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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

Marian Seldes: Fear Destroys Us

I asked Marian Seldes what she most wanted to teach her students, and she stopped me and said there was something she most wanted to teach everyone. This is what she … Continue reading

08/17/2020 · Leave a comment

Julian Bream obituary | Music | The Guardian

Britain had to wait a long time for its great classical guitarist. But the debut at the Wigmore Hall, London, in November 1951 of Julian Bream proclaimed the arrival of … Continue reading

08/14/2020

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