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A Life in Focus: Peter Cushing, the actor who personified the horror genre | The Independent

The Independent revisits the life of a notable figure. This week: Peter Cushing, from Friday 12 August 1994 Peter Cushing was one of the handful of actors who defined the horror … Continue reading

08/14/2018 · 2 Comments

The Violation of Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes waltzed through the world to a composition only she could hear and only she could transcribe. Proudly not of this world, she was regal and positive and ready … Continue reading

08/13/2018 · 1 Comment

Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet (1899) | FROM THE BYGONE

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1925) by Lafayette as Hamlet, 1899 More photos via Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet (1899) | FROM THE BYGONE

08/10/2018 · 2 Comments

Kathleen Turner, In Conversation

At last, someone who feels exactly the same as I do about Elizabeth Taylor! When Kathleen Turner, standing in the Vulture reception area, introduces herself in her singular throaty rasp, … Continue reading

08/09/2018 · 6 Comments

JULY 29, 1887: NAUGHTY NOMADS AND SINGING SOTS – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Born in 1887, Sigmund Romberg moved to the United States in 1909 and, after a short resume builder in a pencil factory (as a sharpener?), found work as a pianist.  … Continue reading

07/29/2018 · 1 Comment

Manchester Royal Exchange founder Braham Murray dies aged 75

Braham Murray, the longest-serving artistic director of the Royal Exchange Manchester, has died suddenly aged 75… via Manchester Royal Exchange founder Braham Murray dies aged 75

07/27/2018 · 2 Comments

Dad’s Army at 50: the secret history of ‘comedy’s finest half-hour’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

The inimitable Dad’s Army is one of my favourite comedy series of all time. I find it extraordinary that it is 50 years old this year, which means I was eleven … Continue reading

07/27/2018 · 11 Comments

Obituary: Hugh Whitemore – ‘Breaking the Code playwright’

One of my father Richard Vernon’s successes on stage was Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore in which he played Mr Stewart from MI5 opposite Judi Dench and Michael Williams. Like many … Continue reading

07/25/2018 · 2 Comments

Barry Humphries on Trump, transgender ‘rat-baggery’ and causing maximum offence | The Spectator

‘I’m an amateur,’ Barry Humphries tells me. The Australian polymath uses the word in its older sense of ‘enthusiast’ rather than ‘bungler’ and he feels no need to point out … Continue reading

07/25/2018 · 2 Comments

Shinobu Hashimoto, Scriptwriter for Akira Kurosawa, Dies at 100 – Variety

Shinobu Hashimoto, a prominent scriptwriter, director and producer, best known for his work with Akira Kurosawa, died in Tokyo Thursday from pneumonia. He was 100… via Shinobu Hashimoto, Scriptwriter for Akira … Continue reading

07/23/2018 · 1 Comment

Shoeing for a New Play – Theatrical Footwear: 1901 | Mrs Daffodil Digresses

SHOEING FOR A NEW PLAY. Footwear a Big Item in a Stage Production—Cost from $1000 to $1600 Some Trials of a Theatrical Bootmaker. Through some oversight, the manager of a … Continue reading

07/22/2018 · 2 Comments

LGBT+ Equalities Committee | Rose Collis

Since her election to Equity’s LGBT+ Equalities Committee in June 2017, Rose Collis has been working tirelessly to help progress its two-year plan of aims and objectives (see event details … Continue reading

07/17/2018 · 1 Comment

O’Gorman Brothers

Joe O’Gorman the Irish Comedian was born in Dublin on May 24th, 1863. Attaining a local reputation as a dancer and singer he resolved to try his luck in England … Continue reading

07/16/2018 · 2 Comments

Lyn Gardner: Don’t be ashamed of day job | you can be waiter and artist

“Please don’t feel ashamed of having a day job to support your dream of working in the arts. A lot of people feel that if you aren’t a full-time artist … Continue reading

07/14/2018 · 6 Comments

A Guide to Theater Etiquette the New York Way

I couldn’t have put it better myself! I am a dyed-in-the-ethically-sourced-sustainable-cashmere coastal lefty elitist. I am strenuously inclusionary and empathetic to a fault. I apologize to inanimate objects when I … Continue reading

