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Judi Dench Breaks Record (Her Own!) to Win 8th Olivier Award

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Judi Dench Breaks Record (Her Own!) to Win 8th Olivier Award
Dame Judi Dench is an Olivier Award winner, yet again. And she notched a new record with her victory. The veteran British actress, 81, took home the best supporting actress trophy during the Sunday ceremony at London's Royal Opera House - her eighth win. Dench is the most decorated actor in Olivier history, with the Sunday nod only solidifying her dominance. The Awards are presented once a year by the Society of London Theatre, and recognize excellence in the city's professional theatre. Audra McDonald is the only stage star to come near Dench's record, with six Tonys - the Olivier Awards'
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Judi Dench Breaks Record (Her Own!) to Win 8th Olivier Award

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Judi Dench Breaks Record (Her Own!) to Win 8th Olivier Award
Dame Judi Dench is an Olivier Award winner, yet again. And she notched a new record with her victory. The veteran British actress, 81, took home the best supporting actress trophy during the Sunday ceremony at London's Royal Opera House - her eighth win. Dench is the most decorated actor in Olivier history, with the Sunday nod only solidifying her dominance. The Awards are presented once a year by the Society of London Theatre, and recognize excellence in the city's professional theatre. Audra McDonald is the only stage star to come near Dench's record, with six Tonys - the Olivier Awards'
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Olivier Awards 2016: Judi Dench breaks own record, Lin-Manuel Miranda wins for 'In the Heights'

Olivier Awards 2016: Judi Dench breaks own record, Lin-Manuel Miranda wins for 'In the Heights'
The Oliver Awards honor outstanding acheivements in the arts in London and Dame Judi Dench was the belle of the ball at Sunday's celebration of the 40th annual edition of these kudos. She claimed her seventh competitive award winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Paulina in "The Winter's Tale" opposite Kenneth Branagh in his production of the Shakespearean play. She previously prevailed in 1977 for "Macbeth," 1980 for "Juno and the Paycock," 1983 for "Pack of Lies," 1987 for "Antony and Cleopatra," 1995 for "A Little Night Music" and 1996 for "Absolute Hell." And she was feted with a special lifetime achievement award in 2004. (See full list of winners and nominees Here.) -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Tony Predictions Two transfers of Tony-winning musicals claimed three apiece: Three years after s...
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Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare beamed live into Australian cinemas

The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live will be broadcast into Australian cinemas from London's Garrick Theatre in January.

The season begins with The Winter.s Tale. Shakespeare.s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.

The Winter's Tale tells the story of King Leontes, who appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and trusted friends..

But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences

The Winter.s Tale stars Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione), Adam Garcia (Lord Amadis) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

Screenings begin nationally on January 30.
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Rehearsals begin for Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Garrick Plays

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Garrick Plays

We’ve just received word that rehearsals have kicked off for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays at the Garrick season.

The Winter’s Tale, Harlequinade / All On Her Own, The Painkiller, Romeo and Juliet and The Entertainer make up the inaugural season of work for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.

The Winter’s Tale will play in repertory alongside the Rattigan double-bill of Harlequinade / All On Her Own from 17 October 2015 until 16 January 2016.

The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption, is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan. Judi Dench will play Paulina opposite Kenneth Branagh as Leontes. Judi Dench will not be appearing in Harlequinade / All On Her Own.

Judi DenchKenneth Branagh Theatre Company Garrick Plays

The full cast for The
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Gillian Flynn boards New Regency heist thriller

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Gillian Flynn boards New Regency heist thriller
The Gone Girl author and screenwriter is reuniting with New Regency to co-write the adaptation of UK show Widows with Steve McQueen.

McQueen, who collaborated with New Regency on best picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave, will direct and produces alongside his Shame and upcoming Codes Of Conduct collaborators Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films.

New Regency is understood to be in talks with Film4 to co-finance the project and license UK free TV rights.

The feature is based on Lynda La Plante’s UK miniseries Widows, in which the wives of four armed robbers killed during a heist resolve to complete the job themselves.

