Kenneth Branagh remembers discovering the star Tom Hiddleston in a new interview with Digital Spy.
"I saw Tom Hiddleston play Cassio in Michael Grandage's production of Othello, which starred Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor," Branagh recalled.
"I'd not seen him before, but it was quite clear that he was an utterly naturalistic speaker of Shakespeare. It's not necessarily a part in which you can score, Cassio - he is in many ways the relatively straightforward young man...
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatre show has released information in relation to their Friday Forty sweepstake.
The first sweepstake will begin in 12 days time.
Every Friday at 1pm we will release 40 tickets for every performance the following week, for some of the very best seats in the theatre, at an amazingly low price. These tickets will be known as ‘The Friday Forty’.
Tickets will be located in great seats throughout the theatre and will be priced at £30 during previews (£15 per part from 7 June until 30 July) and £40 (£20 per part from 3 August after the Official Opening) and will secure a seat for both Part One and Part Two in consecutive performances. You will be able to purchase a maximum of two tickets for both Part One and Part Two in one transaction. To ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to access these great value tickets, they will only be available to buy online. It will not be possible to purchase these tickets in person at the Palace Theatre or anywhere else.
To purchase these tickets, you need to visit THIS webpage just as the countdown clock turns to zero. At 1pm every Friday, the countdown will change into a ‘book tickets’ button. Click the button and you will be taken through to an online virtual queue. Customers will then be selected at random for the opportunity to buy tickets online. The first release of The Friday Forty will be on Friday 3 June for reduced price preview performances commencing 7 June. Subsequent ticket releases will take place each Friday for performances taking place the following week.
Returned and other late-release tickets may also become available at short notice. These are not guaranteed, but any tickets that do become available will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, online or in person at the Palace Theatre box office at full price.
In a new interview with Bustle, Christian Coulson recalls his past work as young Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter movies.
I had been at boarding school in a sort of Hogwarts-y school called Westminster, which has been around for about 1000 years. The stone steps leading up to where we had assembly are worn down from hundreds of years boys running up and down them.
I really loved doing that scene with Richard Harris where I’m pretending to be a model student… while really lying to him. It reminded me a lot of my experience at boarding school — of being impeccably well-behaved on the outside and secretly getting up to mischief.
J.K. Rowling was awarded the 2016 PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in America this week.
Upon gaining the Award she spoke about none other than Donald Trump!
Only last year, we saw an online petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK. It garnered half a million signatures. Now, I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted, but he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there.
About the Award and Rowling's selection:
J.K. Rowling has used her talents and stature as a writer to fight inequality on both a local and global level. Herself the frequent object of censorship in schools and libraries across the globe, as well as online targeting, Rowling has emerged as a vocal proponent of free expression and access to literature and ideas for children, as well as incarcerated people, the learning-disabled, and women and girls worldwide.
Are you going to watch the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatre performance this summer?
If so, then do not forget to also attend the House of MinaLima exhibition which is also opening for Harry Potter fans.
Located at 26 Greek Street, west London, the exhibition will feature numerous Harry Potter props and limited edition prints.
We knew straight away that it was the right place for us. We cancelled all our other viewings and told the landlord we’d take it. It’s like Grimmauld Place in there, with narrow staircases, wonky walls and low ceilings.
We wanted it to feel like it could have been there forever, like a museum. And as though it could disappear between the other buildings. By the time you reach the top floor, you can touch the ceiling. It’s like Harry’s cupboard under the stairs, but at the top of the building.
In a new interview with OK REAL, Bonnie Wright gives eight top tips to people wanting to break it in the creative industry.
Have belief and confidence:
About a year ago, I changed my email signature to say: Bonnie Wright, Director. It was a small moment, but there was something celebratory about saying it out loud. I think it takes a lot of courage for anyone to say out loud: “this is what I want to do.” My main doubts were that I wouldn’t be taken seriously. That I’d be this actress turned director or whatever. You can think of a million ways you might be pulled apart, but at the same time does anyone really care?
Sideshow has announced that they will be released a new Hermione Granger figurine.
It will cost $119.99 and will be a sixth scale figure.
Joining the Star Ace Toys Harry Potter series of collectible figures comes Hermione Granger, dressed in casual attire from her appearance in the last scenes of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are seen dressed in casual wear during their final confrontation, where the traps are set to protect the Sorcerer's Stone. This collectible sixth scale figure includes her wand and a schoolbook. Complete your set of Harry Potter heroes with casual Hermione.
Lumos has announced that J. K. Rowling will be in attendance at a special gala performance of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatre show.
Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos, said:
This special gala performance is not only a wonderful opportunity for fans to see the play but it will help raise awareness of the vulnerable, voiceless children living in orphanages around the world and play its part in helping to get them home and back to a loving family, where they belong.