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2009-07-29 15:20:00

A survey of British children found one in 20 respondents said former Boom Town Rats singer Bob Geldof discovered gravity rather than Sir Isaac Newton. The survey of 5,000 British children between the ages of 6 and 15, conducted by Premier Inn, found 12 percent of those polled identified the Somme as a famous painting rather than the site of a bloody World War I battle, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to children and historical events,...

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2009-03-24 21:26:01

Stacy Keach, who suffered a mild stroke last week, is to resume his starring role in the play Frost/Nixon, California's Ahmanson Theatre said Tuesday. Ahmanson spokesman Ken Werther told the Los Angeles Times the 67-year-old actor is expected to rejoin the touring production of the stage drama Friday, following a six-day hospitalization. Keach plays former U.S. President Richard Nixon in the show, which is to wrap up its run at the Ahmanson Sunday. Bob Ari, Keach's understudy in the play,...

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2009-03-18 20:39:11

U.S. actor Stacy Keach has suffered a mild stroke, the Center Theatre Group said Wednesday in Los Angeles. Keach, 67, is starring as former President Richard Nixon in the national touring production of Peter Morgan's celebrated play Frost/Nixon. The Center Theatre Group is presenting the stage drama at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles through March 29. Actor Stacy Keach has been diagnosed as having experienced a very mild stroke with no impairment whatsoever of his motor or speech...

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2009-02-26 10:35:38

A planned film version of William Shakespeare's play King Lear, starring Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins, was scrapped, reportedly for economic reasons. Hopkins was to portray the troubled monarch, while Gwyneth Paltrow, Keira Knightley and Naomi Watts were to have played his daughters in the $36 million-budgeted movie, which was announced at last year's Cannes Film Festival in France. The Telegraph described the cancellation of the project as the first high-profile casualty of the recession in...

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2009-02-04 10:59:28

Hollywood actor Al Pacino has signed on to play the title character in a new film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear. Variety.com said Michael Radford wrote the script for and plans to direct the movie. He is expected to start shooting it in Europe this year. This will be the second time Radford and Pacino team up for a Shakespeare project; they also worked together on the 2004 film version of The Merchant of Venice, in which Pacino played Shylock. Al has been offered this...

2008-09-25 06:00:21

By ANTHONY DEL VALLE By ANTHONY DEL VALLE REVIEW-JOURNAL The Nevada Conservatory Theatre's "King Lear" is a good-looking production. But good looks only get you so far. Director Michael Lugering gives Shakespeare's brutal tragedy not only a modern aura, but a fascinatingly fascist one. When we first enter the theater, we're met by a plain, vertical platform that hosts high up a single upholstered chair that likewise sits vertically. We feel as if we've walked into an upside down...

2008-07-14 12:00:39

PBS chief Paula Kerger told reporters in Los Angeles that she doesn't know yet if Ian McKellen's nude scene will appear in a PBS taping of his play King Lear. McKellen, who is best known for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Magneto in the X-Men movies, played the title character in the Royal Shakespeare Company's staging of William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear, which toured last year. The 69-year-old is to reprise his role for a taping of the production to air on...

2008-07-14 06:00:25

By Robert Bianco LOS ANGELES -- PBS is once again queuing up the classics, while modernizing a little around the edges. Among plans revealed Sunday at the semi-annual gathering for TV writers: *Cyrano de Bergerac. The acclaimed Broadway run starring Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner comes to Great Performances as a January special. The filming was done during an actual performance, which, Kline says, can sometimes make actors fret: "Theater is an ephemeral experience, and they're...

2008-06-30 21:02:28

By Colin Dabkowski As the summer movie season prepares to enter high cotton-candy mode, Western New York theaters have come up with the perfect antidote: pure, unadulterated tragedy. And it couldn't be more welcome. "King Lear," Shakespeare's finest tragic tale, is onstage at Shakespeare in Delaware Park. And a little farther south, a brilliant production of Lear's American stepchild, Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," began its nine-day run on Saturday at the Chautauqua Theater...

2008-06-23 00:00:16

By Subhadra Devan IT was clear to everyone at Victoria Theatre that the Chinese theme took over the new opera, Awaking, at the recent Singapore Arts Festival. This was Shakespeare meets Ming Dynasty novelist Tang Xianzu, who lived at the same time and died the same year. Awaking was supposed to be a melding of East and West in one show. But, I think the dramatics stole the show and since it was Chinese opera which was sort of the mainstay of the show, the Asian element came to the...