'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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Welcome to the official website for Zoë Wanamaker!

New photos of ZoŽ

23 March 2014 18:04

We are very fortunate to be able to see these two lovely new photos of ZoŽ, which have been taken by the very talented photographer Jillian Edelstein.

Please click on each image to see the full-size version.

Jillian Edelstein has taken photos of ZoŽ several times before.  Her previous works featuring Zoe include a photo that is now held by London's National Portrait Gallery.

Please remember that the photos are for your own personal use, and should not be sold online or elsewhere, as that is in breach of the photographer's copyright.


ZoŽ's husband to appear in Alan Ayckbourn play at the National Theatre

23 March 2014 17:31

ZoŽ's husband, Gawn Grainger, is preparing to return to the stage in London.  He will play Ken Ayres in the National Theatre's revival of 1987 play A Small Family Business

The play, written by Alan Ayckbourn, is described by the National as 'a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed'.  It will be performed in the Olivier from 1 April.

When Gawn was interviewed alongside ZoŽ last year, as part of the National's 50th anniversary celebrations, they both agreed that the Olivier is a 'wonderful' place to work.

You can see rehearsal photos from A Small Family Business and buy tickets on the National's website.

In addition, the show will be broadcast live in cinemas around the world on 12 June by National Theatre Live.  You may remember that when Zoe starred in The Cherry Orchard, in 2011, it was also shown internationally, thanks to NT Live.


Stevie: ZoŽ's comments, post-show talks and a competition!

20 March 2014 23:18

ZoŽ is quoted on Chichester Festival Theatre's website emphasising how pleased she is that 'this brilliant play', Stevie, in which she will star as poet Stevie Smith, is being revived.

There are a couple of talks taking place after selected performances of Stevie at the theatre's Minerva venue 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.

Online ticket booking for Stevie and the other productions in the festival opened yesterday to the general public.

The theatre has today launched a competition in which one lucky winner will receive a programme signed by Zoe and her fellow cast members.  To be in with a chance of winning, email extra@cft.org.uk with your name and phone number, quoting 'Programme Competition', by the end of March.


Rehearsals begin for Stevie

17 March 2014 22:27

As Chichester Festival Theatre tweeted this morning, ZoŽ and the other cast and crew members began rehearsals for Stevie today.

ZoŽ will appear as poet Stevie Smith in the production, which is being directed by Christopher Morahan, alongside Lynda Baron (Aunt) and Chris Larkin (The Man).

Stevie will be performed at Chichester Festival Theatre's Minerva venue, from 24 April to 24 May.  Ticket booking opens to the general public on 19 March.

Let's wish ZoŽ and everyone else involved in the show much success!


ZoŽ to return to theatre as the title character in Stevie this spring!

6 March 2014 13:14

ZoŽ is preparing to make a very welcome return to theatre this spring, portraying the poet and novelist Stevie Smith.  She will star in a revival of Hugh Whitemore's 1977 Stevie, a biographical play focusing on Smith's unconventional personal life and literary fame, at Chichester Festival Theatre's Minerva venue

The production will run from 24 April to 24 May; ticket booking opens to the general public on 19 March.

ZoŽ notes that the last major stage production of Stevie was in 1977 (followed by a 1978 film), in which Glenda Jackson played the title role.  Flashbacks and characters speaking directly to the audience contribute to the highly original nature of Stevie, which seems set to delight theatregoers today as it did several decades ago.

Stevie will mark the first time that ZoŽ has appeared on stage since last summer's West End success, Passion Play.

More details to follow...


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