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Did You Know…? Peg Woffington and David Garrick | Rogues & Vagabonds

Did you know that the Irish actress Peg Woffington [c 1718 to 1760] was once the mistress of David Garrick [1717 to 1779] and that they lived together in London at No … Continue reading

02/20/2017 · Leave a comment

In the (not so bleak) mid-winter – Friends of the Leas Pavilion

After our Christmas break, we’re back with a short update… The Pavilion is still having regular inspections and we are pleased to say that most of the urgent works have … Continue reading

02/19/2017 · 2 Comments

THE BURNLEY EMPIRE THEATRE | Beauty Bellezza Beauté

The Empire Theatre in Burnley, UK. The Empire Theatre in Burnley opened in 1894 with seats for 1,935 and hosted acts from around the world. Photos (1 to 6): Mark … Continue reading

02/18/2017 · 4 Comments

Mel Brooks: ‘Donald Trump doesn’t scare me. He’s a song-and-dance man’ | Film | The Guardian

One of America’s great comics for the past 60 years, the maker of films Blazing Saddles and The Producers talks about why he can’t take the president seriously – and … Continue reading

02/17/2017 · 5 Comments

Samuel French bookshop to close after 187 years | Carousel, News | The Stage

Publisher and theatrical licensing company Samuel French is to close its London bookshop after 187 years in the capital, with management blaming an “unsust… Source: Samuel French bookshop to close … Continue reading

02/17/2017 · 8 Comments

Archive Interview • MICHAEL DUKE • Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme • 2003

The Trouble with Puttees Hi, Michael, thanks for agreeing to the interview, you’re on speakerphone so it might sound a bit strange. It sounds like you’re being held captive somewhere! … Continue reading

02/13/2017 · 3 Comments

Did You Hear? • WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I? • 2003

They don’t prepare you for this sort of thing at drama school,’ said actor Phil Rose when he found himself having to deal with an elderly, drunken performer. Rose was … Continue reading

02/10/2017 · 7 Comments

Quote • THE PINTER TEST

‘This week I passed a personal-development landmark, because after trying once a decade for 30 years, I finally stayed awake all the way through a Harold Pinter play. I’m so … Continue reading

02/09/2017 · 7 Comments

Archive Lecture • FINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED T’BE • Theatre Royal Stratford East • 2003

Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’ Be. They certainly aren’t at the Theatre Royal Stratford East! This theatre will be 120 years old next year [2004] and a retrospective of … Continue reading

02/08/2017 · 2 Comments

Lotte Lenya by George Hoyningen-Huene – Art Bacchant

Photo post. Source: George Hoyningen-Huene – Art Bacchant

02/07/2017 · 6 Comments

Archive Review • TESTING THE ECHO • OjO @ Tricycle Theatre [tour] • 2008

David Edgar’s docudrama about immigration in the UK has been compared to Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. Discounting the fact that both plays employ a kind of ‘collage’ effect, and … Continue reading

02/06/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • EDWARD HALL • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • 2003

Ed Hall (he’s happy to be called Ed or Edward, ‘most people call me Ed’), props himself into one of those infamously uncomfortable folding director’s chairs at a minuscule kitchen … Continue reading

02/03/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY • Good Advice

“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” — … Continue reading

02/01/2017 · 1 Comment

Beautiful Turn of the Century Postcards by Rita Martin | FROM THE BYGONE

Rita Martin (1875-1958) started her photographic career in 1897 when she helped her elder sister Lallie Charles to run her studio. In 1906 she opened her own studio, working in … Continue reading

01/28/2017 · 3 Comments

Charles Macklin | London Historians’ Blog

Last week I gave St Paul’s Covent Garden a proper visit for the first time. The church was designed by Inigo Jones, having been commissioned by the Duke of Bedford, who told … Continue reading

01/24/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • KWAME KWEI-ARMAH • The Critics

