Rogues & Vagabonds

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

Tag Archives: Royal Court

Francis Cuka Obituary

Although she became one of the most loved and reliable of character actors on stage and television, Frances Cuka, who has died aged 83, seemed destined for stardom when her … Continue reading


Stephen Unwin • Theatre Then and Now

Republished from Facebook with the kind permission of its author, the director, writer and teacher Stephen Unwin. The deaths this year of Bill Gaskill and now Howard Davies have made me … Continue reading

11/01/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Feature • ALAN BATES • 2003

‘I don’t know if he’s a Sir or not, but if not, he should be,’ said Helen Mirren when being interviewed about Gosford Park in the New York Post early … Continue reading

04/08/2016 · 6 Comments

Archive Interview • TANIKA GUPTA • Sugar Mummies • 2006

Playwright Tanika Gupta has a new play, Sugar Mummies, in rehearsal at the Royal Court. It starts previews on 5 August and a lunchtime chat we had planned had to … Continue reading

03/08/2016 · 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


“I’m a seagull – no, I’m an actress. Yes. Well, it doesn’t matter…he doesn’t believe in theatre. He laughed at my dreams, until finally I stopped believing in them. I … Continue reading

12/19/2015 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • HARVEST • Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Downstairs • 2005

Buy: Bean Plays Three: Harvest, In the Club, The English Game and Up on Roof.: “Toast” , “Smack Family Robinson” , “Mr England” , (Oberon Modern Playwrights) Richard Bean’s new play … Continue reading

09/03/2015 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • MARK EDEN • Take 2: Props & Autumn • 2004

Interviewing actor and writer Mark Eden is a fascinating lesson in what can happen by dint of circumstance and application. Eden, who is currently appearing at the Jermyn Street Theatre … Continue reading

07/26/2015 · 2 Comments

A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life: A Trip to the Theatre: Orson’s Shadow

Originally posted on A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life. Final casting has been announced for the European premiere of Orson’s Shadow, a critically acclaimed comedy by Austin Pendleton, about the … Continue reading

06/20/2015 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • HITCHCOCK BLONDE • Royal Court Theatre • 2003

The second scene of Hitchcock Blonde offers us the sight of Alfred Hitchcock painstakingly filleting Dover sole while dining with a young actress desperate to be cast in his film. This image is repeated … Continue reading

09/30/2014 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • BRIGHT COLOURS ONLY • Lyric Studio Hammersmith • 2004

Death runs in my family. Indeed, it practically gallops, to nab the insanity line from Arsenic and Old Lace. The last decade has seen the death of so many of my … Continue reading

09/24/2014 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • BOLA AGBAJE • Gone Too Far! • Royal Court • 2008

Bola Agbaje’s first play, Gone Too Far! debuted at The Royal Court in 2006. While its arrival was a low-key affair – few of the major newspapers picked up on it – … Continue reading

08/28/2014 · Leave a comment