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‘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 · 2 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

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

Quote • PATTI Lu PONE • ‘Stunt’ Casting

“I’ve seen terrible performances by stage actors and I’ve seen brilliant performances by film actors coming to the stage, but it’s when an actor tries to legitimise themselves without having … Continue reading

04/13/2018 · 2 Comments

Quote • STEPHEN SONDHEIM • Directors and Musicals

Stephen Sondheim: ‘Directors should focus more on the text and less on themselves’ Stephen Sondheim: ‘Directors should…

03/22/2018 · 7 Comments

“The most dangerous enemies of truth and freedom are the majority!” – Art of Quotation

“The most dangerous enemies of truth and freedom are the majority!”  Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian, playwright, from “An Enemy of the People” via “The most dangerous enemies of truth and freedom are the majority!” … Continue reading

03/11/2018 · 1 Comment

In Memory: “Even though you may have listened to the same performance, what you heard could be vastly different from what anyone else heard.” – Art of Quotation

“The thing I love about the arts — music, theater, museums, galleries — is that everybody wins.  You are touched and hopefully moved, and it is unique to each person. … Continue reading

03/05/2018 · 10 Comments

“The best director is the one you don’t see.” – Art of Quotation

“The best director is the one you don’t see.” Billy Wilder, director, screenwriter, 7 time Academy Award winner via “The best director is the one you don’t see.” – Art … Continue reading

03/01/2018 · 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

Audrey Hepburn says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” Source: Audrey Hepburn says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

02/16/2018 · 5 Comments

In Memory: “there’s the actor in every human being” – Art of Quotation

“If I should have the good fortune to become a star, I certainly don’t intend to become a star twenty-four…” via In Memory: “there’s the actor in every human being” … Continue reading

02/10/2018 · 5 Comments

“You should only be an actor if you can’t not be an actor.”

Originally posted on Art of Quotation:
“You should only be an actor if you can’t not be an actor.” John Lithgow, actor, from the Helen Edison Lecture Series, UC San…

02/07/2018 · 2 Comments

Quote • IMELDA STAUNTON • Film Stardom

‘Well, my parents were working people. You just worked. I’ve always wanted a long career, not an instant one. I left RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Art], I worked in … Continue reading

02/03/2018 · 3 Comments

Deborah Kerr: Invitations To Be Great

Interview with Deborah Kerr Conducted by James Grissom By Telephone 1991 The opportunities to be kind or gracious or giving arrive for us all the time: These are the invitations … Continue reading

01/15/2018 · 2 Comments

“We’re intellectual opposites. Well, I’m intellectual and you’re opposite.” – Art of Quotation

“We’re intellectual opposites. Well, I’m intellectual and you’re opposite.” Mae West, actress via “We’re intellectual opposites. Well, I’m intellectual and you’re opposite.” – Art of Quotation

01/14/2018 · 4 Comments

Quote • HELEN MIRREN • Looks

Helen Mirren would rather not be the poster woman for ageing gracefully. In fact, she’s “a bit cross” that she’s been getting so much attention for her looks in recent years. … Continue reading

01/11/2018 · 6 Comments

Quote • JAMES NORTON • Looks

‘I was sitting opposite my great-aunt Grania at a family lunch the other day and she was staring at me, in a quizzical way. Then she said: “Honestly, James, I … Continue reading

01/09/2018 · 11 Comments

Harold Pinter: The Bobbing of Egos

Interview with Harold Pinter Conducted by James Grissom 1997 Most people are not talented. This is true of the world in general, and this is true of the theatrical world … Continue reading

01/06/2018 · 4 Comments

“Modern man… does not want to make any sacrifice, even though true affirmation of the self can only be expressed in sacrifice.” – Art of Quotation

“Modern man, however, does not want to make any sacrifice, even though true affirmation of the self can only be expressed in sacrifice.”   Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian, director… Source: “Modern … Continue reading

12/07/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • CECIL BEATON • The Burtons

“I’ve always despised the Burtons for their vulgarity, commonness and crass bad taste. Richard Burton is as butch and coarse as only a Welshman can be. Elizabeth Taylor is everything … Continue reading

11/30/2017 · 8 Comments

“I get bored with actors talking about themselves.” – Art of Quotation

“I get bored with actors talking about themselves.” — Alan Rickman, actor, English Source: “I get bored with actors talking about themselves.” – Art of Quotation

10/14/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • ALAN DOBIE on PETER HALL on GODOT

“As he gets older, he does this wonderful thing, which is why I always like working with him — he never has a pre-conceived notion of how he’s going to … Continue reading

10/02/2017 · 9 Comments

Quote • LIVE THEATRE v FOOTBALL MATCHES • Surprising

I have been in hospital for two weeks, hence the gap in transmission. ‘More people watch live theatre every year than Premier League football matches.’ Libby Purves, @RadioTimes  Originally published on … Continue reading

10/01/2017 · 5 Comments

Quote • SIR PETER HALL • Acting versus Performing

“To me the greatest actor was [Ralph] Richardson. Larry was a great performer. In a way you always knew it was performing. But he was such an extraordinary conjurer that … Continue reading

09/14/2017 · 2 Comments

Tennessee Williams: We Are Human

“It simply isn’t enough to be queer, you know? I’m proud to be queer–gay, homosexual, odd, inverted–whatever the term. There are people who want me to be solely that, to … Continue reading

09/09/2017 · 1 Comment

Anton Chekhov says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“People don’t really notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” Source: Anton Chekhov says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

09/03/2017 · 4 Comments

“I’m not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.” Vivien Leigh | BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD

Photo post by @toobeguiling. Source: “I’m not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.” … Continue reading

09/02/2017 · 3 Comments

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Art of Quotation

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” — Charlie Chaplin, actor Source: “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Art of Quotation

08/25/2017 · 10 Comments

Sir Bruce Forsyth: 8 little-known facts about his career – BBC News

Sir Bruce Forsyth, who has died at the age of 89, hosted some of the biggest shows on British TV of the past 60 years – from Sunday Night at the … Continue reading

08/19/2017 · 4 Comments

Ava Gardner says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“She made movies, she made out and she made a fucking mess of her life, but she never made jam.” (Ava Gardner describing her life) Source: Ava Gardner says: | … Continue reading

08/05/2017 · 2 Comments
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