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Category Archives: Theatre

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

Marie Lloyd – Queen of the Halls

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the legendary music hall performer Marie Lloyd and I think she would have appreciated the lecture about her colourful life and spectacular career that … Continue reading

03/18/2020

Roy Hudd obituary

‘In 1958 Hudd’s agent, Morris Aza, suggested he audition for Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice. As Hudd later explained: “Morris said, ‘In about three or four years variety … Continue reading

03/16/2020

Max von Sydow obituary

The great Swedish film and stage actor Max von Sydow, who has died aged 90, will be remembered by different people for different roles: the title role in The Exorcist, … Continue reading

03/16/2020

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

The (Gasp!) Canadian Who Played Abraham Lincoln

An old trick of the media is to suggest an upcoming event will cause Great Offence and Controversy, without waiting to see if it actually does. Source: The (Gasp!) Canadian … Continue reading

03/06/2020

Revivals of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm pick up 5 Oliviers

Revivals of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen’s Rosmersholm picked up five [Olivier Award] nominations each, including best actor for Wendell Pierce as Miller’s Willy Loman and … Continue reading

03/04/2020

Michael Medwin: Shoestring actor dies aged 96

Michael Medwin, who trained at the Italia Conti stage school in London, made his film debut as a radio operator in 1946’s Piccadilly Incident… Source: Michael Medwin: Shoestring actor dies … Continue reading

02/27/2020

The History of Race, Performance, and Drag Intersect in a Rare Photo of Thomas Dilward

TODAY IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, the southwest corner of Court Street and Remsen Street is home to a vitamin store, a law office, and a pizzeria. But in September 1862, during … Continue reading

02/26/2020

How Do You Solve a Problem Like ‘Emma’?

There’s a moment toward the end of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” when the heroine goes to a picnic and is horrified to discover that she is not as wonderful as she … Continue reading

02/23/2020

Francis Cuka Obituary

Although she became one of the most loved and reliable of character actors on stage and television, Frances Cuka, who has died aged 83, seemed destined for stardom when her … Continue reading

02/22/2020

Terry Hands obituary

Artistic director of the RSC, who co-founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and revived the Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Terry Hands, who has died aged 79, spent more time with and did … Continue reading

02/06/2020

Langston Hughes’s Ardent Public Fan Letter to the Young Nina Simone

On February 8, 1949, a week after his forty-eighth birthday, the poet, novelist, activist, and playwright Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901–May 22, 1967) traveled to Asheville to speak at the Allen … Continue reading

02/05/2020

Bud Flanagan’s Spitalfields

My Sabbatical is Over! I’m back. However, posts will not be as frequent as during the old days. Also, I’ve decided not to allow your beautiful comments partly because of … Continue reading

01/28/2020

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

Fenella Fielding obituary | Film | The Guardian

Inimitable, luxuriantly breathy and slyly mellifluous, Fenella Fielding, who has died aged 90, was a household name in the 1960s when she graced and sidled across the West End stage … Continue reading

09/12/2018 · 3 Comments

RIP Roy Heather [1935-2014] aka Sid the cafe owner in #OFAH

Originally posted on Rogues & Vagabonds:
Please forgive me for any errors, grammatical or otherwise.  I am writing this tribute through tears for I have lost my ex-husband and a good friend. Roy…

09/03/2018 · 4 Comments

David Wood: ‘Audiences for children’s theatre are becoming more middle-class as school trips decline’

Acclaimed children’s playwright David Wood has warned that young theatre audiences are becoming more middle-class because fewer schools are organising trips to shows. Wood said he desperately wanted schools to … Continue reading

08/29/2018 · 6 Comments

Neil Simon, a Master of Comedy on Broadway, Is Dead at 91 – The New York Times

Neil Simon, the playwright whose name was synonymous with Broadway comedy and commercial success in the theater for decades, and who helped redefine popular American humor with an emphasis on … Continue reading

08/26/2018 · 4 Comments

Lindsay Kemp, performer and Bowie mentor, dies at 80 – BBC News

Kate Bush has paid tribute to ground-breaking dancer, mime artist and choreographer Lindsay Kemp, who has died aged 80. She described Kemp – who taught her to dance – as … Continue reading

08/26/2018 · 5 Comments

One great film noir for every year (1940-59) | BFI

Well, okay, I meant to post this in November last year. But I didn’t! To celebrate #Noirvember and the return to cinemas of The Big Heat and In a Lonely … Continue reading

08/20/2018 · 5 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

A Life in Focus: Peter Cushing, the actor who personified the horror genre | The Independent

The Independent revisits the life of a notable figure. This week: Peter Cushing, from Friday 12 August 1994 Peter Cushing was one of the handful of actors who defined the horror … Continue reading

08/14/2018 · 4 Comments

The Violation of Marian Seldes

Marian Seldes waltzed through the world to a composition only she could hear and only she could transcribe. Proudly not of this world, she was regal and positive and ready … Continue reading

08/13/2018 · 1 Comment

Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet (1899) | FROM THE BYGONE

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1925) by Lafayette as Hamlet, 1899 More photos via Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet (1899) | FROM THE BYGONE

08/10/2018 · 2 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

JULY 29, 1887: NAUGHTY NOMADS AND SINGING SOTS – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Born in 1887, Sigmund Romberg moved to the United States in 1909 and, after a short resume builder in a pencil factory (as a sharpener?), found work as a pianist.  … Continue reading

07/29/2018 · 1 Comment

Manchester Royal Exchange founder Braham Murray dies aged 75

Braham Murray, the longest-serving artistic director of the Royal Exchange Manchester, has died suddenly aged 75… via Manchester Royal Exchange founder Braham Murray dies aged 75

07/27/2018 · 2 Comments