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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 · 1 Comment

The Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush, London. | reviewdonkey

The Bush Theatre has just had a big refurbishment. The first thing you notice when you arrive on a warm sunny evening is the new terrace and bar. It is … Continue reading

06/25/2017 · 5 Comments

Elsa Lanchester – Catford’s Bride of Frankenstein | Running Past

48 Farley Road is an ordinary looking Victorian terraced house in Catford; it has a brief, but important, place in British cinematographic history – in the early 20th century it … Continue reading

06/24/2017 · 10 Comments

Georgian Theatre Criticism | Pen and Pension

The theatre critic is a fixture in today’s newspapers and it turns out that such people have a long history behind them. Even in Georgian times, people turned to their … Continue reading

06/21/2017 · 1 Comment

‘Trump death’ in Julius Caesar prompts threats to wrong theatres – BBC News

Several US theatres with Shakespeare in their name receive abusive messages in an apparent mix-up. Source: ‘Trump death’ in Julius Caesar prompts threats to wrong theatres – BBC News

06/20/2017 · 6 Comments

Archive Interview • DAN LENO • Stewart Permutt • 2003

Mr Dan Leno as Mother Goose Posterby FirstNightVintage Excerpt from an interview with the actor, director and playwright, Stewart Permutt. [One project] on the go is a play about the Music … Continue reading

06/13/2017 · 2 Comments

Maggie Smith: “I led a perfectly normal life until Downton Abbey”

Dame Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham in ITV’s costume drama, talks to Mark Lawson about why her character should be killed off, forgetting which film she’s … Continue reading

06/10/2017 · 10 Comments

Isadora Duncan | Sheroes of History

During a time when those in power were clinging to rigidity in all aspects of public and private domains, Isadora Duncan scoffed at tradition and made the world take notice. … Continue reading

06/06/2017 · 6 Comments

Peter Sallis: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies aged 96 – BBC News

Last of the Summer Wine actor Peter Sallis, voice actor in Wallace and Gromit, dies aged 96. Source: Peter Sallis: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies aged 96 – … Continue reading

06/05/2017 · 8 Comments

West End Theatres – Playhouse to New London – A London Inheritance

In this blog post, I start a walk round all the West End Theatres photographing a snapshot of their productions on a single day… Source: West End Theatres – Playhouse … Continue reading

06/05/2017 · 2 Comments

The talent of older actors is shamefully being ignored

I do wish editors wouldn’t print things like ‘the actress sister of John le Carré’; it’s so unnecessary. That gripe against the newspaper aside, I agree with everything Charlotte Cornwell … Continue reading

06/01/2017 · 2 Comments

A critic’s life for me: Susannah Clapp on 20 years in the stalls | Stage | The Guardian

It’s 20 years since Susannah Clapp filed her first theatre review for the Observer. She reflects on two decades of drama Source: A critic’s life for me: Susannah Clapp on … Continue reading

05/31/2017 · 2 Comments

May 29, 1913: Ill-Mannered Factions? In Paris? – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

On the evening of May 29, 1913, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the newest venue in Paris, open for just over a month, was packed.  According to a newspaper report: “Never. … Continue reading

05/29/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • HOLDING FIRE! • Shakespeare’s Globe • 2007

Jack Shepherd’s new play, commissioned by the Globe for this Renaissance and Revolution Season, begins with co-founder William Lovett (Peter Hamilton Dyer) addressing a meeting of the London Working Men’s … Continue reading

05/29/2017 · 2 Comments

Playwright Threatens Fines Over Post-Show Discussion of His Play — OnStage

Given the times we’re living in, theatre can provide an escape but also an opportunity to create dialogue. Whether it’s to inform, educate or simply gain feedback, conversations between cast … Continue reading

05/26/2017 · 2 Comments

PRISCILLA DEAN: TALENTED SILENT FILM ACTRESS AND LESS TALENTED “TALKIE” ACTRESS | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

Priscilla Dean (1896-1987) was a popular American actress who appeared in both silent films and theatre productions. Her career spanned two decades. She was born in New York to a … Continue reading

