English Touring Theatre (@ETTtweet) tweeted again today: No final casting/tour dates for The Rover yet, it’s still in the early stages of development. We’ll keep you posted as and when it firms up!
In her very favourable review for Pressplus1 of the Robin Hood DVD Complete Set (released in September), Kindah Mardam Bey says of Richard’s performance as Sir Guy of Gisborne, “Another equal adversary to Robin is Guy of Gisborne, played by Richard Armitage, who is more than an equal to Robin. Seeing the development of Gisborne and Hood’s complex relationship unfold is intricate and exquisite in many ways.” The complete set can be ordered from Amazon.co.uk for (currently) £14.93 and from Amazon for (currently) $71.99.
Ian McKellen’s website has included The Hobbit in his 2010 projects:
“THE HOBBIT’s, two films, start shooting in New Zealand in February 2011. Filming will take over a year. Casting in Los Angeles, New York City and London has started. The script too proceeds. The first draft is crammed with old and new friends, again on a quest in Middle Earth.
201? THE HOBBIT
Director: Peter Jackson
MovieWeb has pictures of The Hobbit set published in Total Film. It looks like you might need Facebook or register with either of those sites to see the expanded thumbnail.
The English Touring Theatre tweeted today: Great read-through of The Rover with Richard Armitage yesterday! Positive feed back and things are looking good! According to their website, “ETT is England’s leading touring theatre company.” No word yet on any locations or touring dates.
A trailer for the Spooks season 9 dvd extras, and featuring Richard Armitage as well as the rest of the cast, has been uploaded to Youtube. The dvds, due for release on February 28th 2011, can be pre-ordered from Amazon.co.uk. (Thanks to Maike and Monetsmum)
The Culture Show showed a behind the scenes clip from the Old Vic’s 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala tonight on BBC2. The clip can be downloaded from our media – tv page.
“As he clearly distinguishes one voice from another, it’s obvious that Armitage has a firm grasp on what makes each character unique as the listener comprehends much of the character’s background simply through the hearing.”, writes Lea Hensley in her review of Georgette Heyer’s, Sylvester (abridged, Naxos Audiobooks) for All About Romance.
ABC1 in Australia is repeating Robin Hood Season 2 on Thursdays at 12.30. (Thanks to Theeyeshaveit)
Smartandcleverlass has uploaded a short video of Richard leaving the Old Vic after the 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala. (Thanks to Altomiron and Sandrac)
On November 21, Richard took part in the 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala at the Old Vic in London. Thanks to theatre blogger/tweeter Feigned Mischief for a report and review of Richard’s play, The Three Wishes. In this comedic play, Dennis (played by Richard) is a middle-aged, balding man who wishes to become – Richard Armitage! Feigned Mischief was also able to meet Richard at the after show party and posts a photo of the two of them. There are also three photos of Richard arriving at the Gala on the Getty Images website (1, 2, 3).
Michelle Collins (BestWeekEver.Tv) has included Richard Armitage in her list of The Smart Girl’s Guide To The Sexiest Men Alive. “… This British actor is quickly becoming THE IT ACTOR in England … Also I’ve seen him in person and he is staggeringly handsome. Let’s all try to make him super famous.”
On Thursday, 25th November, The Culture Show will drop in at the Old Vic, where actors, directors and writers join forces to make six short plays in just 24 hours. Richard is rumoured to be appearing at this Gala. It airs on BBC 2 at 7pm. (BBC Two Programmes) (Thanks Sandrac)
“Richard Armitage will tomorrow lead the tributes at a service to celebrate the life of legendary Coventry drama and dance teacher Betty Pattinson,” says the Coventry Telegraph. “The 39-year-old actor has recorded a moving eulogy to his former mentor which will be played during the memorial service.” Betty Pattison, founder of Pattison College died aged 90, after having a stroke at Coventry’s University Hospital in September.
“Spooks star to swap MI5 for Middle Earth after landing role in The Hobbit,” in today’s This is Leicestershire. (Thanks to Sandrac)