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Pass the popcorn: a brief introduction to cinemas | Heritage Calling

Film was first shown in Britain in 1896 in temporary fairground booths and converted shops – so-called ‘penny gaffs’ or theatre ‘turns’. What followed was an endless love affair between … Continue reading

01/12/2018 · 6 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

Myrna Loy says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“Life, is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.” Source: Myrna Loy says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

07/01/2016 · 2 Comments

Digging Down the Curtain

Last week, as guests of Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), we visited one of their current explorations, that of the old Elizabethan playhouse, the Curtain Theatre. The opportunity for access … Continue reading

05/23/2016 · 1 Comment

The Curious Origin of the Word ‘Trilby’ | Interesting Literature

How did the famous trilby hat get its name? Here’s a question for you: what was the biggest-selling novel of the Victorian era? And who wrote it – Dickens perhaps? … Continue reading

05/11/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up my white tie. Dancin’ in my tails…

I just put my feet in the air and move them around. Fred Astaire Source: Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up … Continue reading

05/10/2016 · 2 Comments

Disaster at Drury Lane | London Historians’ Blog

On this day in 1809, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane was destroyed by fire. Theatres were always burning down, so nothing really unusual in fact. What made this conflagration different, is the … Continue reading

02/24/2016 · Leave a comment

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

Willkommen, again: “Cabaret” and its renewed relevance.

“Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome…” These words, sung by Joel Grey, open the classic 1972 musical/drama film Cabaret, directed by Bob Fosse, which is based on the 1966 Broadway musical, itself based on … Continue reading

11/25/2015 · 1 Comment

November 25 in Literary History: The Mousetrap Opens in London

1952: Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, having had its world première at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham on 6 October 1952. Now, over sixty years later, … Continue reading

11/25/2015 · 1 Comment

USO and Nurse – Martha Raye

Martha Raye was a Vaudeville born actress, comedian, and movie star that was known for bold comedy. She was named “The Big Mouth”, not only because of her comedy, but … Continue reading

11/24/2015 · 7 Comments

On this day: the premiere of Steamboat Willie

Steamboat Willie, a Disney animation that is credited with making Mickey and Minnie Mouse famous, premiered on the 18th of November, 1928. It was the first Disney cartoon to have … Continue reading

11/18/2015 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • IAN RICHARDSON • Part 4 • 2006

Passions and Portents “It wasn’t very pleasant,” says Ian Richardson with understatement. He is referring to his experience of active duty during National Service in the aftermath of World War … Continue reading

11/03/2015 · Leave a comment

History Behind the BBC Series “The Last Kingdom”

[Regina Jeffers] I am watching “The Last Kingdom” on BBC America (Saturday’s at 10 P.M.). It is a tale of Saxon history, with England struggling to become a “nation” in itself, … Continue reading

10/19/2015 · Leave a comment

What Happened on September 15th – Marilyn Monroe, A Skirt and a Subway Vent

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The iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe and the subway blast On September 15, 1954, the famous picture of Marilyn Monroe,…

09/15/2015 · Leave a comment

Favorite direction, ever, “Good. Do it again, and this time make it something resembling human behavior.” David Fincher. Fabulous! Happy birthday!

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08/29/2015 · Leave a comment

TimePlays – 500 years of stories brought to life in daily performances

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Originally posted on Historic Royal Palaces. Every day at Hampton Court Palace from 3 April to 31 August: Meet characters from the palace’s past and witness scenes…

07/19/2015 · Leave a comment

On this day: the premiere of Giselle in 1841

Originally posted on In Times Gone By…:
Carlotta Grisi as Giselle the year after the premiere The Paris Opera Ballet (then the Ballet du Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique)…

06/27/2015 · 2 Comments

“A painter paints, a musician plays, a writer writes – but a movie actor waits.” Mary Astor

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04/25/2015 · Leave a comment

Marilyn And Ella

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When Marilyn Monroe learned that the Mocambo, a popular Hollywood night club, would not book Ella Fitzgerald because of segregation, Marilyn phoned the…

03/04/2015 · Leave a comment

The one where Rachel rattles the teacups

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It’s Rachel with a “sh”, not Rachel with a “ch”. Her full name was Elisa-Rachel Félix, but she was known to everyone by her professional…

02/21/2015 · 1 Comment

“Listen, there is no acting style. Most people just play themselves.” Myrna Loy

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02/07/2015 · Leave a comment

“I’ve been close to Bette Davis for thirty-eight years – and I have the cigarette burns to prove it.” Henry Fonda

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01/29/2015 · Leave a comment

Don’t be an actor, my son, not even a comical one

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AN ACTOR’S TRAGEDY “Though the world is so full of a number things, I know we should all be as happy as….” from ‘Make ’em…

01/28/2015 · Leave a comment

In this world and the next: a tragedy of gender and celebrity

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“Perhaps in the next world women will be more valued than they are in this.” SARAH SIDDONS (1755 – 1831) Part Eight: Out of clay…

01/18/2015 · Leave a comment

In this world and the next: a tragedy of gender and celebrity

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“Perhaps in the next world women will be more valued than they are in this.” SARAH SIDDONS (1755 – 1831)  Fanny Kemble (1809 – 1893)…

01/09/2015 · 2 Comments

The Prophetess and the Muse

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Part Four of ROMANTIC FICTIONS AND CASUALTIES Shortly after the death of the Tragic Muse’s eldest daughter, in the same year of 1803, the artist…

11/29/2014 · 2 Comments

Lots of “Firsts”

Originally posted on Bite Size Canada:
A painting of Joseph Quesnel, by Gerritt Schipper. Collection du Musée régional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges (Photo credit: Wikipedia) On January 14, 1790, Joseph Quesnel premieres his opera Colas…

06/14/2014 · Leave a comment

Music Hall – not just a lovely war? | objectingtowar

I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier Cards by FirstNightVintage Re-blogged from objectingtowar. It’s hard to imagine but one hundred years ago the cultural life of this country was … Continue reading

06/11/2014 · 1 Comment

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

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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