Michael Blakemore News

Date of Birth: June 18, 1928 (88)
Birth Place: Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Gender: Male
Broadway's REBECCA Scandal to Be Featured on CNBC's AMERICAN GREEDBroadway's REBECCA Scandal to Be Featured on CNBC's AMERICAN GREED
by Caryn Robbins - Aug 5, 2016

CNBC's shocking true crime series AMERICAN GREED will examine the controversial journey of the Broadway-bound musical REBECCA. The series focuses on people who will 'do anything for money.' (more...)

Christine Ebersole and More to Perform at TACT's 2016 Spring Gala Honoring Simon JonesChristine Ebersole and More to Perform at TACT's 2016 Spring Gala Honoring Simon Jones
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) announced today that the TACT 2016 Spring Gala will honor former TACT Co-Artistic Director and current company member Simon Jones. (more...)

Shortlist Announced for The Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography 2015Shortlist Announced for The Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography 2015
by Marianka Swain - Feb 24, 2016

The Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography 2015 shortlist has been revealed. The contenders are Peter Whitebrook for John Osborne Anger is not about..., James Shapiro for 1606 William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear, David Hare for The†Blue Touch Paper, Qais†Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan for A†Night in the Emperor's Garden and Michael Pennington for Let Me Play The Lion/How to Be an Actor. (more...)

Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre to Stage NOISES OFF This SpringWay Off Broadway Dinner Theatre to Stage NOISES OFF This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, the Frederick area's only year-round professional producing theatre, is getting ready to open its 100th Mainstage production this spring with the hilarious backstage farce Noises Off. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/11/15- CITY OF ANGELSSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 12/11/15- CITY OF ANGELS
by Stage Tube - Dec 11, 2015

Today in 1989, City of Angels opened at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson Theatre), where it ran for 879 performances. City of Angels is a musical comedy with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, and book by Larry Gelbart. The musical weaves together two plots, the 'real' world of a writer trying to turn his book into a screenplay, and the 'reel' world of the fictional film. The musical is an homage to the film noir genre of motion pictures that rose to prominence in the 1940s. It was directed by Michael Blakemore with sets designed by Robin Wagner and costumes by Florence Klotz. (more...)

Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden to Lead Rubicon Theatre's COPENHAGEN; Sets Sept Opening!Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden to Lead Rubicon Theatre's COPENHAGEN; Sets Sept Opening!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Rubicon Theatre Company just†announced stage and screen veterans Linda Purl, Brett Rickaby and Peter Van Norden will star in the†company's mainstage production of the Tony-Award winning play COPENHAGEN, directed by international artist Judy Hegarty Lovett. (more...)

Angela Lansbury & Jemima Rooper Talk Hilarious Costume Mishaps In BLITHE SPIRIT: 'It's A Whole Separate Play!'Angela Lansbury & Jemima Rooper Talk Hilarious Costume Mishaps In BLITHE SPIRIT: 'It's A Whole Separate Play!'
by Pat Cerasaro - Jul 13, 2015

Getting caught up in costume drama, literally! (more...)

UPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest RulingUPDATE: REBECCA Publicist Marc Thibodeau Responds to Latest Ruling
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

As reported last night, Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal continues, with press agent Marc Thibodeau having been†found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

Broadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 BowBroadway Publicist Found Liable in REBECCA Scandal; Musical Eyeing Spring 2016 Bow
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

In the latest legal news from Broadway's ever-evolving REBECCA scandal, Deadline writes that press agent Marc Thibodeau has been found liable for sending emails that caused a potential investor to pull $2.25 million from the musical, a move that forced the project to a halt. (more...)

David Calder, Gordon Kennedy, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Robb and More Join West End's THE AUDIENCEDavid Calder, Gordon Kennedy, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Robb and More Join West End's THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2015

The Daily Mail reports that David Robb, David Calder, Michael Gould, Gordon Kennedy, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Robb, and Nicholas Woodeson have joined Kristin Scott Thomas in the new version of Peter Morgan's THE AUDIENCE. (more...)

