'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.
6 March 2015 14:36
This evening ZoŽ makes her highly anticipated return to Hampstead Theatre, playing the title role in Stevie, twenty-one years after she first performed there, starring in black comedy Dead Funny (which was highlighted by the theatre on Twitter yesterday).
Stevie enjoyed great acclaim when staged as part of Chichester Festival 2014, with the Guardian remarking that 'ZoŽ Wanamaker is so perfectly cast in Hugh Whitemore's play about the life and work of the poet Stevie Smith that you don't feel so much that she's acting as simply channelling the mid-20th century poet and novelist.'
Anyone who watched Stevie at Chichester will know what a wonderful, warm-hearted play it is. Let's wish ZoŽ and everyone else involved with the show great success in its new home at Hampstead.
2 March 2015 18:50
In an insightful interview published today by the Guardian, ZoŽ reflects on playing Palmers Green poet Stevie Smith, who she describes as 'a true original'. Zoe adds, modestly: 'She was much more articulate than I am, much more witty, but she has a self-deprecation that I can relate to. I feel she speaks for me a lot of the time. She wants to be heard, and we all want to be heard.'
With this in mind, ZoŽ aims to ensure that Stevie Smith's beautiful, highly individual poetry is 'heard, really heard' and appreciated by theatregoers at Hugh Whitemore's play, Stevie. Following its acclaimed run as part of Chichester Festival 2014, the production transfers on Friday to London's Hampstead Theatre.
Zoe is clearly very happy to be reprising the role of the quirky poet: Stevie is 'such a joy', she concludes.
25 February 2015 23:58
Tickets are available for Stevie, which is returning to the stage following its acclaimed run during last year's Chichester Festival. It will be performed at Hampstead Theatre from 6 March to 18 April.
25 February 2015 15:32
ZoŽ is pictured with presenter Ruth Langsford on TV show This Morning's Facebook page. The photo was taken on Monday, when Zoe was invited to appear on the programme and discuss her role in Mr Selfridge and more. Her interview is now available to watch online.
On Monday evening Zoe and her husband, Gawn Grainger, attended the press night for thriller The Nether at London's Duke of York's Theatre (the West End venue for Passion Play, the black comedy in which Zoe starred a couple of years ago). The couple were photographed arriving for the event.
23 February 2015 15:05
Today ZoŽ appeared as a special guest on ITV's This Morning.
She chatted to presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford about her current show, the hit costume drama Mr Selfridge. As she explained, the costumes she wears as Princess Marie are designed to look 'as real as possible and also as rich as possible'. Their beautiful styling and extravagant hats closely reflect the show's early twentieth-century setting and Marie's luxurious lifestyle.
Rehearsals started at the beginning of February for ZoŽ's next project, reprising the role of quirky poet Stevie Smith at London's Hampstead Theatre, following a successful run during last year's Chichester Festival. Zoe is clearly relishing the part; she described Smith as 'an extraordinary human being', who was 'part of an era that is gone' now. The play, Stevie, begins previews on 6 March.
In addition, ZoŽ showed the presenters how she makes perfect vodka martinis, in the light of her Mr Selfridge co-star Leon Ockenden praising them in a recent interview. They certainly seemed to go down well; a very nice treat to start the week with, and one of which Mr Selfridge's Russian princess would surely approve!