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David Wood: ‘Audiences for children’s theatre are becoming more middle-class as school trips decline’

Acclaimed children’s playwright David Wood has warned that young theatre audiences are becoming more middle-class because fewer schools are organising trips to shows. Wood said he desperately wanted schools to … Continue reading

08/29/2018 · 6 Comments

Neil Simon, a Master of Comedy on Broadway, Is Dead at 91 – The New York Times

Neil Simon, the playwright whose name was synonymous with Broadway comedy and commercial success in the theater for decades, and who helped redefine popular American humor with an emphasis on … Continue reading

08/26/2018 · 4 Comments

Obituary: Hugh Whitemore – ‘Breaking the Code playwright’

One of my father Richard Vernon’s successes on stage was Pack of Lies by Hugh Whitemore in which he played Mr Stewart from MI5 opposite Judi Dench and Michael Williams. Like many … Continue reading

07/25/2018 · 2 Comments

“The most dangerous enemies of truth and freedom are the majority!” – Art of Quotation

“The most dangerous enemies of truth and freedom are the majority!”  Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian, playwright, from “An Enemy of the People” via “The most dangerous enemies of truth and freedom are the majority!” … Continue reading

03/11/2018 · 1 Comment

Caryl Churchill honoured for outstanding contribution to writing | The Stage

Playwright Caryl Churchill has been honoured for her outstanding contribution to writing at the 2018 Writers’ Guild awards. Fellow playwright Lucy Kirkwood presented Churchill with the award at a London … Continue reading

01/16/2018 · 1 Comment

Harold Pinter: The Bobbing of Egos

Interview with Harold Pinter Conducted by James Grissom 1997 Most people are not talented. This is true of the world in general, and this is true of the theatrical world … Continue reading

01/06/2018 · 4 Comments

Bernard Kops, Poet, Novelist & Playwright | Spitalfields Life

“It’s amazing I have lived so long, after all the drugs that I have taken in my life!” declared Bernard Kops with a certain genial alacrity – speaking now as a … Continue reading

10/04/2017 · 2 Comments

Anton Chekhov says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“People don’t really notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” Source: Anton Chekhov says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

09/03/2017 · 4 Comments

Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor, Is Dead at 73 – The New York Times

07/31/2017 · 10 Comments

“playwriting is and has always been like making a chair. Your concerns are…” – Art of Quotation

“For me, playwriting is and has always been like making a chair. Your concerns are balance, form, timing, lights, space, music. If you don’t have these essentials, you might as … Continue reading

07/31/2017 · 5 Comments

On the Pivotal Thomas Mitchell: From Classics to “Columbo” | Travalanche

The great Thomas Mitchell (1892-1962) came into the world on this day (11th July). Mitchell remains well-known today as a character actor with parts in an unnaturally long list of … Continue reading

07/12/2017 · 4 Comments

Quote • SAMUEL BECKETT • Failure

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” —  Samuel Beckett

07/01/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • J.M.BARRIE • Advice

When asked for some advice on a particular role, J. M. Barrie [1860 – 1937] told an actor, ‘Try to look as if you had a younger brother in Shropshire.’

06/30/2017 · 7 Comments

Trevor Nunn: How the genius Terence Rattigan made a comeback years after his unjust rejection | The Independent

Terence Rattigan is a dramatist of genius.  There … I have said it straight out, no ifs or buts, no shilly-shallying.  I am, of course, expressing my opinion, but I … Continue reading

05/17/2017 · 1 Comment

“We are living in a mass surveillance state” – George Mann on politics, privacy and the power of the dystopian – Battersea Arts Centre: Blog

Dystopian thriller Light returns to Battersea Arts Centre at the end of May following two sell-out runs last year. Director, George Mann, talks to us about why audiences aren’t yet … Continue reading

05/11/2017 · 1 Comment

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve” – Art of Quotation

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve” — George Bernard Shaw, Irish, playwright, writer Source: “Democracy is a device that ensures we … Continue reading

02/11/2017 · 3 Comments

Quote • THE PINTER TEST

‘This week I passed a personal-development landmark, because after trying once a decade for 30 years, I finally stayed awake all the way through a Harold Pinter play. I’m so … Continue reading

02/09/2017 · 7 Comments

Quote • EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY • Good Advice

“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” — … Continue reading

02/01/2017 · 1 Comment

Quote • “I SAW HIS LEAR…”

“I saw his Lear. I was pleasantly disappointed.” ‘Sir’ in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser talking about a rival actor.  

12/12/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • SEAN O’CASEY • All the world’s a stage…

‘All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.’ Irish playwright Sean O’Casey. Originally published on R&V 14-01-08

11/30/2016 · 2 Comments

Quote • ‘THIS PRODUCTION CONTAINS SIGNIFICANT LONGEURS…’

‘If the audience were indeed entitled to know about elements that might alarm, distress or offend them, why should this be restricted to effects? No show is perfect, and shouldn’t … Continue reading

11/25/2016 · Leave a comment

Anton Chekov says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Source: Anton Chekov says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

10/30/2016 · 3 Comments

Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? playwright, dies aged 88 | Stage | The Guardian

The three-time Pulitzer-winning playwright challenged theatrical convention through sharp-tongued humor and dark themes Source: Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? playwright, dies aged 88 | Stage | The Guardian

09/17/2016 · Leave a comment

Wanting the Moon – The Bread & Roses Theatre

*First London Theatrical Run* If I really had a free hand I’d wish to broadcast on my hundredth birthday,  fly round the world…Oh, I forgot — I have often wanted … Continue reading

09/11/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • DAVID HARE on PAUL SCOFIELD

‘Paul Scofield… was the hardest actor to direct that I’d ever seen. Not because he was difficult–far from it–but because he gave you infinite possibility. With most actors you are … Continue reading

06/11/2016 · Leave a comment

Equus and Amadeus playwright Peter Shaffer dies aged 90 | Stage | The Guardian

British playwright, who also won an Oscar for film adaptation of Amadeus, has died after falling seriously ill last week Source: Equus and Amadeus playwright Peter Shaffer dies aged 90 … Continue reading

06/06/2016 · Leave a comment

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

“Immortal with a kiss” (Christopher Marlowe) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1593, the colourful Christopher Marlowe, poet, playwright, lover of tobacco and boys, and supposed spy, was fatally stabbed in a tavern in Deptford, under somewhat mysterious … Continue reading

05/30/2016 · Leave a comment

Did You Know…? REFUSING HONOURS • 2004

‘I’m putting the phone down now, goodbye,’ said Alan Bennett when, following the leaked document that revealed last month that many notable people in various fields had turned down honours … Continue reading

04/20/2016 · 2 Comments

REVIEW- Shakespeare In Ten Acts | the Exhibitionologist

On one of the exhibitionologist’s first forays into exhibition reviewing, back in 2012, I found myself at an exhibition all about William Shakespeare. Hosted by the British Museum and accompa… Source: … Continue reading

04/19/2016 · Leave a comment