Armitage loves a weird sister

They were both in Macbeth back in 1999. He’s really been loving on her tweets. I would love to see that play, too.

~ by Servetus on June 8, 2022.

16 Responses to “Armitage loves a weird sister”

  1. I think I just read today that Shakespeare in the Park in NYC is doing Richard III. I’ve seen many old posts from you all that Richard was trying to do a production of it (maybe I just watched a youtube vid interview he spoke about during Strike Back interview?)– – so why is he not in this production that would have been incredible! I hope there is still a chance to see him perform in a live setting!

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    • For a long time he was closely associated with a woman named Philippa Langley who is a hardcore Ricardian (to her credit, she’s the person who later spearheaded the effort to find R3’s coffin in Leicester), and he was very vocal about how he didn’t want to do Shakespeare’s R3, he would prefer their project (I think they wrote a script together or something along those lines). When asked he said he was too old to play Richard anyway, he wouldn’t rule out Warwick. (And yes, we know that other actors played the role when they were older.) He seemed to be surprised when he was asked around the Hobbit press tours whether he still wanted to pursue an R3 project.

      The only time he ever said he would consider Shakespeare’s R3 was around the time the Hollow Crown installments were being cast. Iirc Cumberbatch got that role. Some time after that, Langley’s team actually found the remains that were identified as R3, which revived the whole idea of new R3 productions, but he was very cagey — announced on a radio show to talk about the discovery and then didn’t appear, was not present at the dedication of R3’s remains’ new resting place (at some point someone in a position to know said he’d been asked and declined — Cumberbatch was at that event), said maybe he would be involved in narrating a documentary (and was not). Then nothing for a long time, although he mentioned that he was reading a script of “The Daughter of Time” for his production company (which was incorporated as “White Boar” fairly recently).

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      • That’s interesting, I didn’t realise that RA declined speaking at the R3 dedication. I felt annoyed that Cumberbatch did ( and got the Hollow Crown gig)) rather than Richard.

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        • This is why I remain ambivalent about Twitter — someone was complaining on Twitter that Leicester excluded him from the festivities and someone (I think associated with the cathedral, iirc) said that he had been asked and had turned them down. I made a screenshot but it’s buried in a heap of things so I’ll never find it now.

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      • Servitus, as always a very informative reply, info on R3 background and RA’s involvement. I am sure his interests extend to many different projects now open to him, as well as what’s being developed at White Boar. I just hope one day (do not care how old he is!) he will return to the stage. Right now The Crucible is on regular rotation! So funny but though I did the two-day Digital Thea rental, still have access after like two weeks! So am getting to read all the posts in tandem with re-watching. The brain-stretcher posts as well as nipplegate. Priceless!

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  2. yes I remember well his saying that he was too old for the project. Maybe, it’s just that this is no longer the good timing both in his heart and mind to do it, too late, other plans, the incongruity to be finally involved in such a project too many years after he expressed his will to work or even play on it. Nevertheless I hope he is not too disappointed.

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    • I think if he wanted to do it, he could still pursue it somehow, so I assume if it’s important to him, he will.

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  3. Ah, he mentioned being on stage with Noma Dumezweni and was wondering what play. it had been.

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    • I had to google it, too. This is one of those points where I really miss the first generation of fans.

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      • I am a long-time fan (though not on SM) but my memory isn’t!

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        • The place where I found this was Richard Armitage Online, which is now having image display issues but somehow creaks on. That was such a great documentation.

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      • hum…glurps, indeed, been a long time fan too, like Armidreamer too (less longer though I think), just had no access to web chats and blogs etc and when I finally had, I got married and my babies but nevertheless stood ther discreetly, reading as an avid sly/shy fan, well anyway I undestand you miss the first hard core generation of RA fans you chatted with, normal. Back to the subject, his projects are his own and I suppose it’s a question of timing and Richard will get to the point when and if he still wants too. Hope so.

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        • I should have been clear that I am missing the fans of the first hour (18 years ago now) who created such fantastic documentation. I did not chat with them — they were not very open with me, something I didn’t understand at the time but which I understand now. I suppose I am a long-time fan, too (12 years). But not quite that long.

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  4. Hehe, more to the point – why does RA have to stand in a queue for returns??? It’s not sold out 😉

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    • My impression is that you can get better seats if you buy on the night. That said, maybe he just doesn’t want to commit to a specific evening. Or he’s hinting he’d like a freebie from the contingent she will have been given.

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