In protest: too few nominations for Oppenheimer!


I look back in… anger!

I can’t find an explanation on why Oppenheimer is not getting recognition from the theatreland: time goes by and some important awards on season 2015-2016, after just few months, seem to have forgotten how beautiful, gripping, entertaining and ridiculously well performed this play was, giving preference to latest productions and, even more irritating, to more famous – not necessarily more deserving – actors! Not talking about the fact that musicals seem to steal attention everywhere.

I’m so disappointed that any other nomination for other good plays I saw last year didn’t take me at all and I know is not nice from me, I should be happy for them and support them all, but I can’t help it!

I’m so so happy Catherine Steadman got her Olivier Awards nomination, of course! It’s amazing but I shouldn’t be surprised: she really deserved that!

I know there were little chances that any of the other supporting actors could get a nomination, they were all at the same good level, so it would be hard to choose between them, but they could get one as Ensemble, at least! How could be possible they didn’t?

No noms for Best New Play, Direction, Music, Sound, Set Design, Light Design either! I would give it a nom even for Choreography for the dynamic movements the cast made on stage, even if it wasn’t a ballet nor a musical!

And Oppenheimer got very good 4* and 5* reviews from many important magazines and blogs and it’s a fact that it was requested by the audience of London, after the run in Stratford-Upon-Avon and was sold-out in several dates. Both the Trailers made as adv for the two cities would deserve an award, too, expecially the first one in black&white.

Are theatrical awards’ juries blind or too posh to reward it, I wonder?

But, even more absurd and unfair, the wonderful John Heffernan has been ignored for his performance as Robert J. Oppenheimer! He’s a performer of great sensitivity and dedication, he got the play on his shoulders, I’ve never seen an actor so taken by a role like him at the end of the play! He totally blew me away! What an amazing actor!

Yesterday and even today, I read many tweets of other people disappointed by the lack of nominations for Oppenheimer and Heffernan, so I’m not the only one who’s gutted!

I know awards shouldn’t matter, as you can read in this conversation:

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and that those actors and creatives who worked in Oppenheimer will stay in the audience’s hearts forever (I suspect the cast itself had great fun doing it), and – again – I’m aware anyone can say that about their own favorite play or musical, but I’m still convinced this particular one should deserve awards like rain! I wouldn’t have seen this play four times in eight days, if I wasn’t totally taken by it! It never happened before and I will never regret it! You can read my review there. It’s a pity it wasn’t recorded for streaming or disks!

Anyway, at least let’s root for:

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2016 nominees

Fingers crossed for both the nominations!

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You can have your say writing me a comment below.

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She Stoops To Conquer reviews


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First pictures and reviews for the play “She Stoops To Conquer” with the wonderful Catherine Steadman @CatSteadman and Jack Holden @jackholdenactor I liked much in “Oppenheimer”.

Gallery from Theatre Royal Bath official site:

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REVIEWS

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bathchronicle.co.ukCatherine Steadman as Kate Hardcastle is lovingly devious.

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She Stoops 02

swindonadvertiser.co.ukCatherine Steadman also puts in a fine turn as Kate Hardcastle“.

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bristolpost.co.ukKate Hardcastle – a sparkling portrayal by Catherine Steadman – pretends to be a barmaid to cure and catch him.

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listomaniabath.comThe play is less a vehicle for social comment than an opportunity for comedy, and all is resolved satisfactorily when Kate (well played by Catherine Steadman) reveals that she has deigned to stoop from her social postion to that of barmaid (calm, this was first produced in 1773) to conquer her man.

Fingers crossed to the cast & creatives for tonight’s Press Night in Bath!

10 July, more reviews:

thetimes.co.uk The Times gives it 3 stars, but you need a subscription to read the article.

thepublicreviews.comCatherine Steadman is outstanding as the vivacious and independent Kate, while Charlotte Brimble makes an engaging Constance. Hubert Burton and Jack Holden are a suitably arrogant-yet-lovable double act as Marlow and Hastings“.

wiltshiretimes.co.uk Review: She Stoops to Conquer, Theatre Royal Bath (with a nice gallery).

thestage.co.ukIt works up a head of steam by the madhouse second-half, though, as London rakes Marlow and Hastings, played in Jeeves and Wooster fashion by Hubert Burton and Jack Holden, […] and his daughter Kate, made delightfully feminine by Catherine Steadman, as the serving girl.

whatsonstage.com What’s On Stage review.

telegraph.co.ukSure to go far too, Catherine Steadman switches likeably and effortlessly between cool, high-born Kate and her warm, West Country alter-ego. […] There’s spirited support from […] Jack Holden as the hoity-toity Hastings“.

(to be continued…)

What’s next for the wonderful Oppenheimer cast


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What’s next for the wonderful Oppenheimer cast?

John Heffernan

– he’s on TV with the BBC series “Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell” playing Henry Lascelles in all the 7 episodes –> IMDb.com

– he made also the first episode of “Luther” season 4, unknown role –> IMDb.com

– 3 episodes of the TV Mini-Series “Sons of Liberty” as Governor’s Aide –> IMDb.com

– and he’s the incoming movie “Eye in the Sky” as Major Harold Webb –> IMDb.com

Update 14 August 2015: he’ll return on stage in the title role of Macbeth at the Young Vic in London 26 December 2015- 16 January 2016 and UK Tour –> youngvic.org

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Catherine Steadman and Jack Holden

– they are together in the incoming production of “She Stoops To Conquer” at the Theatre Royal Bath, 1-18 July 2015 –> site theatreroyal.org.uk

– Jack plays Roland Pemberton in BBC Radio4 “Home Front“, too –> site bbc.co.uk and page on his character Roland Pemberton

No news on screen roles for the moment.

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Oliver Johnstone

– takes part to the RADA London Festival with the play “Young Bloods” in the role of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Gielgud Theatre, 25-26 June and 2 July 2015 –> site rada.ac.uk

– Update Summer 2015: he reprised the role of Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” UK Tour by The Royal Shakespeare Company

– is in the cast of “Teddy Ferrara” at the Donmar Warehouse (role not known yet) 01 October – 05 December 2015 –> site donmarwarehouse.com

No news on screen roles for the moment.

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 Ben Allen

Not sure yet on his next steps. The 13rd of May the Propeller Theatre Co tweetedWe are bringing Pocket Merchant to @ElectricTheatre 17th Sept. Tix are on sale #GuildfordFringe #Guildford” and posted a picture with Ben, I wonder if he will be in the cast again?? –> site propeller.org.uk (he was in a previous production)

No news on screen roles for the moment.

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Sandy Foster

– I think she’s working on the production of a play she wrote, pity I didn’t get more information about it, but she tweeted: 3 June and 8 June

No news on screen roles for the moment.

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Please share other news about them with me if you have!

What I’m seeing in London 23-30 April 2015


OPPENHEIMER 23 April night
OPPENHEIMER 24 April night (following the suggestions and seeing it – at least – twice!)
HARVEY 25 April matinee
IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT 26 April matinee
THE GLASS PROTEGE 28 April night

I’ve great expectations on plays, cast and venues!

I will write down something on them!