Ben Whishaw in Hamlet at the Old Vic. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Whishaw was just 23 when he made his Old Vic debut in the title role of Trevor Nunn’s Hamlet in 2004. Charles Spencer declared in the Daily Telegraph: “This is the kind of evening of which legends are made, one of those rare first nights that those who were present are never likely to forget. No theatre has boasted a more illustrious line-up of Hamlets than the Old Vic, among them Gielgud, Olivier, Burton, Guinness, Redgrave, O’Toole and Jacobi. Last night, 23-year-old Ben Whishaw spectacularly earned his place in such distinguished company. Ben who?, you may well be asking, and you would be entirely within your rights to do so. Whishaw only left RADA last year and was last seen playing bit parts in the National Theatre’s Christmas production of His Dark Materials.” In The Stage, Peter Hepple wrote: “He may appear sullen and mixed-up, but he can put the verse across and youth is, of course, on his side.”
Whishaw has gone on to become a major film actor in titles from Perfume to the Bond films Skyfall and Spectre, but has regularly returned to the stage, including in Peter and Alice in 2013 and the Almeida’s Bakkhai in 2015, as well as The Crucible on Broadway for director Ivo van Hove in 2016.
Here's your first look at Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in "Mary Poppins Returns," coming to theatres December 25, 2018.
「Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep).
Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).
New music for the movie will be written by Hairspray‘s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.」
Ben Whishaw is going to be part of the opening season of the new Bridge Theatre, which is being run by two former leaders of the National Theatre.
Whishaw has agreed to star in Julius Caesar: Shakespeare's drama about betrayal and tragedy.
It will begin performances at the Bridge in January 2018, and will be the new venue's second production.
The Bridge is a purpose-built theatre, created from scratch by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, the former artistic director and executive director, respectively, of the National.
It is the newest addition to a line of drama spaces stretching along the South Bank in London and including the National, the Old Vic, the Young Vic, the Union Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Hytner and Starr have ensured that their building will be equipped with the latest lighting and sound systems.
The auditorium will also be able to adapt to accommodate an audience of 900.
Whishaw — who has played Q in the past two Bond movies — has been spending a lot of time treading the boards recently.
Last year, he starred with Saoirse Ronan and Sophie Okonedo in Ivo van Hove's Broadway production of The Crucible. In August, he will lead Christopher Shinn's new play, Against, into the Almeida, in North London.
The full season for the Bridge will be officially launched in April.
”August will also see the debut of Pulitzer-nominated playwright Christopher Shinn’s new work, AGAINST. Ben Whishaw will play Luke, a tech millionaire convinced he is the next messiah, whose calling is to confront violence in America.
Shinn’s starting point for the play was asking what would happen if a Jesus-like figure arrived in contemporary America, and how he would preach his message. “Luke is this YouTube Jesus figure,” said Goold. “The play is very soulful, and again, in the current American climate, will be quite timely. We associate faith in America with the Republicans and the right, but this looks at faith as a more egalitarian, almost socialist, principle.”
Ben Whishaw at The Story Of Christmas fundraiser in Mayfair, 14/12/2016 (X)
Ben Whishaw looking incredibly dashing at The Story Of Christmas fundraiser in Mayfair, on 14 December 2016.
The Thirty-Ninth Presentation of The Story of Christmas took take place on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at St George’s Hanover Square Mayfair & The Dorchester… featuring a glittering cast of celebrated readers including Sanjeev Bhaskar OBE, Brian Blessed OBE, Nickolas Grace, Katherine Grainger CBE, Ian Hislop, John Inverdale, Aled Jones MBE, Imogen Stubbs, Zoë Wanamaker CBE and Ben Whishaw, and raised over £400,000!
St Paul's Cathedral
Thursday 8th December 2016
6.45pm seated for 7pm performance
A number of world class solo artists have confirmed their performance, as listed below. During the concert, actors（Alice St Clair/Lesley Manville/Peter Wight/Ben Whishaw) and supporters of the MS Society will
read a series of unique pieces entitled Four Days, specially written for
the concert by world- renowned British playwright and screenwriter, Abi Morgan.
The arts are for EVERYONE, regardless of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age or disability, and they should reflect the societies we live in.
To date, we have received support from celebrities, organisations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including Stephen Fry, Shami Chakrabarti, Tim Bevan, Alison Owen, Colin Salmon, Lenny Henry, Ben Whishaw, Meera Syal, Rufus Norris, Kim Cattrall, Samuel West, Adrian Lester, David Harewood, Cush Jumbo, Jack Whitehall and the staff at the Young Vic, Liberty, Equity, United Agents, Tiger Aspect, National Theatre, Soho Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and many more.
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She may be an alternative national institution but her need to be different trumped all, from the absence of any kind of music before she took the O2’s stage, to the final curtain call where she and her nine-piece band stood at the front, soaking up the applause from an audience including actors Mark Rylance, Rory Kinnear and Ben Whishaw, without touching, let alone the customary group hug.
Until 4 December 2016, Artangel has opened Reading Prison to the public for the first time, with an exhibition inspired by the prison's best-known inmate, Oscar Wilde. 31 artists, writers and performers were asked to respond to this most devastating period of Wilde's life and they created work that is on show throughout the cells, wrote letters of real and imagined separation from loved ones, and performed De Profundis, the 50,000-word letter that Wilde wrote whilst in prison.
This video goes behind the scenes with the artists, writers and performers discussing why they involved and Artangel Co-Directors James Lingwood and Michael Morris explaining how and why the exhibition came about. Watch extracts from some fo the De Profundis readings, hear Letters of Separation read by the writers, and the art installed in Reading Prison.
For more information: artangel.org.uk/project/inside/