The late Roger Lloyd Pack (Barty Crouch), who sadly passed away this year, will be heard in the upcoming Bloomsbury Group spoof series. The second series of the Radio 4 comedy called Gloomsbury, will air in March.
Roger recorded his parts for the show towards the end of last year, and the first episode of the show is to be dedicated to Roger. They are the last ever parts that he recorded. Roger plays “the amorous gardener Gosling and long-suffering husband Lionel Fox.”
Gloosmbury also stars Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout), who plays Vera Sackcloth-Vest. Miriam said that,
"The first series was met with hysteria and delight from everybody and I'm 100% thrilled to be back playing Vera amongst this extraordinary cast. Vera is great fun to play because she's a fount of sexuality and desire and simply doesn't care how much sex is involved."
It has only just been revealed that Roger was involved with the show, and he said before his death that,
"I've always been interested in the Bloomsbury set and I think it's a rather brilliant idea to make fun of them as they lived in this extraordinary, slightly snobby bubble."
To find out more about the show, visit the show page here. Will you be tuning in? Let us know!
One of our favorite Potter alumni, Mr. Warwick Davis, is currently touring the UK with his brand new venture, the Reduced Height Theatre Co., and its first production, See How They Run! During their stop in Bromley last week, Warwick and a few cast members took some time to sit down with us to discuss the show, stereotypes, and what's up next!
With Daniel Radcliffe’s return to Broadway drawing closer, Daniel has been talking about resuming his role in The Cripple of Inishmaan. In a new interview, Daniel has spoken about the delight of being able to resume the role and how excited he is to be taking it to Broadway:
“We were fortunate enough that we got a great reaction from London crowds, but I remember at the time really thinking, ‘God, this play, I really think it would go down so well in New York, and I really hope we get the chance to do it there.' [...] And then it just didn’t look like it was going to happen, so when the opportunity came around again earlier this year, I just leapt at it. We had a great time doing it in London, and I’m pretty sure I can speak for everyone involved when I say that.”
The show, which will consist of the same cast as the original London production, will be at Broadway’s Cort Theater. Daniel further spoke about how much he liked performing in front of New York audiences:
“New York audiences are always louder, and I mean that in the best possible way. When somebody says something totally shocking, and you hear that wonderful intake of shocked breath from the audience, I remember thinking how great that reaction would be in the States. And there are a couple of lines particularly that relate to America that I think would get a big response. It’s pretty exciting as an actor to get the audience to a point where they’re laughing, almost in spite of themselves.”
Entertainment Weekly has also posted a video, which shows Daniel in the role of Billy, being teased by Helen and Bartley. Watch it below:
The Cripple of Inishmaan begins previews on April 12, with opening night on April 20. Tickets are available now. Find out more about the play and how to get tickets, and read MuggleNet’s review of the London production here.
Are you planning on going to see The Cripple of Inishmaan? Have you got your tickets already? Let us know!
We posted last month about Harry Melling's play, Peddling, moving to New York for a Broadway run from April 23-May 18, and after receiving a press release we have new details about the performance.
The press release opens with details about the show's New York run...
"59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) is thrilled to welcome HighTide Festival Theatre with the US premiere of PEDDLING, written and performed by Harry Melling and directed by Steven Atkinson. PEDDLING begins performances on Wednesday, April 23 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 18. Press Opening is Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.
... and continues with a brief synopsis of the play.
"A peddler wakes up in a field, somewhere in London, surrounded by the burnt and empty remnants of the night before. With no memory of how he has come to be there, he knows he must go back to ‘the very start of it all'. His attempts to retrace events from the previous day lead him on a haunting journey where everything comes into question: his life, his world, his future.
"Harry Melling’s remarkable debut play follows the day in the life of a man on the fringes of society as he battles difficult questions and attempts to come to terms with the answers."
The play will be directed by Steven Atkinson, with set and costume design by Lily Arnold, lighting design by Azusa Ono, and sound design George Dennis.
Will you be checking out this play during its limited New York engagement? Let us know!
Chute 212 is an upcoming Harry Potter conference scheduled to take place from Wednesday, July 2 to Sunday, July 6, 2014. We have previously reported that the conference is looking for your ideas and how the conference center space will be transformed into an entire wizard town. Now, we would like to provide further information and detail on the town, in the form of an audio interview with Chute's artistic director Sidney Rice.
In addition to discovering more about the areas that are being made for the Chute 212 experience, Sidney also went into detail about her concept of Create-play, a theatrical immersion exercise through which all guests will have the ability to create their own fictional witch or wizard, and participate in events throughout the conference that are in-character, as part of the magical citizenry. This interview is available now, by clicking on the player above. We are very excited to attend Chute 212 this July. Potential attendees should note that the conference has an Early Broom special, which offers discounted admission now through March 15. More information can be found on the website.
It comes as no surprise that J.K. Rowling made the list of most popular authors among children in the UK. The sixth annual "What Kids Are Reading" report, published by Renaissance Learning, placed J.K. Rowling tied for seventh most read among all children between Grades 1-11. She is down from fifth place since last year.
Other authors on the list include Jeff Kinney (1st), Roald Dahl (2nd), Suzanne Collins (6th), and newcomer to the list David Walliams (5th).
The same research group released findings earlier this year showing that six of the seven Harry Potter books ranked as favorites among UK children.
The report goes on to analyze other aspects of children’s reading habits, such as the difficulty level of books read, which for secondary school students is falling below the expected reading level. Click here to check out the full report and see the full top 10 list.
What do you think of the list? Will J.K. Rowling continue to be one of the most read authors among children for years to come?