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  • The Misanthrope official site has updated their homepage with a new ad. You can download the picture here at the gallery.

  • Number 10 update! The first episode of the Afternoon Play Number 10 is set to broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Friday, November 13 from 2:15-3:00pm. Damian Lewis will play the “1st gay Tory Prime Minister” and is taking over the role in the upcoming 3rd series from Sir Anthony Sher who played the Labour Prime Minister in the previous 2 series.

    Click here for the site’s Number 10 project page.

    Each episode can be heard live on the BBC site and should be available for listening on BBC iPlayer till the next episode broadcasts. We’ll try and have the episodes available for download here. To download previous radio performances by Damian, click here on the Audio page.

  • Wow,how did I forget to upload pics of Damian and Helen at The Old Vic’s 24 Hour Plays after-party this past Sunday? (FAIL!) Click here at the gallery for the 2 pics I’m sure most of you have seen. Helen McCrory performed in the 24 Hour Plays event earlier that evening. Click here to read about the event and here for video. Damian and Helen aren’t in the video, but it’s interesting to see all the actors who are!

  • UK TV Schedule Update:

    • » The Escapist is will broadcast on Film4 again this month:

      Tuesday, November 17th at 9pm
      Monday, November 23rd at 9pm

    • » Series 1 of The Forsyte Sagais currently broadcasting on ITV3 on Sundays at 6:15pm.

    • » Season 1 of Life is currently showing on ITV3 after midnight.

  • Reminder: The Baker will screen in Naples, Florida at the Silverspot Cinema on November 6th and 8th! Click here at the The Naples International Film Festival site for more information.

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  • Damian Lewis on Broadway?! The latest from Baz Bamigboye’s Mail Online column:

    Nicholas Le Provost, Kelly Price and Chuk Iwuji, who will join Damian Lewis, Keira Knightley, Tara Fitzgerald and Dominic Rowan in Martin Crimp’s modern-day version of Moliere’s The Misanthrope.

    Rehearsals begin in London on Monday, …

    Theatre owners and producers from New York have already been on to the London producers, asking to transfer the production – with Keira and Damian – to New York.

    I do know that, for now, the only thing on Keira’s mind is to start rehearsals and get it right in London first. If she did decide to go to New York, then it would be as part of an ensemble.

    In any case, it’s rather more up to Damian whether it goes or not, as he’s the lead. Keira has told friends she’s very much a company player.

    Previews for The Misanthrope open December 7th. Tickets can be booked through the official site. Interested in getting together with other fans? Click here at the Yahoo! Group for more information.


  • The Baker updates:
    • » Reminder: The Baker is still playing in Portland, Oregon at Living Room Theaters and will continue for almost another week through November 4th! Click here for dates and times.

    • » The Baker will screen at The Naples International Film Festival in Naples, Florida early next month. The film will screen at the Silverspot Cinema on November 6th (5 and 8 pm) and on November 8th (4:15 pm). Click here at the NIFF site for more information.

    • » The film will also screen at the Three Rivers Film Festival in Pittsburg, PA later in the month on November 15th and 16th.

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  • From Baz Bamigboy’s Mail Online column:

    Damian Lewis as Alceste – Moliere’s Misanthrope – looks on disdainfully as two photographs illustrate what he regards as the shallowness of society. …

    ‘This Misanthrope is angered by everything he sees around him and yet, at the same time, you might say he’s one of the great romantics in literature,’ Damian told me.

    Yet Alceste has fallen in love with Jennifer, the megastar played by Keira, and she’s unable to provide the truthfulness he seeks.

    Damian added: ‘Alceste is really his own worst enemy because he’s so unutterably rude when showing his dissatisfaction with the people around him.’

    Books tickets now at The Misanthrope‘s official site!

  • Reminder: The Baker opens in Portland, Oregon at Living Room Theaters on Friday. Click here for more info.

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  • Damian Lewis is quoted in Metro.co.uk discussing Keira Knightly, his co-star in The Misanthrope:

    Damian Lewis is positive that Keira Knightley will do a terrific job when she makes her debut on the West End stage. The Band Of Brothers star will be appearing alongside the British actress in the West End production of Moliere’s comedy The Misanthrope, which opens in December. “She’s got quite a successful acting dad and playwright mum, so she can handle herself – Keira is fabulous, she’s an absolute sweetheart – she’s looking forward to it as well so we’re going to have fun,” he said.

    He added: “I’m very excited about doing The Misanthrope – massively. We did the photo call for it the other day, and it made it very real, very exciting.” And Damian joked that he wouldn’t mind the paparazzi attention. “If I can get in and out the stage door every night without fighting, I’d feel hurt – I’d be insulted,” he quipped. The Misanthrope will be at the Comedy Theatre from December 17.



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  • Thanks to Thann for the news that Damian Lewis will star onstage in The Misanthrope which will run at The Comedy Theatre in London’s West End from December 7, 2009 through March 13, 2010! ➡

    Damian Lewis leads an outstanding ensemble with Tara Fitzgerald, Keira Knightley and Dominic Rowan in Martin Crimp’s blistering version of Molière’s greatest comedy, The Misanthrope.

    Transported from 17th century Paris to modern-day London, Alceste (Damian Lewis) is a famous British playwright disillusioned and angry with the hypocrisy, shallowness and vanity of the contemporary world. Vowing to reject society, Alceste’s plans are derailed when he falls madly in love with Jennifer (Keira Knightley). An ambitious American film star and darling of the social scene, she may prove to be his biggest challenge yet.

  • Baz Bamigboye’s column in today’s issue of the Daily Mail featured a story about The Misanthrope that included comments from Damian Lewis and Director Thea Sharrock:

    Keira Knightley has cancelled her close-ups in front of movie cameras for a while so she can make her stage debut in the West End in December…the Oscar-nominated actress was said to be ‘terrified but excited’ about appearing in a modern-day version of Moliere’s 17th century masterpiece The Misanthrope, in which she will play a flirtatious Hollywood film star, joining an ensemble cast led by Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre actor Damian Lewis, who plays the title role.

    Tara Fitzgerald and Dominic Rowan will also star. Rehearsals start the middle of next month, with preview performances at the Comedy Theatre from December 7 and an official opening night on December 17…As Damian, her future leading man, noted: ‘She’s been surrounded by theatre all her life. ‘She also knows of the importance of being part of a company of actors. ‘It’s not the bloody Keira Knightley show,’ she joked to one friend. That point was underscored by director Thea Sharrock…’Keira’s right – it’s not the Keira Knightley show. She’s the leading lady because she has the biggest female role, but she’s not the lead part. This is Damian’s show…

    ‘I signed up to work with Damian Lewis because it’s brilliant to get him back on stage. And along the way we happened to get Keira Knightley, which is fantastic and I’m very excited but, you know, it’s in that order.’

    However, both Damian and Sharrock were clearly thrilled to be working with Keira because, however small her name is on the marquee, her star power will bring in punters…

    The actors will work from a version of The Misanthrope shaped by Martin Crimp 15 years ago and first performed at the Young Vic with Ken Stott. Damian explained that it’s an entirely updated version of the play, originally written in 1666, where Moliere was venting his anger at the ‘insincerity and vacuousness and shallowness of society around him. ‘These are people who live to be seen at the latest play, to be wearing the latest fashion, to be generally complimenting and flattering anyone they see in order to further their way up the greasy social pole,’ he said.

    Crimp has taken Moliere’s characters and turned them into a playwright (Damian’s character, Alceste), a critic, an agent, a journalist and others on the social whirl, plus an actress, known as Celimene in Moliere’s original but now called Jennifer (the role Keira will play).

    ‘Jennifer’s a young American starlet and everyone within the play is going: “Why on earth are you in love with her? She’s sh**ging everything that moves. ..”‘ Damian explained.

    The actor observed that there has always been a need for ‘what’s current, what’s fashionable’. ‘It was true in 1666. It was true when Martin Crimp’s version was written 15 years ago and it’s true now,’ said Damian, who was speaking from the set of the movie Your Highness, which is shooting in Belfast…

  • Bill Iddings’ review of the IFC International Film Festival in Muskegon, Michigan this weekend includes these comments about Damian Lewis’s performance in The Escapist:

    “The Escapist,” a compelling prison-break yarn with an ensemble cast led by Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and a redheaded actor who should be typecast as the Devil, Damian Lewis…

    To my eye, the best of the bunch is “The Escapist,” rookie British director Rupert Wyatt’s compelling drama about a group of convicts plotting to bust out of the joint…

    The wild card in this deck is a King of The Cell Block (Lewis), a sinister man of few words, who has no interest in rotating back to the real world, where he is nothing. Given his appearance, Lewis does not have to say a thing to establish himself as one of the most ominous presences to be seen on screen this year…

    As for Cox, his performance personifies the kind the reason they give Academy Awards, but don’t. That’ll make more sense after seeing “The Escapist.” a movie that burrows underground, and perhaps into the mind of a man who might or might not be dead. Early candidate for line of the year: “You got one thing going for you: You’re too old to die young.”

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis will open at the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri on October 9, 2009.
  • Click here to view a new video titled “Easy Company Real Veterans/Soldiers, With the Band Of Brothers Actor’s” that was posted on YouTube by Distancian.

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  • The region 1 (US/Canada) DVD of The Escapist featuring Damian Lewis is now available for rental exclusively from Blockbusters.com. ➡

    The Escapist will screen at The Harbor Theater in Muskegon, Michigan on October 10, 11, and 12 for the IFC International Film Festival.

  • The Baker starring Damian Lewis opens in Portland, Oregon on October 23rd at the
    Living Room Theatres.

  • Helen McCrory recently gave an interview to Rotten Tomatoes that mentions the “epic” ending planned for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. Helen plays Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.

    Helen gave the interview during the filming her new movie 4.3.2.1.

  • Click here to listen to Helen performing in “Words and Music Feasting with Panthers” on BBC Radio 3.