February 28th, 2012

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Mark Rylance Shakespeare plays to transfer to West End

Mark Rylance as Olivia in Twelfth Night, 2002
Photo credit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2011/dec/29/theatre-preview-2012

Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Jerusalem star Mark Rylance is to return to the West End stage in the Shakespeare's Globe productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night.

Rylance, who was the Globe's first artistic director, will play the lead role in Richard III and Olivia in Twelfth Night. Tim Carroll will direct both shows, which will run together for 13 weeks at the Apollo Theatre from 2 November. The productions will open first at the Globe from 14 July.

Rylance was the artistic director of the Globe from its opening in 1995 until 2005. During his tenure he directed and acted in plays every season and became known for exploring Elizabethan theatre practices.

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Follow the link for all the information on the 2002 Twelfth Night production (the 2012 production is a revival):
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A Man's Story, Brixton Ritzy

Photo credit: http://www.hautefashionafrica.com/tag/spike-lee/

Cut and pasted from an email from the Brixton Ritzy:

A MAN'S STORY plus Q&A with Ozwald Boateng and Director Varon Bonicos
Saturday 10 March, 6.30pm

We are delighted to welcome acclaimed fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and filmmaker Varon Bonicos to The Ritzy for a Q&A following a special screening of A MAN'S STORY.

Directed by Varon Bonicos and spanning a 12-year period A MAN'S STORY follows Ozwald Boateng, one of Britain's most successful and influential fashion designers of the past two decades, weaving together his rocket-like trajectory through the fashion world with an intimate portrait of a family man struggling to balance life and work.

Follow the link to watch the trailer, to find out more about the film, and to book tickets:

The website for the film is here:

The film is available for pre-order from Amazon here:

Photo credit: http://www.myretailmedia.com/blog/5877/ozwald_boateng_plots_200m_international_expansion.php
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And finally ... Benedict at the Oscars

And finally, a legitimate source for a photo of Benedict Cumberbatch at the Oscars:

Photo credit: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a367996/benedict-cumberbatch-oscars-are-utterly-overwhelming.html

Cut and pasted from the Digital Spy website:

Benedict Cumberbatch: 'Oscars are utterly overwhelming'. Follow the link to the full story:
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Written on the Heart, RSC, transfers to the West End

Stephen Boxer as William Tyndale (left) and Oliver Ford Davies as Lancelot Andrewes (right).
Photo credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/8877461/Written-on-the-Heart-RSC-Swan-Theatre-Stratford-upon-Avon-review.html

Cut and pasted from the RSC website:

David Edgar's critically acclaimed play about the creation of the King James Bible is to open at the Duchess Theatre in April.

Written on the Heart marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, one of the most widely published texts in the English language. It tells the story of two men who, across an 80-year divide, translate the word of God into English. For one, it means death at the stake. For the other, it could mean an archbishop's mitre.

Written on the Heart opens at the Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London on 23 April.

Follow the link to the full story:

More information on the production can be found here:

My reaction to Written on the Heart is here: