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Category Archives: Interviews

10 Questions for actress Tracy-Ann Oberman: “it’s made me pretty fearless”

What do you call a woman who murdered Dirty Den, is the darling of TV comedy producers, writes radio plays about the golden age of Hollywood, hosted and judged Channel … Continue reading

07/08/2017 · 3 Comments

Interview with Brian Blessed – Published in The South China Morning Post – Etan Smallman

Thespian Brian Blessed, who served as master of ceremonies at the handover 20 years ago, recalls sparring with the Dalai Lama, punching Harold Pinter down the stairs, hospitalising Dr Who’s … Continue reading

07/05/2017 · 9 Comments

Archive Interview • BARRY NORMAN • Have a Nice Day • 2004

Reblogged from the original R&V site in tribute to the film critic who died last night at the age of 83. Have a Nice Day by the writer, film critic and … Continue reading

07/01/2017 · 7 Comments

Katharine Hepburn on SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER: Guess and Fly

Interview with Katharine Hepburn Conducted by James Grissom New York City/Turtle Bay 1990 I didn’t understand that woman at all. [Violet Venable in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer]. Not at … Continue reading

06/14/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • DAN LENO • Stewart Permutt • 2003

Mr Dan Leno as Mother Goose Posterby FirstNightVintage Excerpt from an interview with the actor, director and playwright, Stewart Permutt. [One project] on the go is a play about the Music … Continue reading

06/13/2017 · 2 Comments

Maggie Smith: “I led a perfectly normal life until Downton Abbey”

Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in ITV’s costume drama, talks to Mark Lawson about why her character should be killed off, forgetting which film she’s … Continue reading

06/10/2017 · 10 Comments

The talent of older actors is shamefully being ignored

I do wish editors wouldn’t print things like ‘the actress sister of John le Carré’; it’s so unnecessary. That gripe against the newspaper aside, I agree with everything Charlotte Cornwell … Continue reading

06/01/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • MARK BABYCH • Blonde Bombshells of 1943 • 2007

Alan Plater’s drama about an all-women swing band in the Second World War began life as an award-winning TV film starring Judi Dench and Ian Holm. West Yorkshire Playhouse swiftly … Continue reading

04/30/2017 · 1 Comment

Arthur Miller: The Price and the Dust of a Life

Interview with Arthur Miller Conducted by James Grissom Hotel Carlyle New York City 1998 There is anger and passion and love—and sometimes these three things are very much… Source: Arthur … Continue reading

03/29/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • DAN STEVENS • Hay Fever • 2006

Dan Stevens is hot property at the moment. The dashing twenty-three-year-old Cambridge graduate has already notched up professional credits with Sam West and Peter Hall and is currently performing in … Continue reading

03/16/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • SAMUEL WEST • Les Liaisons Dangereuses • 2003

Samuel West’s theatrical pedigree is impeccable. His grandfather was the actor Lockwood West, while his parents are Timothy West and Prunella Scales. He obtained an Equity card through The Browning … Continue reading

03/05/2017 · 3 Comments

Rufus Norris: ‘We are living in an age of extreme selfishness’ | Stage | The Guardian

Shocked by the Brexit vote, the director of the National Theatre embarked on an ambitious countrywide listening project. Rufus Norris explains how everyone from shepherds to shop workers shaped his … Continue reading

02/28/2017 · 4 Comments

Mel Brooks: ‘Donald Trump doesn’t scare me. He’s a song-and-dance man’ | Film | The Guardian

One of America’s great comics for the past 60 years, the maker of films Blazing Saddles and The Producers talks about why he can’t take the president seriously – and … Continue reading

02/17/2017 · 5 Comments

20th Century Women: Annette Bening at her best | The Guardian

Annette Bening has built a career on playing women smarter and spikier than people feel entirely comfortable with – much like her character in 20th Century Women Source: 20th Century Women: … Continue reading

02/15/2017 · 4 Comments

Archive Interview • MICHAEL DUKE • Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme • 2003

The Trouble with Puttees Hi, Michael, thanks for agreeing to the interview, you’re on speakerphone so it might sound a bit strange. It sounds like you’re being held captive somewhere! … Continue reading

02/13/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Interview • EDWARD HALL • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • 2003

