I’m happy for the Armitages

•May 3, 2016 • 2 Comments

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Yes, you saw this long ago. I was working today (and without my power cord, grrr). I know it’s been quiet here lately; please hang on a few more days and I will burst back into life.

Looks like Richard Armitage is still in London — and still using his vocabulary

•April 28, 2016 • 27 Comments

Or maybe not.

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Here’s the new Richard Armitage interview

•April 27, 2016 • 21 Comments

I’m working most of the day today — but here it is:

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The reason I really wanted to do a Richard Armitage / Shakespeare anniversary post

•April 24, 2016 • 15 Comments

Because I still love this.

On Shakespeare anniversary weekend, Richard Armitage in Macbeth (1999-2000)

•April 24, 2016 • 3 Comments
Richard Armitage while in the U.S. on the RSC Macbeth tour, June 2000. The photo was known before this, but I saw it here first.

Richard Armitage while in the U.S. on the RSC Macbeth tour, June 2000. The photo was known to fans before this posting, where I saw it first. The complete picture is archived here.

There’s an excellent documentation of the details around this production — which I assume took Richard Armitage to Japan for the first time, to find himself approached at the stage door for signatures on Star Wars items — at Richard Armitage Online. I don’t have any additional information.

Richard Armitage in Macbeth.

Richard Armitage in Macbeth. Carrying a sword.

However, what I find myself thinking every time I rewatch Armitage’s scenes from this film is how energetic he is. He’s a background character but the thrill of acting seems to burst out of him. His voice is higher than normal, and the filming style contributes to the feeling, at times, that he just can’t hold still.

On Shakespeare anniversary weekend, Richard Armitage in Hamlet (1998)

•April 24, 2016 • 13 Comments

In all the furor over Richard Armitage’s childhood interest in Tolkien, it’s gotten a little lost that Armitage had said a number of times that visits to the Royal Shakespeare Company played an important role in motivating him to become a stage actor: “I remember having that moment of finally understanding what was going on. They were having such a good time and the audience was having such a good time and I just thought that was where I wanted to be. I remember thinking they were doing something they loved and they were getting paid for it.

One of these visits was to Adrian Noble’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Stratford.

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‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’ (Shakespeare – director: Adrian Noble),centre: Stella Gonet (Titania), Desmond Barrit (Bottom) surrounded by fairies,Royal Shakespeare Company / Barbican Theatre, London 04/1995. Source: Photostage.co.uk

 

Per RichardArmitageOnline:

Directed by Bill Alexander and starring Richard McCabe, ‘Hamlet’ opened for a three-week run at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 22 September 1998.  This was Richard Armitage’s first professional engagement in the theatre since graduating from LAMDA in the summer of 1998 and it took him back to his home turf in the Midlands.  He appeared in eleven scenes, playing the small roles of Barnardo, the officer of the watch who sees the ghost of Hamlet’s father in the play’s opening scene, and Voltemand, ambassador to Norway, as well as the non-speaking parts of a Lord’s Attendant and Lucianus, a Player.

Pictures of Richard Armitage in his Birmingham Rep days:

Richard Armitage in rehearsal, 1998. Courtesy of Armitage Global.

Richard Armitage in rehearsal, 1998. Courtesy of Armitage Global.

Richard-1998 Hamlet programme

Richard Armitage’s headshot from the 1998 Hamlet program. Source: RichardArmitageNet.com

Richard Armitage, at left, in rehearsal for Hamlet at the Birmingham Rep. Source: RichardArmitageOnline

Richard Armitage, at left, in rehearsal for Hamlet at the Birmingham Rep. Source: RichardArmitageOnline

Youthful [g]-d? Richard Armitage, while at the Birmingham Rep, photo tweeted by Andrew Whiteoak, April 18, 2013.

Richard Armitage, while at the Birmingham Rep, photo tweeted by Andrew Whiteoak, April 18, 2013. More information about the context of this photo is here.

Richard Armitage in Leeds last November (hadn’t seen before)

•April 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Here.

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