'I am very happy to make this website, designed by Liz, official.'
ZoŽ Wanamaker CBE
My name is Liz, and I manage the website. For details of when and why it was created, please see the section about this website.
ZoŽ has an official Twitter account that she runs with her PA, Vanessa. Do feel free to say hello!
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse:
You can donate to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and find out more about this project to recreate an indoor Jacobean theatre, on the Shakespeare's Globe website. ZoŽ, who is Honorary President of the Globe, talks about the history and significance of the project in a video by the theatre.
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6 March 2014 13:14
ZoŽ is preparing to make a very welcome return to theatre this spring, portraying the poet and novelist Stevie Smith. She will star in a revival of Hugh Whitemore's 1977 Stevie, a biographical play focusing on Smith's unconventional personal life and literary fame, at Chichester Festival Theatre's Minerva venue.
The production will run from 24 April to 24 May; ticket booking opens to the general public on 19 March.
ZoŽ notes that the last major stage production of Stevie was in 1977 (followed by a 1978 film), in which Glenda Jackson played the title role. Flashbacks and characters speaking directly to the audience contribute to the highly original nature of Stevie, which seems set to delight theatregoers today as it did several decades ago.
Stevie will mark the first time that ZoŽ has appeared on stage since last summer's West End success, Passion Play.
More details to follow...
10 February 2014 00:00
I just wanted to draw your attention to a lovely article about the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, published by Playbill magazine.
As the writer of the article, Ruth Leon, notes: 'I never met Sam Wanamaker but I have loved him ever since [watching him in a production of Othello] for his tenacity and his passion, as an actor and as a campaigner for what he, an American, knew we Brits needed long before we did. So, it is with considerable pleasure that I report that the theatre named for him, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the new indoor theatre at the Globe, is a triumph worthy of him.'
4 February 2014 22:51
ZoŽ has been photographed attending the Oldie of the Year Awards, which took place in London today. The awards celebrate lifetime achievement, as well as the achievements of some of the more mature individuals in the public eye, with the main award this year being given to cookery writer Mary Berry.
15 January 2014 00:27
ZoŽ has been interviewed by Sky News for a feature today about the significance of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the indoor theatre which complements Shakespeare's Globe and launched its first season of plays last week.
Zoe emphasises that her father, after whom the theatre is named, 'would have been thrilled and overjoyed' to see the Playhouse.
She adds that 'an indoor theatre that would take the later plays of Shakespeare into the interior' was part of Sam Wanamaker's original vision for the Globe site.
'It's the most beautiful theatre; it's so warm and pretty, and it has a simplicity about it which is quite breathtaking.'
9 January 2014 21:59
The first season of plays at London's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which was officially opened in November, began this evening. The candlelit theatre, named in honour of ZoŽ's father, hosted a performance of tragic play The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster.
In anticipation of this very special occasion, the Guardian recently published a thoughtful, wide-ranging article about the advantages and demands of this performance space, which has been inspired by indoor Jacobean theatres and complements Shakespeare's Globe.
While the Globe helps us to become familiar with the open-air theatres popularised in Shakespeare's time, the Guardian points out that 'there was another side to Renaissance drama - and it is this that architects, historians and theatre-makers are attempting to conjure on Bankside. The new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse - an offshoot of the modern Globe, named in memory of its founder - aims to bring the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in from the cold, creating an indoor playhouse closely modelled on the one his company began to use in 1608, across the Thames at Blackfriars'.
To book tickets for productions at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, please visit Shakespeare's Globe's website.