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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

Bette Davis: I’ve Had It With Gratitude | Follies Of God by James Grissom

Listen, I’ve had it with gratitude! You know I love Marian [Seldes], and she is why we are here, in this fashion, together, but she’s awfully gaga about who we … Continue reading

05/28/2020

Sam Neill: ‘I should be at Pinewood. The Jurassic World III sets are there waiting’ | Film | The Guardian

Sam Neill, star of Jurassic Park, The Piano and Peaky Blinders, is one of the best-known screen faces of the last 30 years. Yet the actor finds the idea of … Continue reading

05/25/2020

YVONNE ARNAUD: BEAUTIFUL FRENCH PIANIST, SINGER, AND ACTRESS | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

The pretty woman seen in this vintage real photo postcard is Germaine Yvonne Arnaud (1890-1958). She had a noteworthy career as a pianist, singer, and actress. She was most popular … Continue reading

05/23/2020 · Leave a comment

Arts funding plea as Globe warns it may not survive Covid-19 crisis | Culture | The Guardian

A call for the government to step up with urgent funding “to shore up our cultural landscape” has been made as Shakespeare’s Globe warned it faces insolvency without extra help. … Continue reading

05/18/2020

The Great Escape actor George Mikell dies aged 91 | London Evening Standard

Actor George Mikell, best known for his roles in The Guns Of Navarone and The Great Escape, has died at the age of 91. The Lithuanian-born actor also appeared in … Continue reading

05/18/2020

Michel Piccoli, renowned French acting veteran, dies aged 94 | Film | The Guardian

Michel Piccoli, the veteran French actor renowned for a string of celebrated performances for directors such as Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, has died aged 94. It was … Continue reading

05/18/2020

Uncle Frank Matcham | Gralefrit Theology

[Theatre architect Frank Matcham], second of nine children of Elizabeth and Charles, was born at East Street, Newton Abbot on November 22, 1854. His father, who was manager of the … Continue reading

05/17/2020

How I Became An Award-winning Theatre Director, Playwright, Actor and Designer | LUCK-IT

Oliver Chong joined the theatre industry at age 25 as an actor and set designer, added the title of director and playwright to his repertoire at age 29 and won … Continue reading

05/15/2020

The Stage – Features – Simon McBurney: ‘It is clear – above all else – that we need to begin again’

“How are the birds?” Simon McBurney asks. “Loud”, I say, “beautiful”. “Yes,” the actor, writer and artistic director of theatre company Complicité hums in his thoughtful, growling voice. “Sometimes I … Continue reading

05/14/2020

Losing its edge: the precise point Peaky Blinders peaked | Television & radio | The Guardian

I agree entirely with this overall assessment of Peaky Blinders by Guardian writer Stuart Jeffries. Peaky Blinders tore up the playbook from its first scene, when Cillian Murphy rode into shot … Continue reading

05/12/2020

My sister died of coronavirus. She needed care, but her life was not disposable | Rory Kinnear | Opinion | The Guardian

‘No one could describe Karina as weak: she did not have it coming, she was no more disposable than anyone else. Her death was not inevitable, does not ease our … Continue reading

05/12/2020

From theatre director to crisis co-ordinator… and game show host – BBC News

Alan Lane’s theatre company is now delivering food and staging an online game show to lift spirits. Source: From theatre director to crisis co-ordinator… and game show host – BBC … Continue reading

05/04/2020

‘Heart of Darkness’ in ‘Citizen Kane’ | A R T L▼R K

On the 1st of May 1941, the American drama film Citizen Kane had its premiere in New York City. The film co-written, directed, produced by, and starring Orson Welles, has … Continue reading

05/01/2020