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Malcolm McDowell: ‘I have no memory of doing most of my films’ | Film | The Guardian

Malcolm McDowell was the insolent prince of early-70s cinema, the Liverpool salesman who stormed the establishment’s barricades. You can see him on screen in Lindsay Anderson’s If…., kickstarting a bloody revolution … Continue reading


“No Man’s Land” by Harold Pinter #Theatre – The Last Island

I saw the original — can it really be forty years ago? — with John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Terence Rigby. I didn’t much care for the play but I … Continue reading

09/23/2016 · 1 Comment


Laurence Olivier On Acting ‘John [Gielgud] is a very sweet man, but he seems to say rather more critical things about me than he does about Ralph. He probably wouldn’t … Continue reading

08/04/2016 · 4 Comments

Archive Exhibition Review • WHEN MARCEL MET MOTLEY • Chelsea College of Art & Design • 2006

Did you know that those influential stage designers Motley used to run a couture fashion house? Well, I certainly didn’t, but in 1936 – by which time they had already … Continue reading

07/04/2016 · Leave a comment

Hear a 64-Hour Playlist of Sherlock Holmes Stories, With Performances by Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson & Many More | Open Culture

Enjoy a 64-hour, 163-track playlist of Sherlock Holmes stories performed aloud. Source: Hear a 64-Hour Playlist of Sherlock Holmes Stories, With Performances by Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson & … Continue reading

06/23/2016 · 4 Comments

Did You Know…? | DAME SYBIL THORNDIKE: An Indefatigable Dame • 2008

Did you know that when John Gielgud was arrested for soliciting in 1953 – the basis for critic Nicholas de Jongh’s play, Plague over England, the then landlord of the famous … Continue reading

05/31/2016 · 2 Comments

Shakespeare 400: Quote • JOHN GIELGUD • Hamlet

‘Here is a Hamlet who seems to have pondered each line for its meaning as well as weighed it for its musical value, who points the wit, the agony, the … Continue reading

04/23/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Book Review • SIR JOHN GIELGUD: A Life in Letters • ed. Richard Mangan • Year

Sir John Gielgud: A Life in Letters edited by Richard Mangan John Gielgud had a venerable theatrical pedigree for his great-aunt was none other than the celebrated Victorian actress Ellen … Continue reading

03/28/2016 · 1 Comment

Archive Interview • RONALD PICKUP • Look Back in Anger • 2006

Whichever way you look at it, Ronald Pickup’s credits are extensive. In Peter Hall’s Bath season programme, his biog for Look Back in Anger runs to two columns. Google him … Continue reading

03/06/2016 · 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

Archive Interview • IAN RICHARDSON • Part 3 • 2006

Shakespeare to le Carré In the third part of my interview with Ian Richardson, he talks further on the disparity of opinion between drama critics and audiences, and about never … Continue reading

10/28/2015 · 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

The Lady’s Not for Burning, delightful astral delirium by Christopher Fry, starring Pamela Brown, John Gielgud, and Richard Burton, a radio performance for a Saturday, and for two wordsmiths in NY where the play made its USA premiere (1950)

BEGUILING HOLLYWOOD Pamela Brown by John Brinkworth 1949 (c) RADA; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation View original post

08/22/2015 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • JOHN FRASER • Close Up • Bosie Speaks Up

Film star, Shakespearean actor and director John Fraser, is perhaps most widely known for his highly-praised portrayal of Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie) in the movie The Trials of Oscar Wilde opposite Peter … Continue reading

03/04/2015 · 12 Comments

Quote • John Gielgud • Benjamin Britten

John Gielgud directed Benjamin Britten’s opera of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1961.  During rehearsals he was heard to shout, “Will someone turn off that damn music.” Courtesy of Simon Trowbridge, author … Continue reading

06/12/2013 · Leave a comment