Flynn is currently developing the HBO series and UK TV adaptation Utopia with her Gone Girl director David Fincher.

New Regency’s slate includes True Story starring Jonah Hill and James Franco set to open on April 17 through Fox Searchlight, Cameron Crowe’s Aloha that arrives on May 29 through [link=co
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Shakespeare's Globe launches VoD service

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Shakespeare's Globe launches VoD service
Offering over 50 Shakespeare productions, the platform is the first to ever to be offered by a theatre in the world.

Shakespeare’s Globe has become the first theatre in the world to offer an on-demand platform for digital content.

Globe Player features full-length HD films of over 50 Shakespeare productions at the Globe to rent or buy. Every foreign-language production from 2012’s ‘Globe to Globe’ festival has been made available, alongside the main productions from the 2009-2012 summer seasons including Twelfth Night [pictured], starring Stephen Fry, and Much Ado About Nothing, starring Eve Best.

The main 2013 titles - The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth - will be made available in the coming months.

Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, commented: “Whether we’re touring the world, inviting the world to the Globe, or being the first to experiment with low ticket prices with our £5 groundling tickets, the Globe is always looking for bold new
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Guy Pearce, Dominic West join Genius

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Guy Pearce, Dominic West join Genius
Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Guy Pearce and Dominic West have joined the cast of Michael Grandage’s Genius, announced today by Desert Wolf Productions and the Michael Grandage Company.

It bolsters an already strong cast that includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Pearce, best known for roles in Memento and more recently Iron Man 3, will play the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald alongside The Wire star Dominic West, currently seen in Pride, as Ernest Hemmingway.

The film makes the debut feature of celebrated theatre director Grandage and shooting will commence this October at Shepperton Studios and on location in the UK.

Adapted by playwright and screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall) from A. Scott Berg’s book, Genius tells the true story of the complex relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe and Scribner’s iconic editor Max Perkins.

Law stars as Wolfe opposite Firth as Perkins
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Guy Piece, Dominic West join Genius

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Guy Piece, Dominic West join Genius
Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Guy Pearce and Dominic West have joined the cast of Michael Grandage’s Genius, announced today by Desert Wolf Productions and the Michael Grandage Company.

It bolsters an already strong cast that includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.

Pearce, best known for roles in Memento and more recently Iron Man 3, will play the role of F. Scott Fitzgerald alongside The Wire star Dominic West, currently seen in Pride, as Ernest Hemmingway.

The film makes the debut feature of celebrated theatre director Grandage and shooting will commence this October at Shepperton Studios and on location in the UK.

Adapted by playwright and screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall) from A. Scott Berg’s book, Genius tells the true story of the complex relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe and Scribner’s iconic editor Max Perkins.

Law stars as Wolfe opposite Firth as Perkins
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Robin Williams: Fears of a Clown

Robin Williams: Fears of a Clown
This story was originally published in the February 21st, 1991 issue of Rolling Stone.

Mr. and Mrs. Robin Williams are slow dancing. The time: a winter afternoon. The place: a photographer's studio in the Chelsea section of New York. The music: high-decibel funk. Everybody else in the studio is abuzz — adjusting lights, fussing with props, running back and forth from the kitchen with sushi. Still, Williams and his wife, Marsha, keep coming together in these quick, sweet tableaux. It's strange to see the thirty-nine-year-old actor and comedian with his guard down
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Ian McKellen turns 75: 8 great performances from the acting legend

Ian McKellen turns 75: 8 great performances from the acting legend
Sir Ian McKellen celebrates his 75th birthday today (May 25), and what better way to pay tribute to the great man himself than with a collection of his greatest roles.

