Downton star Joanne Froggatt is recharging her batteries as she returns to the stage to work with theater boss Nicholas Hytner on the "mother of all roles."
The actress will lead the adaptation of Harriet Lane's bestseller, Alys, Always, playing the calculating and slightly spooky narrator of the book, journalist Frances Thorpe, who, when we meet her, is comforting a woman trapped and seriously injured in an accident motoring.
She thinks that the woman's name is Alice. But it's Alys. And it turns out that she has been the wife of a renowned novelist.
Downton star Joanne Froggatt (left and right) is recharging her batteries as she returns to the stage to work with theater boss Nicholas Hytner
Hytner, who will direct the play at The Bridge Theater, told me she is a "great mother of a role, a big part".
He said that Lucinda Coxon's script from Lane's book was how "Howards End meets All About Eve", in the sense that someone of a different kind is hinting at a more rarefied lifestyle.
The work, which Hytner will direct, will be presented at The Bridge starting on February 25. Froggatt is an accomplished stage actress, but Frances' part will be huge. "I am so excited to return with this brilliant new work," he sent me a text message from the set of the film version of Downton Abbey, in which he plays Anna Bates. He added that it was an honor & # 39; work with Hytner and his team.
The final episode of Downton Abbey, created by Julian Fellowes and shown two years ago, was established in 1925. The big screen version will take up the story again in 1927.
Froggatt will shoot a second series of the successful ITV liar before turning to Alys, Always.
Bridge priority members can reserve from 10am today; Other tickets will go on sale starting next Wednesday.
- Laura Linney will return to The Bridge with My Name Is Lucy Barton. The acclaimed show of a woman, which was played there earlier this year, will run from January 23 to February 16.
The charming Charlie is a pantous prince
Charlie Stemp has been leading a charming life: Broadway with Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters, and then Prince Charming in pantomime at the London Palladium.
Stemp, who won notoriety for his Arthur Kipps in Half A Sixpence at the Chichester Festival Theater and Noel Coward, was also chosen by Cameron Mackintosh and Richard Eyre to play Bert in Mary Poppins next fall.
The actor was in the last Palladium belly, Dick Whittington, with Elaine Paige, Emma Williams and regular stars Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot.
Charlie Stemp has been leading a charmed life: Broadway with Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters, and then, Prince Charming in pantomime at the London Palladium
And returned to the Palladium from December 8 in Snow White, along with Dawn French, the "regulars" and Danielle Hope, in the lead role.
"They are geniuses of comedy," Stemp said of the French, Clary, Zerdin, Havers and Wilmot.
He added that working in Whittington helped perfect his comedic skills.
"I was really happy, no matter what they did to me," he said, bursting into laughter as he recalled some of the comic moments in which the cast put him.
"Sometimes it's as much fun to be the target of the joke as the person who tells it." I loved it, "he said about his time with Paige and his pack of panto rats (he and Paige are still friends).
Stemp always had a weakness for the pantos. When he was growing up, "the only theater we could afford to go to was the local panto" (at the Orchard Theater in Dartford, Kent).
So far, Snow White has sold 100,000 amazing seats for its five weeks, with almost 6 million pounds.
Careful with …
Michaela Coel, Arinzé Kene, George MacKay, Ronke Adekoluejo and Luke Norris, who star in the film Been So Long by director Tinge Krishnan.
It is based on the musical by Che Walker Young Vic, with music and lyrics by Arthur Darvill and Christopher Nicholas Bangs.
Walker opened his piece for the screen and gave it to characters like Cole Simone, a single mother who has remained somewhat closed, more "life".
Michaela Coel (pictured), Arinzé Kene, George MacKay, Ronke Adekoluejo and Luke Norris, who star in the film Been So Long by director Tinge Krishnan
The dialogue is quite powerful, particularly the scenes between Coel and Adekoluejo, who are the best friends on and off the screen. Kene's role as Raymond, a young man who just got out of prison, has also expanded. He was also in the theatrical production and is currently earning praise for his Misty program, a hit that can not be missed at Trafalgar Studios (through The Bush Theater).
Been So Long plays at the BFI London Film Festival tonight, tomorrow and Monday, and will air on Netflix starting October 26.
Kelsey Grammer (left) and Bryn Terfel (right) are in negotiations to star in Man Of La Mancha
Kelsey Grammer and Bryn Terfel, who are in negotiations to star in Man Of La Mancha, the musical concert next year at the London Coliseum of ENO, produced by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade.
Terfel is asked to play Don Quixote (his bass-baritone is perfect for the signature song, The Impossible Dream). It is looking for Grammer to play the companion of Quixote Sancho Panza.