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A flying visit – A Shakespearean story arc… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

The afternoon was drawing to a close and the chill of early spring was settling over Stratford-upon-Avon as we made our way back towards the car. There were still many … Continue reading

04/10/2018 · 6 Comments

How Anna Scher’s maverick acting school created so many working-class stars | Stage | The Guardian

For 50 years Anna Scher has taught acting to north London children, with many – such as Kathy Burke, Daniel Kaluuya and Adam Deacon – becoming household names. What is … Continue reading

04/03/2018 · 2 Comments

Carrie Hope Fletcher | singer, author and actor| interview

Her CV boasts stints in big-name West End productions and her vlogs attract a huge following, but the multi-talented performer, author and internet star tells Mark Bonington her upcoming show … Continue reading

03/29/2018 · 2 Comments

A message for UNESCO on World Theatre Day | openDemocracy

“And they cannot stop us. Each night we will reappear…” Half a mile from the Cyraneican coast in Northern Libya is a vast rock shelter. 80 metres wide and 20 … Continue reading

03/27/2018 · 5 Comments

The Life of Actress, Mary Wells – All Things Georgian

Mary Stephens Davies was baptised on 14th December 1761 in the village of Little Haywood near Colwich, Staffordshire, the daughter of Thomas Davies and his wife, Anna. At the tender age of … Continue reading

03/16/2018 · 2 Comments

How ‘Strange Fruit’ Killed Billie Holiday – Progressive.org

“Strange Fruit” may have been written by American songwriter and poet Abel Meeropol (a.k.a. Lewis Allen), but ever since Billie Holiday sang the three brief stanzas to music in 1937, she’s … Continue reading

03/07/2018 · 1 Comment

Quote • LYN GARDNER • Audiences

There is an undoubted pleasure in watching a classic play unfold to an unknowing audience. I once saw Hedda Gabler in a regional theatre where it was clear from the … Continue reading

02/26/2018 · 4 Comments

Preserving Vivien Leigh’s Photo Albums – Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

I’ve been collecting original Vivien Leigh (and Laurence Olivier, but mostly Vivien) memorabilia in earnest for about 10 years now. It began with vintage fan magazines and playbills, and gradually … Continue reading

02/06/2018 · 1 Comment

Journey’s End: behind the scenes of the new First World War film – History Extra

RC Sherriff wrote his celebrated play Journey’s End in 1928, ten years after the end of the First World War. Praised for capturing the claustrophobia and viciousness of trench warfare … Continue reading

02/05/2018 · 7 Comments

BFI Screenonline: Rediscovered TV Drama

The further back in television history you go, the greater are the gaps in the archival record of transmitted material. This is actually true of most areas of cultural activity … Continue reading

01/28/2018 · 1 Comment

Richard Wroughton (1749-1822): Actor – All Things Georgian

In a previous blog post ‘Miss Jenny Davis as a bride’ we briefly mentioned Richard Wroughton, so thought we would take a closer look at him to see if we … Continue reading

01/25/2018 · 1 Comment

Henry Montague: First Shepherd of the Lambs

Just a quick shout out to honor the natal day of actor Henry James Montague (Henry John Mann, 1843-1878). Montagu came to our attention through that eerie, ghostly portrait above, … Continue reading

01/20/2018 · 1 Comment

Patrick Stewart: my nerve-racking RSC audition with the great John Barton | Stage | The Guardian

In a cold, wet November evening in 1965, I plodded nervously across the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon. I had at last been accepted to audition for the Royal Shakespeare Company, although … Continue reading

01/19/2018 · 3 Comments

Musty or momentous? Three forgotten hits are back on stage in London

One of the hoariest critical cliches is that if a play is neglected, it is usually with good reason. In fact, many plays gather dust simply because of the wilful … Continue reading

12/06/2017 · 2 Comments

Piaf and Cocteau: Les Enfants Terribles | A R T L▼R K

When I write I disturb. When I make a film I disturb. When I paint I disturb. When I exhibit my paintings I disturb, and I disturb if I don’t. … Continue reading

