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Owen Teale joins cast of No Man’s Land

Tony Award winning actor Owen Teale joins Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man’s Land. Owen Teale will play ‘Briggs’ joining the previously announced Ian McKellen as ‘Spooner’ and Patrick Stewart as ‘Hirst’. Directed by Sean Mathias, No Man’s Land will tour venues in the UK from 3 August 2016 prior to a limited run at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre from September 2016. Known recently for playing Ser Alliser Thorne in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Teale won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Torvald in A Doll’s House. Other notable theatre credits include Dance of …

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Stage Spy: Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins reunite for The Dresser

Sir Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser to be remade by the BBC starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen The Telegraph reports today that the BBC is planning a big new dramatisation of Ronald Harwood’s award-winning 1980 play The Dresser. Directed by Sir Richard Eyre, the production will see the two Sirs reunited after working with each other way back in the Sixties at Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company at the Old Vic. McKellen will play the dresser Norman, with Hopkins as the actor-manager “Sir”, believed to have been based on the great West End actor Sir Donald Wolfit. The …

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Movie News: BBC Films announce The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith, London Road

BBC Films has announced its new slate for the Cannes Film Festival and it includes a new film adaptation of hit play The Lady In The Van. Maggie Smith will return to the role she immortalised on stage in 1999 as Miss Shepherd, alongside Alex Jennings – who is currently starring as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane – playing Alan Bennett. The movie will reunite the team behind The History Boys – Bennett and director Nicholas Hytner, who also directed the stage play of The Lady in the Van. Kevin Loader, Damian Jones …

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Brits on Broadway this Autumn

British actors dominate Broadway this season as a host of famous UK names – including Daniel Craig, Ian McKellen, Mark Rylance and Orlando Bloom hit the Great White Way.

Royal Mail launches RSC stamps

The Royal Mail has launched a new set of stamps to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Ian Charleson Awards

We might have missed it but the publicity around the winners of this year’s Ian Charleson Awards seemed particularly muted. Even the Sunday Times, the sponsor of the awards, gave little promotion to the nominations or winners. This year marks 20 years since actor Ian Charleson died on 6 January 1990 of AIDS-related causes, only eight weeks after playing Hamlet in Richard Eyre’s production at the National Theatre. He was an extremely accomplished actor, appearing in film (Chariots of Fire), TV (Oxbridge Blues) and numerous stage roles, both plays and musicals, including Guys and Dolls and Fool For Love. The …

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Last night at a star-studded ceremony at the Royal Opera House, the 55th annual Evening Standard Theatre Awards recognised a host of London theatre productions and talent.

London Theatre – 2009 Preview

  If theatre mirrors life then you would expect 2009 to be a bad year for the performing arts in London: economic downturns and credit crunches sound like gloomy news for our discretionary entertainment spending. But West End theatre box office figures have kept on going up in recent years, and the huge number of new productions sailing into town during 2009 could mean that Theatreland manages to buck the trend. THE GREAT REVIVAL The RSC, National Theatre, Donmar and Old Vic dominated straight drama in the West End in 2008, and they haven’t finished yet. Big hitters coming to …

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