My blog has quite a lot of posts about Samuel West (Julius Caesar, On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour) and Charles Edwards (My Fair Lady Australian tour and Henry IX).

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Rebecca Hall. Theatre - The Bridge Project

From Baz Bamigboye's Daily Mail column:
"A golden nomination for Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall was back in London on Wednesday night after three months of rehearsing The Cherry Orchard and Winter's Tale over in Brooklyn.

Rebecca is part of the ensemble cast Sam Mendes has gathered for what's known as The Bridge Project, a transatlantic group of actors starring in repertory productions of the two plays.

Performances of The Cherry Orchard, from an adaptation by Tom Stoppard, begin at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on January 2, after which the plays will tour before hitting the Old Vic in London in May.

When I was in New York last month, I bumped into Rebecca at soirees for the movies Revolutionary Road and Doubt, and the first night Broadway shindig for Billy Elliot.

'At least I'm entitled to be at this party,' the fast-rising actress joked as she sipped wine after a screening in the Mayfair Hotel's private cinema of Woody Allen's movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona for Bafta awards voters.

Her co-star, Penelope Cruz, was also at the event.

Rebecca scored a best comedy-musical actress Golden Globe nomination for her beautifully understated performance in Woody's film as a young woman confused in matters of the heart.

She's so delightful on screen it would be great if she won, but she's up against the all-singing, all-dancing Meryl Streep in the blockbuster Mamma Mia!

In any case, she's due on stage in Brooklyn on the night of the Golden Globes awards ceremony.

'We do a run-through shortly after Christmas and we begin performances in January, so I think it will be impossible for me to be in Hollywood at the same time,' Rebecca told me.

Another one of her films, Frost/Nixon, is also up for several Golden Globe awards."

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