Rogues & Vagabonds

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

Chariots of Fire actor Ben Cross dies aged 72 – BBC News

Actor Ben Cross, who was best known for playing athlete Harold Abrahams in the film Chariots of Fire, has died at the age of 72. His representatives said he had … Continue reading

08/19/2020 · 2 Comments

Terry Hands obituary

Artistic director of the RSC, who co-founded the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and revived the Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Terry Hands, who has died aged 79, spent more time with and did … Continue reading


Irresistible: Cumberbatch, Essiedu, Tenant, Minchin, Walter, McKellen, Kinnear, Dench & Hamlet


03/20/2018 · 3 Comments

Archive Review • THE ISLAND PRINCESS • RSC @ Gielgud Theatre • 2002

The Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, reverberates with the steady heady hypnotic throb of a gamelan orchestra, sounds that conjure exotic images of eastern temples and mysterious religious ritual. Three … Continue reading

11/29/2016 · Leave a comment

Discord and dismay | The Shakespeare blog

It’s been a bad-tempered sort of week for those who take an interest in Shakespeare. On Sunday 23rd October actor and former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Mark Rylance launched … Continue reading

10/31/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • PETER EYRE • Richard II @ The Old Vic Theatre, London • 2005

Peter Eyre languorously tucks into his toasted cheese Panini, snatching a lunch break between rehearsals of Trevor Nunn’s latest production at the Old Vic, Richard II. Just down the road … Continue reading

06/29/2016 · 2 Comments

Archive Book Review • SHAKESPEARE AND CO. by Stanley Wells • 2007

Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story In the 1616 Folio of Ben Jonson’s Workes, published seven … Continue reading

04/26/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • RICHARD II, HENRY IV Parts I & II • RSC Courtyard Theatre • 2007

Following the triumphant staging by Michael Boyd of the First Tetralogy – Henry VI Part I, II and III andRichard III – in 2006, the company returns to the Courtyard … Continue reading

04/04/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • DAVID RINTOUL • RSC • 2003 #Actor

David Rintoul lounges comfortably with a cold Guinness in the leather-clad cosiness of a Teatro Club armchair. Outside, the first bitter chill of winter braces the Shaftesbury Avenue London air. … Continue reading

03/17/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING • RSC @ Novello Theatre • 2006

‘Tis the season of Panto – of gaudy Dames, Coronation Street starlets in breeches, and the promise of a shave-cream pie in the face. Yet a few brave parents and … Continue reading

02/26/2016 · Leave a comment

Royal Shakespeare Company’s plans for 2016 | The Shakespeare blog

All the large Shakespeare organisations are celebrating the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 with events to show that Shakespeare is universal, appealing to people of all ages and … Continue reading

01/18/2016 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • ISHIA BENNISON • Cymbeline • RSC • 2003

Ishia Bennison has one of the most infectious laughs in the business: a deep, throaty gurgle that can have you giggling in an instant. She has been around longer than … Continue reading

09/22/2015 · Leave a comment

Archive Interview • CORIN REDGRAVE • Pericles • 2005

As you may have seen in the news [2005], the actor Corin Redgrave is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack while speaking in support of … Continue reading

07/28/2015 · Leave a comment

The outrageous fortune of Benedict Cumberbatch | Stage | The Guardian

Originally posted on The Guardian. Twenty years ago, while he was still at school, Benedict Cumberbatch had his first chance to star in Hamlet. But, remembers Harrow drama teacher Martin Tyrell, … Continue reading

07/27/2015 · Leave a comment

Quote • HELEN McCRORY • RSC Type

‘…she is identifiably an RSC type, the small, punchy actress with a voice that can coat a back wall in honey from 100 paces… You already sense that McCrory, aged … Continue reading

06/22/2015 · 1 Comment

Archive Review • ROMEO AND JULIET • RSC @ Albery Theatre • 2004

Designer Simon Daw has provided a simple cream-coloured box for Peter Gill’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He has decorated its flaking stucco walls with fragmented blue images of Italian … Continue reading

03/13/2015 · Leave a comment

Royal Shakespeare Company Hit ‘Wolf Hall’ Moves to Broadway with Original Stars

09/25/2014 · Leave a comment

Archive Review • THE HOLLOW CROWN • Albery Theatre [RSC] • 2005

John Barton’s thought-provoking production of The Hollow Crown may be a surprising forty-five years old but its subject matter can still send shivers down the spine and invoke pity, sadness and merriment. … Continue reading

09/12/2014 · Leave a comment

The History Girls: Cromwell at the Swan by Mary Hoffman

Reblogged from The History Girls: Cromwell at the Swan by Mary Hoffman. Achieving the impossible – a review of the RSC productions of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies When I … Continue reading

04/01/2014 · Leave a comment

Archive Theatre Review • TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA • Barbican Pit • 2008

The Brazilian creative venture founded by the actor Guti Fraga, Nós do Morro, explodes into the Barbican Pit space with its heady, energetic and youthful adaptation of The Two Gentlemen … Continue reading

02/24/2014 · Leave a comment

Quote • Hugh Bonneville • RSC

“I would still be [at the RSC] now if Adrian Noble had asked me to stay. I was in seventh heaven when I was at Stratford. I wanted to go … Continue reading

03/05/2013 · 2 Comments