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Thompson's first successful effort on the London stage was a revival of the 1930s musical ME AND MY GIRL. After a 15-month run, Thompson was exhausted but, the role granted her a breakthrough. Her next breakthrough was in 1987 when she had leading roles in two television series: FORTUNES OR WAR and TUTTI FRUTTI. In 1989, Thompson went back to the stage with her ex-husband Kenneth Branagh for a revival of LOOK BACK IN ANGER. Later that year, the pair starred in a televised adaptation of the play.

Thompson's first big-screen performance was in 1989 when she starred in the romantic comedy THE TALL GUY. While the film was not successful in the box office, Thompson received critical acclaim for her performance. She was seen later that year as Princess Katherine in Branagh's screen adaptation of Shakespeare's HENRY V. She continued her ventures with Shakespeare when she appeared on stage in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and KING LEAR.

Emma Thompson continued expanding her career by appear ing in such films as HOWARDS END, PETER'S FRIENDS, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and THE REMAINS OF THE DAY. These films cemented Thompson as an important British actress.

In 1994, Thompson made her Hollywood debut alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the blockbuster, JUNIOR. After her work on SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and PRIMARY COLORS, producers in Hollywood were lining up to hire Thompson. This pressure, among other things, caused her to take a year long break from the industry. And, after she became a mother in 1999, she decided to reduce her workload and only take on smaller roles instead of leads.

In the 2000s, Thompson starred in many extremely successful films including the HARRY POTTER film series, WIT, LOVE ACTUALLY, ANGELS IN AMERICA, NANNY MCPHEE, STRANGER THAN FICTION, LAST CHANCE HARVEY, MEN IN BLACK 3, and BRAVE.

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[West End]
London Production, 2022

[West End]
West End, 2015
Mrs. Lovett

Broadway Production, 1986
Sally Smith [Replacement]

[West End]
London Revival, 1985
Sally Smith

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Interview: Theatre Life with Sir Bryn Terfel

Today’s subject Sir Bryn Terfel is a Grammy, Classical Brit, and Gramophone Award–winning recording artist with a discography encompassing operas of Mozart, Wagner, and Strauss, and more than 15 solo discs including Lieder, American musical theatre, Welsh songs, and sacred repertory. He is, rightfully so, considered one of the greatest bass baritones in the world. On Sunday November 19th, Sir Terfel will be performing in recital at Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall at 2:00pm for one coveted performance only and is co-presented by Fortas Chamber Music Concerts and Renée Fleming Voices.

Review: Comedy Tonight! MasterVoices Does THE FROGS, Or Why Isn't Sondheim at the Met?

MasterVoices, under Ted Sperling, found THE FROGS irresistible—and the result was a hit, or, as Shakespeare wrote in “Hamlet”: “A hit, a very palpable hit.” With its libretto by Burt Shevelove and Nathan Lane (and Nathan Lane again), it fit the stage of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre very nicely indeed.

LOVE ACTUALLY to Be Released on 4K Ultra HD For 20th Anniversary

From the makers of Bridget Jones's Diary and Notting Hill, this beloved film is headlined by an incredible roster of stars including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson and more.

WHODUNNIT [UNREHEARSED], THE FORSYTE SAGA, and More Come to the Park Theatre in 2024

Park Theatre has announced a plethora of new shows for 2024, including the third installment of their hugely popular Whodunnit [Unrehearsed] series and a two-part adaptation of The Forsyte Saga. 

Kevin McCloud Will Visit Australia in February 2024 With New Live Show HOME TRUTHS

BAFTA award winning broadcaster, TV host, writer, environmentalist, amateur balloonist and storyteller, Kevin McCloud will return to Australia in February 2024 with his new show - Kevin McCloud's Home Truths.

Juliette Burton Embarks on Tour With NO BRAINER This Autumn

Comedian Juliette Burton will be setting out on a tour of the UK with her brand new show this autumn. 

SWEENEY TODD, A History- Part 2: The Demon Barber Slashes His Way From Page To Stage And Beyond

Learn how Sondheim made Sweeney sing and how Mr. Todd made his mark on mass media in Part 2 of SWEENEY TODD, A History.

