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@ianmckellen - 7/29/14 11:24am Travelling in style to film a scene for MR HOLMES in Lewes UK yesterday, with my friend Martin Joyce. http://t.co/ZExHzrAqFf


@ianmckellen - 7/28/14 03:26am New teaser for #TheHobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be unveiled today (Monday) at 12pm PT / 3pm ET! http://t.co/CFuXT4Nots


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Peter Bowles Joins FORGOTTEN VOICES Guest Lineup at Edinburgh Festival Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Peter Bowles will be joining the line-up of special guest artists appearing in Forgotten Voices, a play by Malcolm McKay based on the best-selling book Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur, which will be staged at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. (more...)

Special Guest Artists and Cast Announced for FORGOTTEN VOICES at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 30 July - 25 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

The producers of Forgotten Voices, a play by Malcolm McKay based on the best-selling book Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur, are delighted to announce the cast and special guest artists for the show's run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014. The acclaimed stars of stage and screen who will be appearing as guest artists* are: Julian Sands and Robert Vaughn (30 July - 6 August), Christopher Timothy (14 - 18 August), Robert Powell (14 and 15 August), James Fleet (20 - 25 August) and Celia Imrie (20 - 22 August). They join core cast members: Philip Fox, Geoff Leesley, Gerrard McArthur and Wendy Nottingham. *Further guest casting is to be announced. (more...)

GLEE's Chris Colfer Visits Hilary Clinton Book Signing
by TV News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

According to pictures on PerezHilton GLEE star Chris Colfer waited in line at a Barnes & Noble yesterday to get his copy of Hilary Clinton's memoir 'Hard Choices' autographed by the former First Lady. (more...)

Elizabeth Stanley and Paul Anthony Stewart Star in Barrington Stage's KISS ME, KATE, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presents the company's 20th Anniversary Season opener - Kiss Me, Kate, to be presented today, June 11 through July 12 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). (more...)

FORGOTTEN VOICES Set for Edinburgh Fringe, 30 July - 25 August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 04, 2014

Taken from the Imperial War Museum's oral testimonies of the veterans of World War One, Forgotten Voices is a series of vivid and deeply moving accounts of battle and its terrible aftermath. These accounts will be recited by actors, making a poignant tribute for the centenary commemoration of WWI. The play by Malcolm McKay is based on the best-selling book Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the Creators of QUEEN OF THE NIGHT- Spotlight on Lorin Latarro
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 24, 2014

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge stopped by the Diamond Horseshoe during a recent rehearsal, and below, you can check out a special interview with choreographer Lorin Latarro. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Ian McKellen and Michael Pennington Talk TFANA's KING LEAR, Shakespeare and More
by Stage Tube - May 22, 2014

During the run of Theatre for a New Audience's KING LEAR, Sir Ian McKellen sat down with Michael Pennington, who played the titular role, for an in-depth discussion on acting, Shakespeare, and the play. Click below to watch a conversation between two of the greatest Shakespearean actors of our time! (more...)

GLEE's Chris Colfer to Play Noel Coward in Upcoming Biopic
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2014

GLEE's Chris Colfer is set to star as British playwright, composer and director Noel Coward in an upcoming biopic to be titled NOEL. (more...)

Elizabeth Stanley, Paul Anthony Stewart & More to Star in Barrington Stage's KISS ME, KATE; Runs 6/11-7/12
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, has announced casting for the company's 20th Anniversary Season opener - Kiss Me, Kate, to be presented June 11 through July 12 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 5/7- MACBETH
by Stage Tube - May 07, 2014

Today in 1982, Macbeth opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre, where it ran for 21 performances. Written by William Shakespeare, Macbeth is about a regicide and its aftermath. It is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and is believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. The earliest account of a performance of what was probably Shakespeare's play is April 1611, when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, May 5, 2014 - NY Critics' Awards, Off-Broadway Galas, SEA MARKS, August Wilson, Joe Iconis and More!
by Jessica Showers - May 05, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: It's a busy Monday! The NY Drama Critics' circle announces its 2014 winners today, Playwrights Horizons and Second Stage are both hosting their annual galas tonight, SEA MARKS opens off-Broadway, the National August Wilson Monologue Competition is today, and Joe Iconis stops by MURDER FOR TWO tonight! (more...)

Ian McKellen & Trudie Styler to Lead Gala Reading of THE SEAGULL at St. James Theatre, 1 June
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

Out of Joint will host a special reading of Thomas Kilroy's The Seagull, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, at London's St. James Theatre on Sunday 1 June. Casting includes Sir Ian McKellen as Peter and Trudie Styler, who reprises her acclaimed Broadway performance as Isobel. They are joined by Stella Feehily as Pauline and Lloyd Hutchinson as Cousin Gregory. (more...)

