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A flying visit – A Shakespearean story arc… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

The afternoon was drawing to a close and the chill of early spring was settling over Stratford-upon-Avon as we made our way back towards the car. There were still many … Continue reading

04/10/2018 · 6 Comments

Henry Montague: First Shepherd of the Lambs

Just a quick shout out to honor the natal day of actor Henry James Montague (Henry John Mann, 1843-1878). Montagu came to our attention through that eerie, ghostly portrait above, … Continue reading

01/20/2018 · 1 Comment

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

The Ups and Downs of Lina Basquette | Travalanche

Lina Basquette (Lena Copeland Baskette) was born on April 19, 1907. Basquette was a star of stage and screen through several different phases but is perhaps best remembered today for … Continue reading

06/04/2017 · 1 Comment

Consent, National Theatre, South Bank, London | reviewdonkey

The reviews for this show had been so good, but it was sold out. I know that NT have a few restricted view seats that they sell at 9.30 on … Continue reading

05/08/2017 · 1 Comment

Don Juan in Soho, Wyndham’s Theatre, London, 2017 | reviewdonkey

The 17th Century version of this play closed, after only one performance, because of its repulsive and offensive nature. It was not shown in an uncensored form again for almost 150 … Continue reading

04/03/2017 · 5 Comments

Stars of Vaudeville #1037: Charles Chaplin, Sr. | Travalanche

Born on this date in 1863: Charles Chaplin the Elder: the father of his better-known namesake, comedian and movie star Charlie Chaplin. It’s not as well known today that in … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

THE BURNLEY EMPIRE THEATRE | Beauty Bellezza Beauté

The Empire Theatre in Burnley, UK. The Empire Theatre in Burnley opened in 1894 with seats for 1,935 and hosted acts from around the world. Photos (1 to 6): Mark … Continue reading

02/18/2017 · 4 Comments

Charles Macklin | London Historians’ Blog

Last week I gave St Paul’s Covent Garden a proper visit for the first time. The church was designed by Inigo Jones, having been commissioned by the Duke of Bedford, who told … Continue reading

01/24/2017 · 2 Comments

Theatrical links and war heroes in Bedford Park, Chiswick – House Historian

In looking through the 1891 census for Bath Road, which runs along the boundary of Bedford Park, I found the widowed, Marie Saker, recorded as an actress. She was living … Continue reading

01/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • Hugh Bonneville • 2004

FROM THE ARCHIVE Hugh Bonneville is not only a sublime actor but a charming and erudite chap with a fine line in drollery. He sounds a little wary at the start … Continue reading

11/10/2016 · Leave a comment

96,000 stars for In the Heights – hello emma kay

Recently, I’ve had a major blogger break. Feeling underwhelmed by theatre, I had run out of inspiration. Blogging became a burden, rather than a joy. Being blinded, dazed and bored … Continue reading

10/03/2016 · Leave a comment

On this day: the premiere of Haddon Hall | In Times Gone By…

Haddon Hall, a light opera by Arthur Sullivan and Sydney Grundy, premiered at the Savoy Theatre in London on the 24th of September, 1892. The production was based on a 16th-century … Continue reading

09/24/2016 · Leave a comment

Quotes • Joan Littlewood | Rogues & Vagabonds

FROM THE ARCHIVE 15th February 2013 ‘With her gap-toothed grin and deep-set eyes, croaky-voiced and always with some sort of cap or bobble hat on her head, she resembled a … Continue reading

08/26/2016 · Leave a comment

The perils of being theatre’s next big thing | Stage | The Guardian

Theatre’s obsession with the new is magnified during the Edinburgh fringe. But as well as hunting out fresh talent, we need to ensure that artist development schemes support sustainable careers … Continue reading

08/02/2016 · 2 Comments

My role on Holby City helps change attitudes about autism – Jules | Scope’s Blog

Jules is an actor and a regular on Holby City. He also happens to have Asperger syndrome, which is a form of autism. As part of 30 Under 30, we … Continue reading

