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31st January 2017

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Awards

Stephane Dillane and Glenda Jackson winners at Critics Circle Awards

Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumnus Stephen Dillane and RADA alumna Glenda Jackson, who are among the winners announced at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards today. Stephen Dillane won Best Actor for his performance in Faith Healer, staged at the Donmar Warehouse, London. Stephen was presented the award by critic John Nathan, who said […]

Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumnus Stephen Dillane and RADA alumna Glenda Jackson, who are among the winners announced at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards today.

Stephen Dillane won Best Actor for his performance in Faith Healer, staged at the Donmar Warehouse, London. Stephen was presented the award by critic John Nathan, who said “when, as Frank, Stephen Dillane stood before us like a lapsed preacher, we believed in his miracles”.

Glenda Jackson won the Trewin Award for Best Shakespearean Performance for her performance as King Lear at the Old Vic, London. Critic Susannah Clapp, presenting the award, described her as, “One of the most powerful Lears I have seen”.

You can find the full list of winners on the Critics Circle website here.

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25th January 2017

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Awards

Oscar nomination for BOVTS alumna Naomie Harris

Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Naomie Harris, who has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress! Naomie is nominated for her performance in Moonlight, only a fortnight after she received a BAFTA nomination for the same role. You can find the full list of nominees on the Academy website […]

Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Naomie Harris, who has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress!

Naomie is nominated for her performance in Moonlight, only a fortnight after she received a BAFTA nomination for the same role.

You can find the full list of nominees on the Academy website here.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Hollywood & Highland Center, on Sunday 26 February.

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24th January 2017

LCDS | Rambert School | Dance | Students

Dance students through to BBC Young Dancer Contemporary Final

BBC Young Dancer 2017 has unveiled the 20 young dancers who have made it through to the Category Finals of the competition. Congratulations to Joshua Attwood, training at London Contemporary Dance School, Jacob Lang, training at Rambert School, and Nora Monsecour, training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, who have made the Contemporary Category Final! […]

BBC Young Dancer 2017 has unveiled the 20 young dancers who have made it through to the Category Finals of the competition. Congratulations to Joshua Attwood, training at London Contemporary Dance School, Jacob Lang, training at Rambert School, and Nora Monsecour, training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, who have made the Contemporary Category Final!

The Contemporary Final will be broadcast on Friday 14 April on BBC Four, and is judged by Mark Bruce, choreographer, director and founder of Mark Bruce Company, and Sharon Watson, choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre.

One winner from each category will be selected to receive a trophy, £1,000 towards further dance studies and a place in the Grand Final – together with at least one ‘wild card’ from across the Category Finals who impressed the judges with their potential despite not winning their category.

The Grand Final will be broadcast live on Saturday 22 April, BBC Two.

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10th January 2017

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Awards | Film & Television

BAFTA nomination for BOVTS alumna Naomie Harris

Nominations for the 2017 BAFTA Film Awards have been announced, with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Naomie Harris among the nominees. Congratulations! Naomie is nominated for her role in American drama Moonlight, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The actress also received a Golden Globe award […]

Nominations for the 2017 BAFTA Film Awards have been announced, with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Naomie Harris among the nominees. Congratulations!

Naomie is nominated for her role in American drama Moonlight, based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney. The actress also received a Golden Globe award nomination for Moonlight.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Stephen Fry in London on 12 February. The full list of nominees can be found on the BAFTA website here.

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9th January 2017

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Awards | Film & Television

Olivia Colman and Tom Hiddleston Winners at 2017 Golden Globes

Congratulations to alumni Olivia Colman (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) and Tom Hiddleston (RADA), who were among the winners at the 74th Golden Globes Awards on Sunday night. Winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Both actors were nominated for their roles in BBC One’s six-part serial The […]

Congratulations to alumni Olivia Colman (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) and Tom Hiddleston (RADA), who were among the winners at the 74th Golden Globes Awards on Sunday night. Winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

Both actors were nominated for their roles in BBC One’s six-part serial The Night Manager, based on the John le Carré novel of the same name. Olivia Colman was awarded Best Supporting Actress for Television Mini-Series or Motion Picture for her role as intelligence operative Angela Burr. Tom Hiddleston was awarded Best Actor in a Television Mini-Series or Motion Picture for his role as hotel night manager and former British soldier Jonathan Pine.