“I wasn’t prepared for that [critical mauling of Statement of Regret] really, just as I wasn’t prepared for all the praise and success [for Elmina’s Kitchen]. You have to reassess … Continue reading

01/23/2017 · 1 Comment

James and the giant talent | Chris Neville-Smith’s blog on theatre

Never satisfied with just another undemanding Christmas show for children, Northern Stage’s James and the Giant Peach is up there with the West End shows for its production value – … Continue reading

01/22/2017 · 2 Comments

Empire of the Stage | Iconic Photos

Last week, when covering the news of Lord Snowdon’s death, we briefly mentioned the work he did for Vanity Fair, covering British theatre, in November 1995. John Osborne, the playwright … Continue reading

01/21/2017 · 4 Comments

Archive Theatre Review • THE HISTORY OF THE TROUBLES (accordin’ to My Da) • Tricycle Theatre • 2003 #Repost

First posted here on 26-04-13 Sometimes new plays have a knack of coming along at just the right time. This new play from Belfast is a real shot in the … Continue reading

01/20/2017 · 2 Comments

Theatrical links and war heroes in Bedford Park, Chiswick – House Historian

In looking through the 1891 census for Bath Road, which runs along the boundary of Bedford Park, I found the widowed, Marie Saker, recorded as an actress. She was living … Continue reading

01/18/2017 · 2 Comments

January 16, 1908: Next Day on Your Dressing Room They Hung a Star – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

A few names are synonymous with the Broadway musical theater – Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, composers all. As an entertainer, one name looms large; … Continue reading

01/16/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Review • IN THE CLUB • Hampstead Theatre • 2007

You know exactly what you are in for when the self-professed ‘political sex farce’ In the Club provides a hotel suite crammed with pink latex dildos, fluffy handcuffs, a masturbatory … Continue reading

01/16/2017 · 3 Comments

Review: Shakespeare in London by Hannah Crawforth, Sarah Dustagheer and Jennifer Young – Mathew Lyons

This review first appeared in the August 2015 issue of History Today. The world might be forgiven for rolling its eyes at the prospect of another book on Shakespeare. Does … Continue reading

01/11/2017 · 1 Comment

Theatres Trust announces winning theatres In Spend a Penny campaign

Theatres Trust today announces the eight theatres selected to receive £15,000 each from the Spend a Penny campaign, financed by the philanthropic Chairman of Albourne Partners, Simon Ruddick. Deeply empathetic … Continue reading

01/09/2017 · Leave a comment

New Year’s Honours for Shakespeare | The Shakespeare blog

At the beginning of 2017 the New Year’s Honours List was published in which the great and the good were recognised for their services. Following the successful 2016 Rio Olympics … Continue reading

01/08/2017 · Leave a comment

Quote • MRS PATRICK CAMPBELL • The Cult of Personality

‘Most successful actors and actresses are entirely dependent upon personality for their effect, aided, as the case may be, by the charm of their diction or their natural grace of … Continue reading

01/07/2017 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE • Arcola Theatre • 2008

Act 4 of the Arcola Theatre production of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a play brilliantly adapted and skilfully reinterpreted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, includes a fleeting moment when the … Continue reading

01/06/2017 · Leave a comment

How my son’s disability is helping me to direct Joe Egg | The Independent April 2013

The more plays I direct, the more I know that I don’t direct them well unless I bring my own experiences into the rehearsal room. Source: How my son’s disability … Continue reading

01/05/2017 · 1 Comment

How do actors do the same thing every night? Easy – it’s never the same | Stage | The Guardian

As the audience find their seats they listen to a medley of 1940s music: Gracie Fields, George Formby, Noël Coward. Hidden backstage, less than four metres from them, I indulge … Continue reading

01/04/2017 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • PETER PAN • Oxford Playhouse • 2004

The last time I reviewed a John Doyle/Sarah Travis collaboration, I hated it and slated it. So it was with some trepidation that I approached their take on Peter Pan … Continue reading

12/30/2016 · Leave a comment