More changes on the London fringe

More changes on the London fringe

Darker and Sylvestre retire William Russell For twenty years Cecilia Darker and the actress and singer Cleo Sylvestre have run the theatre in the Rosemary Branch pub in Sheperton Road, Islington. But they are standing down, although Darker still owns the pub, which...
Farewell to the Landor

Farewell to the Landor

After 21 years of musical delights William Russell After 21 years the Landor, home to many a musical new or hold, is closing down and director Robert McWhir, who has presided there for the last 19 years, 15 as director of the company, is leaving hopefully for pastures...
State of the Union

State of the Union

Brand new premises William Russell Some pictorial memories of the soon to disappear Union Theatre in Southwark, one of the jewels for two decades of the London Fringe. It is not, of course, the only Fringe theatre but this particular railway arch did have something...
A Close run thing

A Close run thing

William Russell It does not occur very often that the star falls ill and the understudy has to take over, but that is what happened earlier this month at the Coliseum where Glenn Close, who was playing Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, caught flu. Her understudy Ria...
Faces of a Star

Faces of a Star

With one look – the prime of Dame Maggie Smith. William Russell – Photographs by Elliott Franks The annual award is voted for by the entire membership of the Circle from nominees proposed by each of the six sections. Maggie Smith was proposed by the Drama...