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Guess what! Edward II theatre play where Vanessa Kirby played Queen Mary is the 3rd best theatre of 2013 by TimeOut!

‘Edward II’, National Theatre, Olivier

The National Theatre turned 50 this year, but you wouldn’t know it from this stupendously sprightly production of Marlowe’s ‘Edward II’, a cacklingly provocative Brechtian rollercoaster that proved just how much life there is in those old concrete walls.


BUCHAREST: John Boorman, who started shooting Queen and Country in Shepperton, England, is set to continue production in Romania on 9 October 2013 with Castel Film providing facilities.

The mid-sized budget independent film from Merlin Film will spend some six weeks in Romania.

Queen and Country is an autobiographical drama set in the 1950’s, nine years after Boorman’s 1987 Oscar-nominated Hope and Glory, telling the story of a young man who joins the National Service. Caleb Landry-Jones, Tamsin Eggerton and Vanessa Kirby play the main characters. The premiere is planned for 2014.

After a slow start to the year, international productions have returned to Castel Film with the second season of the mini-series The Girls Guide to Depravity shot for Cinemax, and two feature films produced by Universal and set for DVD release: Mike Elliott’s The Scorpion King: The Lost Throne (shot in summer) and Colin Teague’s Dragon Heart which completes shooting next week.

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Vanessa is getting the attention she deserves! A great photoshoot and a new interview 🙂

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Vanessa Kirby Takes Flight

Vanessa Kirby is one of the actresses who has every right to look forward to a long and successful career.  She is on the brink of stardom and was totally delightful as she shared with Muse…

LN  What led you to pursue acting?

VK  Simply – it was where I always felt happiest at school, where I felt the people were most similar to me and I felt most accepted. That was when I was very young. With every year it became and clearer.  There was one moment that I remember very vividly. I was watching The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre with Corin and Vanessa Redgrave. I was only 11, I think, but this amazing world they created I completely believed and was spellbound. It suddenly dawned on me how cool it was to be able to tell a story right there in front of people, so honestly and truthfully; they literally felt for that time they were living in that house and part of that family. And it’s that saying isn’t it? “On the right night, it can make you glad to belong to the human race.”  (Irving Wardle: What Is Theatre For?). I think I was there on the right night. And if I can do that, even once or twice in my whole career, to some kid like I was…? That would be pretty cool.  

LN  You have acted in stage productions, television, and movies.  Which type of production is your favorite?

VK  This is an interesting question because my feelings about this have shifted in the last year. Although I did watch many films growing up, the theatre was the place I felt most aligned to. When I started working three and a half years ago, I really felt that would never change. But I’ve completely changed my mind, and that is because I’ve been ridiculously fortunate to work with filmmakers like Richard Curtis, The Wachowskis, and John Boorman, for example, as well as the most incredible and dynamic screen actors like Rachel McAdams, John Hurt, and Shia Leboeuf. I now don’t admire just theatre directors, like Howard Davies and Katie Mitchell; film directors inspire me, too. Paul Thomas Anderson, Derek Cianfrance, Drake Doremus, Charlie Kaufman – honestly, I would love to just be on set to hold a tray in the background just to see them work and be part of it for a day. That’s why you can’t care about the size of the role; it’s always what you learn and what you do with that rather than how many lines you have.

LN  Recently you were nominated for the third time for the prestigious Ian Charleston Award.  What kind of goals do you have moving forward?

VK  I don’t really think about it. I don’t think you can. As soon as you set yourself ‘targets’…well, you just can’t. Every actor’s career is so different.  Just keep bloody learning every day; that’s all I’m trying to do.

LN  What do you do to keep yourself “true to yourself”? 

VK  I honestly don’t get recognized, ever! So nothing’s different for me. I think I’ve looked different in every screen role I’ve done, most of which haven’t come out yet, and honestly I’d be an idiot if I thought people had the time to look me up and obsess over me.  I have great friends and a really incredible family, so I don’t think anything will change for me, inside my head or elsewhere. 

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Amazing, just amazing reviews!!

A royal tragedy? It’s more Monty Python meets the Krankies

The Queen (Vanessa Kirby) is done as some sort of Chelsea girl, puffing on fags.

Her child, Prince Edward, is played by a woman (Bettrys Jones) dressed up in exaggerated school uniform and given a rotten pudding-bowl haircut.

Imagine Laurence Olivier’s Richard III crossed with Wee Jimmy Krankie.

The Queen keeps picking up this really quite tall child and cuddling him.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2412094/First-night-review-Edward-II-Royal-National-Theatre.html#ixzz2eKjeHxas

Edward II, National Theatre, review

Vanessa Kirby, as Edward’s long-suffering Queen Isabella, is a willowy, champagne-quaffing, cigarette-puffing blonde, apparently inspired by Paris Hilton. Their son, Prince Edward, is played by a female actress, Bettrys Jones, in what looks like an outfit on loan from the Krankies.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/10287082/Edward-II-National-Theatre-review.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Edward II

While half the cast might be clad in clanking armour with matching sinister animal heads, underneath their iron skirts you’ll likely find rather less traditional leather shorts. Gaveston’s skinny jeans and leather bomber jacket may shake things up, but even his very modern gold medallion-complimented get up dulls in comparison to Vanessa Kirby’s icy Queen Isabella’s metallic full length dresses and opulent furs.