Fugard Theatre's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT to Play BAM This SummerFugard Theatre's A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT to Play BAM This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

In this taut 2013 theatrical adaptation of Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's award winning-book, the apartheid regime's most notorious assassin and head of its death squad, Eugene de Kock (played by Matthew Marsh), sits opposite psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (played Noma Dumezweni) in Pretoria Central Prison in 1997. Gobodo-Madikizela is a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission determined to understand his actions. She questions de Kock, who is sentenced to two life terms plus 212 years for crimes against humanity, murder, conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, illegal possession of firearms, and fraud. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Donmar's CITY OF ANGELS Performs 'What You Don't Know About Women' at the Olivier AwardsSTAGE TUBE: Donmar's CITY OF ANGELS Performs 'What You Don't Know About Women' at the Olivier Awards
by Stage Tube - Apr 17, 2015

Sunday night, April 12, Donmar Warehouse's CITY OF ANGELS won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. Rebecca Trehearn and Rosalie Craig performed What You Don't Know About Women on the live broadcast. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch Dame Angela Lansbury Accept Olivier Award for BLITHE SPIRIT!VIDEO: Watch Dame Angela Lansbury Accept Olivier Award for BLITHE SPIRIT!
by TV News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Dame Angela Lansbury won her first Olivier at the age of 89 at last night's Olivier Awards for best actress in a supporting role, as Madame Arcati in the West End's BLITHE SPIRIT at last night's Olivier Awards. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and Company Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Final Curtain Call in D.C.Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and Company Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Final Curtain Call in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in an exciting North American tour of NoŽl Coward's smash-hit comedic play, BLITHE SPIRIT. The tour made its Washington premiere on March 17 and celebrated its final curtain call on March 29 at the National Theatre, where Ms. Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day in Hotel Paradiso. Scroll down for photos from the curtain call! (more...)

Additional Tix Available for BLITHE SPIRIT at National Theatre, Thru March 29Additional Tix Available for BLITHE SPIRIT at National Theatre, Thru March 29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2015

The producers of Noel Coward's smash hit comedic play BLITHE SPIRIT, starring television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Awardģ-winner Angela Lansbury, have announced that additional tickets have been made available for the remaining performances of the engagement at National Theatre now through March 29. (more...)

Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and More Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Opening in D.C.Photo Flash: Angela Lansbury and More Celebrate BLITHE SPIRIT's Opening in D.C.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Following the internationally acclaimed production with sold-out engagements on Broadway and London's West End, television legend, Oscar recipient and five-time Tony Award-winner Angela Lansbury returns to the stage in an exciting North American tour of Noel Coward's smash-hit comedic play, BLITHE SPIRIT. The tour makes its Washington premiere Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29 at the National Theatre, where Ms. Lansbury made her first pre-Broadway stage debut nearly 58 years ago to the day in Hotel Paradiso. Scroll down for photos from the opening night festivities! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Angela Lansbury Triumphs in Heavenly BLITHE SPIRITBWW Reviews: Angela Lansbury Triumphs in Heavenly BLITHE SPIRIT
by Jeffrey Walker - Mar 20, 2015

Angela Lansbury has swooped into Washington in Noel Coward's sparkling comedy BLITHE SPIRIT and you owe it to yourself to see it. The production is an embarrassment of riches, with a stellar cast and expert direction by Michael Blakemore. (more...)

Queen Tells THE AUDIENCE's Kristin Scott Thomas: It Will Be 'Quite a Challenge' to Play MeQueen Tells THE AUDIENCE's Kristin Scott Thomas: It Will Be 'Quite a Challenge' to Play Me
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Kristin Scott Thomas had a special meeting with Queen Elizabeth II this week when she was made a Dame. The actress is set to portray the British royal beginning next month in the West End production of THE AUDIENCE. (more...)

Photo Flash: First-Released Image of Kristin Scott Thomas as the Queen in UK's THE AUDIENCEPhoto Flash: First-Released Image of Kristin Scott Thomas as the Queen in UK's THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Kristin Scott Thomas will play the Queen in a new and updated version of Peter Morgan's The Audience. Stephen Daldry's production will preview at the Apollo Theatre from 21 April 2015, with press night on 5 May 2015 and is booking to 25 July 2015. The Audience has designs by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Rick Fisher, sound by Paul Arditti and music by Paul Englishby. Check out a newly released image below! (more...)

David Calder, Gordon Kennedy, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Robb and More Join West End's THE AUDIENCEDavid Calder, Gordon Kennedy, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Robb and More Join West End's THE AUDIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

The Daily Mail reports that David Robb, David Calder, Michael Gould, Gordon Kennedy, Sylvestra Le Touzel, David Robb, and Nicholas Woodeson have joined Kristin Scott Thomas in the new version of Peter Morgan's THE AUDIENCE. (more...)

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