07/11/2018 · 3 Comments

‘F**k the critics’ – remembering the pithy advice of agent Peggy Ramsay

For hot young playwrights in the 1960s and 1970s, the most sought-after agent was Peggy Ramsay. In her prime, her client list included Joe Orton, Alan Ayckbourn, David Hare, Christopher … Continue reading

07/07/2018 · 1 Comment

Director and Choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne Passes Away at 92

It has been announced today via her official Twitter that trailblazing dancer, director, and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne has passed away. According to the tweet, she passed away tonight, July … Continue reading

07/01/2018 · 1 Comment

Critics, judge me for my work in Derry Girls and on the stage, not on my body | Nicola Coughlan | Opinion | The Guardian

As an actor, your body is a gift. I can use mine to play neurotic Clare Devlin in Channel 4’s Derry Girls, or a tough-edged courtesan in 18th-century London in … Continue reading

06/30/2018 · 8 Comments

Quote • KATHLEEN TURNER • Auditions

What’s your best advice for auditions? Be brave, risk it. What I tell my students is, if you go through an audition and they say, ‘No, but thank you very much’, … Continue reading

06/28/2018 · 6 Comments

Manx Giant’s Pillar – Isle of Man – Atlas Obscura

It may look like this cottage gate is waving at you, but the fingers stretching skyward are more than a quirky decoration. It’s an unusual, unexpected memorial to a large … Continue reading

06/21/2018 · 3 Comments

War, love and weirdness: A Matter of Life and Death – 70 years on | Film | The Guardian

I’m sure I’ve posted about this film before but I make no apologies for re-blogging The Guardian’s article as I love the tale to pieces! The opening scenes of A … Continue reading

06/18/2018 · 10 Comments

Archive Theatre Review • PURE GOLD • Talawa @ Soho Theatre • 2007

Director Indhu Rubasingham is much in the news at present for taking over the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, London, and changing its name to the Kiln. Most of us are up … Continue reading

06/02/2018 · 1 Comment

Film Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife – Rearview Mirror

Some of my favourite films are about my fascination with the Second World War. It is not from a morbid fascination with the horrors of war, but from my humanist … Continue reading

06/01/2018 · 5 Comments

Lyn Gardner: Every playwright – even Alan Bennett – needs a champion

Peter Hall was once at a party where a woman collared him and said: “What would poor Samuel Beckett’s career have been like if  Waiting for Godot hadn’t landed on … Continue reading

05/29/2018 · 6 Comments

From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars | News | The Guardian

Earlier this year, the casting director Nina Gold sat at the back of the stalls of the Criterion theatre in the West End and watched a group of students from … Continue reading

05/24/2018 · 2 Comments

Old Vic Theatre celebrates 200th birthday: 7 fascinating things you never knew | London Evening Standard

‘Dare, always dare,’ reads a sign that shines bright across the Old Vic foyer. These words are inspired by a sign the theatre’s former manager, Lilian Baylis, kept on her … Continue reading

05/20/2018 · 3 Comments

Rochdale News | News Headlines | Appeal for Gracie Fields memories for new biography – Rochdale Online

It is 40 years next year since the death of Rochdale and Britain’s first superstar, Dame Gracie Fields. To commemorate the anniversary, Seb. Lassandro, the president of the Dame Gracie … Continue reading

05/19/2018 · 1 Comment

Greta Garbo in “The Temptress” (1926) | FROM THE BYGONE

I find photographs of Garbo impossible to ignore! Click for more Greta Garbo in “The Temptress” (1926) | FROM THE BYGONE

05/10/2018 · 5 Comments

The Old Vic is throwing a free party and parade for its 200th birthday

The extremely venerable Old Vic will be celebrating its double centenary this Saturday (May 12) with a series of free events, kicking off with a jolly good old-fashioned procession featuring special dance, theatre and opera … Continue reading

05/10/2018 · 2 Comments

Riot at the King’s Theatre in 1813 – All Things Georgian

On Saturday 1st May 1813 at the King’s theatre a serious disturbance broke out, proceeding apparently a call from the audience for the reappearance of Madame Catalani, who had withdrawn … Continue reading

05/01/2018 · 3 Comments
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