'I am very happy to make this website, designed by Liz, official.'
ZoŽ Wanamaker CBE
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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.
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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:
  • Elegy (Donmar Warehouse, London; 21 April Ė 18 June): ZoŽ stars as Lorna in the world premiere of this play, which imagines a world in which life can be augmented and extended.

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Welcome to the official website for Zoë Wanamaker!


ZoŽ and other leading actors voice concern about GCSE drama

18 April 2016 17:18

In a letter to The Sunday Times, published on 17 April, ZoŽ and a number of other leading actors have voiced their concern about the potential impact of new GCSE drama courses that don't require students to attend live performances.

The letter argues that recordings of plays are not adequate substitutes for experiencing 'magical' live theatrical events. It emphasises that the new GCSE courses may lead to 'pupils missing out on invaluable social, cultural and artistic experiences'.

Among the other signatories are ZoŽ's My Family co-star, Robert Lindsay, and teachers' association National Drama.

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Photos: first look at ZoŽ rehearsing for Elegy's world premiere!

18 April 2016 16:41

Excitingly, the world premiere of Elegy is now just days away Ė and to whet our appetites for the play, the Donmar Warehouse has released some fantastic rehearsal photos of cast and crew in action.

ZoŽ is pictured alongside her co-stars, Barbara Flynn and Nina Sosanya, in a series of intriguing images. Some of the photos suggest that Elegy, which explores the power of the human brain and the effects of augmenting life, may well be a tearjerker.

If you haven't booked tickets yet, you still have a chance to do so, though I'd recommend acting quickly. The Donmar is continuing to release £10 tickets for front row seats on Monday mornings, with a very, very small number of other tickets also still available.

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ZoŽ discusses 'the conflict within Emilia' for BBC Radio 4's Shakespeare's People

18 April 2016 15:48

ZoŽ has discussed one of her favourite Shakespearean characters, Emilia from Othello, for Shakespeare's People, a series commissioned by BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.

ZoŽ's reflections on Emilia, the character she played in the RSC's highly acclaimed 1989 staging of Othello, were broadcast during Front Row's 14 April edition. Her comments were interspersed with clips of her performance in the RSC production.

ZoŽ praised Emilia's 'beautiful, clever understanding of the frailty of men and women'. Iago's disenchanted wife believes that both sexes 'feel the same' and are deeply affected by jealousy and betrayal, two themes at the heart of Shakespeare's play.

When she played the role, ZoŽ decided that 'the conflict within Emilia' was caused by the fact that she's 'in denial' about her husband's true nature. It's not until the very end of the play, when tragedy has struck, that Emilia sees Iago for what he is.

You can listen to ZoŽ's comments about Emilia in full on the BBC's website.

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Donmar releasing £10 Elegy tickets

11 April 2016 01:03

The Donmar Warehouse has exciting news for any fans who've not yet booked tickets for ZoŽ's next stage production, Elegy, by Nick Payne.

At 10am (UK time) today, 11 April, the London theatre will release £10 tickets, for performances scheduled to take place from 21-30 April, as part of its Front Row initiative. More £10 tickets, for performances later in the show's run, will be released on subsequent Mondays.

Fantastic theatre at a fantastic price - what could be better?

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ZoŽ dazzles at the Olivier Awards, then wins Also Recognised Award!

11 April 2016 00:30

ZoŽ and her husband, Gawn Grainger, joined other special guests from the world of theatre on the red carpet for the Olivier Awards, held at London's Royal Opera House on 3 April. Wearing a beautiful Amanda Wakeley gown and Asprey jewellery, ZoŽ was photographed for ContactMusic.com, Zimbio, and Getty Images.

An amusing moment came during an interview ZoŽ gave on the red carpet, when her friend, Judi Dench, interrupted proceedings, joking 'Don't believe a word she says!' The moment was captured on camera and has been widely reported in the media.

ZoŽ provided the voiceover for the ceremony, now in its 40th year, and also appeared on stage. She and Rob Brydon presented the Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical Awards (won by David Bedella for In The Heights and Lara Pulver for Gypsy). ZoŽ, who has herself won two Oliviers (for Once in a Lifetime and Electra), was pictured with Brydon and the winners after the ceremony.

In a moving speech, Mark Gatiss, who won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Olivier for Three Days in the Country, thanked 'the great Gawn Grainger', who appeared alongside him in the play.

After the ceremony, ZoŽ and her All My Sons co-star, Jemima Rooper, were pictured looking very glamorous.

You can catch-up with highlights from the Oliviers on the ITV Hub.

Last week also saw ZoŽ win a theatre award. On 7 April, she won Best Solo Performance in My Theatre Mates' Also Recognised Awards, having received an impressive 30% of the public vote.

The award celebrates ZoŽ's powerful portrayal of a grief-stricken and guilt-ridden widow, Rosemary, in All On Her Own. The Terence Rattigan monologue wowed audiences alongside comedy Harlequinade at London's Garrick Theatre late last year.

Congratulations to ZoŽ on her very well deserved award!

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