'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, @ZoeWanamaker, that she runs with her PA, Vanessa.  I tweet at @LizLockhart1985.

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse:
You can donate to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and find out more about this recreation of 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. 

Current and upcoming projects:
  • Stevie Smith (Cheltenham Literature Festival; 11 October 2015): ZoŽ will recreate the poetry reading given by Stevie Smith at the Festival, fifty years ago.
  • Death of a Salesman (BBC Radio 3; 11 October 2015, 9pm): ZoŽ will play Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's masterpiece.
  • All On Her Own/Harlequinade (Garrick Theatre, London; 24 October 2015 Ė 13 January 2016): ZoŽ will play Rosemary in dramatic monologue All On Her Own and Dame Maud in comedy Harlequinade in this double bill of plays by Terence Rattigan.

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Welcome to the official website for Zoë Wanamaker!

Lovely photo of ZoŽ preparing for All On Her Own and Harlequinade, plus praise from Kenneth Branagh

5 October 2015 17:43

I'm delighted to have permission to share with you a lovely photo of ZoŽ preparing for the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's productions of Rattigan's All On Her Own and Harlequinade. The picture, which shows Zoe looking into a brightly lit dressing room mirror, was taken by the very talented photographer Johan Persson.

Please click on the photo to see a larger version.

Kenneth Branagh, who will appear with ZoŽ in Harlequinade and is co-directing with Rob Ashford, discussed his theatre company's plans on BBC One's The Graham Norton Show, broadcast last week.

Branagh provided an intriguing description of monologue All On Her Own: it's an 'amazing, half-hour, one-woman show, which is about a dangerous woman alone at night with a bottle of whisky and a bag of secrets'. Zoe is 'fantastic' in the show, he emphasised.

His comments were very well received by members of the audience, with Graham Norton quipping that 'They're going to book that!'

Branagh also talked about Harlequinade, an 'out-and-out comedy' that affectionately pokes fun at the acting profession.

'It's nice to see ZoŽ Wanamaker be very funny in one and very dramatic in the other,' he concluded.

Tickets for the double bill are available. Performances will run from 24 October to 13 January at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End.

Thanks to Bonnie for her help


Broadcast time confirmed for Death of a Salesman on BBC Radio 3

4 October 2015 19:22

The time at which Death of a Salesman, starring ZoŽ as Linda Loman, will air on BBC Radio 3 has now been confirmed: 9pm on 11 October.

This radio production of Arthur Miller's classic play also stars ZoŽ's Agatha Christie's Poirot co-star, David Suchet. It's directed by Howard Davies and runs for two hours and fifteen minutes.

Don't forget that in anticipation of Death of a Salesman's broadcast, Zoe will be interviewed alongside David Suchet on Radio 3's Free Thinking, which is due to air on 7 October at 10pm.


News round-up: insights into Harlequinade, Death of a Salesman comes to radio, ZoŽ's gift to new Sylvia cast and more!

1 October 2015 18:31

ZoŽ attended the opening night of Mr Foote's Other Leg at Hampstead Theatre, London, early last week. Ian Kelly's play stars ZoŽ's Much Ado About Nothing (2007) and Battle Royal (1999) co-star, Simon Russell Beale. It takes a humorous look at the life of satirist Samuel Foote, who's described by the theatre as 'the Oscar Wilde of the 18th century'. Zoe was photographed enjoying the event, alongside fellow guests Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, for Hampstead Theatre, Whatsonstage.com and Wooller.com.

ZoŽ will soon return to the stage herself, in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's productions of All On Her Own and Harlequinade, set to run at London's Garrick Theatre from 24 October Ė 13 January. The Financial Times' fascinating interview with Zoe's co-star and director, Kenneth Branagh, provides insights into the plays. As Branagh suggests, they both explore the nature of passion.

Passion for Shakespeare inspired Muse of Fire (2013), the ground-breaking documentary that includes interviews with ZoŽ and many other well-known actors. The 83-minute, feature-length version will be released on DVD on 6 October, as a Region 0, two-disc set.

BBC News reports that Radio 3's production of Arthur Miller's masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, which ZoŽ recorded earlier this year, will be broadcast on 11 October (time TBC). Part of a series of programmes celebrating the playwright's centenary, it reunites ZoŽ with David Suchet and director Howard Davies, who most recently worked together on another Miller classic, All My Sons (2010). The trio are pictured on the BBC's announcement about the forthcoming season of Radio 3 programmes. The Guardian has a small photo of Zoe and Suchet also taken at the Death of a Salesman recording.

In anticipation of Death of a Salesman, Zoe and David Suchet will join fellow actor Antony Sher on Radio 3's Free Thinking discussion programme, on 7 October at 10pm. They'll talk about their experiences of acting in Miller's plays.

ZoŽ's Cheltenham Literature Festival performance as poet Stevie Smith is also taking place soon Ė on 11 October, the same date as Death of a Salesman's broadcast, to be precise. Tickets are still available on the Festival's website.

The cast of Potters Bar Theatre Company's production of Sylvia, A.R. Gurney's comedy about a stray dog who threatens to derail a marriage, have had a lovely surprise from ZoŽ. As the theatre company tweeted this week, Zoe has gifted the original 'collar' necklace she wore during the 1996 West End production to the cast. It'll have pride of place in their show, due to be performed from 27-31 October at Hertfordshire's Tilbury Hall Theatre.

When Zoe was preparing to play Sylvia, she visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, as you can see in this lovely photo, which has recently been put online by Getty Images.


ZoŽ pictured at the Royal Academy of Arts' Ai Weiwei exhibition

19 September 2015 17:27

ZoŽ was among the special guests at the Ai Weiwei exhibition gala preview, held at London's Royal Academy of Arts on Thursday. She was photographed there, looking very chic, for Getty Images.

The exhibition, which runs until 13 December, celebrates Ai Weiwei's tremendous influence on contemporary art and culture. His artworks are described by the RA as 'brave, provocative and visionary'.


ZoŽ reveals how the arts can inspire people with dyslexia in Creative, Successful, Dyslexic

8 September 2015 18:17

ZoŽ discusses her experience of dyslexia in Creative, Successful, Dyslexic: 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories, a new book by Margaret Rooke. In the book ZoŽ and the other contributors 'reveal how dyslexia enabled them to see things differently, develop resourcefulness and use their unique creativity in exceptional ways'.

In a sensitive, insightful interview ZoŽ remarks that she felt relieved when she was diagnosed as dyslexic, just over ten years ago. She has always struggled to retain information. However, attending art school and drama school was a turning point. She found the creative disciplines far more engaging than a traditional academic environment, not least because her imagination is 'very visual'.

ZoŽ's experience suggests that dyslexia can in fact help people to unlock their creativity. 'There are many people in the arts who are dyslexic and who have many different forms of dyslexia. It's extraordinary how many people have surmounted it without really knowing it. A focus on the arts develops a vital muscle in the brain.'

If you'd like to read Zoe's full interview, as well as those of the other contributors (who include Prime Suspect's creator Lynda La Plante and ZoŽ's Five Children and It co-star Eddie Izzard), you'll be pleased to know that Creative, Successful, Dyslexic is available to buy online and in bookshops. The book is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and a portion of the profits will be donated to UK charity Dyslexia Action, of which ZoŽ is an ambassador.

I'd highly recommend Creative, Successful, Dyslexic to anyone who has dyslexia, knows someone who does or would just like to reach a clearer understanding of what dyslexia means to a range of people.


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