'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.
Guestbook - To sign the guestbook, please click the picture below. Your comments are much appreciated.
11 December 2014 17:24
ZoŽ has kindly donated a very special prize to Youth Music Theatre UK, of which she is a patron, as part of its charity fundraising auctions. The winner of Zoeís auction, which runs on eBay until 18 December, will receive two tickets to watch Stevie at Hampstead Theatre in London and have the opportunity to meet her there.
The money raised by the auction will help YMT, the UKís leading music theatre charity for young people, to continue training the next generation of talented performers, musicians, directors, writers, composers, choreographers and theatre technicians. In ZoŽ's words, ĎYMT is an organisation that really does change lives!í
This is a fantastic prize for a very worthy cause. Good luck to all bidders!
10 December 2014 01:43
In January the BFI will screen not one but two rare TV shows featuring ZoŽ, as well as one of her most successful films.
First up is Memento Mori, a 1992 comedy-drama, adapted from Muriel Spark's novel of the same name. Zoe plays Olive, the young acquaintance of a group of elderly friends plagued by mysterious, disturbing phonecalls in 1950s London. Memento Mori is described by the BFI as Ďtechnically perfectí and Ďbeautifully castí Ė ZoŽ appears alongside a host of other well-known actors including Maggie Smith, Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird and Michael Hordern. There are two opportunities to watch the programme: it will be screened on 11 January (6:10pm) and 14 January (8:30pm), as part of the BFIís celebration of Maggie Smithís work.
The BFI will screen the satirical Once in a Lifetime on 29 January (6:10pm). George S. Kaufman and Moss Hartís play, adapted here for TV, focuses on the introduction of Ďtalkiesí in late-1920s Hollywood. ZoŽ stars as May, part of a band of down-on-their-luck vaudeville performers who try their hand at giving elocution lessons to silent film stars. This 1988 programme features ZoŽís second appearance in the role Ė she won the 1979 Society of West End Theatre Award (now known as Olivier Award) for her portrayal of May in the RSCís staging of Once in a Lifetime. Also reprising his role from that stage production is David Suchet. The screening is part of the BFIís season about American playwrightsí work on the British small screen.
Coincidentally, TheKaufmanPlays.com, a tribute to George S. Kaufman and his writings, has published ZoŽ's recollections of her experience of Once in a Lifetime. Reading, rehearsing and performing the play, she emphasises, made her feel closer to her American roots. In Zoeís words, ĎI was introduced back to where I came fromí.
Another BFI event of interest to ZoŽís fans is the return to the big screen of Harry Potter and the Philosopherís Stone (2001), which also forms part of the Maggie Smith season. The film, in which ZoŽ memorably portrays Quidditch teacher Madam Hooch, will be shown on 22 January (5:50pm) and again on 31 January (3:10pm).
All of the cinema screenings mentioned above will take place at the BFI Southbank in London. Tickets for each are now available, but numbers are very limited, and so I would recommend booking early.
6 December 2014 19:50
The broadcast date for the episode of Let's Do Christmas... With Gino & Mel featuring Zoe as a special guest has now been announced. UK TV viewers can catch this hour-long culinary-themed chatshow on 17 December at 12:30pm on ITV1. Presented by chef Gino D'Acampo and Melanie Sykes, it is sure to be a great start to the festive season!
5 December 2014 19:49
In anticipation of Stevie's transfer to its main stage in March, Hampstead Theatre has today released a new photo of ZoŽ as quirky poet Stevie Smith in the biographical drama.
Meanwhile, The Sick Children's Trust has announced that yesterday's Christmas carol service, at which Zoe gave a lovely reading from Dickens' A Christmas Carol, has raised a record £10,880. Zoe and some of the other speakers - Sarah Alexander, Sam Bailey and Christine Hamilton - are pictured on the charity's Twitter profile. Many other photos from the event can be found on the charity's Flickr profile.
2 December 2014 22:28
This week is off to a very busy but exciting start for ZoŽ.
On Sunday evening, she joined tenor Keith Lewis and pianist Melvyn Tan on-stage for the premiere of Claraís Song at Londonís Royal Academy of Arts. The trio are pictured before their beautiful musical performance, in which Zoe played German musician Clara Schumann, in a photo on Melvyn Tanís Twitter profile. Clara's Song was devised by Keith Lewis and written by ZoŽís husband, Gawn Grainger, who has since tweeted that the performance was Ďspectacularí.
This evening, Zoe gave a reading at Asthma UKís Christmas carol service, which took place at St Lukeís Church in Chelsea, London. She is pictured with the eventís other well-known supporters Ė Anton Du Beke, Patricia Hodge, Julian Fellowes, Margaret Keys and Kirsten OíBrien Ė in a photo on the charityís Twitter profile.
The rest of the week also looks busy for ZoŽ, with two more charity carol services over the next two days: the Prostate Cancer UK 'Carols by Candlelight' service (3 December; now sold out) and The Sick Childrenís Trust carol service (4 December).