May 10th, 2011

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Shout out to Matthew Fox

So, I went to see In A Forest, Dark and Deep for the second time yesterday. I stand by my original assertion that the production is outstanding.

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I just wanted to say that Matthew Fox at the stage door is the perfect gentleman - very polite, charming and respectful and he signs absolutely everything. I want more A list celebs like him!

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

Matthew Chandler Fox (born July 14, 1966) is an American actor and former model. His first major role was playing older brother and family patriarch Charlie Salinger on Party of Five in the 1990s, co-starring with Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Lacey Chabert. He enjoyed even greater fame as Dr. Jack Shephard on the ABC drama series Lost.

From September 2004 until May 2010, Fox played the role of the dedicated yet troubled surgeon, Dr. Jack Shephard, on Lost. He initially auditioned for the role of James "Sawyer" Ford. However, co-creator J. J. Abrams thought he would be better for the role of Jack, a role originally slated to be for the pilot episode only. Fox was nominated for a Golden Globe, won the 2005 Satellite Award, and shared the 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for his role in Lost.

In 2011, he is starring in the stage play In a Forest, Dark and Deep, with Olivia Williams in London's West End.
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Researchers' Tales: A series of free lectures based on research at the NT Archive

The National are running a series of FREE talks which sound excellent. For further details follow the link:

I am going to at least two of them:

Hamlet at the National Theatre - Colin Bell - Wednesday 11 May 2011, 7-8pm (ie tomorrow!)
A lecture on five productions of Hamlet at the National. Colin Bell discusses the various approaches taken to producing Hamlet at the National: 1963 (Laurence Olivier director, Peter O'Toole as Hamlet), 1975 (Peter Hall director, Albert Finney as Hamlet), 1989 (Richard Eyre director, Daniel Day Lewis/Ian Charleson as Hamlet), 2000 (John Caird director, Simon Russell Beale as Hamlet), 2010 (Nicholas Hytner director, Rory Kinnear as Hamlet).

NT Live, from research to broadcast - David Sabel - Wednesday 15 June 2011, 7-8pm
David Sabel, Head of Digital Media and Producer of NT Live at the National discusses the MBA research which led to his NT producing role. As part of his MBA Sabel undertook a research placement at the National to develop a feasibility study for the broadcast of National Theatre productions to cinemas, the study revealed a longer history of such work than is widely known. Sabel discusses past theatre broadcasts projects and the development and future of NT Live.