 

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5th January 2017

BOVTS | Central School of Ballet | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | Rambert School | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Alumni | Film & Television | Performances and Exhibitions

Alumni round up – January 2017

Alumni on stage – dance and circus The Place kicks off its spring/summer programme with Resolution, the annual dance festival showcasing new choreography by emerging artists. A number of pieces are choreographed by or feature dance school alumni: Friday 13 January showcases three graduate pieces. Helen Cox (LCDS) choreographs and performs in duet double pendulum; […]

Alumni on stage – dance and circus

The Place kicks off its spring/summer programme with Resolution, the annual dance festival showcasing new choreography by emerging artists. A number of pieces are choreographed by or feature dance school alumni:

Friday 13 January showcases three graduate pieces. Helen Cox (LCDS) choreographs and performs in duet double pendulum; John Ross Dance present They Never Were, a new collaboration between choreographer Ross (LCDS) and performer Nicole Guarino (Rambert School); Simone Mousset and Elisabeth Schilling (LCDS) present Impressing the Grand Duke.

James Muller (Central School of Ballet) presents Symbiotic on Saturday 14 January with dancers Monique Jonas and Nicholas Shikkis (Rambert).

Anders Duckworth (LCDS) explores the digital in solo piece Binary on Friday 20 January.

Bridget Lappin (LCDS) presents solo piece Who’s Afraid of a Pussy Cat? on Saturday 28 January.

Stephen Quildan (Rambert) presents Not Hard with Rambert dance company, also on Saturday 28 January.

Elsewhere, Swindon Dance presents The Alumni on Friday 13 January, showcasing the work of six Swindon dance alumni who are now in various stages of their professional careers: Kieran Warner and Chris Thomas (National Centre for Circus Arts), Charley Logan (LCDS), Rob Bridger, Carys Staton and Thomas Gulgec (Rambert).

National Centre graduates Barely Methodical Troupe – Beren D’Amico, Louis Gift and Charlie Wheeller – bring their hit production Bromance to Hull Truck Theatre from 25 – 28 January.

Alumni on stage – theatre

Peta Cornish (BOVTS) and Nik Drake (LAMDA) feature in The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus at the Finborough Theatre, running 3 – 28 January.

Also at the Finborough, Charlie de Bromhead (LAMDA) and Craig Pinder (RADA) feature in Veterans Day, a story of three soldiers from three wars, running 8 – 24 January.

Gemma Lawrence (BOVTS) features in Southwark Playhouse’s pared back production of The Tempest, running 5 – 28 January.

Wishlist by Katherine Soper, winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, transfers to the Royal Court from 10 January – 11 February. Starring Erin Doherty (BOVTS) and Joseph Quinn (LAMDA).

The regional tour of Mischief Theatre’s The Play That Goes Wrong comes to Bath Theatre Royal from 10 – 15 January, with LAMDA graduates Edward Howells, Alastair Kirton, Patrick Warner, and James Watterson.

The critically-acclaimed production of Pink Mist returns to the Bristol Old Vic for a limited run from 23 – 28 January, featuring Peter Edwards and Rebecca Hamilton (BOVTS).

Benjamin Dilloway (LAMDA) stars as Mr Darcy in the UK tour of Pride and Prejudice, playing at Bath Theatre Royal 17 – 21 January and the Wycombe Swan 24 – 28 January. The cast also features LAMDA graduates Daniel Abbott and Mark Rawlings.

Jeremy Legat (RADA) stars in Murder For Two, a high-energy musical whodunit, at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, running 26 January – 25 February.

Theo James (BOVTS) stars alongside Emilia Fox in new play Sex With Strangers at the Hampstead Theatre, opening on 27 January – 4 March.

Alumni on screen

Oona Chaplin, Jonathan Pryce, Jessie Buckley and Jason Watkins (RADA) join the cast of new BBC One mini-series Taboo. Tom Hardy stars as James Keziah Delaney, returning to London from Africa in 1814. Airing Saturdays at 9.15pm from 7 January.

Will Brown (BOVTS) and Douglas Hodge (RADA) joins the cast of ITV’s Unforgotten in its second series. Airing Thursdays at 9pm from 5 January.

Jeremy Irons (BOVTS) stars in action adventure film Assassin’s Creed, based on the video game franchise of the same name, in cinemas now.

Theo James (BOVTS) stars in the fifth instalment of the Underworld films. Blood Wars is released on 13 January.

Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson (RADA), and Alex Jennings (BOVTS) star in historical drama Denial about the lawsuit between Holocaust scholar Deborah E. Lipstadt and Holocaust denier David Irving. In cinemas from 27 January.

 

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4th January 2017

BOVTS | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Alumni | Awards

2017 New Years Honours for drama school alumni

Our congratulations to drama school alumni Luke Rittner, Mark Rylance, Patricia Routledge, Naomie Harris and Tim Pigott-Smith, who have been recognized in The Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list. LAMDA Chairman and alumnus Luke Rittner, who has been Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance since 1999, has been awarded a CBE for services […]

Our congratulations to drama school alumni Luke Rittner, Mark Rylance, Patricia Routledge, Naomie Harris and Tim Pigott-Smith, who have been recognized in The Queen’s 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

LAMDA Chairman and alumnus Luke Rittner, who has been Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance since 1999, has been awarded a CBE for services to the Arts, particularly dance. Luke trained on the Stage Management & Technical Theatre Course and has been Chairman of LAMDA since 1996.

RADA alumnus Mark Rylance has been awarded a knighthood for services to Theatre, following a year in which the actor received an Oscar and two BAFTAs for his performances in Cold War drama Bridge of Spies and the BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumna Patricia Routledge, best known as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, has received a Damehood for services to Theatre and charity.

Fellow BOVTS alumni Naomie Harris, who played Eve Moneypenny in Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, and Tim Pigott-Smith, recently nominated for both an Olivier and a Tony award for his portrayal of the Prince of Wales in Mike Bartlett’s play King Charles III, were awarded OBEs for services to Drama.

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20th December 2016

LCDS | Dance | Staff

LCDS Principal Veronica Lewis receives award at People Dancing’s 30th anniversary

People Dancing, the development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance, has announced the awarding of 30 Honorary Life Memberships to mark its 30th anniversary, in 2016. The awards, made to some of the people who have made an exceptional contribution to community dance and People Dancing, were announced at a special 30th […]

People Dancing, the development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance, has announced the awarding of 30 Honorary Life Memberships to mark its 30th anniversary, in 2016. The awards, made to some of the people who have made an exceptional contribution to community dance and People Dancing, were announced at a special 30th anniversary celebration event held at Cecil Sharp House, London, home of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Veronica Lewis, Principal of London Contemporary Dance School and one of the award winners said:

“I feel really honoured to be awarded an honorary life membership of People Dancing. The last 30 years have witnessed a huge explosion of community dance throughout the country. The wonderful thing about dance is that it can involve any body and any ability. Everyone can express themselves through movement and everyone can enjoy dancing with others if they will only give it a chance!”

The 30 award winners are:

1 Diane Amans 2 Sujata Bannerjee 3 Ken Bartlett 4 Carol Brown 5 Dr Susanne Burns 6 Kate Castle 7 Sanjeevini Dutta 8 Scilla Dyke MBE 9 Fergus Early OBE 10 Kiki Gale MBE 11 Karen Gallagher MBE 12 Beverley Glean 13 Gill Greystone 14 Linda Jasper MBE 15 Veronica Jobbins 16 Isabel Jones 17 Rosemary Lee 18 Prof Veronica Lewis MBE 19 Royston Maldoom OBE 20 Marie McCluskey MBE 21 Cecilia Macfarlane 22 Tamara McLorg 23 Jane Mooney 24 Judith Palmer 25 Philip Piggin 26 Bisakha Sarker MBE 27 Wolfgang Stange 28 Jayne Stevens 29 Chris Thomson 30 Ruth Till MBE.

The 30th anniversary event also saw the launch of a People Dancing fundraising campaign to creative a living archive of community dance practice. Titled The Museum of Us: Capturing community dance for future years, this joint project with researchers at De Montfort University, Leicester looks to capture and interpret community and participatory dance practices developed over the last 30 years to create an online resource.

Image: (left to right, sitting/kneeling) Kiki Gale MBE, Christopher Thomson, Fergus Early OBE, Cecilia Macfarlane, Karen Gallagher MBE, Royston Maldoom OBE, Isabel Jones, Tamara McLorg. (Left to right standing) Kate Castle, Dr Susanne Burns, Sanjeevini Dutta, Marie McCluskey MBE, Carol Brown, Professor Veronica Lewis MBE, Bisakha Sarker MBE, Scilla Dyke MBE, Ken Bartlett, Veronica Jobbins, Beverley Glean, Jayne Stevens, Diane Amans, Jane Mooney, Ruth Till MBE
Not present: Sujata Bannerjee, Gil Graystone, Linda Jasper, Rosemary Lee,  Judith Palmer, Philip Piggin, Wolfgang Stange.

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19th December 2016

BOVTS | Drama | Alumni | Awards | Film & Television

Drama school grads nominated for 2017 Golden Globes

Congratulations to drama school alumni Naomie Harris, Tom Hiddleston, John Lithgow and Olivia Colman who are among the nominees for the 2017 Golden Globes. Naomie Harris (BOVTS) is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Moonlight. Tom Hiddleston (RADA) is nominated for Best Actor – Mini-Series or Motion Picture […]

Congratulations to drama school alumni Naomie Harris, Tom Hiddleston, John Lithgow and Olivia Colman who are among the nominees for the 2017 Golden Globes.

Naomie Harris (BOVTS) is nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in Moonlight.

Tom Hiddleston (RADA) is nominated for Best Actor – Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television for his role in BBC series The Night Manager.

Olivia Colman (BOVTS) is nominated for Best Supporting Actress – Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television, also for The Night Manager.

John Lithgow (LAMDA) is nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Mini-Series or Motion Picture for Television for his role as Winston Churchill in Netflix series The Crown.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 8 January 2017. You can find a full list of nominations here.

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1st December 2016

BOVTS | Central School of Ballet | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | Rambert School | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Alumni | Film & Television | Performances and Exhibitions

Alumni round-up – December 2016

Alumni on stage – dance and circus National Centre for Circus Arts graduates August Dakteris, Jani Foldi and Jess O’Connor perform in Bianco with leading contemporary circus company NoFitState, at the Southbank Centre until 23 January. Fiona Thornhill (National Centre) will be performing a Cyr wheel solo at BITES: Remix, an evening of circus acts […]

Alumni on stage – dance and circus

National Centre for Circus Arts graduates August Dakteris, Jani Foldi and Jess O’Connor perform in Bianco with leading contemporary circus company NoFitState, at the Southbank Centre until 23 January.

Fiona Thornhill (National Centre) will be performing a Cyr wheel solo at BITES: Remix, an evening of circus acts and artistic collaborations at the Albany, Friday 2 December.

Lee Jay Hoy (Central School of Ballet) joins the cast of Strictly Ballroom: The Musical at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, playing until 21 January.

Scottish Ballet are touring Hansel & Gretel with dancers Thomas Edwards and Jamiel Lawrence (Central School of Ballet), opening at Edinburgh Festival Theatre on 10 December and touring until 11 February.

Director and choreographer Arthur Pita (LCDS) returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells with his dance theatre show The Little Match Girl, 10 – 30 December.

Rambert dance company presents In the Making, two evenings of new works created by Rambert dancers and other artists at the company’s London home. The programme will feature new work by Julie Cunningham, Stephen Quildan (Rambert) and Pierre Tappon (LCDS). 13 – 14 December.

Alumni on stage – theatre

Ruth Wilson (LAMDA) stars in Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre, playing from 5 December. The cast also features Kyle Soller and Sinéad Matthews (RADA).

Juliet Stevenson (RADA) stars in Mary Stuart at the Almeida, trading the central roles of Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart with co-star Lia Williams. The cast includes David Jonsson, Alexander Cobb (RADA) and Vincent Franklin (BOVTS). Playing 2 December – 21 January.

Gemma Arterton (RADA) stars in Saint Joan at the Donmar Warehouse, playing 9 December – 18 February. The cast includes Syrus Lowe (RADA) and Christopher Schutt (BOVTS) provides the sound design.

