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Category Archives: Theatre

For One Knight Only: what we learned about Judi, Maggie, Ian and Derek in their Zoom knees-up | Theatre | The Guardian

…Derek Jacobi got a copy of Hamlet from Peter O’Toole …In 1963, Jacobi was Laertes to O’Toole’s prince. One day, O’Toole presented him with a book of Hamlet that once … Continue reading

12/01/2020

Archive Interview • JAMIE LLOYD • Piaf @ Vaudeville Theatre

  “I have always been passionate about Elena Roger,” enthuses Jamie Lloyd, director of Pam Gems’s classic bio-musical Piaf which has transferred so successfully to the Vaudeville Theatre stage. “I was assistant … Continue reading

11/27/2020

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – FOR ACTORS @Westendproducer

On the first day of Christmas, My agent gave to me, A ROLE AT THE RSC. On the second day of Christmas, My agent gave to me, TWO PROFIT SHARE, … Continue reading

11/23/2020

La Critique de L’École des femmes | Micheline’s Blog

L’École des femmes is a five-act play written at a relatively early date after Molière’s return to Paris. Molière had fled Paris after his first troupe, l’Illustre Théâtre, faced bankruptcy. … Continue reading

11/11/2020

Noël Coward’s Rare Home Movie Footage

Selected extracts from nearly 2 hours of home movies shot by Noël Coward and Jeffery Holmesdale (Lord Amherst) 16mm Cinè Film from 1921 to 1935. Source: Noël Coward’s Rare Home … Continue reading

10/30/2020

Olivier Awards 2020: the winners in full

After Covid-19 delayed the 2020 Olivier Awards by more than six months, this year’s winners have been revealed. Musicals Dear Evan Hansen and & Juliet and new play Emilia each … Continue reading

10/27/2020

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

Originally posted on Rogues & Vagabonds:
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…

10/22/2020

David Hare can’t bear too much reality – UnHerd

A Western democracy clashes with a Middle Eastern despotism in a war whose outcome will shape a new world order. Just a few years later, a writer presumes to turn … Continue reading

10/22/2020

Theatre Light Bulb Jokes

This is a post I put aside for future use in 2017. Inevitably,  I forgot all about it. Source: Theatre Light Bulb Jokes

10/19/2020 · Leave a comment

Helen Reddy obituary | Music | The Guardian

Every social movement has its definitive song, and feminism got its anthem in 1972 when the Australian singer Helen Reddy released the single I Am Woman. In three elegant minutes, … Continue reading

10/01/2020

Archive Interview | WILLIAM GAUNT | The Family Reunion @ Donmar Warehouse

“When you’re in a play that has had a chequered history,” confides the veteran actor William Gaunt, “you are inevitably nervous about how it will be received.” Gaunt is discussing … Continue reading

09/30/2020

Quote • “Don’t worry. Tonight you’ll make them look like amateurs….”

Postant [Nigel Bruce]: Don’t worry. Tonight you’ll make them look like amateurs.Calvero [Charlie Chaplin]: That’s all any of us are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else. … Continue reading

09/26/2020

Juliette Gréco, face of chic postwar Paris, dies aged 93 | World news | The Guardian

The legendary French actor and singer Juliette Gréco, whose career spanned more than half a century, has died aged 93, her family has said.“Juliette Gréco died this Wednesday surrounded by … Continue reading

09/23/2020

Quotes & Anecdotes • Niall MacGinnis

‘On a trip home to Wales, Niall MacGinnis was stopped and searched by police. He was arrested as a German spy when the police found a photo in his wallet of MacGinnis … Continue reading

09/18/2020

As Diana Rigg’s understudy, I never tired of watching her | Margaret Drabble | Stage | The Guardian

Diana’s demeanour in real life was most unlike Cordelia’s, and her vocabulary was racy and rich. I once put one of her more colourful remarks about a fellow actress in … Continue reading

09/12/2020

Diana Rigg, Avengers and Game of Thrones star, dies aged 82 | Television & radio | The Guardian