Ed Hall (he’s happy to be called Ed or Edward, ‘most people call me Ed’), props himself into one of those infamously uncomfortable folding director’s chairs at a minuscule kitchen … Continue reading

02/03/2017 · 2 Comments

Older actors weigh up their careers: ‘If you’re not obsessed, you’ll never survive’ | Stage | The Guardian

Don’t expect to be in control, never stop looking for the next role: Siân Phillips, Timothy West and Janet Henfrey on how they turned acting into a life’s work. Source: … Continue reading

01/03/2017 · Leave a comment

Alan Bennett: ‘I don’t fret about posterity. But some things will last’ | Stage | The Guardian

The beloved writer, now 82, talks about trying not to be an old git and waging war on squirrels Source: Alan Bennett: ‘I don’t fret about posterity. But some things … Continue reading

12/19/2016 · Leave a comment

Lyndie Wright in conversation with Ronnie Le Drew and Linda Stanfield (part 1 of 3) #LATat55 – Little Angel Theatre: The Blog

To celebrate the theatre’s 55th birthday we’re sharing a story  or conversation every week for the next year. Expect tales from puppeteers, makers, staff members and brilliant people wh… Source: Lyndie … Continue reading

12/05/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • JUDE WRIGHT • Spitting Feathers • 2002

For many years, theatre involving young people has been associated with stark issues, usually drugs, drink, or under-age sex or, more likely, all three together with a back beat of … Continue reading

11/27/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • SAMANTHA SPIRO • Twelfth Night • 2008 | Rogues & Vagabonds

“Maria is one of those parts that can be played by any actress, whether a sixty-year-old in a hair net or a saucy young minx. I guess I’m something in … Continue reading

11/24/2016 · Leave a comment

What goes on in the wings: actors’ backstage secrets | Stage | The Guardian

From knitting and piano-playing to late-night poker games, eight stars including Mark Rylance, Anne-Marie Duff and Niamh Cusack reveal all Source: What goes on in the wings: actors’ backstage secrets … Continue reading

11/21/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • GRAHAM COWLEY & TRICIA THORNS • My Real War 1914 – ? • 2007 | Rogues & Vagabonds

Not far from Finsbury Park Station, in a complex of offices and mini warehouses, resides the home of Out of Joint, the theatre production company headed by the enthusiastic and … Continue reading

11/20/2016 · Leave a comment

Mark Rylance: ‘Backstage, I always have one ear to the house’ | Stage | The Guardian

His performance in Twelfth Night was a critical smash – but how did he feel waiting in the wings? Rylance reveals all, while photographer Mary McCartney gets a backstage pass… … Continue reading

11/14/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • FAITH BROOK • The Colour of Poppies • Jermyn Street Theatre • 2004

FROM THE ARCHIVE When I first heard that Faith Brook was to be back on stage to perform in her solo show at the Mill Studio in Guildford, I knew … Continue reading

11/11/2016 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • Hugh Bonneville • 2004

FROM THE ARCHIVE Hugh Bonneville is not only a sublime actor but a charming and erudite chap with a fine line in drollery. He sounds a little wary at the start … Continue reading

11/10/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • MAT FRASER • On Blindness • 2004

FROM THE ARCHIVE Mat Fraser is an old hand at treading the boards. He may have been “an impoverished musician” for fifteen years and only realize in the early 1990s … Continue reading

11/07/2016 · Leave a comment

As a jobcentre adviser, I got ‘brownie points’ for cruelty | Mary O’Hara | Society | The Guardian

Former jobcentre adviser Angela Neville has written a play to expose the harsh reality of the benefits sanctions regime… Source: As a jobcentre adviser, I got ‘brownie points’ for cruelty … Continue reading

10/29/2016 · Leave a comment

What I’ve Learned: Jeff Bridges

“I wouldn’t mind if I was mostly recognized for being The Dude. That doesn’t bother me at all.” Source: What I’ve Learned: Jeff Bridges

10/23/2016 · 6 Comments

Ken Stott: ‘Actors can’t make a living from theatre anymore. It’s chilling’ | Interviews, Picks | The Stage

When I go to meet Ken Stott at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre, he’s like a touring actor arriving at the stage door for his latest visit to a familiar … Continue reading

10/22/2016 · 1 Comment