Leda Hodgson and 2016 graduate Charlotte Salkind (LAMDA) star in a site specific production of Ivy presented by Southwark Playhouse, 24 November – 18 December. Originally commissioned for BBC Radio 4, Ivy tells the story of a green-fingered old woman who refuses to leave her squat, and whose plants seem to have hallucinogenic powers.

Peta Cornish (BOVTS) features in After October, playwright Rodney Ackland’s bittersweet homage to the theatre, at the Finborough Theatre until 22 December.

Following her critically acclaimed BBC series, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (RADA) returns to the theatre with Fleabag, playing at the Soho Theatre from 5 – 16 December.

2016 graduate and Peter O’Toole Prize winner Dylan Wood (BOVTS) features in The Snow Queen at the Bristol Old Vic, playing 2 December – 15 January.

Gunnar Cauthery, Sophie Rundle and Geoffrey Streatfeild (RADA) join the cast of Wild Honey, a comedy of errors draw from Chekhov’s untitled play, at the Hampstead Theatre 2 December – 14 January.

The RSC presents a double bill of comedies Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labours Lost at Theatre Royal Haymarket, opening 9 and 12 December until March 2017. Edward Bennett (RADA) plays Benedict and Berowne opposite Lisa Dillon (RADA), playing Beatrice and Rosaline. Joining the cast are Nick Haverson (LAMDA), Chris Nayak, and Jamie Newall (BOVTS).

Saskia Strallen (RADA) appears in All The Angels, a play charting Handel’s struggle to stage the premiere of his great new work Messiah, at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse 6 December – 12 February.

Michelle Cornelius (Rambert) and Harry Hepple (RADA) join the cast of Sweet Charity at the Manchester Royal Exchange, with choreography by LCDS alumna Aletta Collins. Playing 3 December – 21 January.

Tom Greaves (LAMDA) features in Kiki’s Delivery Service, a magical tale of growing up and finding acceptance, at the Southwark Playhouse from 8 December – 8 January.

Directed by Emma Earle and designed by Zoe Squire (both BOVTS) Mr Popper’s Penguins is a new family musical on tour from 15 November, with a run at the Criterion Theatre 15 – 31 December. Pins and Needles Productions was founded by BOVTS graduates to produce quality theatre for early years, families and young adults.

NT Live will be broadcasting the hit production of No Man’s Land starring BOVTS alumnus Patrick Stewart opposite Ian McKellen, on 15 December.

Off-Broadway, Richard Armitage (LAMDA) stars in Love, Love, Love at the Laura Pels Theatre, playing until 18 December.

Also across the pond, David Oyelowo (LAMDA) stars as Othello at the New York City Theatre. Previews are now running with opening night on 12 December.

Alumni on screen

Currently screening Thursday nights on BBC Two, Charlotte Riley (LAMDA) and Phoebe Fox (RADA) star in new Stephen Poliakoff post-war drama Close to the Enemy. If you’ve missed the first few episodes you can catch up on iPlayer here.

Over the Christmas period, look out for the broadcast of LAMDA graduate company Mischief Theatre’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which was filmed in front of a live audience at Pinewood. The cast features graduates Adeline Waby, Bryony Corrigan, Daniel Pitout, Laurence Pears, Matt Cavendish, Tom Cox, Katherine Carlton (LAMDA), Bailey Patrick, and Harry Kershaw (RADA). LAMDA alumnus David Suchet provides the narration.

Hit family comedy Outnumbered returns to the BBC for a Christmas special on Boxing Day, starring LAMDA alumna Claire Skinner.

The BBC is adapting Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as two half-hour animations. Bertie Carvel (RADA) will provide the voice of the Magic Mirror and the Prince, and Rose Leslie (LAMDA) will provide the voice of Little Red Riding Hood. Revolting Rhymes will air on Boxing Day (Monday December 26) at 6:30pm and will conclude the following day in the same time-slot.

Samuel Barnett (LAMDA) stars in a new 10-episode adaptation of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Agency, based on the Douglas Adams novel of the same name. Dirk Gently will air on BBC America in the United States from 22 October, and will be available to stream on Netflix worldwide from 11 December. Take a look at the trailer here:

Michael Sheen (RADA) stars in science fiction thriller Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. In cinemas from Wednesday 21 December. Take a look at the trailer here:

 

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