'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. 

Current and upcoming projects:
  • Stevie (Chichester Festival Theatre's Minerva venue; 24 April to 24 May): ZoŽ plays poet Stevie Smith in this revival of Hugh Whitemore's biographical play.

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Stevie's director praises ZoŽ: 'I admire her very much'

19 April 2014 00:40

With the first performance of Stevie, starring ZoŽ as poet Stevie Smith, less than a week away, the production's director, Christopher Morahan, has been interviewed about the play and its star.

Speaking to The Argus newspaper, he praised Zoe: 'When I was asked to direct this, I was delighted and flattered she wanted to work with me.  I admire her very much.'

They previously worked together on Channel 4's 1997 adaptation of Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time cycle of novels, in which Zoe played Audrey Maclintick.

Morahan added: 'ZoŽ had such a small scene in A Dance to the Music of Time, but I thought she was utterly memorable.'

Stevie begins a month-long run at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, on 24 April, as the first production in the Chichester Festival 2014.  You can buy tickets and see rehearsal photos on the theatre's website.


Ten days to go until Stevie begins!

14 April 2014 22:49

Performances of Stevie, Hugh Whitemore's biographical play in which ZoŽ stars as the poet Stevie Smith, begin in just ten days' time at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.  It is the first production in the Chichester Festival 2014 and runs from 24 April to 24 May.

Appearing alongside ZoŽ are Lynda Baron (who plays Stevie Smith's Aunt) and Chris Larkin (The Man).  The production is directed by Christopher Morahan. 

As the countdown to the first performance begins, and in case anyone has missed the news updates over the past few weeks or so, I thought it would be helpful to point out that you can read Zoe's thoughts on beginning rehearsals for Stevie last month, enjoy rehearsal photos (such as the one above), and buy tickets.

There are a couple of talks taking place after selected performances of Stevie that may be of particular interest to ZoŽ's fans.

- 'Post-Show Late with Kate: ZoŽ Wanamaker' (6 May): ZoŽ will chat to author Kate Mosse about the production and her performance in it.

- 'Post-show talk: Stevie' (19 May): cast and crew members will discuss the production.

Each talk mentioned above is free to holders of tickets for the specified performance date.  Simply stay in your seat after the show.

Two other events that may also be of interest:

- The Stevie Project (22 April - 17 May): A weekly theatre project, focused on the poetry of Stevie Smith and led by drama practitioner Kim Hope, which will culminate in the following event.

- The Poetry of Stevie Smith (17 May): Stevie Smith's poems will be introduced by Dr William May, author of Stevie Smith and Authorship, and performed by community actors.

I hope that all of Zoe's fans who attend a performance of Stevie and any of the related events have a lovely time.


BFI to screen The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd in May

11 April 2014 00:30

As part of its celebration of Edwardian drama on television, the BFI Southbank in London will show the BBC's 1995 adaptation of The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd by D.H. Lawrence on 27 May at 6:10pm.

The drama, which charts the breakdown of the relationship between drunken pit-worker Charles Holroyd (played by Colin Firth) and his embittered wife, Lizzie, stars Zoe in the title role.  It is due to be followed by a Q&A with Zoe (work permitting), designed to offer viewers insight into the adaptation.

Tickets to the screening and Q&A are on sale now.  As only a very limited number are available, I recommend booking early, if you would like to attend.


Rare chance to hear ZoŽ's episode of In the Psychiatrist's Chair

9 April 2014 23:10

The Radio Times has announced that several episodes of In the Psychiatrist's Chair, including the episode featuring Zoe, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra over the coming months.

This series of in-depth interviews from the BBC's archives, conducted by the late Prof Anthony Clare, begins this month.  Zoe's episode, first heard in 1998, is due to be broadcast on 9 August at 1:15pm.

Caroline Raphael, Commissioning Editor for Radio 4 Extra, commented that In the Psychiatrist's Chair 'remains a ground-breaking series that gives an insight like no other into its subjects'.

The broadcast of Zoe's episode is sure to be a treat for fans.


Stevie, Electra, the Sam Wanamaker Festival and more

8 April 2014 00:10

ZoŽ's return to the stage this summer in Hugh Whitemore's biographical play, Stevie, is the focus of BroadwayWorld's recent article about the Chichester Festival 2014.

Chichester Festival Theatre's heritage arts project, Pass It On, has tweeted a great photo from its archive of ZoŽ's earlier appearance at the Festival, in the title role of 1997's Electra.  This production of Frank McGuinness' version of Sophocles' Greek tragedy subsequently played to audiences in London and on Broadway.

Similarly, in the run-up to this year's prestigious Olivier Awards, Official London Theatre has been looking through its archives in order to highlight some of the best dresses from previous ceremonies.  The gallery of photos includes the 'show-stopping red sequinned gown' that ZoŽ wore to the Oliviers in 2012.

The importance of another notable event in the theatrical calendar, Shakespeare's Globe's Sam Wanamaker Festival, which concluded on Sunday, is the subject of an article in The Stage.  As the article emphasises, the Festival 'is a very valuable event', not least because it offers aspiring actors the opportunity to enhance their ability to speak Shakespearean verse.


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