The English-born, American-raised Mark Rylance returned to England to attend RADA and became one of the new breed of actors who pledge to do both new works and offer vibrant new interpretations of the...
British thespian Mark Rylance has beaten Twelfth Night castmates Stephen Fry and Paul Chahidi to pick up the first Tony Award at Sunday night's (08Jun14) ceremony in New York. The actor has scored his third Tony by picking up the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play prize and took the stage at Radio City Music Hall, where he honoured actor Sam Wanamaker who was blacklisted during Hollywood's Joseph McCarthy communist witch hunt era in the 1950s.
Wanamaker fled to the U.K., where he "gave the last 25 years of his life" rebuilding William Shakespeare's The Globe theatre.
Rylance, who is also nominated for a Lead Actor in a Play Tony, said, "We are children of Sam Wanamaker's vision."
Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays.
Damian Lewis is set to play English king Henry VIII in a TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novel Wolf Hall.
The Homeland actor will star opposite Mark Rylance, who will play Thomas Cromwell, in the six-part miniseries. The drama, which will be directed by White Oleander's Peter Kosminsky, will chronicle Cromwell's rise in the Tudor court.
In addition to Lewis and Rylance's casting, Claire Foy has been tapped to play Anne Boleyn, Jonathan Pryce will take on the role of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Joanne Whalley will portray Katherine of Aragon, one of Henry VIII's six wives. Lewis joins the ranks of Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ray Winstone, Robert Shaw and Keith Michell, who have also portrayed Henry VIII onscreen.
Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O'dowd and Stephen Fry are among the big-name TV stars nominated for top prizes at the 2014 Tony Awards. Breaking Bad star Cranston is up for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play trophy for his turn in All The Way, which is also nominated in the Best Play category at the awards, held to honour the year's best Broadway performances.
He will compete with Irish actor O'Dowd (Of Mice and Men), Brit Mark Rylance (Richard III), Tony Shalhoub (Act One), and Samuel Barnett (Twelfth Night), who are all nominated in the same category.
Samuel L. Jackson's wife LaTanya Richardson is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her part in A Raisin in the Sun, but she will have to fend off competition from Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons), Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie), Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill), and Estelle Parsons (The Velocity of Autumn).
How I Met Your Mother star Harris leads the nominations in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his flamboyant turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, while singer Idina Menzel is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her part in If/Then.
Beloved British actor Stephen Fry scooped a nod in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play category for Twelfth Night, but his fellow Brits Daniel Radcliffe, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart were all overlooked despite giving acclaimed performances on the Great White Way.
Fry took to his Twitter.com page on Tuesday (29Apr14) to share his excitement at being nominated, writing, "Oh my goodness, apparently I've been nominated for a Tony award. I can't believe it. How rippingly thrilling."
The winners will be revealed at the 68th annual Tony Awards on 8 June (14) at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
The retired builder who inspired playwright Jez Butterworth's main character in hit play Jerusalem has passed away at the age of 73. Heavy drinker Micky Lay collapsed from a heart attack and died outside the Moonrakers village pub in Pewsey, England last week (ends27Dec13) as he waited for the doors of the establishment to open.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Butterworth based the character of Johnny 'Rooster' Byron, an eccentric - and often drunk - storyteller who faces eviction, on Lay after meeting him in Pewsey in the 1990s.
British actor Mark Rylance brought Byron to life in the West End in 2009 and again on Broadway in 2011, winning rave reviews and critical acclaim for the role. He also picked up a Tony Award for Best Actor, which the actor handed to Lay.
French film director Patrice Chereau has died after a battle with lung cancer. The celebrated cinema, opera and theatre director, whose work includes acclaimed Oscar-nominated film La Reine Margot (Queen Margot), died at the age of 68 in Paris, France on Monday (07Oct13).
French President Francois Hollande says, "The cultural world is mourning. France loses an artist... who is its pride across the world."
Chereau gained international success with 1994 period movie La Reine Margot, which went on to win the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year and also scooped five honours at the Cesar Awards, the French version of the Oscars.
He also directed critically-acclaimed films Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train, His Brother, and Intimacy starring British actor Mark Rylance.
Actress Kim Cattrall has stepped up to defend Vanessa Redgrave's new production of Much Ado About Nothing after the play was hit with a slew of scathing reviews last week (ends23Sep13). The veteran British thespian stars opposite James Earl Jones in a much older portrayal of lovers Beatrice and Benedick in a new version of William Shakespeare's comedy at the Old Vic theatre in London.
The highly-anticipated production, directed by celebrated actor/playwright Mark Rylance, was given terrible reviews from critics following opening night last Thursday (19Sep13), with the Guardian's Michael Billington branding the show "one of the most senseless Shakespearean productions I have seen in a long time," while Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail claimed Jones needed prompting on several occasions, and insisted the 82 year old is "really not up to it".
Sex and the City star Cattrall, who appeared in Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic this year (13), was present at Much Ado About Nothing's opening night, and she insists the production was fabulous.
In a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "Congrats 2 (to) Mark (Rylance)... cast and crew. What a wonderful evening. I loved Much Ado... The members of 'The Watch' in Much Ado. All terrific lads!... So good 2 (to)... be there opening night."
James Mcavoy is convinced he has no hope of winning a prize at Britain's upcoming Olivier Awards as fellow nominee Mark Rylance is unbeatable as "the best actor in the world". The Scottish star has been nominated in the Best Actor category for his turn in Macbeth, but he faces tough competition from Rylance (Twelfth Night), Rupert Everett (The Judas Kiss), Rafe Spall (Constellations) and Luke Treadaway (The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time).
