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Category Archives: Interviews

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

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

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

What I’ve learnt: Kevin Bacon

‘We all have a desire to be loved but with actors we want to be seen and we want the love of the masses. I felt that even when I … Continue reading

03/22/2020

The actor who was really stabbed on stage

When he was cast as Hamlet at age 24, Conor Madden thought his stage career was about to take off – but then an accident during a sword-fighting scene [during … Continue reading

03/15/2020

Michael Billington on Stage

Over the course of 50 years, Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington has reviewed over 10,000 productions. He is, joked National Theatre Director Rufus Norris, at tonight’s event: “The critic who’s struck more … Continue reading

03/11/2020

Sean Foley Q&A: the new artistic director of Birmingham Rep outlines his vision

As Sean Foley announces his first season as artistic director of the Birmingham Rep, he tells Matthew Hemley about his vision for the company The season opens with a run of … Continue reading

03/10/2020

Sharon Horgan: ‘I want adventures. I want to do stuff that’s challenging’

Sharon Horgan – Photograph: David Yeo/The Observer Sharon Horgan doesn’t especially enjoy watching herself on screen any more. She feels an awkwardness that, she thinks, comes from years of sitting … Continue reading

02/23/2020

Carry on Screaming’s Fenella Fielding on fighting with Kenneth Williams and bouncing back after bankruptcy | Stage | The Guardian

I knew Fenella Fielding’s death was in the offing as I’d read about her stroke a few days ago. I am very sad as she was always part of my … Continue reading

09/12/2018 · 3 Comments

Equity president warns working class struggle to get into acting | Stage | The Guardian

Working class youngsters who dream of becoming actors or performers are increasingly being kept out of the profession because of the cost and failures in the education system, the new … Continue reading

08/16/2018 · 4 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

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

Helen Mirren, interview: ‘I always hated sex scenes’

Helen Mirren saunters into a Venetian garden in the midday sunshine. Sporting a bright yellow skirt, purple nail polish and rainbow-coloured cardigan, she’s here to talk up her latest movie … Continue reading

04/17/2018 · 5 Comments

Caro Newling | The Ferryman producer | Neal Street Productions

The theatrical impresario Caro Newling’s production company Neal Street, which she founded with Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, boasts a vast portfolio of film, stage and TV hits – but … Continue reading

04/08/2018 · 1 Comment

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

Idris Elba: Why I decided to write the new ‘Only Fools and Horses’ – The i – Friday Arts #14

Spring 2018, and Idris Elba is back – finally – on the small screen. For a while, the Londoner who rose to fame as Stringer Bell on The Wire, David … Continue reading

03/23/2018 · 2 Comments

The Mash Report’s Rachel Parris on going viral, Piers Morgan and Jacob Rees-Mogg – The i – Friday Arts #11

“I think it depends which bit you’re working on,” Parris says. “For my bit, me and the fantastic Mash writing team come up with the weekly topic – we usually … Continue reading

02/23/2018 · 2 Comments

David Threlfall: ‘I have a need to act. For me it’s obsession, it’s curiosity, it’s passion’ – The i – iweekend #21

by Chloe Hamilton You wouldn’t think David Threlfall was about to star in the most expensive drama the BBC has ever made. The actor, best known for his performance as … Continue reading

02/17/2018 · 1 Comment

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville on starring in what might just be the greatest American play ever

‘I’ve done a lot of plays,’ says Lesley Manville, with some understatement. ‘A lot of great plays: Caryl Churchill, Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, Shakespeare. But I don’t think I’m overselling it … Continue reading

02/07/2018 · 3 Comments

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

‘It was unbearable’: Tim Minchin on life under Trump and the collapse of his $100m movie | Stage | The Guardian

Back on home soil, the Australian polymath discusses politics, musicals and #MeToo – and the worst year of his professional life. via ‘It was unbearable’: Tim Minchin on life under … Continue reading

01/30/2018 · 1 Comment

Actors on Actors: Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen – Full Video

01/27/2018 · 2 Comments

Three Billboards director Martin McDonagh: ‘Little girls don’t have a James Dean to emulate’ | Film | The Guardian

There’s no stopping Mildred Hayes, the mighty heroine of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She’s out on a mission to find her daughter’s killer, swinging down Main Street like a … Continue reading

01/13/2018 · 3 Comments

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