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6 items from 2013


U.K. Fetes Angela Lansbury in New Year’s Honors List

31 December 2013 3:51 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Actress Angela Lansbury, who is best known for her role as Jessica Fletcher in TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” has been feted by the U.K. government in its New Year’s Honors list.

Lansbury, who was born in London, was awarded the historic title of Dame. She told the BBC: “It’s a lovely thing to be given that nod of approval by your own country and I really cherish it.”

Also named a Dame were choreographer Gillian Lynne, whose credits include “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” and actress Penelope Keith, who appeared in BBC sitcoms “The Good Life” and “To the Manor Born.”

Actor Michael Crawford, who played in 1970s sitcom “Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em” as well as several lauded stage musicals such as “Barnum” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” was named a Commander of the British Empire, as was ballet dancer Carlos Acosta, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Cats musical may be next for film treatment, says Andrew Lloyd Webber

3 December 2013 5:39 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Success of the screen version of Les Misérables has revived Universal Pictures' interest in filming the classic West End show

Andrew Lloyd Webber: modern musicals lack 'good songs'

• Top 10 film musicals

Andrew Lloyd Webber has let the cat out of the bag: Cats – the second longest-running musical in Broadway history – could be about to get the silver-screen treatment.

The composer told the Daily Mail that Universal Pictures owned the screen rights to the project and talks were taking place about the possibility of a film as a result of the success of the screen version of Les Misérables, which grossed more than $450m worldwide.

"Universal has now got Cats out of the drawer in which they locked it years ago when they bought the rights, and suddenly they're talking about a film," Lloyd Webber said.

The stage production was filmed live and released on DVD in 2000, two years »

- Matt Trueman

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Olivier awards 2013: winners in full

29 April 2013 4:49 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time wins seven awards, with Top Hat and Sweeney Todd victorious in musical categories

The categories in full

Best actor

Luke Treadaway for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)

Best actress

Helen Mirren for The Audience (Gielgud theatre)

MasterCard best new play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)

Best director

Marianne Elliott for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)

Best revival

Long Day's Journey Into Night (Apollo theatre)

Best actor in a supporting role

Richard McCabe for The Audience (Gielgud theatre)

Best actress in a supporting role

Nicola Walker for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)

White Light award for lighting design

Paule Constable for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)

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- Melissa Denes

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Olivier awards 2013: Seven is the magic number for Curious Incident

29 April 2013 2:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Play about maths genius equals Matilda's record, as Helen Mirren has first win and Top Hat is named best musical

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time dominated the UK's most prestigious theatre awards on Sunday night, equalling the record by picking up seven Oliviers, including best actor for its star, Luke Treadaway. The 28-year-old, who gives an astonishing performance as 15-year-old maths genius Christopher Boone, beat off heavyweight competition in the shape of Rupert Everett, James McAvoy, Mark Rylance and Rafe Spall to pick up the prize at the Royal Opera House ceremony.

The awards, now in their 37th year, also saw Helen Mirren win her first Olivier, for her performance as the Queen in The Audience. The musical honours were shared by Top Hat and Sweeney Todd, which won three apiece.

Accepting her award, Mirren said she thought the Queen would be thrilled and deserved an »

- Mark Brown

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Olivier awards 2013 – full nominations

26 March 2013 4:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The complete list of nominees for this year's Olivier awards, celebrating the best of British theatre, dance and opera

Best actor

Rupert Everett – The Judas Kiss

James McAvoyMacbeth

Mark RylanceTwelfth Night

Rafe Spall – Constellations

Luke Treadaway – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Best actress

Helen Mirren – The Audience

Hattie MorahanA Doll's House

Billie Piper – The Effect

Kristin Scott Thomas – Old Times

Best actor in a supporting role

Paul ChahidiTwelfth Night

Richard McCabe – The Audience

Adrian ScarboroughHedda Gabler

Kyle SollerLong Day's Journey Into Night

Best actress in a supporting role

Janie Dee – Nsfw

Anastasia Hille – The Effect

Cush JumboJulius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse)

Helen McCrory – The Last of the Haussmans

Nicola Walker – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mastercard best new play

Constellations

The Audience

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This House

Best director

Stephen Daldry »

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Choreographer Gillian Lynne says 'Reality TV is harming the theatre'

23 March 2013 5:22 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The doyenne of dance, who is soon to receive an Olivier special award, believes culture of instant fame is bad for stage shows

The woman behind a host of bestselling West End shows over the past 30 years is worried about the future of the industry. Gillian Lynne, the doyenne of live dance as choreographer of Cats, The Phantom of The Opera and Aspects of Love, is to receive an Olivier award for lifetime achievement next month. She told the Observer she senses a growing threat to musical theatre from television. "It is a real problem for the West End," said the former classical ballerina. "Television, especially reality TV, is a danger because producers drop someone into a role who has been on television. It's not healthy. They want instant fame."

Recently, the Wizard of Oz, Chicago and Oliver! have all been promoted by using cast members known to TV audiences first, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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