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How Anna Scher’s maverick acting school created so many working-class stars | Stage | The Guardian

For 50 years Anna Scher has taught acting to north London children, with many – such as Kathy Burke, Daniel Kaluuya and Adam Deacon – becoming household names. What is … Continue reading

04/03/2018 · 2 Comments

Actors on Actors: Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen – Full Video

01/27/2018 · 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

Older actors weigh up their careers: ‘If you’re not obsessed, you’ll never survive’ | Stage | The Guardian

Don’t expect to be in control, never stop looking for the next role: Siân Phillips, Timothy West and Janet Henfrey on how they turned acting into a life’s work. Source: … Continue reading

01/03/2017 · Leave a comment

Quote • OSCAR WILDE • Acting

“I love acting. It is so much more real than life.” – Oscar Wilde

12/23/2016 · 1 Comment

Quote • JOHN BARRYMORE • Famous Last Words

“Die, I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.” These are often incorrectly cited as the last words of the … Continue reading

12/09/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • Hugh Bonneville • 2004

FROM THE ARCHIVE Hugh Bonneville is not only a sublime actor but a charming and erudite chap with a fine line in drollery. He sounds a little wary at the start … Continue reading

11/10/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • ROBERT MITCHUM • ‘That bum…’

“You know what the average Robert Mitchum fan is? He’s full of warts and dandruff and he’s probably got a hernia too, But he sees me up there on the … Continue reading

09/26/2016 · 8 Comments

Quote • DAVID NIVEN • Acting

“Can you imagine being wonderfully overpaid for dressing up and playing games?” – David Niven, actor, novelist, English Source: “Can you imagine being wonderfully overpaid for dressing up and playing … Continue reading

09/19/2016 · 2 Comments

My role on Holby City helps change attitudes about autism – Jules | Scope’s Blog

Jules is an actor and a regular on Holby City. He also happens to have Asperger syndrome, which is a form of autism. As part of 30 Under 30, we … Continue reading

06/30/2016 · Leave a comment

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Francesca, the theatre star | Scope’s Blog

Francesca Mills is a 20-year-old actor who has achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism. She is currently on tour with a Ramps on the Moon production,of the Government Inspector where … Continue reading

06/08/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • FRANCES DE LA TOUR • Acting

“I have an idealistic dream about painters and poets and musicians and what their lives are like. They do what they want to do, and we don’t. We do what … Continue reading

05/28/2016 · 2 Comments

Five Fascinating Facts about David Garrick | Interesting Literature

The life of actor David Garrick (1717-1779), told through five pieces of interesting trivia 1. He helped to bring a new degree of realism to acting. In his An Essay on … Continue reading

02/24/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • PEGGY ASHCROFT • Much Ado About Nothing

‘[Sir John] Gielgud revived his own colourful, ingeniously designed 1949 production a year later, casting himself as Benedick to Peggy Ashcroft’s Beatrice. On the first night the pair drank a … Continue reading

01/23/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • ALAN RICKMAN • Susan Sarandon

“Alan Rickman was an actor’s actor; courageous, generous, witty & surprising. When he laughed he lit up a room. A prince. You will be missed.” Susan Sarandon quoted in The … Continue reading

01/15/2016 · 4 Comments

Quote • ALAN RICKMAN • The Profession

“The profession should be and is a kind of relay race – about information, opinions and passions being passed on.” — Alan Rickman, Theatregoer Magazine, November 2001 First quoted on R&V … Continue reading

01/14/2016 · 3 Comments

Quote • EDWARD ALBEE • ‘A Terrible Drunk’

‘I used to be a terrible drunk. I insisted on setting everyone straight about what was wrong with them. And I’m told that I’d go to the theatre, and I’d … Continue reading

01/11/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • NOËL COWARD • Oscar Wilde

“Am reading more of Oscar Wilde. What a tiresome, affected sod” Noël Coward

12/25/2015 · Leave a comment

Quote • ANNA MAXWELL MARTIN • Backstage Jealousy

‘Oh yes, people keep pulling knives on me and threatening me with guns.’ Anna Maxwell Martin when asked if there was jealousy backstage at the National because of the reception … Continue reading

12/20/2015 · Leave a comment

Watch Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen Discuss Acting | Seroword

With Cate Blanchett’s newly released Carol, the two actors met to discuss topics ranging from faking accents to working with different types of directors. Source: Watch Cate Blanchett and Ian … Continue reading

12/13/2015 · 11 Comments

“He was just beautiful . . . Errol. He himself openly said, “I don’t know really anything about acting,” and I admire his honesty because he’s absolutely right.” Bette Davis

Photo post by @toobeguiling. Source: “He was just beautiful . . . Errol. He himself openly said, “I don’t know really anything about acting,” and I admire his honesty because … Continue reading

11/21/2015 · 1 Comment

Quote • PETER USTINOV • Comedy and Tragedy

“Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious” ― Peter Ustinov

10/30/2015 · Leave a comment

Quote • HENRY IRVING • Faust & Romeo & Juliet

‘I had seen [Henry Irving] in Faust, his blanched face appearing in the unholy light of thirty limes, a long, thin figure in red, heightened by the tall feather in … Continue reading

09/21/2015 · Leave a comment


‘If it’s a play about someone’s private experience, or someone’s personal problem or a family that is a bit dysfunctional, I shrug my shoulders and say so what? I’ve got … Continue reading

09/05/2015 · Leave a comment

Quote • KEN DODD • Comedy and Craft

‘There was more art to comedy years ago. Comics were masters of their craft. Today there are precious few places to learn that craft and far too much emphasis on … Continue reading

08/31/2015 · Leave a comment

Quote • MIRIAM MARGOLYES • Being Grand

“I can’t keep my mouth shut – but as long as I get what I want, I’m lovely. You can’t be grand in this business, it’s stupid. I’m genuinely democratic … Continue reading

08/29/2015 · Leave a comment

Quote • ROBERT DOWNEY JR • Acting

“I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.” Robert Downey Jr

08/23/2015 · 4 Comments

Quote • CECIL B DE MILLE • Creation

‘Creation is a drug I can’t do without.’ Cecil B. DeMille The Plainsman [DVD] [1936]

08/05/2015 · Leave a comment

Quote • CORIN REDGRAVE • The Recruiting Officer • 2003

‘And The Recruiting Officer, written shortly after the battle of Blenheim, is a brilliant comedy about the way country people were exploited by members of Marlborough’s army. It’s one of … Continue reading

07/29/2015 · Leave a comment

YouTube Interview • NOEL COWARD • Acting • 1966

Here in full, courtesy of YouTube, is Michael MacOwan’s interview with Noël Coward from 1966. It is chock-full of invaluable advice about acting, whether for stage or screen. The productions referred to … Continue reading

07/29/2015 · Leave a comment