Saturday, July 26, 2014

And more...

... Charlie pictues.


Curious Incident

On 8 July Alex attended the press night for "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at the London Transport Museum. There is a picture at Getty Images.

Thanks again to Kate!

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Trailer!

And after all those pictures, the new trailer is now available!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

On Acting

In the series "Actors on Acting" Alex talks to the Guardian about playing Henry Higgins, Hamlet and Willy Wonka, making the parts his own and not being able to let go.


The article can be found at the Guardian website.

Thanks to Penny!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

War of Words

Kate has provided some pictures of the "War of Words" reading in London last Monday.


Thanks Kate!

Propeller Theatre

Alex supports the Propeller theatre, which has lost some of its funding:


For more information check the Propeller website.

OK, just

One more then:

Friday, June 27, 2014

More celebrations - Pictures and Video

The Charlie facebook page has a birthday album now with a few more celebration pictures.


And the video, including some Alex comments is at YouTube.


For all pictures see Facebook.

Charlie's Birthday Celebrations

Charlie celebrated its birthday with a party. Broadway World has some of the pictures. Alex can be seen on and offstage.


For the story and other pictures see: Broadway World.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Broadway.com Interview

Alex talks to Broadway.com about Willy Wonka and a few other things. Just a few of the questions:

After a distinguished a career as a classical actor, it must be lovely to give musical theater another go.
Oh, it is. Working in musicals is something I always dreamed of, and then it happened with My Fair Lady, which was a completely joyful experience. And then came Charlie, which I am aware makes considerable demands on me, but I’m really enjoying it.

You made your public debut as Wonka at the Olivier Awards before you’d started performing the role. Was that daunting?
I made the mistake of looking at it online recently, which was a big error [laughs]. It was completely terrifying. The screen flew out and there I was as Willy Wonka thinking, “I wonder if I could just walk back into the wings now!”

No worries about the glass elevator that flies you and Charlie over the audience?
Not really. I don’t particularly suffer from fear of heights, but I do make sure to hold on very tightly to Charlie’s hands.

You'll be playing two roles—or two versions of the same role—in the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.
I’m guessing that may come off a bit like the twins in The Social Network: Alex Jennings acting with Alex Jennings? [Laughs.] Hopefully, we’ll be filming in the house in north London where the events [in the play] actually happened; Alan is writing to the neighbors as we speak.

You’re no stranger to Dame Maggie Smith, having acted opposite her in The Importance of Being Earnest in 1993.
And I had a wonderful time with her—a really fabulous time. How can you not enjoy being on stage with one of this country’s greatest if not the greatest living actresses? All that is left is to try to live up to the mark and match her, and what’s been wonderful is that the Charlie producers are giving me the necessary time off to do the film before returning and continuing in the part through to next May.

Is your current experience in Charlie making you look around the musical landscape to see what else might possibly appeal?
Not in any sense of being very proactive, since that’s not usually how I go about getting work. But it has given me more confidence in this field, certainly, and I have to say I do love Sondheim and would love to do one of his musicals one day. I wonder whether that could ever happen?


Read the full interview at Broadway.com.

Charlie's Birthday

Yesterday "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" celebrated its first birthday. There was a party, of course, and Alex attended. The pictures are from Charlie's official twitter feed.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Secret Scripture

Alex will be reading Sebastian Barry's "The Secret Scripture" on BBC Radio 4 Extra with Doreen Keogh from tomorrow, 23 June at 14.00. The 10 episodes will be broadcast over the next two weeks. For more information see: BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Thanks again to Jen!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wonka Talk

Alex talks at length to Lloyd Evans of The Spectator about appearing in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and other plans. He talks about the funny voices, acting with children, other ambitions, politics and his "transatlantic presence". The article will appear in the printed edition of 21 June.

Read at The Spectator.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Words of War

Monday afternoon 30 June Alex will take part in a reading of poetry, letters and memoirs of the First World War. Harriet Walter also takes part. The reading will take place at St Johns Church, Waterloo Road and is an NT platform. For tickets and information check the National Theatre website.

Thanks again to Kate!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Autumn Charlie Schedule

Alex will take time off from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in the autumn to film "Lady in the Van". The official website gives the following message: "Mr Jennings' performance schedule is subject to change between the following dates inclusively: 6-25 October 2014 and 3-29 November 2014." So I guess if you want to be sure to see Alex in the show you need to book outside these periods.

For full announcement: official website.

Equity


The actors union Equity is holding elections. No guesses who Alex will be voting for. Malcolm being Mr Sinclair.

See Original tweet.

Thanks again to Kate!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Lonely Mountain

Alex did the narration for this lovely short animation you can watch on Vimeo.

Guardian Caricature

Nicola Jennings has drawn Alex as one of a series of caricatures in the Guardian.


For the original and other drawings see the Guardian.

Belle

Alex appears in the new film Belle.

The official trailer is available on YouTube.

The official website is at Belle.

Castles in the Sky

The film Alex made with Eddie Izzard, Tim McInnerney, Julian Rhind-Tutt amongst others in Scotland last year will open on 23 June at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

For more information or tickets check the Festival Website.


Meanwhile, last year Iain McKee posted a picture of the cast after the wrap on Twitter.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Charlie Website

A couple of Alex pictures are now up on the official website, along with the pictures of the original cast. One is the picture used in social media today, the other:


Both pictures taken by Johan Persson.

For news and pictures see the official website.

First Night


Alex takes to the stage as Willy Wonka for the first time tonight, and this picture appeared on all the social media. And a change to the Wonka look!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Music Fest

Lucy Parham tweeted a rehearsal picture of Alex at the Campden Music Fest yesterday


Original tweet at: Lucy Parham

Thanks again to Kate!

Friday, May 09, 2014

Lady in the Van

BBC Films announced today that they will adapt Alan Bennett's memoir "The Lady in the Van" with Maggie Smith playing the lady, Miss Shepherd and Alex returning to the part of Alan Bennett.

For more information see: Screen Daily.

Thanks again to Kate!

Friday, April 25, 2014

007

Alex plays Draco on Radio 4 in an adaptation of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" on Saturday 3 May at 14.30. Toby Stephens plays Bond, other parts are taken by Joanna Lumley, Alfred Molina, Lisa Dillon, John Standing, Janie Dee, Lloyd Owen, Joanna Cassidy, Clare Dunne and Julian Sands.

For full details see: BBC Radio 4.

Thanks to Uli!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

One More


From Official London Theatre.

Backstage at the Oliviers


The Charlie facebook page has created an album backstage at the Oliviers. Some nice shots in there. All the pictures were taken by Helen Maybanks.


All pictures at Charlie on Facebook.

Charlie Newsletter

The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory newsletter reported back on the Oliviers and on Alex taking over. The newsletter includes a backstage picture of Alex and Douglas Hodge:


The newsletter also contains a link to the ITV Player, where the ceremony can be watched

If you want to receive the newsletter sign up at the Official website.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Willy Wonka at the Olivier Awards

The first picture of Alex in costume just found its way onto Twitter:


Sounds like he opened the Olivier Awards. More later!

And another one:


Original at Twitter.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Words and Music - Below the Surface

Yesterday Alex was one of the readers for BBC Radio 3's Words and Music, Below the Surface. Juliet Stevenson was the other reader. The episode is available on BBC iPlayer until next Sunday.

For more information and a playlist see BBC Radio 3 website.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Look, Stranger

Alex will take part in "Look. Stranger", working again with Utter Jazz and Ruthie Culver in a show all about Britten's music and Auden's poetry. Alex performs Auden's words in between the music, new arrangements of the music performed by Ruthie Culver and Utter Jazz. The performance will take place on 26 April at the Wenlock Poetry Festival.

For more information and tickets check the Festival website.

Friday, March 28, 2014

No Place Like Home

Some time ago Alex appeared with Toby Stephens in the radio drama "No Place Like Home", written by Robert Rigby. I only just found this picture of the two actors on the author's website. So for the fans of both:



From: Robert Rigby.

Monday, February 24, 2014

WhatsOnStage Awards

Especially for all of you who voted. Alex was runner-up in the WOS awards for his solo performance in Hymn, getting 20% of the vote. He was beaten by none other than Dame Edna herself, Barry Humphries got 33.8% of the vote for his farewell performance "Eat Pray Laugh" at the Palladium.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Silk Pictures


There is a set of Silk pictures on The Consulting Detective's Blog, with some nice pictures of Alex in there.


With more pictures of the characters at: Inside Media Track - characters.


And more from the first episode at: Inside Media Track - episode 1.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Silk 3


Silk returns to BBC One on 24 February at 9 pm with Alex playing the part of head of chambers Alan Cowdrey. His family is at the centre of the first episode of the new series with Alex playing a substantial part. For more information see his character page on the BBC website.

Thanks to Uli

Casino Royale

BBC Radio 4 Extra broadcasts a repeat of Alex reading the James Bond story "Casino Royale" from today. Episodes are available on the iPlayer for 7 days after the broadcast. For more information check BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Thanks again to Jen!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Willy Wonka

Alex is set to take over from Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in the West End musical "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at Drury Lane from 19 May! Various sources report this, here is one: London Theatre Direct.

The Guardian reports on the new Willy Wonka as well.

So, does this mean it's time for another big meeting of the AJ Girls? Let me know if you're interested!

Friday, January 10, 2014

WhatsOnStage Awards 2014

Alex has been nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award for his Solo Performance in "Hymn." You can vote for him at the WhatsOnStage website.

The awards will be presented on 23 February at a live event at the Prince of Wales Theatre. You can buy tickets at Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Castles in the Sky

The BBC have announced a number of new science commissions for BBC Two and Four. "Castles in the Sky" is described as a factual drama. From the website:

Factual drama Castles In The Sky tells the previously untold remarkable story of the fight to invent RADAR by Scotsman Robert Watson Watt and a team of British scientists.

It conveys the genuine human drama behind the invention which saved the nation in the Battle of Britain.

Eddie Izzard plays Watson Watt with Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) as his wife Margaret. The cast also includes Alex Jennings (The Queen) as Tizard; Tim McInnerny (The Devil’s Whore) playing Churchill, David Hayman (Trial And Retribution) as Lindemann and Julian Rhind-Tutt as Albert Percival Rowe.

Eddie Izzard joined the project because he was so inspired by the character and story: “I feel very privileged to be playing the role of Robert Watson-Watt. Hopefully our production will allow him, along with Arnold 'Skip' Wilkins and their team, to finally take their places in the pantheon of British greats of World War II, as the inventors of RADAR.”


The piece also has the first official picture of Eddie Izzard at BBC Media Centre.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

More Britten

Alex is the special guest on BBC Radio 3's "Essential Classics" tomorrow morning at 10.30. Britten is mentioned as the subject of the item. For more information see BBC Radio 3.

Thanks to Uli!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Henry Tizard


The IMDb now credits Alex with playing the part of Henry Tizard in "Castles in the Sky". The World War II drama deals with the development of radar, with Eddie Izzard taking the part of Robert Watson Watt.

Wikipedia describes his work in this area as follows:

"In 1933 Tizard was appointed as chairman of the Aeronautical Research Committee and served in this post for most of the Second World War. He supervised and championed the development of RDF (radio-direction finding, later to become more familiarly known as radar) in the run-up to the war.

In 1940, after a top secret landmark conference with Winston Churchill at which his opposition to R.V. Jones' view that the Germans had established a system of radio-beam bombing aids (Battle of the Beams) over the UK had been overruled, Tizard led what became known as the Tizard Mission to the United States, which introduced to the US, amongst others, the newly invented resonant-cavity magnetron and other British radar developments, the Whittle gas turbine, and the British Tube Alloys (nuclear weapons) project."

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Debussy

Alex will appear again with Lucy Parham in the "Rêverie" programme as Claude Debussy. The appearance is scheduled for the Chipping Campden Festival on 11 May next year.

For more information and tickets check the festival's website at Campden Music Festival.

Thanks again to Kate!

My Fair Lady


Alex is busy rehearsing "My Fair Lady" at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Videos of rehearsals are available on their YouTube Channel and Instagram.

Some pictures have been posted on their Facebook Page.

The production will open on December 5. For more information and tickets check their website at Théâtre du Châtelet.

Thanks to Kate!