05/21/2017 · 2 Comments

Joseph Cotten: Courtliness Personified | Travalanche

Joseph Cotten (1905-1994) was born on May 15. The late year of his death surprised me. Cotten’s last film had been in 1981 and I couldn’t imagine him ever not … Continue reading

05/19/2017 · 1 Comment

Trevor Nunn: How the genius Terence Rattigan made a comeback years after his unjust rejection | The Independent

Terence Rattigan is a dramatist of genius.  There … I have said it straight out, no ifs or buts, no shilly-shallying.  I am, of course, expressing my opinion, but I … Continue reading

05/17/2017 · 1 Comment

Quote • GLENDA JACKSON • Theatre People

“One of the amazing things about theatre people is that you might not see each other for years, and then when you do it’s as if you’d just walked into … Continue reading

05/13/2017 · 2 Comments

Leicester, Middleham and That Play | Matt’s History Blog

Originally posted on First Night History:
Antony Sher as Richard III for the Royal Shakespeare Company [1984] The performances of Shakespeare’s Richard III scheduled to take place inside Leicester Cathedral…

05/12/2017 · 1 Comment

“We are living in a mass surveillance state” – George Mann on politics, privacy and the power of the dystopian – Battersea Arts Centre: Blog

Dystopian thriller Light returns to Battersea Arts Centre at the end of May following two sell-out runs last year. Director, George Mann, talks to us about why audiences aren’t yet … Continue reading

05/11/2017 · 1 Comment

That’s the way to do it (Samuel Pepys, 1662) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1662, Samuel Pepys wrote in his diary: “Thence … into Covent Garden to an alehouse … and … to see an Italian Puppet Play, that is … Continue reading

05/09/2017 · 1 Comment

Consent, National Theatre, South Bank, London | reviewdonkey

The reviews for this show had been so good, but it was sold out. I know that NT have a few restricted view seats that they sell at 9.30 on … Continue reading

05/08/2017 · 1 Comment

“Thank you and Farewell” to an old, quintessentially English actor and ‘lovely human being’ called Moray Watson

Moray, who has died at the age of  88, had a voice which, with its perfectly enunciated diction, exuded a natural confidence, which probably explains why, over his 60-year career, … Continue reading

05/06/2017 · 4 Comments

All Our Children review – a shameful historical period horrifies anew

How do you tell a story as complex as the eugenics movement, which is pursued afresh in writer-director Stephen Unwin’s new play All Our Children? Its idealistic origins lie in … Continue reading

05/06/2017 · 3 Comments

Maybe I’m a grumpy old luvvie – but I think young actors have a lot to learn | Michael Simkins | Opinion | The Guardian

As Dame Judi Dench has noted, many actors under the age of 30 haven’t even heard of the titans who preceded them. And as for their diction … Source: Maybe … Continue reading

05/05/2017 · 3 Comments

Scandalous Women: Spirit of a Dove – Guest Post by Stephen Bourne

Evelyn Dove was one of the true pioneers of the booming cabaret age of the 1920s. She thrilled audiences around the world and her exquisite stage costumes helped to make … Continue reading

05/01/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • MARK BABYCH • Blonde Bombshells of 1943 • 2007

Alan Plater’s drama about an all-women swing band in the Second World War began life as an award-winning TV film starring Judi Dench and Ian Holm. West Yorkshire Playhouse swiftly … Continue reading

04/30/2017 · 1 Comment

“…The last time I was unknown I was too busy trying to become known to realize …” – Art of Quotation

“I never knew how good it is to be unknown until now. The last time I was unknown I was too busy trying to become known to realize the advantages … Continue reading

04/26/2017 · 1 Comment

Britain is no longer a country for & says “Farewell” to director/designer Bill Mitchell

Bill, theatre director/designer, who has died at the age of 65, recalled in 2012 that : “The name ‘landscape theatre’ came out of almost a joke” when he was “outside … Continue reading

04/19/2017 · 2 Comments