jamie Lloyd, director of Pam Gems’s classic bio-musical Piaf which has transferred so successfully to the Vaudeville Theatre stage. “I was assistant … Continue reading

11/27/2020

Hollywood vs. Fascism | Silver Screenings

Stories about fighting fascists always make for fascinating movies.Look at the legendary Casablanca (1942), for instance, or the low-key but surprisingly tense The Mortal Storm (1940). Like many Hollywood war … Continue reading

11/26/2020

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – FOR ACTORS @Westendproducer

On the first day of Christmas, My agent gave to me, A ROLE AT THE RSC. On the second day of Christmas, My agent gave to me, TWO PROFIT SHARE, … Continue reading

11/23/2020

Des O’Connor obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

Preview in new tab One day in 1964, over a cup of coffee, Des O’Connor told the comedian Eric Morecambe that he hoped to be an international star. “Well, I’d … Continue reading

11/15/2020

La Critique de L’École des femmes | Micheline’s Blog

L’École des femmes is a five-act play written at a relatively early date after Molière’s return to Paris. Molière had fled Paris after his first troupe, l’Illustre Théâtre, faced bankruptcy. … Continue reading

11/11/2020

Geoffrey Palmer tribute: perfect portrayals of male emotional incompetence | Television & radio | The Guardian

His long, thin face tending to dolefulness even in repose, Geoffrey Palmer, who has died aged 93, was one of the finest screen purveyors of pain, sadness and other male … Continue reading

11/06/2020

Actor and comedian John Sessions dies aged 67 | Television & radio | The Guardian

The actor and comedian John Sessions has died at the age of 67. Sessions, best known for appearing on television shows including Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Have I Got … Continue reading

11/04/2020

Sean Connery [1930–2020] with Richard Vernon in Goldfinger

As a tribute to the actor Sean Connery, who has died at the age of 90, here are two photographs of my father — Richard Vernon — playing Colonel Smithers … Continue reading

11/01/2020

Noël Coward’s Rare Home Movie Footage

Selected extracts from nearly 2 hours of home movies shot by Noël Coward and Jeffery Holmesdale (Lord Amherst) 16mm Cinè Film from 1921 to 1935. Source: Noël Coward’s Rare Home … Continue reading

10/30/2020

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