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Preparation for Old Vic’s 200th Anniversary in May – Feb 12, 2018

Damian and Helen: Old Vic Theatre Ambassadors

by Matthew Hemley | The Stage | February 12, 2018

Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett and Eileen Atkins are among more than 100 actors, writers and TV personalities announced as ambassadors of the Old Vic as it prepares to mark its 200th anniversary.

They join Imelda Staunton, Ian McKellen, Maxine Peake, Damian Lewis, Derek Jacobi, Janie Dee and Simon Russell Beale as Bicentenary Ambassadors, who will be involved in a variety of initiatives to mark the theatre’s anniversary. These include curating monologues, attending events around the anniversary in May and raising awareness of its education work.

Peake will curate a series of monologues called One Hand Tied Behind Us, to mark International Women’s Day, while Helen McCrory will hold a workshop for aspiring actors. Bertie Carvel will run this year’s London Marathon to raise money for the theatre.

The Old Vic, originally named the Royal Coburg, first opened its doors in 1818 and over the last two centuries has played host to opera, dance, cinema, music hall, classical dramas, variety, clowns, big spectacles and novelty acts. It was the original home of the English National Opera, the Sadler’s Wells dance company and the National Theatre. It has also been a tavern, a college, a coffee house, a lecture hall and a meeting place. The theatre is unique. It stands alone, an independent charity producing groundbreaking work, with no public subsidy, and a social mission running through all it does on and off stage. The adventurous spirit that has permeated every chapter of its history remains as strong today, 200 years on, as it was in 1818.

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Damian Poses for British GQ in Anticipation of Olivier Awards – Feb 11, 2018

Will He Be Nominated for an Olivier Award for The Goat Play, or Who is Sylvia?

by Olivier Awards | Facebook | February 11, 2018

Source: British GQ/Instagram, Photo by Charlie Gray

We have seen some extraordinary performances and GQ Magazine has caught up with some of the best performers from an incredible year of theatre ahead of the March 6th Olivier Award nominations to capture some beautiful photographs in anticipation of it all.

Damian’s performance as Martin Gray, an architect in love with a goat in The Goat Play, was so remarkable, as was Sophie Okonedo equally riveting.  Edward Albee’s revival tragedy ran from March until June, 2017 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.

If you were unable to see the play, fear not. You can read all about it, each scene broken down and accompanied with photo in, How I Have Fallen for “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia”: A Review by Fan Fun with Damian Lewis.

The 2018 Laurence Olivier Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. For more information, visit the Official London Theatre website.

To see a full gallery of all the top performers, visit the Olivier Awards Facebook page or Twitter announcement and follow British GQ Magazine on Twitter or Facebook.

Source: Instagram, Photo by Charlie Gray

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The Power of Antony: Damian’s “Shakespeare Solos” Performance Featured as a Study in the Use of Emotional Rhetoric in Public Speaking – Nov 21, 2017

The Power of Antony: Damian’s “Shakespeare Solos” Performance Featured as a Study in the Use of Emotional Rhetoric in Public Speaking

by Gingersnap – damian-lewis.com – November 21, 2017

Damian’s performance as Antony in Julius Caesar was a feature in the Metsitaba newsletter.  Metsitaba: Meet, Speak, Move is a weekly tech newsletter based out of Ireland and aimed at improving public speaking skills. The newsletter features handpicked conferences, speaker profiles, resources and historical speeches highlighting the ancient art of rhetoric.  And it seems Metsitaba’s September 13 newsletter section titled ‘Learn From the Best’ featured Damian’s performance as Antony in Julius Caesar, delivering the most iconic speech in all of Shakespeare, as a study in the use of emotional rhetoric (pathos). For more information, read the newsletter here.

For more on Damian as Antony:

A Lesson in Rhetoric: Damian Lewis as Antony
Damian as Antony
Top Damian Lewis Moments 2016: Antony’s Speech for The Guardian

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A Poem for Every Day of the Year – Nov 11, 2017

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

by Tristram Fane Saunders – The Telegraph – November 11, 2017

Our fave actor was present at the November 10 reading of Lewis Carroll’s The Walrus and the Carpenter as part of the unusually glitzy Olivier Theatre audience at the National Theatre launch of well-connected editor Allie Esiri’s new anthology A Poem for Every Day of the Year.

The book is aimed squarely at young readers, but last night’s crowd seemed to contain fewer children than celebrities. Each arrival prompted a chorus of whispers.

Oh look, there’s Damian Lewis! Is that Esiri’s old chum Helena Bonham-Carter? Oh dear, it’s David Cameron.

Afterparty Sam West, Stephen Mangan and Damian Lewis. Source: Twitter @AllieEsiri

And it seems another Helen was the reason Damian made an appearance at the event. Helen McCrory and Howards End star Samuel West kept things sharp and understated to great effect.

Afterparty Damian Lewis, Allie Esiri and Helen McCrory. Source: Twitter @AllieEsiri

An inspiring evening of readings of some of the magical and humorous poems in this journey through history and human experience were read by actors Adjoa Andoh, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Mangan, Helen McCrory, Simon Russell Beale and Samuel West. Here is Refugee Blues:

Read the rest of the original article at The Telegraph

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Damian Attends ‘People, Places & Things’ Post-Curtain Dinner Event – Oct 24, 2017

Damian Attends ‘People, Places & Things’ Post-Curtain Dinner Event

by Maria Ward | Vogue | October 24, 2017

People, Places & Things Post-Curtain Dinner Event. Source: Vogue – photo by Krista Schlueter

On Monday night, the toast of Broadway traveled to Brooklyn for the American premiere of Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places & Things staged at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY.

Following sold-out productions at London’s National Theatre and then on the West End, Denise Gough has reprised her Olivier Award–winning role as Emma alongside much of the original cast.

All were on hand at the elegant post-curtain dinner, hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour. There, underneath the theater-style lights in the auditorium, Damian Lewis warmed up the room with a little-known anecdote from when he first began dating now-wife Helen McCrory in 2005. At the time, McCrory was playing the part of Rosalind in the West End production of As You Like It. Lewis recounted a conversation he had with McCrory: “She said, ‘If there’s any justice in this world, the girl who is understudying me is going to be a fucking star,’” Lewis recalled. “‘She’s brilliant.’” As fate would have it, the understudy was Gough.

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