McKellen has come a long way since starting his acting career at Bolton Little Theatre, with his roles stretching across stage, film and television. Here are eight memorable McKellen roles that are essential viewing…

Macbeth (1976)

McKellen began his career in theatre, nabbing roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. He memorably tackled the titular role in Trevor Nunn's Macbeth, starring alongside Judi Dench in a critically-lauded production. Below you can see a clip of his brilliant delivery of "tomorrow, and tomorrow…", while here is a great analysis of the text, which Michael Fassbender watched on repeat to perfect young Magneto's voice in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Richard III (1995)

Director Richard Loncraine teamed up with McKellen
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10 Actors Who Kicked Thine Ass in Shakespearean Roles

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10 Actors Who Kicked Thine Ass in Shakespearean Roles
Look, it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. We at Riot are generally concerned with internet memes and Zac Efron's musculature, but let's give credit where its due: These are real celebs kicking real ass in real Shakesperean roles and no one's worthy. And we can't contain ourselves.  So, here are 10 people kicking thine ass in Shakespearean roles and leaving you in the mortal, pathetic dust. 1. Meryl Streep Serving You Death Sass In "The Taming Of The Shrew'2 Judi Dench With Gunpowder Eyes And A Kevlar Heart In "Twelfth Night" 3. Ralph Fiennes Is A Hotheaded Traitor Bad-ass In "Coriolanus," So Just Deal With It. 4. Kate Winslet Has A Song For You Losers, And It's A Heartbreak And A Goddamn Treasure In "Hamlet" 5. Now Is The Winter Of You Melting At The Computer, Because Kevin Spacey Is A Hunchbacked Hellraiser In "Richard III" 6. This Is CNN? Close, Moron, It's James Earl Jones
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Thn Talk To Tom Baker At Horror Channel’s ‘Doctor Who’ Launch

Doctor Who is now known and celebrated across the globe, with its popularity rapidly increasing with every adventure. As the fandom and fifty-year legacy expands, Doctor Who has become very special television for millions of fans young and old. As with all cult favourites, there exists a personal connection and this is particularly prominent with Doctor Who, especially as we travel the Universe with a new Doctor and a new face, every now and then.

Tom Baker is a wonderful example of a well-known associate after portraying the fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981. As such an iconic and legendary part of science fiction, Baker is arguably the most beloved and adored actor to play The Doctor to this day. After the star made his unexpected return in the shows’ 50th Anniversary last year, the popularity of Baker among newer fans has soared to the stratosphere. Last week Thn had the amazing,
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Happy 79th Birthday, Judi Dench! Here’s Why She Rules.

1. She has always held a cigarette better than you.

2. She’s a stunning actress onstage and onscreen.

3. Sometimes she even does both at the same time. Check out this Macbeth monologue.

4. She won an Oscar for eight minutes of screentime.

5. Her version of “Send in the Clowns” is your favorite.

6. She single-handedly elevates the James Bond franchise from “cool” to “fabulous.”

7. She was the craziest kook who ever kooked in Notes on a Scandal.

8. Maybe Iris is her best work? It’s hard to pick one, isn’t it?

9. Finally: Her stare. Owns you.

Happy 79th to our dame and queen!

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Judi Dench: I did Bond films to draw movie fans to theatre

Judi Dench says theatre is her 'idea of heaven', and she hopes playing M has drawn new audiences to stage shows

Long before she played M in the James Bond films, Judi Dench was a stellar Lady M in a famous Royal Shakespeare Company Macbeth. Now she's revealed that she took the screen role to get more people to go to the theatre.

The Oscar-winning actor has told Reader's Digest that her 17-year stint as the head of MI5, which started opposite Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye and ended with her shock screen death in last year's Skyfall, were intended partly as "bait" to draw Bond fans into her favourite art form.

She explained that young audiences who know her from the Bond franchise often have little idea of her 50-year stage career that has yielded six best actress Olivier awards and spanned Shakespeare, new plays and West End musicals.