10/11/2017 · 2 Comments

She was absolutely beautiful, the most beautiful woman I had ever seen… | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

Myrna Loy grew up in Los Angeles and when she was a teenager she posed for this statue outside the old Venice High School. Around the same age, she was … Continue reading

08/30/2017 · 6 Comments

Forgotten London films: Night and the City (1950) – Mathew Lyons

Unarguably the finest British film noir ever made, Night and the City was directed by American Jules Dassin. Its strikingly dark tone may not be unrelated to the fact that … Continue reading

08/08/2017 · 2 Comments

West End Theatres – Playhouse to New London – A London Inheritance

In this blog post, I start a walk round all the West End Theatres photographing a snapshot of their productions on a single day… Source: West End Theatres – Playhouse … Continue reading

06/05/2017 · 2 Comments

A critic’s life for me: Susannah Clapp on 20 years in the stalls | Stage | The Guardian

It’s 20 years since Susannah Clapp filed her first theatre review for the Observer. She reflects on two decades of drama Source: A critic’s life for me: Susannah Clapp on … Continue reading

05/31/2017 · 2 Comments

Playwright Threatens Fines Over Post-Show Discussion of His Play — OnStage

Given the times we’re living in, theatre can provide an escape but also an opportunity to create dialogue. Whether it’s to inform, educate or simply gain feedback, conversations between cast … Continue reading

05/26/2017 · 2 Comments

Trevor Nunn: How the genius Terence Rattigan made a comeback years after his unjust rejection | The Independent

Terence Rattigan is a dramatist of genius.  There … I have said it straight out, no ifs or buts, no shilly-shallying.  I am, of course, expressing my opinion, but I … Continue reading

05/17/2017 · 1 Comment

Favorite Horror Films of the 1920s Continued: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – charles french words reading and writing

In this post, I will continue my series on favorite horror films, specifically of the 1920s. Another  brilliant horror movie of the 1920s is Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. … Continue reading

05/16/2017 · Leave a comment

Leicester, Middleham and That Play | Matt’s History Blog

Originally posted on First Night History:
Antony Sher as Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company [1984] The performances of Shakespeare’s Richard III scheduled to take place inside Leicester Cathedral…

05/12/2017 · 1 Comment

“We are living in a mass surveillance state” – George Mann on politics, privacy and the power of the dystopian – Battersea Arts Centre: Blog

Dystopian thriller Light returns to Battersea Arts Centre at the end of May following two sell-out runs last year. Director, George Mann, talks to us about why audiences aren’t yet … Continue reading

05/11/2017 · 1 Comment

Maybe I’m a grumpy old luvvie – but I think young actors have a lot to learn | Michael Simkins | Opinion | The Guardian

As Dame Judi Dench has noted, many actors under the age of 30 haven’t even heard of the titans who preceded them. And as for their diction … Source: Maybe … Continue reading

05/05/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Feature • IMMEASURABLE OUTCOMES • Funding • 2007

Shaftesbury Avenue 1949 Cards for sale I’ll save R&V readers the trouble of pointing out what I don’t know. I don’t know economics. I don’t know the principles or the … Continue reading

03/31/2017 · 5 Comments

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. | Travalanche

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better-known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

What’s So Complex about Shakespeare’s Immortal Rosalind?

Rosalind and Hamlet are surely the most complex in the vast parade of Shakespeare’s characters. In another dimension they could have been brother and sister. Both premiered during the same … Continue reading

03/14/2017 · 1 Comment

Archive Lecture • FINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED T’BE • Theatre Royal Stratford East • 2003

Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’ Be. They certainly aren’t at the Theatre Royal Stratford East! This theatre will be 120 years old next year [2004] and a retrospective of … Continue reading

02/08/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Feature • MARLON BRANDO • Careless Genius • 2006

I commissioned this article from Kieron Barry in 2006. I don’t agree with his conclusion. What do you think? Marlon Brando is not a concept that can be contained within … Continue reading

01/27/2017 · 3 Comments