06/30/2016 · Leave a comment

Scandalous Women: Was Aemilia Bassano Lanier Shakespeare’s Dark Lady? – Guest Post by Mary Sharratt

Born in 1569, Aemilia Bassano Lanier (also spelled Lanyer) was the highly cultured daughter of an Italian court musician—a man thought to have been a Marrano, a secret Jew living … Continue reading

05/25/2016 · Leave a comment

On this day… Scottish Opera Singer Mary Gordon

World-renowned Scottish opera singer Mary Garden poses in costume as Méĺisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Méĺisande. 4th April,1908. Source: On this day…

04/04/2016 · Leave a comment

Disaster at Drury Lane | London Historians’ Blog

On this day in 1809, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane was destroyed by fire. Theatres were always burning down, so nothing really unusual in fact. What made this conflagration different, is the … Continue reading

02/24/2016 · Leave a comment

Five Fascinating Facts about David Garrick | Interesting Literature

The life of actor David Garrick (1717-1779), told through five pieces of interesting trivia 1. He helped to bring a new degree of realism to acting. In his An Essay on … Continue reading

02/24/2016 · Leave a comment

Lost Theatre in the East End

‘A vanished theatre on the borders of Hoxton, just before demolition, photographed by William Whiffin. In 1838, a tea garden by the name of ‘the Eagle Tavern’ was put up … Continue reading

01/20/2016 · Leave a comment

First Night Design | The Criterion Theatre #Vintage Programme

This is an adaptation of an original 1890s Criterion Theatre programme in my collection. I confess to being potty about it. The original image is the central strip which I copied, … Continue reading

01/16/2016 · 4 Comments

Five Fascinating Facts about Kenneth Tynan | Interesting Literature

Fun facts about the life and work of the theatre critic Kenneth Tynan 1. He dodged his National Service – possibly by being too flamboyant. When Kenneth Tynan (1927-1980) was … Continue reading

01/11/2016 · Leave a comment

On this day: Ballet in 1937

Originally posted on In Times Gone By…:
Danish ballerina Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka at the Theatre Royal. Australia, 11th January 1937. Kirsova created Australia’s first professional ballet company. Source

01/10/2016 · 2 Comments

The Tongue that Shakespeare Spoke | Culture and Anarchy

Theatre, Shakespeare, David Crystal, linguistics, Pronunciation, performance… Source: The Tongue that Shakespeare Spoke | Culture and Anarchy

12/03/2015 · Leave a comment

The Crucible, Bristol Old Vic

…As always, this Old Vic production attracted a talented and impressive cast who did amazing justice to Miller’s play. I was particularly impressed by Rona Morison’s impassioned Abigail Williams, David … Continue reading

10/17/2015 · 2 Comments

Samuel Foote Comes Home

Originally posted on London Historians' Blog:
This is excellent news. It has been announced this morning that Ian Kelly’s play Mr Foote’s Other Leg will transfer to Theatre Royal Haymarket…

10/05/2015 · Leave a comment

Thought for the Day • IS THIS A DAGGER…? or NO BLUES FOR SPACEY • 2006

‘Fresh from my triumph last week in advocating that influential restaurant critics should be compelled to dine at an establishment twice before writing their reviews, I’m grateful to The Old … Continue reading

09/29/2015 · Leave a comment

On this day: Ballerina Pierina Legnani in 1891

Originally posted on In Times Gone By…:
Italian ballerina Pierina Legnani photographed in London on the 15th of September, 1891, fifteen days before her twenty-eighth birthday. Legnani was born and…

09/15/2015 · Leave a comment

On this day: The Great Theatre Royal Fire | In Times Gone By…

Originally posted on In Times Gone By…. On the 5th of September 1887, the Theatre Royal in Exeter, England burnt down, killing 186 people. It was not the first time the … Continue reading

09/05/2015 · Leave a comment
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