8 items from 2013
Harry Potter alumni shortlisted for respective theatrical roles in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Mojo
Radcliffe is nominated in the best actor category of the 14th WhatsOnStage awards for his performance as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan.
He is up against Ben Whishaw for Mojo and Peter and Alice, James McAvoy for Macbeth, Lenny Henry for Fences and Rory Kinnear for Iago in the National Theatre's production of Othello. Kinnear also appears in the best new play category for his writing debut, The Herd.
Grint, making his stage debut as the endearingly dim Sweets in Mojo, is nominated in the London newcomer of the year. The category also includes actors Jack Huston (Strangers on a Train), Kyle Scatliffe (The Scottsboro Boys), Olivia Vinall »
- Mark Brown
Title: The Audience Director: Stephen Daldry Starring: Helen Mirren, Michael Elwyn, Haydn Gwynne, Richard McCabe, Nathaniel Parker, Paul Ritter, Rufus Wright, Edward Fox, David Peart, Geoffrey Beevers, Bebe Cave, Maya Gerber, Nell Williams, Charlotte Moore, Harry Feltham, Matt Plumb, Spencer Kitchen, Elaine Solomon, Jonathan Coote, Ian Houghton, Jenny Ogilvie. ‘The Audience’ is an extraordinary experience that welds the noble art of theatre with that of film-making. The story spills out from the quill of Oscar nominated writer Peter Morgan and the direction of three-time Academy Award nominated and Tony award winning Stephen Daldry. The play screened live on June 13 from the Gielgud Theatre and was broadcast to cinemas around [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
It's been a week for TV's grey knights, with Frost, Brucie – and Attenborough's brief history of spines
David Frost: Hello, Good Evening and Farewell (ITV1) | ITVPlayer
When Miranda Met Bruce (BBC1) | iPlayer
David Attenborough's Rise of Animals (BBC2) | iPlayer
Peaky Blinders (BBC2) | iPlayer
Science Britannica (BBC2) | iPlayer
Such was David Frost's unprecedented success on television in both Britain and America that his weekly bicontinental commute at the height of his fame was said (wrongly) to have put him in the Guinness Book of Records as the most travelled man on the planet. Meanwhile Bruce Forsyth is apparently the longest-serving TV entertainer of all time. Yet the reason neither man needs an introduction is in no small part due to their introductions.
"Hello, good evening and welcome" and "Nice to see you, to see you nice" – they're not exactly prose poems, but in the 1960s and 1970s a »
- Andrew Anthony
Awarded an Oscar for her portrayal of the former Pm in The Iron Lady, actor pays tribute to her 'grit' and model as a female leader, while Arnold Schwarzenegger adds to chorus of praise and Ken Loach calls for her funeral to be privatised
The actor issued a statement after Thatcher's death at the age of 87 on Monday, which followed a stroke. Streep said her subject had been a pioneer – "willingly or unwillingly" – for the role of women in politics, allowing females from across the globe to dare to dream of leadership.
"It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the UK at the end of the 20th century, »
- Ben Child
With her uncompromising politics, ironclad certainty, bouffant hairstyle and ever-present handbag, the late British leader was grist for comedians, playwrights, novelists and songwriters whether they loved her or – as was more often the case – hated her.
Thatcher's free-market policies transformed and divided Britain, unleashing an outpouring of creative anger from her opponents. A generation of British comedians, from Ben Elton to Alexei Sayle, honed their talents lampooning Thatcher.
To the satirical puppeteers of popular 1980s TV series "Spitting Image," Thatcher was a cigar-smoking bully, a butcher with a bloody cleaver, a domineering leader ruling over her docile Cabinet. One famous sketch showed Thatcher and her ministers gathered for dinner. Thatcher ordered steak. "And what about the vegetables?" the waitress asked. »
Title: Hunky Dory Director: Marc Evans Starring: Minnie Driver, Aneurin Barnard, Danielle Branch, Robert Pugh, Haydn Gwynne, Aled Pugh, Kimberley Nixon, Tom Harries, Steve Speirs, George McKay Indie import “Hunky Dory,” starring Minnie Driver, may have been initially conceived before the hit small screen show “Glee,” but it suffers mightily in comparison to the pop cultural shadow of that series, playing like a mash-up of it and a decidedly retro version of “High School Musical,” as filtered through the gauzy lens of underclass-artistic-exuberance that’s plagued a certain subset of comedic-leaning British offerings ever since “Billy Elliot.” Set in blue-collar South Wales in 1976, musical dramedy “Hunky Dory” (a nod to [ Read More ]
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Our exclusive scene from the indie musical Hunky Dory shows an awkward conversation between the passionate drama teacher Viv (Minnie Driver) and the uptight Mrs. Valentine (Haydn Gwynne). Director Marc Evans' high school drama, set in 1976, centers on Viv, who is determined to create her school's best play ever, with a rock musical version of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Watch as Mrs. Valentine expresses her concerns about the students' studies suffering from concentrating on this play so much. Hunky Dory opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 22nd, with a nationwide expansion following in the coming weeks.
Hunky Dory - Exclusive "Oliver"
Relive the summer of 1976 in this heartwarming British musical from the producer of Billy Elliot. Minnie Driver plays Viv, a fiery high school drama teacher determined to fire up her hormonal, apathetic students by putting on the best end-of-the-year show the school has ever seen. »
Despite film hits such as Billy Elliot and The Reader, theatre is 'home' to Stephen Daldry and now he's back in the West End, directing a regal Helen Mirren. Here he talks about communal living, depicting Hm on stage – and those Olympic ceremonies
It's been a long day at the end of a long week and Stephen Daldry needs a drink. But before that a cigarette. "I'm on a pack-and-a-half a day at the moment," he says, as he ducks out of an airless, windowless rehearsal room that smells, in the opinion of the Observer's photographer, "of actor". He continues: "I blame it entirely on Peter Morgan."
Daldry, the director, and Morgan, the writer, have been stuck in here for weeks working on a new play called The Audience, which opens at the Gielgud on Friday. The premise is enticing: since the second world war, the British sovereign has met »
- Tim Lewis
8 items from 2013
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