Rogues & Vagabonds

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

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

Quote • IMELDA STAUNTON • Film Stardom

‘Well, my parents were working people. You just worked. I’ve always wanted a long career, not an instant one. I left RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Art], I worked in … Continue reading

02/03/2018 · 3 Comments

Ann Beach obituary | Television & radio | The Guardian

Actor who made her name with Joan Littlewood and went on to play the nosy neighbour in the 1980s sitcom Fresh Fields Source: Ann Beach obituary | Television & radio … Continue reading

03/20/2017 · 2 Comments

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

Archive Interview • ANNA CALDER-MARSHALL • The Importance of Being Earnest @ Oxford Playhouse • 2005

Anna Calder-Marshall knows she has it all. Not because she loves playing Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest under Erica Whyman’s direction at Oxford Playhouse — though she … Continue reading

06/28/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH • Jurassic Park

The filming of Jurassic Park collided with Hurricane Iniki, the most powerful hurricane to hit Hawaii in recorded history, in 1992, the cast and crew were made to move into … Continue reading

05/26/2016 · Leave a comment

Lived Lived: Marigold Charlesworth, 89

I’ve only just discovered that my beautiful, wonderful, enchanting godmother, Marigold Charlesworth (she was at RADA with my mother), died in December. Bless you, Marigold. You were the best godmother … Continue reading

05/16/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Book Review • STARK NAKED • Graham Stark • 2003

Stark Naked: The Autobiography of Graham Stark ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ might have been a more apt title for Graham Stark’s autobiography, Stark Naked, the story of his … Continue reading

03/30/2016 · Leave a 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

Susan Elkin: I’ve found a play that contains an advisory warning for prospective drama students | Opinion | The Stage

Originally posted in The Stage. I write about drama schools. And training. And plays. But it isn’t often I see a play which actually discusses schools and training. Last Friday I … Continue reading

08/24/2015 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday, Robert Shaw!

My mother, Benedicta Leigh, was at RADA at the same time as Robert Shaw. I don’t think they took to each other particularly! Peter Barkworth, also in the same year, … Continue reading

08/10/2015 · 2 Comments

Quote • Richard Briers • Drama School

(At RADA, Peter O’Toole and Albert Finney) “…didn’t need any lessons at all … I was painstakingly slow in my progress in comparison with them. I knew nothing about acting, I … Continue reading

02/18/2013 · Leave a comment