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Archive Review • SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER • Richmond Theatre [tour] • 2008

If ever a production showed just how important it is to get the set and costumes right, this touring version of She Stoops to Conquer from Birmingham Rep and The Touring Consortium, … Continue reading

02/12/2018 · 2 Comments

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

“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

Preserving Vivien Leigh’s Photo Albums – Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

I’ve been collecting original Vivien Leigh (and Laurence Olivier, but mostly Vivien) memorabilia in earnest for about 10 years now. It began with vintage fan magazines and playbills, and gradually … Continue reading

02/06/2018 · 1 Comment

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

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

Archive Review • BASHMENT • Theatre Royal Stratford East, London • 2005

In Britain, our multi-ethnic society may pay lip service to celebrating difference and we are even giving legal recognition to gay partnerships but there is a continuing pattern of racial … Continue reading

02/02/2018 · 2 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

Theatre and Morality: Synge’s Playboy of the Western World | A R T L▼R K

On the 26th of January 1907, The Playboy of the Western World, a three-act drama, written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge, was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in … Continue reading

01/26/2018 · 3 Comments

Richard Wroughton (1749-1822): Actor – All Things Georgian

In a previous blog post ‘Miss Jenny Davis as a bride’ we briefly mentioned Richard Wroughton, so thought we would take a closer look at him to see if we … Continue reading

01/25/2018 · 1 Comment

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

More than 30 UK theatres at risk of being lost | Stage | The Guardian

Theatres around the UK are in danger of being lost for ever unless more local authorities start seeing them as opportunities, rather than liabilities, according to a new report. via … Continue reading

01/23/2018 · 5 Comments

The war has not yet started | Carole Woddis

Well, here’s a thing now, a season of plays up from Plymouth – but no ordinary season when steered by Simon Stokes and Jenny Topper. It was Stokes and Topper … Continue reading

01/22/2018 · 1 Comment

Henry Montague: First Shepherd of the Lambs

Just a quick shout out to honor the natal day of actor Henry James Montague (Henry John Mann, 1843-1878). Montagu came to our attention through that eerie, ghostly portrait above, … Continue reading

01/20/2018 · 1 Comment

Return to the Forbidden Planet creator Bob Carlton dies

Bob Carlton, who created Return to the Forbidden Planet, has died. The writer and director created the jukebox rock and roll musical, which is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, … Continue reading

01/20/2018 · 1 Comment

Patrick Stewart: my nerve-racking RSC audition with the great John Barton | Stage | The Guardian

In a cold, wet November evening in 1965, I plodded nervously across the Bancroft Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon. I had at last been accepted to audition for the Royal Shakespeare Company, although … Continue reading

01/19/2018 · 3 Comments

John Barton obituary | Stage | The Guardian

Through his work as a director, and above all as a teacher, John Barton, who has died aged 89, changed the way we play and hear Shakespeare. His editing and … Continue reading

01/19/2018 · 2 Comments

Caryl Churchill honoured for outstanding contribution to writing | The Stage

Playwright Caryl Churchill has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to writing at the 2018 Writers’ Guild awards. Fellow playwright Lucy Kirkwood presented Churchill with the award at a London … Continue reading

01/16/2018 · 1 Comment

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

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

James Barber death: Tributes pour in for ‘loved and respected’ chief executive of Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre – Get Surrey

Tributes have been paid to the chief executive and director of Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre James Barber, who has died aged 59. Mr Barber, commonly known as Jamie, died suddenly … Continue reading

01/03/2018 · 2 Comments

The Toy Theatre Publishers Of Old St

These days the vicinity of Old St is renowned for its digital industries but, for over a hundred years, this area was celebrated as the centre of toy theatre manufacture … Continue reading

12/27/2017 · 2 Comments

Judi Dench | The Old Vic | Happy Birthday!

‘The girl with the week’s biggest break’ Dame Judi Dench returned to The Old Vic 60 years after she made her professional stage debut as Ophelia at 22. She discusses … Continue reading

12/09/2017 · 3 Comments

Musty or momentous? Three forgotten hits are back on stage in London

One of the hoariest critical cliches is that if a play is neglected, it is usually with good reason. In fact, many plays gather dust simply because of the wilful … Continue reading

12/06/2017 · 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

Rosemary Leach obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

Stage and screen actor who was admired for her roles as Helene Hanff in 84 Charing Cross Road and Mrs Honeychurch in the 1985 film A Room With a View… … Continue reading

10/25/2017 · 3 Comments

Book Review: Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell. | Adventures In Historyland

When a writer chooses as their lead protagonist an actor and his main theme the theatre, possibilities abound. At first looking at Bernard Cornwell’s new novel “Fools and Mortals”… Source: … Continue reading

10/22/2017 · 6 Comments
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