4 items from 2015
The New York Times’ Scott Heller tweeted the news late Friday.
Sad news: Roger Rees, who just a few months ago was the leading man in @TheVisitMusical on Broadway, has passed away.
— Scott Heller (@hellerNYT) July 11, 2015
A statement from Rees’ publicist, quoted by Heller, read: “Roger Rees, Tony Award-winning actor, passed away tonight at home, after a brief illness.”
Rees took the lead role in “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby,” which played in London and on Broadway from 1980 to 1982. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony for his performance, and reprised the part in a 1982 TV version, which was produced by Colin Callender. Rees was nominated for an Emmy, and the production won the Emmy for outstanding limited series.
- Leo Barraclough
Jon Stewart, the legendary host of your favourite American news satire television program The Daily Show, is on this week's podcast to chat about his directorial debut, Rosewater, as well as The Winslow Boy, John Oliver, and much more besides. Also on this particular episode are Spooks: The Greater Good's Peter Firth and Kit Harington (see above), who talk horses, running up walls and surviving the Oscars.In the non-interview section of the podcast, the team talk Martin Freeman's unexpected casting as Spider-Man - okay, not really - as well as which singing in a car scenes are the best.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »
I. The Rattigan Version
After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont. Actor John Gielgud agreed. “They’ve seen me in so much first rate stuff,” Gielgud asked Rattigan; “Do you really think they will like me in anything second rate?” Rattigan insisted he wasn’t “content writing a play to please an audience today, but to write a play that will be remembered in fifty years’ time.”
Ultimately, Rattigan paired a brooding character study, The Browning Version, with a light farce, Harlequinade. Entitled Playbill, the show was finally produced by Stephen Mitchell in September 1948, starring Eric Portman, and became a runaway hit. While Harlequinade faded into a footnote, the first half proved an instant classic. Harold Hobson wrote that “Mr. Portman’s playing and Mr. Rattigan’s writing »
- Christopher Saunders
4 items from 2015
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