"The
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Stage Stars, Classic Works, New Musicals Make Up Fall on Broadway

Some major marquee names are coming to Broadway this fall. Ethan Hawke will play the title role in Lincoln Center’s “Macbeth.” Mark Rylance is bringing his critically acclaimed, all-male productions of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III.” Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are set to deliver “No Man’s Land” and “Waiting for Godot” in rep. Cherry Jones takes on the ultimate matriarch in “The Glass Menagerie.” Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz is leading a new Broadway musical again with “Big Fish.” Jefferson Mays is transferring his tour-de-force performance with “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” which had productions at the Old Globe in San Diego and Hartford Stage in Connecticut. And in perhaps the most starry production, real-life couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz will play husband and wife in “Betrayal.” What makes all of these names different from others who might populate billboards just to
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Watching a Brooklyn Sunset With the Blissfully Wed Patrick Stewart

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Watching a Brooklyn Sunset With the Blissfully Wed Patrick Stewart
Are you sure you don’t need a sweatshirt?” Sir Patrick Stewart asks as he tucks into his own gray hoodie. The actor, of Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men fame, is seated on the roof of his Park Slope duplex drinking Champagne. His wife, the singer Sunny Ozell, sits nearby. “Cheers, big ears,” she toasts. The two wed a week earlier at a ceremony in Lake Tahoe. Sir Ian McKellen, Stewart’s longtime friend and co-star in an upcoming Broadway repertoire of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, served as the officiant. Guests included the entire crew of the Starship Enterprise.Stewart is clearly smitten with his wife, whom he met five years ago when playing Macbeth at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. One night after a performance, he had dinner at the Brooklyn artisanal-pizza restaurant Franny’s, where Ozell was waiting tables.
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Sunny Ozell: 5 Things To Know About Patrick Stewart’s New Wife

Star Trek’ star Patrick Stewart officially wed his long-time girlfriend, Sunny Ozell over the weekend! Tweeting a photo of he and his new bride, he captioned it “Yes, married.” So, who exactly is the lucky lady?

Patrick Stewart, 73 is officially off the market! In a service officiated by Sir Ian McKellan, Patrick tied the knot with Sunny Orzell.

Sunny Ozell: Get To Know Patrick Stewart’s Wife

1. She’s 35 Years Old. Yes, you read that right. Patrick is 38 years older than Sunny!

2. Sunny met Patrick in 2008 when he was at the Brooklyn Academy of Music starring in Macbeth. They were seen together in May and have been officially together since 2009.

3. Sunny is a songwriter and singer from Brooklyn, NY. She performs frequently at Rockwood and the Living Room in the Lower East Side, according to Sunnyozell.com. She has collaborated with some of the greatest including Jim Campilongo, Adam Levy of Norah Jones’ band,
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'Macbeth' gets a new Lady, as Marion Cotillard replaces Natalie Portman

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'Macbeth' gets a new Lady, as Marion Cotillard replaces Natalie Portman
It's the role that, according to theatrical cliché, every actress dreams of playing at least once in her life: Lady Macbeth. The conniving, persuasive, power-hungry -- and, finally, guilt-plagued -- wife of the stage's favorite tyrannical Scot has been played by everyone from Judi Dench to Simone Signoret to Vivien Leigh. But Natalie Portman -- for now, at least -- will not be joining that esteemed club, as Justin Kurzel's upcoming new screen version of "Macbeth" has swapped one Oscar-winner for another. Marion Cotillard will now be crying "Out, damned spot!" opposite Michael Fassbender's Mac. And, as far as I'm concerned,...
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This Week on Stage: Cirque du Soleil takes on Michael Jackson, plus new fall shows

This Week on Stage: Cirque du Soleil takes on Michael Jackson, plus new fall shows
Summer has officially taken hold, but all eyes seem to be on fall and spring, with nearly all of the 40 Broadway houses having scooped up shows to call their own if they don’t already have a tenant. This fall, we will see the arrival of a new Janis Joplin musical, A Night With Janis Joplin, which has been making the rounds nationally and finally setting up camp for a long run. Ethan Hawke is returning to Lincoln Center for his take on Macbeth, John Grisham gets his first Broadway salute with a Main Stem mounting of his legal thriller A Time to Kill,
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