Rogues & Vagabonds

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


“The profession should be and is a kind of relay race – about information, opinions and passions being passed on.” — Alan Rickman, Theatregoer Magazine, November 2001

Welcome to the new Rogues & Vagabonds!  In 2001, I founded Rogues & Vagabonds, a regularly updated site for anyone with a passion for Theatre.   A treasure trove of fascinating and indispensable articles were published between 2001 and 2008, all of which  I am steadily transferring to this blog.  The idea behind the site was – and is — to bring the theatrical past alive and cast a fresh eye over the contemporary scene, untrammelled by the restrictions often in place with ‘accepted’ media outlets.

You will find quotes, interviews with actors, actresses, directors and playwrights, as well as considered and incisive reviews and features that discuss theatre from many different angles; sometimes those aspects are surprising, at other times fascinating or curious.

I have also started sharing contemporary articles from other theatre and film sources.

The primary focus is British Theatre, although there are inevitable overlaps with Theatre worldwide, as well as Film and Television.

When I ran the original Rogues & Vagabonds, I was helped by some wonderful freelance contributors of diverse origins and ages, experience and perspectives.  To them, as always, I give my heartfelt thanks.

Freelance Contributors Adam Barnard Joanna Bacon Julienne Bannister Joanna Bedford Diana Bailey Britten Barry Kieron Barry Alice Beneyto John Biggins Michael Brabazon Mark Campbell Jonathan Dory Millie Eden Rhona Foulis Sharon Garfinkel Lou Gerard Benjie Grunberger Lynne Harvey Amanda Hodges Tom Howard Jack Hughes Joe Hytner Claire Ingrams Neil Jones Ian Lees Peggy Leader Howard Loxton Rachel Lynn Brody Suzanne Marston Morag McTavish Keith Michell Jason Millar Neil Monro-Davies Peter Mottley Patrick Newley Matthew Nichols Kevin Quarmby Evie Rackham Pippa Rathborne Sharon Sawers C J Sheridan Richard Syms Adam Taylor Norman Tozer Howard Watson Belinda Williams Rhys Williams Carole Woddis Linda Wyman

I was born in a trunk.

© Sarah Vernon Editor

My other blogs:

“Oh, god, you know, in medieval Britain, actors were called rogues and vagabonds. And we are all actually rogues and vagabonds – no matter how we look tonight.” — Helen Mirren accepting her Screen Actors Guild award for Gosford Park in 2002

41 comments on “About

  1. Pingback: Earlier Site, New Blog—Rogues & Vagabonds—British Theatre « First Night Design

  2. Coco J. Ginger

    WELCOME to the blogesphere 😉

  3. Thanks but not new as First Night Design has been going for two or three years. I am new to having two, however, and how to specify which blog I want to comment from! Much thanks for liking and following!

  4. Coco J. Ginger

    Oh obviously, sorry about that! 🙂

  5. Thom Hickey

    Delighted to have discovered your blog and looking forward to much reading here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox.

  6. First Night Design

    Thanks, Thom, for following!

  7. elainecanham

    Hi Sarah, I’ve nominated you for an award; the rules have been changed, so you don’t have to think up new stuff about yourself (unless you want to). You can lie magnificently instead!

  8. First Night Design

    Oh darling, that’s so sweet of you. Thank you. I’ve actually decided to be award-free on all my blogs as I just can’t keep up! But I’ll be doing a post about it on FND in which I will include all the people who’ve been so kind, including you. Bless you, Elaine.

  9. elainecanham


  10. valzart

    Hi Sarah,great to find you on here & have a great weekend my friend :-} Valz ♥

  11. First Night Design

    Lovely to see you here, Valz! Much thanks for following Rogues & Vagabonds as well!

  12. PoshPedlar

    Fascinating blog. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information…

  13. Mary

    Lovely Blog Sarah, nice to meet you – I’m looking forward to visiting your blog. Thank you for visiting my blog ~

  14. First Night Design

    Pleasure, Mary. Thank you for following R&V!

  15. marjma2014

    I didn’t realise that you had this blog as well Sarah. Busy lady!

  16. First Night Design

    Too busy – I have a history blog as well. I have to scale down or I’ll have another stroke! Much thanks for following, Marjorie.

  17. marjma2014

    Oh dear, do take care. I find it hard enough maintaining one blog! Your blogs are lovely by the way. 🙂

  18. First Night Design

    Thank you. The history one doesn’t take much work as it’s mostly reblogs. R&V is supposed to be transfers from my original theatre website but of late has been only reblogging! And let’s not even talk about trying to update, like and comment on my various art galleries. I’m crazy! Have a lovely weekend, Marjorie!

  19. marjma2014

    Thanks, you too. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  20. Vlad Zaycev

    Very interesting!

  21. First Night Design

    I’m glad you think so, Vlad.

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  23. Hi Sarah, I had no idea you also run another blog. Thanks for linking back to my recent post about Downton Abbey. I don’t think I would have known about this blog unless you had done that.

    I look forward to reading the posts you publish here.

    Best wishes,

  24. First Night Design

    See answer on my Downton reblog!

  25. petrel41


    I have nominated your blog for the Real Neat Blog Award.

    More about this nomination is at

  26. vinnieh

    I find your blog most interesting.

  27. First Night Design

    Bless you.

  28. vinnieh

    Thank you, I hope you like what you find on my blog.

  29. First Night Design

    I do, which is why I’ve followed you back!

  30. vinnieh

    I’m very grateful for your follow.

  31. archecotech

    Awe ha, now I understand. This is your second blog, thank you for reblogging my article about Irving Berlin. It’s a bit political but then what isn’t today. This vagabound is going to go have a browse among your post. Can’t wait to see what I find.

  32. First Night Design

    I like a bit of politics!

  33. Andy Smart

    Great looking blog 🙂

  34. First Night Design

    Thank you, Andy!

  35. Andy Smart

    My pleasure > Very interesting 🙂

  36. hilarycustancegreen

    As the mother of a theatre director (was London, now in Chicago I am delighted to find you.

  37. First Night Design

    I’m delighted you’re delighted! Your daughter has some impressive credits.

  38. Globalresidence

    Lovely quote! Alan Rickman, a truly amazing actor! Very much missed. Wishing you happy weekend, Sarah. 😃

  39. First Night Design

    Very much so. Thanks for the follow! Take care.

  40. Globalresidence


  41. PJR

    A memorial to Sarah Vernon compiled by her closest friends: A PASSION FOR THEATRE

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