This year, you can spend Valentine's Day with some of your favorite Harry Potter actors! PBS will be airing a very special event: National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage. The event's website states that
"The National Theatre opened its doors in 1963 with Laurence Olivier as its first director. Eight hundred productions later, the venerable institution celebrates its 50th anniversary with a starry cast of theater legends to applaud the remarkable people and plays that have made the NT one of the most cherished and creative wellspring’s of international theater: from premieres of plays by Tom Stoppard, Peter Shaffer, Harold Pinter, Alan Bennett and David Hare, to outstanding revivals of classic plays and musicals."
The event will include archival scenes from past performances mixed in with live performances and even musical numbers. The cast of 100 includes Potter actors Ralph Fiennes, Sir Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, and Frances de la Tour as well as other illustrious names like Roger Allam, Simon Russell Beale, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dame Judi Dench, Christopher Eccleston, Derek Jacobi, Rory Kinnear, Adrian Lester, Anna Maxwell Martin, Helen Mirren, Andrew Scott, and Penelope Wilton.
National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage will air on Friday, February 14 at 9 PM EST on PBS (check your local listings). You can check out a preview of the special event above or go to the Monsters & Critics website for more information.
An event like this reminds us of how lucky we were to have such established and distinguished actors inlcuded in the Potter cast. Will you tune in to see these very special performances? Let us know below!
Since his appearance in the Doctor Who 50-year-anniversary special, David Bradley (Argus Filch) has been keeping pretty busy. Not only did he join the voice cast for The Mandate, as Lord High Admiral Suvarov and is in a science-fiction role-playing game Ghosts, whose trailer, along with a press release from Gamasutra, was released a few weeks ago, but he also joined the cast of FX network’s The Strain. In the upcoming series, Bradley will play Professor Abraham Setrakian, replacing previous actor John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander) in the role of a Holocaust survivor who owns a pawn shop and as the article from The Hollywood Reporter indicates, may be the only one with answers to a viral outbreak that results in vampirism. The series was rumored to begin filming in Toronto in late November and is aiming for a July 2014 premiere.
Another HP alum who is keeping her career burning is Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour). In an interview with Variety, Poesy reveals her full schedule, which includes a lot more than just acting roles. In addition to her work in both French and British productions for film and television, she’s also a brand ambassador for Chloe perfume and the clothing line G-Star, and she rocks out as a backup singer for Miles Kane. Her next project, however, is a film with Michael Caine that made its US debut last month, called Last Love. It is now available for viewing on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.
As confirmation of Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska’s return to a sequel to Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, we here at MuggleNet can’t help but wonder – does this mean that Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) will also be signing on to reprise her role as the Red Queen? When last we saw her big-headed character (remind you of anyone, Percy?), she was being shackled to the Knave of Hearts and banished to the Outlands. We will continue to keep an eye on this story and report any updates as they become available.
Gary Oldman joins a music video for David Bowie? If this rumor turns out to be true, Oldman is appearing in a video for one of the tracks for Bowie’s new album, The Next Day. In addition to this, you may have seen Oldman’s comedy sketch for late night host Jimmy Kimmel, where Oldman describes what he thinks of American Thanksgiving. He throws an epic tantrum in the middle of the set and dons a pretty epic moustache! Watch the video below, and please be aware that it contains some adult language.
With A Young Doctor’s Notebook having premiered on the Ovation network in the US in the last few months and the second season now showing in the UK (see the newly released photos of Dan dressed as a clown here!), we can only hope that the hint of a third season will come true. In an interview with What’s on TV, Dan’s co-star, Jon Hamm, discusses his experience on-set for the second season and Dan’s waltzing skills.
“Dan's by far the more talented dancer - he's been on Broadway. The last time I had to do any dancing was at high school, and it was as embarrassing then as it is now. But it was very funny and a perfect example of the tone of the show - irreverent, funny, sad, macabre."
As for the third season...
“Well, never say never, but the way it ends is a little bit tricky to continue... but anything's possible when you're dealing with myself and Dan..."
Genevieve Gaunt, best known to Potter fans as Pansy Parkinson in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, has taken on the role of a character based on Amanda Knox, the college student who was convicted and then acquitted of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. Filming took place in Tuscany in mid-November. No word on when the film, The Face of an Angel, will debut.
While not really casting news, we did get our hands on a great still of Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) from the international trailer of Noah. You can view the picture here!
Ian Kelly, who played the role of Hermione Granger’s father in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, will be honored in Cambridge’s 2014 edition of Who’s Who. The world-famous reference book contains thousands of biographies of some of the most talented and most celebrated people, written by the subject themselves. Each person is selected to join by invitation only and is required to write their own biography. Kelly lists his Cambridge birthplace in his biography and also mentions his children and cooking as some of his favorite recreations.
In a global rebranding move for Bacardi rum, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) will be the voice behind the new campaign, which will focus on the history of the brand “during Prohibition, Cuban exile, war and revolution.” The feature campaign will air on television around the world.
Composer John Williams has signed on to compose the new Star Wars film by J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones 5. His credits include the first three Harry Potter films and the upcoming film The Book Thief. If you’ve ever wondered how the scores for the films have been created, Williams gives us a little insight.
“The process begins with me writing a passage and rejecting it, writing another passage and liking some part of it and trying to keep that. It becomes a process in my mind, like sculpting. You keep cutting on something, and eventually, it reveals itself to you.”
