One of the things I am enjoying most about posting “tweets” on Twitter.com, which you can follow here (and from which you can also find the latest five entries appearing alongside this blog) is to post links to interesting theatre-related interviews, quotes and news stories I have come across. In case you are have not been following them, though, here’s a round-up of some of the latest gems on advice about directors, regional theatre and other subjects.
- Frances Barber, interviewed in The Guardian on April 21, was asked, What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you? She replied, “Years ago, Judi Dench told me, ‘Don’t argue with the director, darling; just say yes and then do it in whatever way you were thinking of anyway.’ Now, I never, ever argue.” That’s nearly as terrific in terms of advice about directors as that given to Kathleen Turner by Maggie Smith about what sort of director Anthony Page is, before Page directed Turner in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: “Oh darling, he’s wonderful”, Maggie is reported to have replied. “He does everything I tell him”. (Page’s latest production, a revival of Waiting for Godot, opens at Broadway’s Studio 54 tonight, and he’ll no doubt be doing everything that Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin and John Goodman tell him to, too).