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kendrajbean:

"It was the first night of ‘Antony and Cleopatra.’ The play was over, and out of the stunned silence which followed the climax of a great tragedy there arose a wave of clapping. A moment’s pause, and then the red and gold curtains of the St. James’s Theatre were held back."Hand in hand two people stepped forward to the footlights. They bowed and quite simply, and without any formality, Sir Laurence Olivier bent forward and kissed his wife’s hand. A second later the curtain went up on the full company, and then the Oliviers did something I cannot recall having seen on the stage before. They turned right around and now one with their audience, bowed in thanks to the rest of the cast.
"These two gestures—the kiss and the bow th the company—gave the audience a hint of something rare in the theatre—the combination of a husband and wife who are devoted to the theatre, to each other and to their fellow actors."
 —Felix Barker, The Lives of the Oliviers, 1951

kendrajbean:

"It was the first night of ‘Antony and Cleopatra.’ The play was over, and out of the stunned silence which followed the climax of a great tragedy there arose a wave of clapping. A moment’s pause, and then the red and gold curtains of the St. James’s Theatre were held back.

"Hand in hand two people stepped forward to the footlights. They bowed and quite simply, and without any formality, Sir Laurence Olivier bent forward and kissed his wife’s hand. A second later the curtain went up on the full company, and then the Oliviers did something I cannot recall having seen on the stage before. They turned right around and now one with their audience, bowed in thanks to the rest of the cast.

"These two gestures—the kiss and the bow th the company—gave the audience a hint of something rare in the theatre—the combination of a husband and wife who are devoted to the theatre, to each other and to their fellow actors."

—Felix Barker, The Lives of the Oliviers, 1951

For those asking, we posted photos yesterday after they were released in mainstream media such as The Independent, Radio Times and Huff Post. A

Benedict in full armour..

Photos have surfaced but they appear to have been taken surreptitiously. We have no doubt they will be freely available on Tumblr but we feel they cross the line in terms of our own standards of quality and source.

After waiting for two years for more of The Hollow Crown, it is extraordinarily difficult to refrain from sharing. These are not easy decisions to make.

Here is our policy on set photos and we hope to have your support in our decision where these photos are concerned.

http://hollowcrownfans.tumblr.com/post/98219414423/hcf-position-on-set-photos-out-of-respect-to-neal

"The day will come that thou shalt wish for me
To help thee curse that poisonous bunch-backed toad.”
   - Richard III, Act 1, Scene 3


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"The day will come that thou shalt wish for me
To help thee curse that poisonous bunch-backed toad.”
   - Richard III, Act 1, Scene 3

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Soldiers lined up on set of The Hollow Crown 2! Photo by @wholock.

Soldiers lined up on set of The Hollow Crown 2! Photo by @wholock.

HCF position on set photos: Out of respect to Neal Street Productions and BBC Two, we are going to be very selective about the fan photos we share from filming of The Hollow Crown 2, particularly when we don’t know the source. When we know it’s an open set that is open to the media and fans, we will be more liberal about posting photos. When it is a closed set and people have snuck through to snap photos, we will not post those. We are solely in service to you, the fans. We want to share photos with you that whet the appetite for this series! And we want you to send to us your own personal photos (for which we will give you heaps of credit) or reports as long as you obtained them without crossing any boundaries of respect for the production we care a great deal about.

We hope you find this policy fair and reasonable.

Sincerely,

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Hollow Crown Fans » Home of Shakespeare Sunday

We’ve posted a recap of today’s filming events and photos that we’ve been able to gather. If you have additional news or photos to share, please PM us!

Photos from the set of The Hollow Crown in Ashridge! Fan reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is costumed in a long curly wig, fur cape and (tight) leather trousers. We believe that’s him in the photograph! It looks to be Camp Lancaster though, judging by the flag of the red rose!

We do not own these photos, credit to the photographer. Thanks to @AnythingBatch for the  heads up!

