4 items from 2015
By rights I should hate the English. Seriously, my background is almost entirely Scots and Irish. I grew up hearing about the troubles the English gave to the Scots and Irish, both in school and from my parents.
Yet I do not, I love the English. How can I hate a country that gave us not only Monty Python but also Benny Hill and the Carry On Films? How can I bear any ill will to a country that gave us writers of the caliber of Ramsey Campbell, Brian Aldiss, Michael Moorcock and J. G Ballard? How can anyone hate a country that not only prizes eccentric behavior but encourages it? Take Mr. Kim Newman for instance, a brilliant writer whose work appears regularly in Video WatchDog and Videoscope Mr. Newman dresses himself, has his hair and mustache styled and speaks in the manner of someone from the 19th Century! »
- Sam Moffitt
In the run-up to 7 May, British TV will become a no-go area for plays relevant to the election. Thankfully, theatre has the courage to provide our fix
Today’s scenes of tears, jeers, scowling and howling in the House of Commons – over William Hague’s unsuccessful attempt to unseat the Speaker, John Bercow – were British politics at its most theatrical, ahead of an election expected to be among the most dramatic ever. So it’s fitting that this spring’s British theatre listings contain an unprecedented number of productions timed to coincide with a UK ballot.
James Graham’s The Vote is set in a polling station, while a recent new play, John Hollingworth’s Multitudes, imagined the result (a Tory government) and consequences (racial unrest) of the 7 May poll. And the producers of current revivals of David Hare’s The Absence of War, Peter Barnes’ The Ruling Class and »
- Mark Lawson
James McAvoy and Gillian Anderson are among the big-name actors this year vying for an Olivier Award, the U.K.’s most prestigious theater accolade. In an event held Monday in London, the 2015 nominations for the British equivalent of the Tony Awards were revealed, with McAvoy and previous winner Lesley Manville on hand to announce the contenders. Read More Kevin Spacey to Receive Special Olivier Award McAvoy, who previously was nominated in 2013 for playing Macbeth, received his third nomination for best actor, this time for The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studios; he will go up against Mark
- Alex Ritman
The Hulk and Professor Xavier, you have impressed the queen! In a joint appearance on the BBC's The Graham Norton Show that aired on Friday, Meryl Streep, aka the luckiest woman ever, got to not only share a sofa with Mark Ruffalo, who plays the green superhero in The Avengers series, and X-Men actor James McAvoy, but also watch them from a prime seat as they entertained her, and the world, by riding unicycles. The Oscar-winning actress appeared astonished, and maybe a little, well, freaked out...especially when the latter star took a spill onstage. McAvoy is set to star in a revival of the British comedy play The Ruling Class in London's West End, starting on Jan. 16. The Scottish star »
4 items from 2015
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