'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.

Guestbook - To sign the guestbook, please click the picture below.  Your comments are much appreciated.

Welcome to the official website for Zoë Wanamaker!

Win ZoŽ's coat and help Age UK!

28 November 2013 23:07

ZoŽ has donated this lovely coat to Age UK, which is currently auctioning it on eBay in order to raise funds to help older people stay well and warm in the winter. 

Age UK's Donate a Coat charity auctions are part of the Spread the Warmth campaign, which aims to support older people in the cold winter months.  Age UK estimates that 1.7 million older people in the UK are unable to afford to heat their homes, and sadly as many as 24,000 could die from the cold this winter.

If you would like to support Age UK's campaign and be in with the chance of owning Zoe's coat, you can bid on the auction via eBay until 8 December.

Good luck if you decide to bid!


More photos from Shakespeare's Globe Gala Dinner

28 November 2013 22:38

More photos from the Shakespeare's Globe Gala Dinner, which was held last month to raise funds for the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, have been released.  They have been published in lifestyle magazine Time & Leisure and include an unusual picture of ZoŽ surrounded by models of decapitated heads and a stuffed dog - props from Shakespeare's Globe productions!

The photos are accompanied by a lovely article about ZoŽ's father's vision for the Playhouse, a recreation of an indoor Jacobean theatre.  As ZoŽ explains in the article, 'Some of Shakespeareís plays were written for an indoor theatre, and to discover that and how this works will change how an actor approaches it.'

The first season of plays at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse begins in January 2014.  To book tickets, find out more or donate to the Playhouse, please visit the Shakespeare's Globe website.


ZoŽ at No Man's Land opening night on Broadway

25 November 2013 00:40

Yesterday ZoŽ attended the opening night of No Man's Land, starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, at the Cort Theatre in New York.  You can see a photo of her at the event on Getty Images.

During the early 1980s Zoe appeared in Piaf on Broadway when Ian McKellen was performing Amadeus there.  McKellen's Amadeus co-star, Tim Curry, later recalled a funny story about that period. 

As Curry explained, he had experienced 'a Damascus moment when Ian and I spent New Year's Eve with Jane Lapotaire and ZoŽ Wanamaker, who were doing Piaf next door.  I found myself defending Ronald Reagan and I thought, "You've been here too long."'


Mark Rylance pays tribute to Sam Wanamaker on Broadway

21 November 2013 21:35

As highlighted on ZoŽ's Twitter profile, Mark Rylance, the former Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe, has paid tribute to Sam Wanamaker at the opening night of Twelfth Night on Broadway.

At the conclusion of the performance, which took place on 10 November, Rylance addressed the audience and emphasised that ZoŽ's father is 'one of the greatest friends, I think, that Shakespeare will have ever had', as a result of his vision for the Globe Theatre.

You can watch Rylance's full speech below:

Twelfth Night, starring Rylance and Stephen Fry, is being performed at the Belasco Theatre, where ZoŽ starred in Awake and Sing! in 2006.


Photos: ZoŽ at official opening of Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

20 November 2013 18:23

Photos have now been released of yesterday's official opening of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London.  They can be found on Official London Theatre and Whatsonstage.com,

At the event ZoŽ emphasised the significance of the Playhouse: 'I am so proud to see the realisation of my father's original vision.  Not only is it unique, it is the only Jacobean theatre in London.'


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