Read more: http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/first-nights/article/item196331/edward-ii/

 

Edward II; Peckham: the Soap Opera – review

The play is defined by yearning. Gaveston dreams of swimming to a shore upon which to swoon in the king’s arms. Edward’s wife, Queen Isabella, has a parallel fantasy: “O, that mine arms could close this isle about,/ That I might pull him to me where I would!” She is a Disque Bleu-smoking, champagne swilling chick played by Vanessa Kirby – an actor of presence. But the decision to characterise her as a drunk misfires because it dilutes the integrity of her grief at her husband’s infidelities. Her son, who is to become Edward III, is played by a woman (stoical Bettrys Jones) who is got up as a figure of fun in scarlet blazer, like a dorky prep school boy. Prince Edward trails after his mother with a bottle of booze and keeps her glass topped up. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s superb Mortimer, who becomes Isabella’s lover, is less archly conveyed. He exudes authority mixed with ambitious insecurity.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/sep/08/edward-ii-peckham-opera-review


Such a great interview from Metro UK! Hopefully one of you got a copy, ’cause this is definetly a keeper :p

I don’t think I can do it.’ Vanessa Kirby is having a meltdown. ‘I’m rubbish. Everyone hates me. They should recast.’

Then her eyes dance and the terror fades from her face. ‘That was at the end of last week,’ she says. ‘I do it every time – that neurotic actress thing. It’s part of the process.’

Kirby – who came to household attention in the BBC’s The Hour and Great Expectations in 2011 – was once told by an LA casting director that ‘the industry thrives on fear’. It’s a tenet she’s taken to heart; yet her career to date suggests every reason for optimism.

Aged just 25, after a mere four years in the business, she’s already played opposite Ray Winstone, Harriet Walter and John Hurt.

Her willowy form has graced the stages of the Royal Court (in Anya Reiss’s The Acid Test, when one critic hailed her as ‘a star if ever I saw one’); the Young Vic (swigging champagne and singing Bowie as Masha in Benedict Andrews’s controversial reworking of Chekhov’s Three Sisters); and the National Theatre (where she was sucked into a vortex of lust, violence and corruption in Marianne Elliott’s production of Women Beware Women). She’s in Richard Curtis’s new romcom, About Time, and starts work imminently on Queen And Country, John Boorman’s sequel to 1987’s Hope And Glory, as well as another movie project with Keira Knightley.

Right now, though, she’s back at the National and what’s been giving her sleepless nights is Edward II, Christopher Marlowe’s lurid Renaissance drama, most famous for its depiction of the titular English monarch’s death by red-hot poker up the rectum.

Rarely performed, it’s a sprawling, slavering, extravagant beast of a play. Kirby, who plays Isabella, the spurned queen whose feckless royal husband has a homosexual affair with his favourite, Gaveston, admits she was ‘a bit baffled to begin with’.

She’s been reading hefty biographies; and the director, Joe Hill-Gibbins, has had his cast perform improvisations exploring their characters’ backstories.

Kirby describes how John Heffernan and Kyle Soller, as Edward and Piers Gaveston, spent an afternoon feeding one another cheese and onion crisps, with smelly results; and how her Isabella, struggling to raise Edward’s interest, did a striptease to Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On.

The production that has emerged, she says, is self-consciously theatrical, and a knowing mix of medieval and modern. ‘Joe didn’t want it to be earnest,’ says Kirby. ‘It’s very much a play about performing your role. What is the monarchy, what does it mean? What is it about Wills and Kate that everyone loves? We also looked at the 1953 coronation and how absurd all the ceremonial of it was. There are hints of the medieval period – there are gorgeous dresses, John wears beautiful robes, the knights are in armour but we also have phones. It’s exciting and immediate.’

As Queen of England and daughter of a French king, Isabella enjoyed enormous wealth and power, and indulged in legendary spending sprees. Kirby cites Paris Hilton and Nigella Lawson as 21st-century influences on her interpretation, with Isabella’s public humiliation echoed in the gossip of today’s celebrity rags.

Kirby herself has been the subject of some scurrilous media speculation. Great Expectations saw the tabloids dub her a member of the Corset Crew – a coterie of pretty young Brit actors who made their names in breeches and bonnets – and she’s been romantically linked with her co-star, Douglas Booth.

But the ‘period-drama pin-up’ tag isn’t just silly, it’s also inaccurate. Kirby’s work has already been of greater breadth than the label implies.

A beguiling mix of breathless excitement and polished poise, one moment she’s awestruck at a Hollywood meeting with the Wachowskis, the next bantering at a premiere with Bill Nighy. She’s on first-name terms with fashion designer Matthew Williamson but dissolves into giggles as she recounts how her chicken fillet flew out of the cleavage of a designer gown mid-photo shoot. The glitz that comes with recognition is ‘all a load of nonsense, really’, she insists. ‘Acting is a very weird job. But if you know you’re an actor, you just have to do it. You can’t do anything else.’

Edward II opens next Wednesday and runs until Oct 26, National Theatre. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

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