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Rosalind Knight: Friday Night Dinner and Carry On actress dies aged 87

Actress Rosalind Knight – whose credits include early Carry on films and Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner – has died aged 87, her family has said. The TV, film and … Continue reading


For One Knight Only: what we learned about Judi, Maggie, Ian and Derek in their Zoom knees-up | Theatre | The Guardian

…Derek Jacobi got a copy of Hamlet from Peter O’Toole …In 1963, Jacobi was Laertes to O’Toole’s prince. One day, O’Toole presented him with a book of Hamlet that once … Continue reading


Actor and comedian John Sessions dies aged 67 | Television & radio | The Guardian

The actor and comedian John Sessions has died at the age of 67. Sessions, best known for appearing on television shows including Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Have I Got … Continue reading


Diana Rigg, Avengers and Game of Thrones star, dies aged 82 | Television & radio | The Guardian

Rigg, who rose to prominence in the 1960s through her starring role as Emma Peel in The Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee, enjoyed a long and varied career, playing Lady Olenna … Continue reading


Obituary: Tim Brooke-Taylor, life of funnyman who co-wrote The Four Yorkshiremen – BBC News

The comic actor, who was best known as one of anarchic TV trio The Goodies, has died aged 79 with coronavirus Source: Obituary: Tim Brooke-Taylor, life of funnyman who co-wrote … Continue reading


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

London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket goes up for sale | Stage | The Guardian

London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, which has staged premieres of Oscar Wilde plays and was John Gielgud’s temporary home during the blitz, has been put up for sale by its owners. … Continue reading

01/24/2018 · 3 Comments

Orson Welles: Media and Mass Hysteria | A R T L▼R K

On the 30th of October 1938, the U.S. radio network CBS broadcast an audio drama from the Mercury Theatre on the Air series adapted from English sci-fi writer H. G. … Continue reading

10/30/2016 · Leave a comment

Hear a 64-Hour Playlist of Sherlock Holmes Stories, With Performances by Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson & Many More | Open Culture

Enjoy a 64-hour, 163-track playlist of Sherlock Holmes stories performed aloud. Source: Hear a 64-Hour Playlist of Sherlock Holmes Stories, With Performances by Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson & … Continue reading

06/23/2016 · 4 Comments

The Demonic Origins of Ventriloquism

It may not surprise you to know that the popular entertainment has some very dark roots… Source: The Demonic Origins of Ventriloquism

04/29/2016 · Leave a comment


This vintage real photo postcard features actress Bebe Daniels (1901-1971). The postcard was published by Cinemagazine (Paris Edition) and is part of a series (no. 121?). Miss Daniels is absolutely… … Continue reading

04/27/2016 · 2 Comments

Archive Feature • LEO McKERN • Not Just Another Pretty Face

Americans call it ‘synergy’ – others fate. That John Mortimer and Leo McKern should find in each other the perfect marriage of words to action is remarkable enough, but that … Continue reading

03/16/2016 · 2 Comments

Archive Obituary • ELISABETH WELCH • 2003

The black American actress and singer  has died peacefully in Denville Hall at the age of 99, we have just heard. She was, says writer Patrick Newley, a lovely lady, … Continue reading

03/14/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • EDGAR BERGEN • Paying Audiences

“You find out your mistakes from an audience that pays admission.” Edgar Bergen

02/16/2016 · Leave a comment

‘Damn fine actor’ Frank Finlay dies at 89

Star of The Three Musketeers, Othello and Bouquet of Barbed Wire died from heart failure at his home, surrounded by family The family of Frank Finlay has remembered him as … Continue reading

02/01/2016 · 6 Comments

Hear Alec Guinness (The Legend Behind Obi-Wan Kenobi) Read T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets & The Waste Land | Open Culture

Those who only know T.S. Eliot from such early poems as “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and The Waste Land may be surprised to encounter what many critics consider … Continue reading

01/17/2016 · Leave a comment

N F Simpson: Absurdist playwright who influenced and inspired Britain’s comic surrealists of the 1960s and ’70s – Obituaries – News – The Independent

Originally posted in The Independent on 12th September, 2011. When the absurdist playwright NF Simpson made his sole contribution to Granada’s long-running legal drama Crown Court in 1977, the producers must have … Continue reading

09/15/2015 · 1 Comment

Happy 90th Birthday Peter Sellers

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 90th birthday of the comedic actor Peter Sellers.  You know him from the hilarious Pink Panther films and Dr. Strangelove, but if you…

09/08/2015 · 3 Comments

The Lady’s Not for Burning, delightful astral delirium by Christopher Fry, starring Pamela Brown, John Gielgud, and Richard Burton, a radio performance for a Saturday, and for two wordsmiths in NY where the play made its USA premiere (1950)

BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD Pamela Brown by John Brinkworth 1949 (c) RADA; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation View original post

08/22/2015 · Leave a comment

Albert Evacuated by Stanley Holloway

Originally posted on First Night History:
// View image | ALBERT EVACUATED by Stanley Holloway [1890-1982] Have you heard how young Albert Ramsbottom Was evacuated from home With his mother, clean…

06/14/2015 · Leave a comment

“I’ve been close to Bette Davis for thirty-eight years – and I have the cigarette burns to prove it.” Henry Fonda

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01/29/2015 · Leave a comment

Singer, Actress, Teacher and Author Anne Johnston-Brown Q&A @AJohnstonbrown

Originally posted on Lit World Interviews:
RW: Anne, Fitness Video Queen, Vocal Diva, Comedic Legend and author. Is there anything you can’t do? ANNE: Haha. Well, Diva maybe… but Legend?…

01/20/2015 · Leave a comment

British Library: In Support of Save our Sounds

Originally posted on The Badger's Sett:
The British Library’s amazing sound collection is in need of support. The collection consists of some 6.5 million sounds, dating back to the…

01/19/2015 · Leave a comment