Darren Day, Hannah-Jane Fox & More Complete the Cast of CLOSE UP - THE TWIGGY MUSICAL

Discover the latest additions to the cast of THE TWIGGY MUSICAL, including Darren Day and Hannah-Jane Fox. Find out when and where this highly anticipated production will be held, and secure your tickets to experience this sensational musical firsthand. Don't miss out - book your seats now!

James Monroe Iglehart, Michael Urie, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer Will Lead SPAMALOT; Ethan Slater & Christopher Fitzgerald Join Cast

The court of the St. James Theatre has assembled! The Tony Award-winning Best Musical comedy Monty Python’s SPAMALOT has just announced its cast and we have the full list!

BBC Writersroom and Popcorn Group Reveal Edinburgh Longlist for Popcorn Writing Award 2023

Popcorn Group, a film, television, and theatre production company founded by filmmaker Charlotte Colbert, has again partnered up with the BBC Writersroom and eight renowned Edinburgh theatre venues to shortlist the best of new writing coming to this year’s Fringe Festival.

Kennedy Center's SPAMALOT Is Coming to Broadway

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical comedy Monty Python’s SPAMALOT will return to Broadway this fall at the St. James Theatre. We have all the details!

The Cambridge Footlights Conclude Their UK Tour Leg At The Edinburgh Fringe

After a whirlwind tour around the UK, the Cambridge Footlights conclude the UK leg of their annual international tour with a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Before the troupe takes their latest material to the other side of the Atlantic, catch their fresh material at Edinburgh's iconic Pleasance KingDome from 2nd-28th August at 6:30pm.

Elena Skye to Star as Twiggy in CLOSE UP �" THE TWIGGY MUSICAL World Premiere

Elena Skye will play Twiggy in the world première of Close Up – The Twiggy Musical at The Menier Chocolate Factory.

10 Musicals & Plays to Stream This Weekend For Pride

PrideFrom Kinky Boots to Rent, many musicals and plays with LGBTQIA+ representation are available to stream this weekend to celebrate Pride Month. Check out som theatre favorites that you can stream from the comfort of your own home below!

Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Bilal Zafar Returns To The Fringe With IMPOSTER

As seen/heard on his very successful Twitch channel, BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4 and BBC Radio, the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee and New Act of the Year (NATYS) award winner, Bilal Zafar returns with the story about his housemate trying to get him arrested five times over two days.

The Japanese House Releases 'One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones'

Written with MUNA’s Katie Gavin and co-produced by The Japanese House’s Amber Bain with Chloe Kraemer, “One for sorrow, two for Joni Jones” is named after Bain’s dog, who is in turn named after Joni Mitchell. As the final track on the record, the song ends with a gentle flourish of pianos and single drum hit to seamlessly bring listeners back.

TUTS Showcases Love & Inclusion In 2023 Season Featuring THE PROM And Roald Dahl's MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Audiences are invited to witness the magic that comes from taking risks, celebrating differences, and, above all, accepting others for who they truly are in this summer's endearing and exhilarating season of Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), which presents The Prom and Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, on stage July 6–August 26, 2023, at Stanley Park's scenic Malkin Bowl.

New British Rom-Com Film Comes to Park Theatre

The producers of the new British import film, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, have a knack for funny, heart-warming romantic comedies.

Feature: HARRISBURG FRINGE FESTIVAL: A Short History of Fringe

Harrisburg Fringe Festival runs July 6-9. In true Fringe fashion, the Harrisburg Fringe Festival seeks to be a reflection of the community, to bring people together, to give emerging artists a stage, and to be radically inclusive. Join us for this adventure into the arts!

Submissions Now Open For the 2023 Popcorn Writing Award in Association With BBC Writersroom

Popcorn Group, the innovative film, television and theatre production company, will be partnering once again with BBC Writersroom for the Popcorn Writing Award which champions brave and imaginative writing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that are best adaptable to the screen.


Emma Thompson has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Emma Thompson has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

Emma Thompson's first West End show was Me and My Girl which opened in 1985

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