InDepth InterView Exclusive: Kevin Spacey Talks New RICHARD III Documentary NOW, Plus HOUSE OF CARDS, Future Musical? & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 01, 2014

Last night I had the particular privilege of discussing the intricacies and intrigue of William Shakespeare's legendary history play RICHARD III with one of the greatest actors of our age and a true patron of the arts - two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey. Discussing the finer points of his characterization of the hunchback antihero, Spacey paints a vivid portrait of his experiences in reteaming with his AMERICAN BEAUTY collaborator, director Sam Mendes, on bringing a truly 21st century take on the classic play to the stage - and then bringing the production all the way from the hallowed ground of Spacey's own The Old Vic in London, to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City to a whirlwind worldwide tour spanning the globe. NOW, a compelling new documentary following the project from rehearsal through to opening night and ensuing world tour is set to be released next month and is highlighted by the fly-on-the-wall intimacy and access it provides viewers, as well as offering copious performance footage of Spacey and company in action onstage. Additionally, Spacey and I address and analyze the undeniable connections between RICHARD III and his super-successful Netflix dramatic series HOUSE OF CARDS, touching upon not only the dramatic parallels, but the lucky sequence of events that made the entire endeavor possible in the first place. After all, Frank Underwood is the modern Richard III in many ways - bloodlust, ambition, ego, humor and darkness included; but, also, the humanity. Plus, Spacey expresses his enthusiasm for starting work on Season Three of the series now that they have been granted Maryland filming tax breaks once again, which was holding up production until this week. Besides all of that, Spacey also clues us in on his future endeavors of interest, mentioning his spate of recent musical performances and his desire to pursue a musical role once again sometime soon following his acclaimed turn as Bobby Darin in musical biopic BEYOND THE SEA. FOLLIES, perhaps?! A wide-ranging conversation with a stage and screen mega-star like none other awaits in today's special spotlight. (more...)

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in Must-See Theatre Documentary THEATRELAND, 5/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Featuring theatre and film heavyweights-and real-life friends-Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men) and Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings, X-Men) and offering a compelling look behind the scenes of a West End production of Beckett's influential Waiting for Godot, Theatreland debuts on DVD on May 13, 2014 from Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Filmed on location at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, a historic London playhouse that dates back to 1720, the program features rare, candid behind-the-scenes footage that follows two productions,Waiting for Godot and Breakfast at Tiffany's, from rehearsals to opening night. Broadcast on public television in October 2010, the documentary is ever more relevant with Stewart and McKellen's recent Broadway performances in Waiting for Godot andNo Man's Land. The DVD 2-Disc set includes eight episodes, plus a 12-page viewer's guide (201 min., $39.99,AcornOnline.com). (more...)

Photo Coverage: PBS Gives Sneak Peek of Dave Clark 5 Special
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Apr 08, 2014

Great Performances presents a look at the British invasion 50 years after both the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles hit our shores. The Dave Clark Five and Beyond Glad All Over features newly filmed interviews with Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band, Stevie Wonder, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Whoopi Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, '60s fashion icon Twiggy and Sir Ian McKellen, all sharing their memories of how the music of the 60s and the cultural revolution of 1964 changed their lives forever. (more...)

Laura Benanti & More Join BROADWAY BATTLES BULLYING Lineup, Set for 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

The Michael Morones Foundation today announced additional performers includingLaura Benanti for a one-night only benefit concert entitled Broadway Battles Bullying to take place on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The benefit and silent auction, which will be hosted by Shakina Nayfack, will raise money for the newly created Michael Morones Foundation, which works to educate communities about youth suicide prevention and the effects of bullying. The benefit concert is presented by an honorary host committee of Broadway, screen, and music veterans including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mary-Louise Parker, Paula Cole, Megan Hilty, Jonathan Groff, and Julia Murney, who have all generously donated their support to the Michael Morones Foundation. (more...)

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen to Auction Three Coney Island T-Shirts for New York's City Harvest; Bidding Ends 4/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 02, 2014

Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen recently spent a memorable day on Coney Island taking in New York's finest sights, sounds and food. Their adventure has been captured and printed on three Coney Island t-shirts that are now being auctioned to help raise money for City Harvest. (more...)

Jill Paice, Dan Fogler, Jennifer Laura Thompson & More Set for BROADWAY BATTLES BULLYING Benefit Concert, 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

The Michael Morones Foundation today announced a one-night only benefit concert entitled Broadway Battles Bullying to take place on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The benefit and silent auction will raise money for the newly created Michael Morones Foundation, which works to educate communities about youth suicide prevention and the effects of bullying. The benefit concert is presented by an honorary host committee of Broadway, screen, and music veterans including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mary-Louise Parker, Paula Cole, Megan Hilty, Jonathan Groff, and Julia Murney, who have all generously donated their support to the Michael Morones Foundation. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Tweet NYC Photos; Announce Benefit Auction
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 25, 2014

Actors Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen have been having a ball discovering all the sights and sounds of The Big Apple. The acclaimed duo have been sharing their adventures on Twitter over The Past few months to promote their stage plays (more...)

McKellen, Stewart, Hilty, Groff, & More to Host BROADWAY BATTLES BULLYING Benefit, 4/14
by Hilary Kelly - Mar 21, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Megan Hilty, Jonathan Groff, Mary-Louise Parker, and Paula Cole are set to present Broadway Battles Bullying, a benefit concert for the Michael Morones Foundation. (more...)

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