Rogues & Vagabonds

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

Quote • OSCAR WILDE • Acting

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

12/23/2016 · 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 • 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


“You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.” From Knights by Aristophanes [444 – 380 BC] Originally published on R&V … Continue reading

12/03/2016 · 1 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


‘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

George Bernard Shaw says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Source: George Bernard Shaw says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

11/03/2016 · 1 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

Quote • ROBERT BATHURST • Kindness

What is the kindest thing someone has done for you? I guess that would be my parents for never insisting I get a proper job. Robert Bathurst, actor, Waitrose Weekend … Continue reading

10/08/2016 · 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


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


Brixton Stories and Happy Birthday, Mister Deka D: The Short and Happy Life of Ossic Jones (Modern Plays) “What should I say if they asked me what I thought of … Continue reading

07/21/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • WILL SELF • Suspending Disbelief

“At the best of times, as a professional suspender, I find it hard to suspend disbelief. It’s never Goneril for me – always a girl who went to RADA. I … Continue reading

07/10/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • ANTONY SHER • If I Were Mayor…

“[If I were Mayor for a day] I’d love to open up theatre to the public by making all plays free for the day. Not the big musicals, they can … Continue reading

07/09/2016 · 2 Comments

Quote • PINTER and NO MAN’S LAND • Janet Street-Porter

‘No Man’s Land is a monumental waste of talent. [The play] is more than 30 years old and hasn’t worn well…. you leave the theatre repeating just two words: “what?” … Continue reading

07/06/2016 · Leave a comment

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

Quote • OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND • Life and Death

“If I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise longue, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a … Continue reading

07/01/2016 · 2 Comments

Quote • MICHAEL CAINE • Gossip

“I’m very good at keeping secrets. I never tell anybody anything. I love listening to gossip but I never, ever repeat it. So the result is that I know everything … Continue reading

06/27/2016 · 3 Comments


“I think the image of actors as children, narcissistic and vain, is quite inaccurate. They’re very hard-working people, people with considerable imagination and intelligence on the whole. As a body … Continue reading

06/25/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • PATRICIA HODGE • Restoration Comedy

“I think Restoration comedy requires all the different resources that are within an actor. You’ve got to have clarity of thought and diction, and you need bravado, incredible focus, and … Continue reading

06/24/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • RANJIT BOLT • Kudos for Playwrights

“Because they’re French, writers often acquire a kudos denied our own dramatists. We don’t call Sheridan ‘maître’ but he was a major genius, in another league from Molière. Just imagine … Continue reading

06/23/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • SHAKESPEARE • Toothache

“For there was never yet philosopher  That could endure the toothache patiently.” Source: Shakespeare says: | The Müscleheaded Blog

06/20/2016 · 3 Comments


‘Visitors accustomed to dingy, dirty, uncomfortable theatres, as bad, if not worse, than the ordinary Paris theatres of today, were enchanted with the light, bright, joyous little playhouse, always compared … Continue reading

06/13/2016 · Leave a comment


“He aspires to the soul rather than the character. He has no sense of personal ambition. He’s one of our great, great actors. We’re lucky to have him.” Helen Mirren … Continue reading

06/11/2016 · Leave a comment


‘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

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

Quote • J M BARRIE • Stage Directions

When asked by an actor he had cast in a small role in What Every Woman Knows how he should play it, Sir James Barrie said: “I am glad you have … Continue reading

05/28/2016 · 4 Comments

Quote • CASTING • Pride and Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice – 2005 [DVD] “We’re sick and tired of period dramas about first love but which feature actors in their late twenties or early thirties.” Paul Webster, co-producer … Continue reading

05/21/2016 · 3 Comments


“If anyone else wakes up to sunshine they say, ‘Lovely day!’ If we wake up to it we say, ‘Oh shit!’” Bill Kenwright, producer, Blood Brothers, We Happy Few. “We’ve … Continue reading

05/18/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • SAMANTHA MORTON • There’s Tough and There’s Tough

“They [actors] are moaning – but what for? They’ve got a job. It’s tough, the hours are tough, the corsets are tough. But try working in a factory for 16 … Continue reading

04/26/2016 · Leave a comment