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The nominees for Best Actor in a Play are: Ben Whishaw, Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Lenny Henry and Rory Kinnear. #wosawards
The nominees for Best Shakespearean Production are: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Ceasar, Macbeth, Othello and The Tempest. Nominated for Best Director is Jamie Lloyd - Macbeth, The Hothouse and The Pride at Trafalgar Studios Nominated for Best Lighting Designer is Adam Silverman - Macbeth at Trafalgar StudiosThe Full 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards Shortlist: http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/12-2013/the-full-2014-whatsonstage-awards-shortlists_32864.html
Dec 6 13 2:56 PM
This year's play categories are heavily influenced by the offerings
of two directors – former Donmar Warehouse artistic director Michael Grandage and his Donmar associate Jamie Lloyd,
who both branched out to mount major seasons at the Noel Coward Theatre
and Trafalgar Studios, respectively. The Michael Grandage Company's
stellar line-up, with five back-to-back productions – Privates on Parade, Peter and Alice, The Cripple of Inishmaan, A Midsummer Night's Dream and, just opened this month, Henry V
– over more than a year, has received nine nominations, including
Theatre Event of the Year. Lloyd's "Trafalgar Transformed" programme,
which is due to resume in the new year, earns six nods, including four
for his post-apocalyptic, James McAvoy-led Macbeth, and the two men are both nominated for Best Director.
The heavyweight play acting categories present a pair of intriguing his ‘n' hers nominations for great talent. Husband and wife James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff are both nominated with McAvoy up for Best Actor for Lloyd's Macbeth and Duff for Best Actress for Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude at the National Theatre. They face competition from Fences' leading couple Lenny Henry and Tanya Moodie.
And, proving that they're all grown up, Harry Potter's former boy stars, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, both figure in the shortlists. Radcliffe, a 2008 WhatsOnStage winner for Equus, is another 2014 Best Actor nominee, for taking the title role in Grandage's production of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan.
And Grint is shortlisted for Newcomer of the Year for making his stage
debut in the current West End revival of Jez Butterworth's Mojo.
In addition to these, James & Daniel are currently starring in 'Frankenstein' together, as well as AM & Helen Mirren previously co-starred in a play "Stories". The 3 of them also starred in 'The Last Station' together.
Dec 31 13 3:12 PM
This November the Royal Shakespeare Company launches two new free public exhibitions, open from 10am daily at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon:
The Half: Photographs of actors preparing for the stage. By Simon Annand Ferguson Room, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 30 November 2013 – 16 February 2014
Simon Annand's exhibition of photographs of actors preparing for the stage opens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Saturday 30 November. The Half is a touring exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A) curated with Simon Annand. This special version of the exhibition, created in collaboration with the RSC, includes new photographs on public display for the first time of Jane Lapotaire, Michael Pennington and David Tennant from the RSC's current production of Richard II.
The Half is an actor's countdown to walking on stage and facing an audience. Simon Annand's photographs capture this final 35 mins of excitement and intensity before the show begins. Visitors are invited to peep into the secret world of the dressing room to discover actors engaging in personal reflections and private rituals as they make the transition into character.
The exhibition also features a video of images by Simon Annand of the RSC's costume team and acting company working together backstage, commissioned by the RSC as part of In Stitches, a celebration of costume. The images capture the team's energy, collaboration and breadth of skills drawn on every day before and during a show.
The Half includes 94 prints of actors spanning over 30 years of British Theatre including new images of RSC actors preparing for the summer 2013 shows Titus Andronicus and Candide and the current production of Richard II. Other RSC actors featured include Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, David Oyelowo, Jonathan Slinger, Pippa Nixon and Mariah Gale. The exhibition also includes Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Martin Sheen and Jude Law.
The exhibition is curated by Kate Bailey of the V&A in collaboration with Simon Annand and the RSC's Events and Exhibitions Department.http://www.rsc.org.uk/about-us/press/releases/two-new-exhibitions-for-november.aspx
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McAvoy took a break from his Hollywood schedule to appear in Macbeth at the Trafalgar Studios in 2013, opposite Claire Foy. He was praised for his “commanding” and “gripping” performance. As if playing Macbeth wasn’t challenging enough, McAvoy had to contend with interruptions from audience members, which forced him to stop the show on two occasions – once to help a sick audience member and another to reprimand a camera-using audience member. A theatre hero.The Stage 100: numbers 11 to 20 20 Jamie Lloyd
New EntryA one-time protege of Michael Grandage, Jamie Lloyd really hit the big time in 2013. The year saw him launching his eponymous production company (a joint venture with Ambassador Theatre Group) with a season of work at the Trafalgar Studios: Macbeth starring James McAvoy, The Hothouse with Simon Russell Beale and John Simm, and The Pride with Hayley Atwell. It was a season of consistently high quality and Lloyd really showed off his versatility by also finding the time (somehow) to direct a large-scale stage musical adaptation of The Commitments at the Palace Theatre. Certainly one to watch.http://www.thestage.co.uk/features/2014/01/stage-100-category-performers/
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The list is topped for the fifth year in a row by Ambassador Theatre Group’s joint chief executives Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire. But Lloyd, who ruled himself out of the running for the National Theatre’s artistic director post last year, is the youngest director to make it into the top 20 since 1998 when the feat was achieved by Mendes, who has since gone on to become an Oscar winner in Hollywood.
He followed his “Mad Mac” take on Macbeth, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the Trafalgar Studios in London, with Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse, starring Simon Russell Beale and John Simm.
He crowned the year with a revival of The Pride, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play about changes in attitude towards homosexuality in Britain, featuring Hayley Atwell.
Lloyd earned his big break directing Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker at the Sheffield Crucible in 2006. He won the Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre in 2008 for The Pride, and he was associate director of the Donmar Warehouse from 2008 to 2011.
The director, from Poole, Dorset, then launched his own production company in partnership with the ATG. Lloyd is nominated for best director at the WhatsOnStage Awards, alongside his former mentor Michael Grandage.
Actors who made the 100 list include Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Radcliffe and Matt Smith. Panter and Squire are now on course to equal the record held by The Stage 100’s most successful ever entrant – Andrew Lloyd Webber, who was placed third this year.
Alistair Smith, deputy editor of The Stage and editor of The Stage 100, said: “Having shared the top spot with the National Theatre’s Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr in 2013, ATG’s Panter and Squire were a clear number one this year.Mr Smith added: “Elsewhere in the list, it’s good to see the excellent performance of regional theatres such as Sheffield (9) and Chichester (15) at a time when many organisations are facing cuts in their local and central government funding. Meanwhile, Jamie Lloyd, the director of shows such as Macbeth and The Hothouse becomes the youngest director to make it into the top 20 since Sam Mendes in 1998.”http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/stage-100-power-list-hails-theatre-director-jamie-lloyd-as-new-sam-mendes-9035538.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
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Check out our production pics of the #TrafalgarTransformed season that are now up in our Studio Bar! pic.twitter.com/f0zITwdKX9
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