Rogues & Vagabonds

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

Charles Wood obituary | Stage | The Guardian

I’m sad that I missed this news in February, especially as I’m ‘Facebook friends’ with Charles Wood’s writer daughter Kate but then again I’ve spent great chunks of time not … Continue reading


Carl Reiner dies: Comedy icon created ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ – Los Angeles Times

Carl Reiner, the veteran comedy actor, writer, director and producer who created the classic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and played second banana to Sid Caesar and straight man … Continue reading


Born on this Day – Peter Ustinov

On this day, Peter Ustinov was born. ‘Writer, performer, wit and humanitarian whose brilliant, 64-year career epitomised an old European culture – and a talent to amuse…’ Source: Born on … Continue reading


Archive Interview • BARRY NORMAN • Have a Nice Day • 2004

Reblogged from the original R&V site in tribute to the film critic who died last night at the age of 83. Have a Nice Day by the writer, film critic and … Continue reading

07/01/2017 · 7 Comments

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Art of Quotation

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers, Quotes for Now, writer, columnist, humorist, actor source: New York … Continue reading

06/02/2017 · 7 Comments

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve” – Art of Quotation

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve” — George Bernard Shaw, Irish, playwright, writer Source: “Democracy is a device that ensures we … Continue reading

02/11/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Obituary • MARY HAYLEY BELL • Actress & Writer • 2006

The actress and writer Mary Hayley Bell, better known as Lady Mills, died at the age of 94 on 1 December 2005. Although her last years were blighted by Alzheimer’s, … Continue reading

01/31/2017 · Leave a comment

“America has the best politicians money can buy.” – Art of Quotation

“America has the best politicians money can buy.” — Will Rogers, actor, humorist, columnist, writer, social commentator Source: “America has the best politicians money can buy.” – Art of Quotation

01/19/2017 · 2 Comments

“He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.” – Art of Quotation

“He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.” — Family of Gene Wilder on why he kept his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s from the world. Wilder … Continue reading

01/13/2017 · 1 Comment

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

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

Terence Brady, actor and ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ writer – obituary

Terence Brady, the actor and playwright, who has died aged 77, was one half of a husband-and-wife team who co-wrote some of Britain’s best loved television sitcoms and dramas including … Continue reading

10/01/2016 · Leave a comment

Quote • DAVID NIVEN • Acting

“Can you imagine being wonderfully overpaid for dressing up and playing games?” – David Niven, actor, novelist, English Source: “Can you imagine being wonderfully overpaid for dressing up and playing … Continue reading

09/19/2016 · 2 Comments

“I know for some women, men are a household necessity; myself, I’d rather have a canary.” Ruth Chatterton

Ruth Chatterton, at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Ennis House during the shooting of “Female.” When she retired from the screen she started writing. I found this copy of her … Continue reading

04/21/2016 · 2 Comments

Britain is no country for old men and says “Farewell” to a son of Yorkshire and authentic voice of its people called Barry Hines

Barry [Hines] who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, has died at the age of 76 and his passing gives cause to celebrate the life and work of an … Continue reading

03/26/2016 · Leave a comment

Armin Mueller-Stahl is 85 Today

Armin Mueller-Stahl is one of my favourite actors so I could not let the day pass without acknowledging his birthday. Armin Mueller-Stahl was born in Tilsit, East Prussia (now Sovetsk, Kaliningrad … Continue reading

12/17/2015 · Leave a comment

Happy 91st Birthday James Baldwin

Originally posted on Waldina:
Today is the 91st birthday of the poet James Baldwin.  The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that…

08/02/2015 · 4 Comments

Did You Know…? CHRISTOPHER FRY 18th December

Christopher Fry: Selected Plays Did you know that the late playwright Christopher Fry was born Christopher Harris in Bristol one hundred and seven years ago on 18 December 1907? He was … Continue reading

12/18/2014 · Leave a comment

On This Day • Quotes • OSCAR WILDE [1854-1900]

On this day—16th October—in 1854 was born the incomparable writer, poet and dramatist Oscar Wilde. To celebrate his birthday, I give you various quotes by and about him collected at … Continue reading

10/16/2014 · 5 Comments

Did You Know…? • MARIE LLOYD – from the writer to the costermonger

Did you know that the death of music hall performer Marie Lloyd in 1922 struck T S Eliot as “the most important event which I have had to chronicle [in The Dial … Continue reading

06/10/2014 · Leave a comment

First Night Design | On This Day—Maxim Gorky

Originally posted on First Night Design:
MAXIM GORKY 28 March 1868—16 June 1936 Portrait of Gorky, c. 1906 ‘You must write for children the same way you write for adults,…

03/28/2014 · Leave a comment