Thursday, July 31, 2014

Richard Armitage in Conversation at The Old Vic September 2

Oh Old Vic - your email this morning broke my heart.  I can hear the sighs all over the world right now for those of us not lucky enough to live in London or a reasonably priced airline ticket or train ride away.

The Old Vic Announced the following today - first via email to subscribers and later on Twitter:

Following the overwhelming critical acclaim for Yaël Farber's powerful revival of Arthur Miller's classic drama, The Crucible, we are delighted that Richard Armitage will be in conversation on The Old Vic stage on Tuesday 2 September at 5pm to talk about his career and his role as John Proctor. 
Priority booking for members opens today. 
Tickets £5 – may be restricted view
Premium Tickets £10 – best seats in the house

More Info at link below:


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My King - Thorin in the BOFA Teaser Trailer Today

"The king has come unto his hall
Under the Mountain dark and tall.
The Worm of Dread is slain and dead,
And ever so our foes shall fall!"

Video from 

(Photo from and my Thorin crop) 

Monday, July 28, 2014

" In the Theatre an Actor Gives"

"Stars bear within themselves the same kind of heroic passions that mark the characters whom they portray. They have the power to sustain those multiple selves in the course of a movie, to sustain a persona in the course of a career, to sustain themselves in the harsh light of fame."

"Yet the mark of good acting isn’t the intentional display of such passions by actors but, instead, the radiating of those passions from the actors, even against their will…  the paradox and pathos of movie acting, as opposed to theatre acting, is that in the theatre the actor gives; in the cinema, the actor is taken from."

"…the peculiarity of an art that’s essentially involuntary, despite the fanatically willful intensity with which actors pursue their artistic labors and their place in the industry. An actor’s efforts to cope with what is essentially the camera’s soul-stealing—whether those efforts are constructive or self-indulgent or even self-destructive—get pulled into a feedback loop that amplifies the image onscreen. "

The New Yorker- The Essence of Stardom *

Richard Armitage and Sean Bean on stage

(photos from Google Images,, The Mighty Bean, The Royal Shakespeare Company)

*review of book by James Harvey