News from the National Theatre
This week the National Theatre in London was in the press for a number of reasons. Firstly, the company announced that their acclaimed production of Angels in America, which ran this summer at the Lyttelton, will transfer to New York. The production is slated to premiere on Broadway next year. The National also saw the premiere of two new shows. Follies opened at the Olivier and it stars Imelda Staunton and is directed by Dominic Cooke. Oslo, returning back to the National Theatre, opened this week at the Lyttleton. The production will have a short run at the Lyttleton before it transfers to the West End on 2 October.
I absolutely adore the National Theatre. It's one of my favorite things (next to Daniel Radcliffe and the BFI). I'm so hyped to see Angels in America transfer to Broadway, as it gives my poor American self a chance to see it live. (Also, I'll be attending a screening of the NT Live Broadcast of both Parts 1 and 2 this weekend, so look out for reviews next week!)
Related: NT Live: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead at the Old Vic ; NT Live: Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre
Claire Foy to Receive Honorary Britannia Award
BAFTA Los Angeles has announced that The Crown star will be presented with this year's British Artist of the Year Award at the annual Britannia Awards. According to BAFTA, "the award pays tribute to a talented British artist whose outstanding performances in a year have demonstrated the high quality of their craftsmanship." The ceremony will take place on 27 October in Los Angeles.
I absolutely love Claire Foy. She has a wonderfully compelling and alluring presence on screen, and her performance in The Crown is just extraordinary. She is a well-deserved recipient of this honor, as she truly does demonstrate the best of her craft.
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Directed by Greg McLean
A group of friends joins a mysterious stranger on a search for an Indian village in the Bolivian jungle, but the men soon realize that jungle may not be what it seems. Jungle is directed by Greg McLean and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Thomas Kretschmann, and Alex Russel. The film is released in cinemas 20 October.
It's my boy DanRad, doing is DanRad thang, although I'm not going to say this is up there as one of the top films to see this year (even though, as a loyal Dan Radcliffe fan, I will, of course, be seeing it). The plot seems interesting enough, but, to be fair, survivalist movies are exactly my cup of tea. But I said the same thing about The Revenant and ended up bloody loving it so... We'll see.
Mr. Robot (Series 3)
The new series of USA's hit drama begins after the finale of series 2. Although the details of the new series are kept hush-hushed until its premiere, the trailer shows that series 3 will give a resolution to last year's climactic cliffhanger. The show stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson and Christian Slater as Mr. Robot. The show also stars Grace Gummer, Carly Chaikin, and Portia Doubleday. The show is set to air on USA on 11 October.
Dear Sam Esmail, I love your program. Never change. Love, Shelby x Honestly though, Mr. Robot is probably the only American TV worth watching currently (at least on cable). It's wild and crazy and paranoid and neurotic. This program will literally turn you into a crazy conspiracist. And on top of that, it is visually stunning; a cinematic masterpiece with one of the best leading actor performances on television (...I'm gonna say it...) in the past decade. Mr. Robot is the proof that television is obliterating movies in style, substance, and talent. Keep up the great work!
Directed by Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird is a coming of age story following an eccentric young girl living in northern California. It stars Saoirse Ronan, Danielle Macdonald, and Laurie Metcalf. It is directed by Greta Gerwig. Lady Bird hits cinemas 10 November.
Lady Bird looks like a charming and compelling coming of age story. There has been quite a lot of hype surrounding this movie, so I'm interested to see what it has to offer. Saoirse Ronan appears to give a glowing and heartfelt performance. Definitely on my must-see list!