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Jackie Clune, front left, in Julius Caesar: I thought, ‘When am I going to get the chance to play Julius Caesar?’. How many actresses my age get to do that. I don’t know any. So it was irresistible really' Photo: Helen Maybanks In all the conversations I had with the cast of Phyllida Lloyd’s filmed version of the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Julius Caesar, the idea of ‘breaking the mould’ came up repeatedly. Jackie Clune, who plays the title character, says that there are still battles to be fought for older women, even though actresses including Maxine Peake, Tamsin Greig and Glenda Jackson have all recently taken on traditionally male Shakespearean roles in Hamlet, Twelfth Night and King Lear.
The comic and actress who, at 51, is the same age as Greig, says: “I turned down other work last year that was quite lucrative because I thought, ‘When »
- Amber Wilkinson
James Roday is best known for his role as Shawn Spencer in the television series “Psych.” The show ran from 2006 to 2014. This was the role that gave him a break in his acting career. Numerous fan clubs arose during his time on the show. Early in his career he appeared in “A Respectable Wedding,” “Twelfth Night” and “The Three Sisters” which were theatrical productions. He also appeared in several films including “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Rolling Kansas” and “Don’t Come Knocking”prior to his success in the popular series. Fans are wondering whatever happened to him after “Psych” We
Whatever Happened to James Roday? »
- Nat Berman
These 14 actors have been treading the boards for most of their lives, defining the way we see (and perform) Shakespeare in the 21st Century. Have you been lucky enough to take in one of their performances? Get inspired with these Shakespearean living legends. Mark RylanceShakespeare lovers cheered when Rylance took home the Oscar for best supporting actor last month, though his role in “Bridge of Spies” marked a departure from his usual fare. The great Shakespearean scholar is best known as the original artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and for playfully undertaking lead roles in all-male, historically authentic productions including “Richard III” and “Twelfth Night” (the latter of which Rylance won one of his three Tony Awards for the role of Olivia). Sir Ian McKellenLong before he was Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings,” McKellen made his name as one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time. »
Actors know it best—the training never stops when you live in busy, beautiful New York City. Here, Backstage has rounded up seven cultural and entertaining events all creatives should add to their calendars this week. Travel back in time by attending this Shakespeare slam.Work on your craft and celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday while you watch fellow thespians perform their favorite sonnets on April 21 in Central Park. (Free) Grab free tickets to a cultural and vibrant version of “Twelfth Night.”This isn’t your classic Shakespeare staging: director Saheem Ali shakes things up with a Cuban twist for the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit’s “Twelfth Night,” which runs April 24-May 14. Each guest may claim up to two tickets via mobile lottery or public distribution two hours before showtime. (Free, tickets subject to availability) Enjoy an evening of classical music, show tunes, and Shakespeare.If two Shakespeare events aren’t enough, »
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Twelfth Night National Theatre Live
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. »
- Scott Goodyer
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
The 82-year-old has said her younger peers are ‘so brave’ and that she ‘can’t imagine how they cope with it’
Maggie Smith, the veteran star of stage and screen, has said she would not have succeeded in the entertainment industry had she been starting her career today. Speaking at a joint conversation with Judi Dench at the Tricycle theatre in London, Smith said: “I think they are so brave, the young actresses of today. They seem to have to strip off every second. I can’t imagine how they cope with it today, I really don’t. They are required to do the most extraordinary things.”
Smith made her professional debut at 17, playing Viola in Twelfth Night at the Oxford Playhouse. Now 82, she continued: “If I was asked to start now, I just don’t think I could, seriously. It’s difficult to imagine myself at that age because »
- Catherine Shoard
Starz released news today about the casting of two more roles for Outlander Season 3.
A Chinese man with a deep knowledge of Eastern medicine, Mr. Willoughby is a talented poet in exile, with an even deeper love of women.
Willoughby, a confidante of Jamie Fraser, speaks English well, but hides it when it suits him. He is even more of an outsider than Claire in 18th century Scotland.
Young most recently appeared in the Netflix feature Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny and the Australian miniseries Secret City.
- Carissa Pavlica
Louisa Mellor Jan 27, 2017
Ben Elton's BBC Two Shakespeare sitcom starring David Mitchell has scored an enviable guest star for its 2017 Christmas special. Emma Thompson will join the ranks of Dame Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Miranda Richardson when she plays Queen Elizabeth I in the festive episode.
Here's the official synopsis for the currently filming second series, which continues to follow William Shakespeare's journey to establishment acceptance in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and is due to air later this year. »
Paris– Having playing a Muslim Azerbiijani boy in Asif Kapadia’s “Ali and Nino,” a Syrien camp commander in “Homeland” (season 5) “Homeland,” the handsome French-Moroccan actor Assaad Bouab might well be on track to follow the footsteps of Reda Kateb, another French actor of North African origins who appeared in dozens of French films and TV series and a few high-profile U.S. titles before accessing meatier roles at home.
Represented by Emmanuelle Ramade and Florence Charmasson at Adequat in Paris, Bouab has seen his career heat up in the last couple years. Since getting his first leading role in Mary Jimenez and Bénédicte Liénard’s politically-engaged “Le chant des hommes” and starring in the popular Canal Plus show “Braquo,” Bouab clinched a key role in the second season of “10 Pour Cent” (“Call My Agent”), the French comedy hit series centering on a Parisian talent agency. Bouab plays an arrogant, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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