McAvoy previously lost out to Rylance at the 2010 event, which recognises excellence in London theatre, and he is fairly certain he will walk home empty-handed again this year (13).
He says, "The last time I got nominated for an Olivier I was up against Mark Rylance and I didn't win it because you can't beat him. He's the best actor in the world. That'll probably happen again this year."
The Atonement star insists he was taken by surprise when the nominations were announced, adding, "We didn't realise that we were in the catchment, we thought we may have been in consideration the following year.
"It's just lovely to be nominated and for the company to get nominated for best revival was just such an important thing for us because it's an outpouring of energy in this show."
The winners will be revealed during a prizegiving in London on Sunday (28Apr13).
The theatre star pulled out of a planned performance at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in July (12) when filmmaker Nataasha van Kampen, 28, lost her life after suffering a brain haemorrhage on a trans-Atlantic flight.
Rylance has now opened up about the family tragedy for the first time, revealing how he is dealing with his loss.
He tells Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, "That ability to tell when your imagination is receiving something and your imagination is creating something - that's a very subtle difference. I'm aware since Nataasha's died of conversations with her, which obviously I have a lot of times. I'm aware sometimes in those of when I'm making up the conversation and sometimes I'll have a sense of, 'Oh, why did you say that?'
"In my imagination she'll do or say something that is very, very resonant, so I will feel from that my faith that her soul is still existing somewhere in the universe will be confirmed. Then I'll be doubtful that that's what I want it to be. So I swing between doubts and confidence."
He is also convinced the grief has added a new dimension to his current role in a production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, adding, "One's life has changed, so one brings a different thing to it... I have now a more concrete experience of what that (grieving process) is."
The scarlet blooms have been used since 1920 in Commonwealth countries to commemorate members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty, but Rylance wants to see the colour changed to acknowledge the civilians also killed during conflict.
He tells BBC Radio 4, "The safest place to be on a battlefield was in the military. I felt therefore that remembrance only of the military dead and wounded was not very accurate.
"I think it's a slightly different thing if you sign up to go out and fight in one of these wars and you know that 90 per cent of the people who are going to suffer will be civilian people who have not signed up to the war.
"So it is a slightly different thing if you have agreed to be part of it than if you are just a bystander or a child or people at a wedding who get hurt."
Remembrance Day has been observed in Commonwealth countries around the world since the end of the First World War and is held on 11 November to reflect the end of hostilities in 1918.
Fiennes and Rickman have both recorded video messages for the British leader, urging him to take notice of political prisoners being held in the Eastern European country under the rule of autocratic President Alexander Lukashenko.
In his video, Fiennes says, "Today, I appeal to David Cameron, prime minister of my country, to use the power of morality in politics, to disturb the sleep of conscience and urge Alexander Lukashenko, Europe's last dictator, to end the torture of his own people and release all political prisoners before the new year."
Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley has also filmed a message for Cameron, along with Mark Rylance, Simon Callow and Sir Tom Stoppard, who says, "Democracies ought to be trying to make democracy contagious... The Belarus problem hasn't gone away - it's got worse."
The drive has been organised by members of the Belarus Free Theatre as part of the Free Belarus Now campaign.
Played Cleopatra in a production of "Antony and Cleopatra"; also staged an all-male production of "Julius Caesar"
Featured in the documentary "Much Ado About Something"
Had lead role in Patrice Chereau's first English-language feature, "Intimacy"
New York debut, Off-Broadway production of "Henry V"
Named first artistic director of Globe Theater in London
Earned critical acclaim for his role as Johnny Byron in the London stage production of "Jerusalem"
Returned to England to attend RADA
Appeared on stage in "Cymbeline"; recreated roles at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Born near London, England
Reprised role of Johnny Byron for the Broadway production of "Jerusalem"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Performed in "Boeing Boeing" in London; reprised role for 2008 Broadway production; earned a Tony award nomination
Starred as "Hamlet" at the Globe
Played Ferdinand in Peter Greenaway's "Prospero's Books"
Moved to US with family; raised near Milwaukee, WI
First TV lead, "The Grass Arena"
Early film work, "The McGuffin"
The English-born, American-raised Mark Rylance returned to England to attend RADA and became one of the new breed of actors who pledge to do both new works and offer vibrant new interpretations of the classics. Rylance won praise in Britain with his TV portrayal of John Healy, an alcoholic boxer-turned-chess champion in "The Grass Arena" (1991). He also had a supporting role in the miniseries, "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC, 1985).<p>Rylance had small roles in "The McGuffin" (1985) and "Hearts of Fire" (1987), which was supposed to be Bob Dylan's film "comeback", but was only released in the UK. He was a different, hopeful Ferdinand in Peter Greenaway's "Prospero's Books" (1991). The light-haired actor won critical acclaim for his turn as William Adamson in "Angels & Insects" (1995), bringing the right mix of intellectuality and romantic wonderment to the role. Additionally, he won praise for his turns as a man drawn into the mysteries of a school in the Brothers Quay's experimental "Institute Benjamenta" and as a middle-aged butler romancing a young maid (Georgina Cates) in the period drama "Loving" (both 1995).<p>Rylance managed his own touring stage company, Phoebus Cart, but his status in the British theatrical community rose when, in 1995, he was appointed as the first artistic director of the new Globe Theatre, a dream project that had been championed by the American expatriate, Sam Wanamaker. As associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rylance had experience playing several of the Bard's better known roles, including Ariel in "The Tempest", Iago in "Othello" and "Hamlet".