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British actor Mark Strong, who won an Oliver for “A View From the Bridge” and has appeared in films like “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” will star in eight-part espionage thriller “Deep State,” which is produced by Endor Productions for Fox Networks Group.
The series is the first scripted regional commission from Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa, and forms part of the group’s strategy to source, develop and produce original productions at a regional level. It will air in more than 50 countries on the Fox channel. Fox Networks Group Content Distribution holds exclusive global distribution rights for the series.
Strong, whose credits also include “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” will play Max Easton, “a man caught between two versions of himself, the past and the present,” according to a statement. “An ex-spy, Max is brought back into the game to avenge the death of his son, only »
- Leo Barraclough
by Dancin' Dan
This is not your parents' Glass Menagerie.
It's not uncommon for theatrical "reinventions" to take place nowadays. Ivo van Howe has made it into a cottage industry of sorts, creating an intimate, visceral A View From the Bridge and a raw, elemental The Crucible in recent years. Sam Gold is of the same cloth. He made his name with an audacious revival of Look Back in Anger at the Roudabout in 2012, won the Tony in 2015 for his sensitive in-the-round staging of the musical Fun Home, and most recently directed a searing Othello with David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig off Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop.
But all those pieces benefit from a stripped back, in-some-cases radical rethinking. Tennessee Williams's memory play is a much more delicate thing, announcing as narrator Tom Wingfield does right at the start that this is a subjective work of art, »
The actor currently slinging punches in Twelfth Night talks about falling asleep before auditions, 10 years of horrendous teeth – and her love of ‘proper fighting’
In Simon Godwin’s riotous, rowdy new Twelfth Night at the National Theatre, Phoebe Fox wanted to give her Olivia a bit more to do. “There’s a whole scene in a drag club and a massive fight breaks out,” she explains cheerfully. “On the sly, I said to the guy who choreographed the fight, ‘Look, I know I’m nobility, so I wouldn’t, but do you think I could get a punch in there?’” He happily obliged. “So I walk in, deck a girl, and then start speaking. I loved that.”
I’d be well up »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Right now, Allison Janney has multiple personalities in her head. There’s Bonnie Plunkett, the cynical recovering addict trying to forge a new path with her daughter Christy on CBS’ Mom; Lavona Golden, a hardened, abusive mother to future Olympian and scandal-maker Tonya Harding in the upcoming biopic I, Tonya; and Ouisa Kittredge, an aging New York socialite who’s lost touch with the passion that’s given her life, in the Broadway revival of Six Degrees of Separation. Janney is simultaneously filming and preparing for all of these, with the latter set to open at the Barrymore Theatre on April 25. (Previews for the production start April 5.)
“Fortunately for me, they’re all very different characters,” Janney tells Et from her car while pulled over in a parking lot. Given her busy schedule, the car, for her, has become a place of solitude -- her “own little bubble” that allows her a moment to chat and reflect »
"I'm the end of the line," Arthur Miller once asserted. "Absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime."
Many might argue otherwise. In fact, the best proof that theatre is still alive and kicking is Focus on Playwrights, the new coffee-table book, the cover of which showcases the life-crinkled face that once overlooked the birth of A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and The Crucible. Yes, photographer Susan Johann’s scintillating collection of over 90 playwrights, whom she’s shot over 20 years -- and the inclusion of sharply revealing interviews with some of the same, is the best retort to anyone ready to cremate modern drama.
Some of those captured for publications such as Vogue and the New Yorker are now deceased (e.g. August Wilson, Edward Albee, and Joe Chaikin) while others are very much functioning (e.g. David Henry Hwang, »
- Brandon Judell
The actor on growing old happily, not being a morning person and eating lemons covered in salt
London-born Nicola Walker, 46, starred in the BBC drama Spooks from 2003 to 2011. In 2013, she won an Olivier award for her role in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time; last year she starred on Broadway in A View From The Bridge. Her recent television work includes Last Tango In Halifax, River and Unforgotten, which recently started a second series on ITV. She is married to the actor Barnaby Kay, has a son and lives in London.
When were you happiest?
As I get older, I get happier.
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- Rosanna Greenstreet
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