Maggie Smith News

Date Of Birth:
December 28, 1934 (79)
Birth Place:
Ilford, Essex, ENGLAND
Gender:
Female
BWW Reviews: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Check Off a Hit
by Elizabeth Peterson-Vita - Sep 17, 2014

Acclaimed American playwright Christopher Durang is well known for his absurd and often outrageous humor, and his VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, winner of a Tony Award in 2013 for Best Play, is no exception. An engaging farce with a somewhat surprising degree of sentiment at its core, this darkish comedy sends up the classic work of Anton Chekhov while also countering it with a kind of cock-eyed optimism. This Trustus Theatre's production, in the capable hands of director Jim O'Connor and well-modulated cast, just completed its first week's run and happily will be playing for another two weeks. There are plenty of in-jokes for theatre majors and the cognoscenti, but the uninitiated can also enjoy the modern comedy and unexpected charm that infuses Durang's take on a very idiosyncratic family whose caricatured members are yet familiar to us. (more...)

National Portrait Gallery to Display Newly Commissioned Portrait of Dame Vivienne Westwood, 9/15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

As London Fashion Week draws to a close, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled today its latest commissioned portrait a photograph of Dame Vivienne Westwood in her garden by artist and photographer Juergen Teller. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company to Honor John Hurt, Stacy Keach & Diana Rigg at 2014 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has selected John Hurt, Stacy Keach and Dame Diana Rigg as the 2014 recipients of The William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre (Will Award), which recognizes artists who have made significant contributions to classical theatre in America. The Beech Street Foundation will be awarded the Sidney Harman Award for Philanthropy in the Arts. The awards will be presented at the Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala on Sunday, October 5, 2014, hosted by STC at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) and the National Building Museum (440 G Street NW). (more...)

VIDEO: Kevin Kline Talks Israel Horovitz's MY OLD LADY on 'Today'
by Movies News Desk - Sep 09, 2014

Two-time Tony Award winner Kevin Kline stopped by this morning's TODAY to talk about his new comedy 'My Old Lady,' in which he plays a down-on-his-luck New Yorker whose late father leaves him an apartment in Paris. (more...)

Kevin Kline & Israel Horovitz Set for 92Y's MY OLD LADY Screening Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 08, 2014

Reel Pieces, the 92Y film series moderated by Annette Insdorf, continues tonight, September 8, with actor Kevin Kline and his new film, My Old Lady. Following a preview screening of My Old Lady, Kline and writer-director Israel Horovitz will discuss the film with Insdorf. (more...)

InDepth InterView Flashback 2013: Joan Rivers Talks JOAN & MELISSA: JOAN KNOWS BEST?, FASHION POLICE, SALLY MARR Revival & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Sep 07, 2014

Today we remember stage and screen icon Joan Rivers in honor of her death this week at the age of 81 with this InDepth InterView originally presented in 2013. (more...)

Kevin Kline & Israel Horovitz Set for 92Y's Reel Pieces Film Series, 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

Reel Pieces, the 92Y film series moderated by Annette Insdorf, continues on Monday, September 8 with actor Kevin Kline and his new film, My Old Lady. Following a preview screening of My Old Lady, Kline and writer-director Israel Horovitz will discuss the film with Insdorf. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for UNCLE VANYA - John Hannah, Amanda Boxer, Buffy Davis and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

Casting is announced today for a new version of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya by multiple award-winning playwright Anya Reiss, premiering on Wednesday 8 October at St. James Theatre. Directed by Russell Bolam, Reiss' adaptation of Chekhov's masterpiece of modern theatre reignites the piece for a 21st century audience, revealing the universal difficulties of impossible love, longing and regret. (more...)

Photo Flash: Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and More Featured in GSC's MY OLD LADY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 01, 2014

Gloucester Stage Company Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz hosts the only New England special pre-release screening of his new film, MY OLD LADY starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas to benefit Gloucester Stage Company on Monday, September 15at the Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street in Gloucester, MA. (more...)

Gloucester Stage to Host Advance Screening of Israel Horovitz's MY OLD LADY, 9/15
by Movies News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Gloucester Stage Company Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz hosts the only New England special pre-release screening of his new film, MY OLD LADY starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas to benefit Gloucester Stage Company on Monday, September 15 at the Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street in Gloucester, MA. (more...)

All of the 66th Emmy Award Winners! Full Results!
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 26, 2014

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast will air live coast-to-coast live tonight at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT on NBC from the NOKIA Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Over the last week, BroadwayWorld has been bringing you special Emmy coverage with profiles of Emmy-nominated theatre stars and plays adapted into Emmy-nominated TV movies. Check out all of BWW's Emmy Coverage. (more...)

Emmy Preview: BroadwayWorld Staff and Fans Predict Emmy Winners!
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 25, 2014

The 66th Annual Emmy Awards will come to you from the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles on NBC on Monday, August 25th live at 8:00pm. All week, BWW has been spotlighting the Emmy nominated TV performances of some of Broadway's biggest stars. If you want to follow along and interact with all of BroadwayWorld's Emmy coverage, check out #BWWEmmys on Twitter or visit our BWW Emmy Coverage Home. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Very Chekhovian VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Shakespeare & Co
by Larry Murray - Aug 22, 2014

For those who think that Christopher Durang's popular VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is a strawhat comedy, this production proves it's goat real heart too, just as in any Chekhov play. (more...)

BWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 21, 2014

This morning we are taking a look at the illustrious career of Dame Maggie Smith. I mean, she's a Dame after all; Queen Elizabeth doesn't just hand those out to anyone. Her career includes highlights from on stage, including 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' 'Private Lives,' and 'Lettice and Lovage;' to in films as 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' 'Sister Act,' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel;' to her iconic role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on 'Downton Abbey,' for which she is nominated for an Emmy for the fourth-consecutive year. (more...)

E! Online Predicts the 66TH ANNUAL EMMY AWARD Winners
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

The 2014 Emmys are fast approaching, and we have broken down all the Drama and Comedy acting categories for you, so you can go wager all your life savings on our infallible picks. (Don't actually do that.) (more...)

Segerstrom Center to Present AN EVENING WITH SHIRLEY MACLAINE, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Academy Award winner, singer, dancer, writer and activist Shirley MacLaine makes her Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut in her remarkable one-woman show, sharing personal stories, photos and film clips from her illustrious Hollywood career and fascinating personal life on Saturday, September 20 at 8 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER'S SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 8/26
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 10, 2014

A collection of two of the most acclaimed Shakespeare performances in recent memory is now available to order featuring master thespian and Bard interpreter Laurence Olivier titled SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER'S SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Richard Gere Joins the Cast of THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
by Movies News Desk - Aug 07, 2014

Below, get a first look at Richard Gere who joins the cast for the movie's sequel! (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Guthrie Theater's VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Entertains with Deliciously Over-the-Top Comedic Performances
by Jill Schafer - Aug 04, 2014

In a lovely bit of symmetry, the Guthrie is closing a season that began with Chekhov's Uncle Vanya with a new play by Christopher Durang that uses Chekhovian characters and themes in a decidedly modern way - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Whatever Durang's inspiration was, the result is a hilarious comedy about a dysfunctional trio of siblings and the wacky people that surround them. Even though I'm sure I missed many of the Chekhov and other references, I thoroughly enjoyed the play. It's great fun, with fantastic performances by everyone in the six-person cast. (more...)

Maggie Smith In New Look At Upcoming Season Of DOWNTON ABBEY
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 02, 2014

A fresh glimpse at the highly anticipated new season of hit international period-set drama Downton Abbey is now available to view as part of an ITV season preview. (more...)

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