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“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 Advertisements

10/14/2017 · 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

The Gallery of Achievers: The Inescapable Sarah Bernhardt | Victorian Paris

Be a little careless in your hearing and when I give you my name, it sounds as if I’m saying, Sarah Bernhardt. I love it. Perhaps I’d have done better if I’d … Continue reading

10/10/2017 · 3 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

Benjamin Whitrow obituary | Stage | The Guardian

‘Benjamin Whitrow has never given a bad performance,” said Laurence Olivier, who employed the actor in his National Theatre company at the Old Vic for seven years in the late 1960s. By … Continue reading

10/01/2017 · 3 Comments

The March on Russia, Orange Tree Theatre review – vividly funny amid the bleakness

The late David Storey spoke movingly, elsewhere on The Arts Desk, of his sense of overwhelming powerlessness at the challenge of accepting his father’s death. “I was quite racked by his … Continue reading

09/30/2017 · 3 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 · 1 Comment

Sir Peter Hall, theatre, film and opera director, dies aged 86 | Stage | The Guardian

Founder of Royal Shakespeare Company and former National Theatre director dies surrounded by his family in London Source: Sir Peter Hall, theatre, film and opera director, dies aged 86 | … Continue reading

09/12/2017 · 4 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

King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, review: A naked emotional spontaneity in Kevin McNally’s fine performance | The Independent

Nancy Meckler makes her debut at Shakespeare’s Globe with this intelligent, uneven, heartfelt account of King Lear. The theme of homelessness is central to the tragedy and the production heightens our sense … Continue reading

08/28/2017 · 4 Comments

On this day: a choreographer and his muse. | In Times Gone By…

This is the edition of LIFE Magazine for the 23rd of August, 1965. The cover features choreographer George Balanchine, who was born into a Georgian family in Saint Petersburg before moving to … Continue reading

08/23/2017 · 2 Comments

Edinfest: 70 years of challenge and innovation | David Hencke

CROSS POSTED ON BYLINE.COM This year the Edinburgh International Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary. So did I. The opera, music, dance and drama festival tends to be overshadowed by the … Continue reading

08/20/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Theatre Review • THE ENTERTAINER • Liverpool Playhouse • 2004

From the Archive 25-06-2014 Liverpool Playhouse has opened its doors under the new directorship of Gemma Bodinetz with an adventurous, some would say dangerous first choice of production, John Osborne’s darkly political… … Continue reading

08/16/2017 · 4 Comments

The Strange, Sad Story of Joe Orton, His Lover, and 72 Stolen Library Books – Atlas Obscura

Police came to the door of Joe Orton, the man who would one day be one of the most famous playwrights in the United Kingdom, and his partner Kenneth Halliwell’s one-bedroom … Continue reading

08/11/2017 · 9 Comments

Robert Hardy and Shakespeare | The Shakespeare blog

On Thursday 3 August 2017 one of the UK’s best-loved actors, Robert Hardy, died. His family described him as “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified” and most of his admirers … Continue reading

08/07/2017 · 5 Comments

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor, Is Dead at 73 – The New York Times

07/31/2017 · 10 Comments

“playwriting is and has always been like making a chair. Your concerns are…” – Art of Quotation

“For me, playwriting is and has always been like making a chair. Your concerns are balance, form, timing, lights, space, music. If you don’t have these essentials, you might as … Continue reading

07/31/2017 · 5 Comments

£2m in Arts Council funding for Emma Rice’s new company is everything that’s wrong with the arts | Opinion | ArtsProfessional

If the national funder really cared about equality, it wouldn’t endorse a £2m application from a nine-day-old organisation, argues Christy Romer. Source: £2m in Arts Council funding for Emma Rice’s new … Continue reading

07/28/2017 · 2 Comments

Barrie Rutter on leaving Northern Broadsides: ‘We were told that our 25 years’ work was irrelevant’ | Opinion, Picks | The Stage

This is appalling news. Shame on the Arts Council. A figurehead of northern theatre, Barrie Rutter resigned from the pioneering touring company he founded a quarter-century ago. He explains why … Continue reading

07/27/2017 · 5 Comments

Michelle Terry is a bold, unexpected and possibly inspired choice for Shakespeare’s Globe | Stage | The Guardian

Forget all the stuff about poisoned chalices. Running Shakespeare’s Globe is a huge opportunity and Michelle Terry strikes me as a bold, unexpected and possibly inspired choice to be the … Continue reading

07/26/2017 · 3 Comments

ENGLISH THEATRE ACTRESS PAMELA GAYTHORNE AND HER NOT SO SUBTLE HAT | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

This vintage real photo postcard features English stage actress Pamela Gaythorne. She is quite attractive and wearing much jewellery and lace. Note her not so subtle hat. It looks as … Continue reading

07/18/2017 · 2 Comments

The gulf between rich and poor is vast and growing. Where will it end? | Trevor Nunn | Opinion | The Guardian

From the very beginning, our species behaved hierarchically, just like chimpanzees, with whom we share a common ancestor. We have always colluded in the principle that some people are much … Continue reading

07/09/2017 · 4 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

Quote • SAMUEL BECKETT • Failure

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” —  Samuel Beckett

07/01/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • J.M.BARRIE • Advice

When asked for some advice on a particular role, J. M. Barrie [1860 – 1937] told an actor, ‘Try to look as if you had a younger brother in Shropshire.’

06/30/2017 · 6 Comments

Archive Review • THE CHRIST OF COLDHARBOUR LANE • Soho Theatre • 2007

The impressively titled The Christ of Coldharbour Lane portrays curiously eclectic Brixton, where social groups are divided by age, religion and addiction. Brixton’s recent gentrification is signalled from the outset, but writer … Continue reading

06/29/2017 · 2 Comments