Rigg, who rose to prominence in the 1960s through her starring role as Emma Peel in The Avengers alongside Patrick Macnee, enjoyed a long and varied career, playing Lady Olenna … Continue reading

09/10/2020

Sir Ronald Harwood, Oscar-winning scriptwriter for The Pianist, dies at 85 | Ronald Harwood | The Guardian

Sir Ronald Harwood, the playwright and screenwriter best known for The Dresser and his Oscar-winning script for The Pianist, has died aged 85. Harwood, who also wrote several books and … Continue reading

09/10/2020

Archive Interview • JOANNA McCALLUM • The Clean House [tour] • 2008

Published on the original R&V 21-04-08  Joanna McCallum is having a grand old time touring in Sarah Ruhl’s play, The Clean House, which reaches Richmond Theatre this week. Her character, Virginia, … Continue reading

09/02/2020

MARGARET HALSTON: BEAUTIFUL SHAKESPEARIAN ACTRESS AND FILM STAR | THE CABINET CARD GALLERY

Margaret Halston, in her role in Othello, is the subject of this real photo postcard published by Percy Guttenberg of Manchester, England. The postcard is part of the “Revival Series”… … Continue reading

08/27/2020 · Leave a comment

Burnley Empire home to Houdini first

Legendary lost film Houdini Defeats Hackenschmidt was initially thought to have been shown in Boston, Massachusetts in March 1906. The film, where Houdini escapes from manacles fastened by wrestler George … Continue reading

08/17/2020

Marian Seldes: Fear Destroys Us

I asked Marian Seldes what she most wanted to teach her students, and she stopped me and said there was something she most wanted to teach everyone. This is what she … Continue reading

08/17/2020 · Leave a comment

Julian Bream obituary | Music | The Guardian

Britain had to wait a long time for its great classical guitarist. But the debut at the Wigmore Hall, London, in November 1951 of Julian Bream proclaimed the arrival of … Continue reading

08/14/2020

Archive Profile | JAMES AGATE [1877 – 1947] | Theatre Critic

Saturday 2nd March 2002 James Evershed Agate [1877 – 1947] was the renowned theatre critic of The Sunday Times. He started there in 1923 and worked on the paper until … Continue reading

08/02/2020

Charles Wood obituary | Stage | The Guardian

I’m sad that I missed this news in February, especially as I’m ‘Facebook friends’ with Charles Wood’s writer daughter Kate but then again I’ve spent great chunks of time not … Continue reading

07/25/2020

Andrew Scott to star in Old Vic’s livestreamed play Three Kings | Stage | The Guardian

One year on from his award-winning run in Noël Coward’s Present Laughter, Andrew Scott will return to the Old Vic theatre in London to perform a new livestreamed play. Three … Continue reading

07/20/2020

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – Art of Quotation

“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” Source: “A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” – Art of Quotation

07/09/2020

STR 2020 Theatre Book Prize Winner announced – Society for Theatre Research

[18th June 2020] Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh by Alan Strachan has been awarded the Society for Theatre Research Theatre Book Prize (for books published in 2019). The announcement was made … Continue reading

07/05/2020

Manchester’s Royal Exchange theatre says 65% of roles could be made redundant | Stage | The Guardian

Illustrious venue says the government’s plans for the industry give them no ‘confidence or clarity to be able to restart any activities in the immediate future’. The Royal Exchange relies … Continue reading

07/01/2020

The Stage – News – Coronavirus: ‘Theatre is to UK what Venice is to Italy’ – Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren has become the latest high-profile figure to call for major investment to prevent the arts from collapsing.She follows the likes of Judi Dench, who appeared on Channel 4 … Continue reading

06/30/2020

Quote • CARL REINER

The critic Pauline Kael “once wrote that she’s not sure if I’m a serious filmmaker or not,” Carl Reiner once recalled in an interview. “So I assured her: I’m not.” … Continue reading

06/30/2020