Update: Thanks to @wholock, that definitely is Benedict in the top photo! Very exciting!!

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this-fiennes-is-mines:

My Shakespeare


When: 13th October 2014 (UK) | January 2015 (US)




1 x 60min documentary for PBS. TX: 13th October 2014, Sky Arts 1, 8pm.



Hugh Bonneville started his career as an understudy for Ralph Fiennes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre in London’s Regent’s Park. He revisits the theatre where his love for Shakespeare blossomed and catches up with Ralph to talk about why the play has enduring appeal. Interviews include David Walliams and Sheridan Smith.
It will air in the US in January 2015 under the title Shakespeare Uncovered.
via: http://www.hughbonneville.uk/project/my-shakespeare
But I don’t want to wait until January!!! This is so unfair. *commences extremely ugly sobbing*

this-fiennes-is-mines:

My Shakespeare

When: 13th October 2014 (UK) | January 2015 (US)

1 x 60min documentary for PBS. TX: 13th October 2014, Sky Arts 1, 8pm.

Hugh Bonneville started his career as an understudy for Ralph Fiennes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre in London’s Regent’s Park. He revisits the theatre where his love for Shakespeare blossomed and catches up with Ralph to talk about why the play has enduring appeal. Interviews include David Walliams and Sheridan Smith.

It will air in the US in January 2015 under the title Shakespeare Uncovered.

via: http://www.hughbonneville.uk/project/my-shakespeare

But I don’t want to wait until January!!! This is so unfair. *commences extremely ugly sobbing*

As ‘The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses’ begins filming we invite fellow fans to send us messages of support!
Send us your message in a PM or fan mail (it’s a bit hard to collect messages from reblogs!)
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As ‘The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses’ begins filming we invite fellow fans to send us messages of support!

Send us your message in a PM or fan mail (it’s a bit hard to collect messages from reblogs!)

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More photos from the set of The Hollow Crown, taken by  @ in Ashridge! We’re so excited to see these early photos of the set!

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New photo of the Ashridge set where filming of The Hollow Crown is set to take place tomorrow, 22nd September!

Photo by @kidhelios and sourced by @Anythingbatch

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'Outlander': Getting To Know Sam Heughan
In an interview with Access Hollywood Sam discusses Shakespeare whilst talking about becoming an actor:


"I don’t know if anyone knows if they’re ever any good, but I went to drama school in Scotland, in a classical acting course, and my first year, I remember one of my tutors telling me that I couldn’t act and I should give up and all this sort of thing and then, they cast me as Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet,’" he says. "Shakespeare language is fantastic, and to be honest, you don’t need to do anything to Shakespeare. You just say the words and the words kind of affect you, the actor, if you’re open to it and I think I just really relished that role and threw myself into it and sort of realized that that’s what you need to do and I guess, that’s, yeah — that’s what I do now."



Full article here: http://www.accesshollywood.com/outlander-getting-to-know-sam-heughan_article_99012


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'Outlander': Getting To Know Sam Heughan

In an interview with Access Hollywood Sam discusses Shakespeare whilst talking about becoming an actor:


"I don’t know if anyone knows if they’re ever any good, but I went to drama school in Scotland, in a classical acting course, and my first year, I remember one of my tutors telling me that I couldn’t act and I should give up and all this sort of thing and then, they cast me as Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet,’" he says. "Shakespeare language is fantastic, and to be honest, you don’t need to do anything to Shakespeare. You just say the words and the words kind of affect you, the actor, if you’re open to it and I think I just really relished that role and threw myself into it and sort of realized that that’s what you need to do and I guess, that’s, yeah — that’s what I do now."

Full article here: http://www.accesshollywood.com/outlander-getting-to-know-sam-heughan_article_99012

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Maxine Peake as Hamlet at the Royal Exchange Theatre (2014) #12

Maxine Peake as Hamlet at the Royal Exchange Theatre (2014) #12