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Fans remember Richard Griffiths, and other Theatre in the News

Fans remember Richard Griffiths, and other Theatre in the News

The stories theatre lovers have been talking about this week.

1. Tributes to Withnail & I actor Richard Griffiths who died after heart surgery by Sadie Gray [TheTimes.co.uk]
March 29, 2013

Richard Griffiths, the character actor whose career spanned Shakespeare, Withnail & I and the Harry Potter series, has died at 65.

Even as film roles poured in he remained a stalwart of the stage, earning critical acclaim and awards for his portrayal of Hector, the teacher in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, and appearing alongside his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe in a stage revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in London. ...

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2. Showmen Blazing a Trail by Patrick Healy [Theater.NYTimes.com]
March 28, 2013

WHILE Douglas Carter Beane didn’t base “The Nance,” starring Nathan Lane, on any real-life figure from burlesque, he did draw on several performers for inspiration, from the Roaring Twenties to today. ...

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3. Olivier Awards Overhaul Judging Process; Producers and Theatre Owners to Vote in Addition to Panel by Mark Shenton [Playbill.com]
March 28, 2013

The U.K.'s Laurence Olivier Awards, previously voted for only by a panel of nine members comprising industry professionals and specially appointed members of the public, have confirmed that the judging process is being overhauled. ...

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4. Shia LaBeouf has a front-row seat to the Broadway show he left by Jamie Wetherbe [LATimes.com]
March 28, 2013

Actor Shia LaBeouf, who exited the Broadway play “Orphans” under unusual (and tweetable) circumstances, turned up in the front row Tuesday night for the show’s first preview performance. ...

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5. From 'toothless' to "Mormonumental' **– the much-hyped musical by South Park's creators meets a mixed response among UK Critics** by Anna Isaac [Guardian.co.uk]
March 22, 2013

There's been a whole heap of hype surrounding The Book of Mormon, the Broadway smash-hit musical from the creators of South Park that has just landed in London, trailing nine Tony awards behind it. But for the most part the British critics have gone out of their way to be unimpressed. ...

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Photo: From left, actors James Corden, Clive Merrison, Richard Griffiths and Stephen Campbell Moore in The History BoysPhoto by Dima Gavrysh / AP. Retrieved from LATimes.com.