Who is the “greatest director of all times”?

Great interview with Nigerian-British actor Chukwudi Iwuji, recently on BBC2 in the Anthony Hopkins ‘King Lear’ and currently playing Othello at Shakespeare in the Park, NYC.

There is a lot worth listening to, and here I’ve listed some favourites of mine – what would you pull out?

07:25 (10:25) “Steeped in the language”: the very sounds of the words, Shakespeare as “the greatest director of all times” – the importance of the language

11:50 (13:15) How Iwuji copes if he doesn’t feel something coming from another actor for him to respond to and he is “looking at dead air”

21:15 On Hamlet (including women playing)

23:00 On Ira Aldridge, great 19th century black actor

29:30 “Acting is happening constantly” for an actor, not just when in a job (part of the Q&A section that starts at 27:00)

So… what strikes you most?  Comment below!

 

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Scarlet Pimpernel Returns to Stage

Leslie Howard & Merle Oberon in The Scarlet Pimpernel, dir. Alexander Korda

Predecessor to heroes from Zorro to Batman, that dashing, disguised saviour with a wonderfully entertaining – and seemingly indolent – secret identity, The Scarlet Pimpernel has long been a favourite of mine. I’ve read the original novel (and more, if I recall correctly) and on screen I’ve enjoyed the performances of Anthony Andrews (with Jane Seymour), Richard E. Grant (with Elizabeth McGovern) and the wonderful Leslie Howard, who played both The Scarlet Pimpernel and ‘Pimpernel’ Smith, the latter set in WWII.

Have you seen any of these? If so, which was your favourite? Comment below…

Now – to the stage! Thanks to a new play, I found out that Baroness Orczy’s Scarlet Pimpernel actually appeared on stage (1903) well before the first novel was published (1905).

The Scarlet Pimpernel is returning to the stage in a play by Helen Bang, directed by Jennifer Dick.

I was delighted to read the script a few years ago in its development period and have followed its progress since. You can now follow along online with Helen’s blog and the Pimpernel Productions website.

Check out the wit Helen is infusing the play with, and sense her joy in working with this special time and hero…

https://fellowshipandfairydust.com/2018/05/28/the-scarlet-pimpernel-the-original-superhero-returns-to-the-stage-in-a-rip-roaring-new-adaptation/

See the wonderful costume designs by Carys Hobbs and help The Scarlet Pimpernel buckle his swash across the stage:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/helenbang/the-scarlet-pimpernel-the-original-superhero-on-st#

The Scarlet Pimpernel - the original superhero - on stage - logo

Here’s to a rip-roaring, rabble-rousing, rotters-roasting return!