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April 25, 2004 | Barbara Isenberg, Special to The Times
When National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner offered him the chance to direct a revival of Tom Stoppard's 1972 classic, "Jumpers," David Leveaux readily agreed. The key reason, he says, was Simon Russell Beale. "You don't think of doing 'Jumpers' unless you have an actor who can carry George Moore," says Leveaux, "and there are few in any generation who can do that." The actor who would be playing Stoppard's passionately intellectual protagonist Moore is no stranger to Stoppard.
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December 7, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
William Shakespare will get the full PBS treatment in "Shakespeare Uncovered," a six-part series announced this week to be shown on three consecutive Friday evenings starting Jan. 25. Each night will feature two hourlong segments, focused on one or two plays by the Bard, each with a celebrity host. The series is built on interviews with actors, directors and scholars, clips from screen versions of the plays under consideration, and live performance segments filmed at today's Globe, and staged specifically for "Shakespeare Uncovered.
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December 7, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
William Shakespare will get the full PBS treatment in "Shakespeare Uncovered," a six-part series announced this week to be shown on three consecutive Friday evenings starting Jan. 25. Each night will feature two hourlong segments, focused on one or two plays by the Bard, each with a celebrity host. The series is built on interviews with actors, directors and scholars, clips from screen versions of the plays under consideration, and live performance segments filmed at today's Globe, and staged specifically for "Shakespeare Uncovered.
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April 25, 2004 | Barbara Isenberg, Special to The Times
When National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner offered him the chance to direct a revival of Tom Stoppard's 1972 classic, "Jumpers," David Leveaux readily agreed. The key reason, he says, was Simon Russell Beale. "You don't think of doing 'Jumpers' unless you have an actor who can carry George Moore," says Leveaux, "and there are few in any generation who can do that." The actor who would be playing Stoppard's passionately intellectual protagonist Moore is no stranger to Stoppard.
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February 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
British director Sam Mendes won an unprecedented three Olivier Awards for his productions of "Uncle Vanya" and "Twelfth Night," while the new Broadway play "Vincent in Brixton" won best play. Mendes, 37, accepted his history-making honor Friday from New York, where his repertory productions of "Uncle Vanya" and "Twelfth Night" are playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Last fall, the two plays closed out Mendes' decade as artistic director of London's Donmar Warehouse theater.
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May 20, 2013 | By David Ng
William Shakespeare is believed to have written 154 sonnets during his life. Carrying around the complete volume has never been physically burdensome since each poem is a mere 14 lines. But a new application for the Apple iPad and iPhone is seeking to make the sonnets even more portable and accessible. The free app, which is downloadable from the Apple store, is a multimedia experience that includes short videos of actors reciting the sonnets. New videos will be released on a rolling basis, shot on different locations throughout New York.
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November 26, 2012 | By David Ng
An intimate, two-hander play by a relatively unknown writer took home the top prize at this year's London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. "Constellations," by Nick Payne, won the prize for best play on Sunday, beating out works by Caryl Churchill and James Graham. "Constellations" ran at the Royal Court Upstairs earlier this year and starred Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall. The play -- a cryptic, science-themed romance that runs a brief 70 minutes -- received mostly positive reviews.
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January 19, 2001 | MATT WOLF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jessica Lange, the two-time Oscar-winning film star, received her first Olivier nomination Thursday, while two little-known Irishmen, bound for Broadway in the same play, are both up for best actor. Winners of the 25th annual Laurence Olivier Awards--London's nearest equivalent to Broadway's Tony--will be announced Feb. 23.
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April 25, 2004 | Barbara Isenberg
Pat, the tortoise in Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers," began life here as an imported Chinese toy in an outdoor market. Spotted, purchased and delivered to the National Theatre's Paul Wanklin by his alert brother-in-law, the future theater star turned out to be not just cheap but durable. Equally important, this turtle was adaptable.
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December 21, 2008 | Charles McNulty, THEATER CRITIC
Theater this year had a hard time competing with real-life drama (the melodramatic collapse of the economy; Barack Obama's stirring, historic victory; and, for heart-attack-inducing suspense, Rafael Nadal's superhuman defeat of Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final). But there were a few powerhouse performances that deserved headlines of their own. "All's Well That Ends Well," San Diego's Old Globe. Darko Tresnjak's enthralling production of Shakespeare's "problem play" may have laundered out some of the unsettling darkness, but it was so gracefully staged and spoken that it added fairy-tale enchantment to a summer evening.
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February 13, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 9 - 15, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   See latest XXII Winter Olympics TV schedule here.   SERIES Great Performances London's Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years in this new episode that features appearances and performances from numerous stage veterans, including James Corden, Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Rory Kinnear, Helen Mirren, Simon Russell Beale, Alan Bennett and Joan Plowright.
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May 11, 2004 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Two Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas, Nilo Cruz's "Anna in the Tropics" and Doug Wright's "I Am My Own Wife," will face off for best play in next month's Tony Awards, while "Wicked," a big-budget Broadway hit about the witches from L.
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