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) is currently slated to take part in a new eighteen-day movie shoot, filming for her role in Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale. She tweeted the following in support of the film:
The indie crime film will focus on a family man and dope fiend working within the underground porn business in 1968 New York City, running books and films to delivery points and mob headquarters around the East Coast while trying to keep his family in the dark.
Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) has a new role as John Burke in the ITV film Lucan, currently in post-production. Based on the disappearance of the titular character, this true story brought to life speculates on what may have led up to the disappearance of the aristocrat over 40 years ago after a nanny in his employ was found murdered. No current release date has been announced.
Finally, two of our favorite Order members are hitting the tour buses. Both Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody) and Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) can be seen in upcoming music festivals in 2014. Gleeson will tour Ireland with his new folk band beginning in January as part of a Music Network initiative, funded by the Arts Council. Tena’s six-piece band, Molotov Jukebox, briefly put a few of their shows on hold for an acting role but have since announced that they will participate in the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in August.
That’s it for this edition of Role Call! What project are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know by commenting here, our Facebook page, or on Twitter!
The stars of the New York theatrical cast of All That Fall will visit the show Theater Talk on Friday, November 29. Sir Michael Gambon (Prof. Dumbledore) and Dame Eileen Atkins bring to life the rural Irish couple at the center of the play by Samuel Beckett, originally conceived as a radio play in 1957. All That Fall is playing through December 8 at 59E59 Theaters.
The show has been receiving wonderful reviews, including one from MuggleNet video editor Laura Reilly, which you can read here.
To see the interview with Gambon and his co-star, Eileen Atkins, on Theater Talk, you can view the show online here and also via iTunes podcasts.
On Saturday night (November 2nd), British actors and actresses took to the stage to celebrate fifty years of the London National Theatre. For the last fifty years The National Theatre has concentrated on producing quality shows and nurturing some of the best British performers. In order to celebrate the achievements and shows that they have produced, many of the actors who have performed with the company over the years, came together to relive some of its best moments. The National Theatre website described the event as "a once-in-a-lifetime performance."
The event, which was broadcast live on BBC2, featured many well known Harry Potter stars, including Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Michael Gambon. Smith and Gambon were two of the original six members of the National Theatre, when it opened in 1963.The celebration show included interview clips and live performances from both Smith and Gambon, who reprised roles they had played before. Footage from the 1960s of a young Maggie Smith performing in Hayfever and The Recruiting Officer was also played.
Several other Harry Potter alumni made appearances in the program, including Ralph Fiennes, who performed live on stage, looking nothing like the way Potter fans know him. Zoe Wanamaker (Madame Hooch), Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia), Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxine), and Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon) appeared in previously recorded footage from the archives.
To see videos of the company in rehearsal and for more information about the 50th anniversary, visit The National Theatre micro site, where plenty more information about the history of the company is available.
To see pictures of the event, visit the BBC website. For UK viewers, the event is now available on BBC Iplayer.
Did you watch the event? What were your favorite moments? Let us know in the comments below!
It seems the entire cast of the Harry Potter films are accepting new roles left and right. We previously reported a number of new roles for various cast members and have just learned of three more!
Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) may be busy filming The Visitors, an alien horror flick, but has also joined the cast of Lifetime’s pilot television series Unreal, a show based on a short film called Sequin Raze. Stroma’s character, Adam, will be the center of a Bachelor-style competition show within this series that follows a woman whose sole job it is to “manipulate relationships within (and among) the contestants” in order to get footage that will elevate the ratings for the show. Shiri Appleby costars in this drama produced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer/producer Marti Noxon.
Despite the announcement in a recent interview that remembering his lines for on-stage roles has sent him to the hospital in the past, Sir Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) will take the stage once again for an off-broadway play, All That Fall. The play will run for a month beginning November 5th at 59E59 Theaters in NYC. All That Fall is set in Ireland and tells the story of a woman meeting her husband at the train and the unique characters she meets on her journey. To learn more about the play and purchase tickets for the show, visit the theater site here.
For those who are familiar with Helena Bonham Carter’s fashion sense, it will be interesting to see what she comes up with for her new role as a fashion designer. Carter (woh played Bellatrix Lestrange) has signed on to take part in designing footwear to raise money to benefit Save the Children, a charity that provides medical care to some of the world’s poorest countries. The Born to Walk Tall campaign will auction off the designs from celebrities like Carter and singer Mollie King from The Saturdays. The winning bidders will have an opportunity to bring the signed sketches to the made-to-order label Upper Street who will actually make the shoes.
That’s all for this edition of casting, but with the rate new roles have been announced in the last month, make sure to keep checking MuggleNet for all the latest news!
In an interview with The Times published this week, Sir Michael Gambon revealed that the stress of memorizing lines for a large role in “The Habit of Art” led to a stay at the hospital for testing when he couldn’t remember his lines. The scare ultimately cost him the role, which was recast with Harry Potter alum Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley).
The actor, who will turn 73 in October, attributes these incidents to ageing and admits that because of this, it would be “dangerous” for him to continue in theatre.
"It was a really major, big part. I think I got so frightened that I collapsed. They did all sorts of tests of me and they couldn’t find a thing."
We certainly hope that while he may not feel comfortable in the theatre, Sir Michael will continue to grace both the small and large screens in other television and film roles. Show him your support by leaving your thoughts below!