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Category Archives: Theatre

“…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

Christopher Morahan obituary | Michael Billington | Stage | The Guardian

Director and producer whose 60-year career spanned television, theatre and film – from The Jewel in the Crown to Pinter plays Source: Christopher Morahan obituary | Michael Billington | Stage … Continue reading

04/12/2017 · 1 Comment

Olivier Awards 2017: Winners in full – BBC News

The full list of winners and nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards which took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April. Source: Olivier Awards 2017: Winners in … Continue reading

04/11/2017 · 1 Comment

Garrick in the Garrick – The Bowes Museum’s Blog

Carmen Holdsworth-Delgado is Curator for the Garrick Club. In 2011 the Club acquired two paintings by Johann Zoffany of David Garrick and his wife and in doing so, became only … Continue reading

04/08/2017 · 1 Comment

Actor Tim Pigott-Smith dies aged 70 – BBC News

British actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who was best known for his Bafta-winning role in 1984 TV series The Jewel in the Crown, has died aged 70. His agent described him as … Continue reading

04/07/2017 · 5 Comments

Lost London – Canterbury Music Hall, Lambeth | Exploring London

Described by the Theatres Trust as a “key building” in music hall history, the Canterbury Music Hall was first erected in Westminster Bridge Road in 1852 on the site of an … Continue reading

04/04/2017 · 1 Comment

Shakespeare commonplace book on Antiques Roadshow | The Shakespeare blog

The BBC Antiques Roadshow has often featured items with a Shakespeare connection, but on Sunday 2 April 2017 we saw “one of the most remarkable items to ever feature on … Continue reading

04/03/2017 · 2 Comments

Don Juan in Soho, Wyndham’s Theatre, London, 2017 | reviewdonkey

The 17th Century version of this play closed, after only one performance, because of its repulsive and offensive nature. It was not shown in an uncensored form again for almost 150 … Continue reading

04/03/2017 · 5 Comments

David Storey obituary | Stage | The Guardian

David Storey, who has died aged 83, was an unusual literary figure in being as well known for writing novels as he was for writing plays, never claiming that one … Continue reading

04/02/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Feature • IMMEASURABLE OUTCOMES • Funding • 2007

Shaftesbury Avenue 1949 Cards for sale I’ll save R&V readers the trouble of pointing out what I don’t know. I don’t know economics. I don’t know the principles or the … Continue reading

03/31/2017 · 5 Comments

Arthur Miller: The Price and the Dust of a Life

Interview with Arthur Miller Conducted by James Grissom Hotel Carlyle New York City 1998 There is anger and passion and love—and sometimes these three things are very much… Source: Arthur … Continue reading

03/29/2017 · 2 Comments

Pop Goes The Opera – hello emma kay

I remember watching this… And thought “I have to see these guys!” It only took four years (Scary thought!) to put my thoughts into action and watch Pop-up Opera, at … Continue reading

03/24/2017 · 1 Comment

Archive Review • LUNCH WITH MARLENE • New End Theatre • 2008

Whenever I visit the V&A I always, and I do mean always, have to walk round my favourite section of the Museum. It is the part that houses the wayward … Continue reading

03/21/2017 · 1 Comment

Ann Beach obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

Actor who made her name with Joan Littlewood and went on to play the nosy neighbour in the 1980s sitcom Fresh Fields Source: Ann Beach obituary | Television & radio … Continue reading

03/20/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • THE PRODUCERS • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane • 2004

The producers of all this year’s West End flops should be ordered to sit in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and watch a masterpiece in action. The Producers, starring Nathan … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Derek Walcott is Dead – The St. Lucia STARThe St. Lucia STAR

Derek Walcott is dead. Relatives and sources close to the Saint Lucian poet and playwright who had been suffering with health issues have confirmed that he passed away in the early … Continue reading

03/17/2017 · 6 Comments

Quote • ANNE-MARIE DUFF • Saint Joan

“She’s cheeky and pert. She’s funny by accident a lot of the time. She’s got that hilarious conviction of her own invincibility, the way you are when you’re that age … Continue reading

03/17/2017 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • DAN STEVENS • Hay Fever • 2006

Dan Stevens is hot property at the moment. The dashing twenty-three-year-old Cambridge graduate has already notched up professional credits with Sam West and Peter Hall and is currently performing in … Continue reading

03/16/2017 · 2 Comments

Tony Haygarth obituary | Stage | The Guardian

Tony Haygarth, who has died aged 72, was a salt-of-the-earth Liverpudlian actor who became a familiar face on television in series such as Emmerdale (in which he played Mick Naylor), … Continue reading

03/15/2017 · 1 Comment

Archive Review • THE CRUCIBLE • Birmingham Rep @ New Wimbledon Theatre [tour] • 2004

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which is appearing on tour at the New Wimbledon Theatre, is regarded by many as a modern classic. First performed in New York just over fifty … Continue reading

03/15/2017 · Leave a comment

What’s So Complex about Shakespeare’s Immortal Rosalind?

Rosalind and Hamlet are surely the most complex in the vast parade of Shakespeare’s characters. In another dimension they could have been brother and sister. Both premiered during the same … Continue reading

03/14/2017 · 1 Comment

Disabled actor Mat Fraser cast as Richard III in new play – The i newspaper online iNews

An actor born with defects resulting from the drug Thalidomide has been cast as Shakespeare’s loathed and lauded villain Richard III in a new theatre produ… Source: Disabled actor Mat … Continue reading

03/13/2017 · 5 Comments

Shakespeare buys a house in Blackfriars (1613) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1613, according to the surviving Deed of Conveyance in the London Metropolitan Archives, William Shakespeare bought for £140 a “dwelling house or Tenement with th’appurtenaunces sit… … Continue reading

03/10/2017 · 1 Comment

‘It’s not just for Joey, it’s for a better world’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM

British director Stephen Unwin is set to direct his new play All Our Children—about a German clinic in 1941 that sends disabled children to their death as part of the Nazis’ killing program. … Continue reading

03/08/2017 · 4 Comments

Secrets of the Theatrical Costumer: 1903 | Mrs Daffodil Digresses

Where the Gorgeous Costumes of the Stage Are Made and Rented. There are lots of people who can manage to push their way behind the scenes at a play, but … Continue reading

03/06/2017 · 4 Comments

Archive Interview • SAMUEL WEST • Les Liaisons Dangereuses • 2003

Samuel West’s theatrical pedigree is impeccable. His grandfather was the actor Lockwood West, while his parents are Timothy West and Prunella Scales. He obtained an Equity card through The Browning … Continue reading

03/05/2017 · 3 Comments

R.I.P. Frank Delaney – charles french words reading and writing

The literary world lost an important figure in late February. Frank Delaney, (October 29, 1942-February 21, 2017) the novelist and historian from Ireland, died at the age of 74. Delaney, … Continue reading

03/05/2017 · 2 Comments

Vesta Tilley: Male Impersonator | Rogues & Vagabonds

This image is from an original postcard in my possession of the great English Music Hall performer Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), who was especially renowned as a male impersonator and beloved … Continue reading

03/04/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Review • THE LARAMIE PROJECT • KIT Productions @ Sound Theatre, London • 2005

In 1998 two local men met Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old, five foot two inches tall, gay student in a bar in Laramie, Wyoming. They took him in their wagon … Continue reading

03/03/2017 · 2 Comments