Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

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

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

The Marx Brothers: The Chico Years | Travalanche

Time once again to celebrate the birthday of Leonard “Chico” Marx (1887-1961). Today seems to me an appropriate time to float a notion I came up with the other day, … Continue reading

03/22/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • SAMANTHA SPIRO • Twelfth Night • 2008 | Rogues & Vagabonds

“Maria is one of those parts that can be played by any actress, whether a sixty-year-old in a hair net or a saucy young minx. I guess I’m something in … Continue reading

11/24/2016 · Leave a comment

January 23, 1919: Nothing in Moderation | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

He got his first job in television by showing up for an audition wearing a barrel and shorts. From there his career took off during a ten-year period that carried … Continue reading

01/23/2016 · Leave a comment

Dinner For One • Freddie Frinton and May Warden

Freddie Frinton is a name to conjure with. The comedian and music hall artist was often mentioned by my parents, who frequently used him as the butt of a joke about … Continue reading

01/09/2016 · Leave a comment

Benny Hill and the Windmill Theatre in Great Windmill Street, Soho « Another Nickel In The Machine

“The notion that Benny was a lonely man is so depressing and wrong. He just liked his own company. He was very happy walking alone, living alone, eating alone, taking … Continue reading

12/08/2015 · Leave a comment

Quote • PETER USTINOV • Comedy and Tragedy

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

10/30/2015 · Leave a comment

Can’t Afford The Edinburgh Fringe? Go To Balham Instead | Londonist

Originally posted on the Londonist. If the train fare to Edinburgh, plus accommodation once you get there is too steep (and it is), despair ye not. Instead, get your summer comedy … Continue reading

07/19/2015 · Leave a comment

Paul Whitehouse delivers.

Originally posted on Tricks and Drama:
Paul Whitehouse and Esther Coles. Bang! What the hell happened? We’ve somehow got a character based comedy show on TV. A rather good one,…

05/22/2015 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • SAMANTHA SPIRO • Twelfth Night • 2008

“Maria is one of those parts that can be played by any actress, whether a sixty year old in a hair net or a saucy young minx. I guess I’m … Continue reading

11/01/2014 · 1 Comment

Joan Rivers Dies at 81

09/04/2014 · Leave a comment

Listen to Robin Williams Talk About His Struggles on a 2010 Podcast

08/12/2014 · Leave a comment

The Young Ones: a bunch of complete bastards

Originally posted on In My Not So Humble Opinion:
After hearing of the recent untimely death of British comedian Rik Mayall last month at the age of 56, Michele and…

07/13/2014 · 1 Comment

Shakespeare Masterclass from Fry & Laurie

This is a very early sketch from Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie (1984). I was not that many years out of drama school and the way that Fry behaves was just … Continue reading

06/20/2014 · 1 Comment

Quotes • Grock, King of Clowns

“The genius of clowning is transforming the little, everyday annoyances, not only overcoming, but actually transforming them into something strange and terrific. It is the power to extract mirth for … Continue reading

06/09/2014 · Leave a comment

Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’: Comedy or Tragedy?

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 17th of January 1904, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov had its premiere at the Moscow Art Theatre. The…

05/22/2014 · 1 Comment

My Man Godfrey – Required Viewing

Originally posted on Waldina:
William Powell and Carole Lombard are genius in this 1936 film.  It really must be one of my favorites.  You can watch the entire movie below…

03/08/2014 · Leave a comment

Susan Harrison – The Useful Agony Of Doing New Material

The Useful Agony Of Doing New Material Going out on stage with new material, some of which you know is destined to fail, is a difficult thing to do. I … Continue reading

02/06/2014 · Leave a comment