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ZoŽ Wanamaker CBE
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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:
  • Mr Selfridge (ITV1; broadcast dates TBA): ZoŽ plays a Russian princess, Marie de Bolotoff, in the third series of this lavish costume drama, inspired by the founder of Selfridges department store.

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Landmark drama Edge of Darkness on BBC Four

30 June 2014 18:49

The hugely influential, multi-award-winning drama Edge of Darkness returns to UK television tonight, 30 June. The first episode of this six-part series, which was originally shown almost thirty years ago, will be broadcast by BBC Four at 10pm.

In Edge of Darkness Zoe plays a government agent, Clementine, who becomes entangled in the efforts of policeman Ronald Craven (played by the late, great Bob Peck) to uncover the truth about his daughter's life - and death.

Zoe's character appears in episodes three, four, and six. As the series, written by Troy Kennedy Martin and directed by Martin Campbell, is particularly intense and complex, I highly recommend watching all six episodes to keep up with every twist and turn of the plot!

If you would like to refresh your memory of Edge of Darkness, or for a concise introduction, Digital Spy has today published an excellent overview of the series. As the article concludes, Edge of Darkness features a host of 'perfect performances' and is suffused with 'oppressive, impressive moodiness'.


BBC to screen Sam Wanamaker Playhouse's production of The Duchess of Malfi tonight

25 May 2014 17:31

This evening the BBC will broadcast a recording of The Duchess of Malfi, which was the first production performed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe's recreation of an indoor Jacobean theatre, named in honour of ZoŽ's father.

'Welcome to a world of shadows, not just the soft candlelit gloom of the theatre, but a moral universe which is dark with jealousy, mistrust and revenge,' remarks the presenter, Andrew Marr, when introducing John Webster's Jacobean revenge tragedy in a clip from the programme, entitled The Duchess of Malfi: BBC Arts at the Globe.

As the BBC explains in its announcement about the programme: 'Gemma Arterton takes the title role as the widowed Duchess of Malfi who longs to marry her lover Antonio, played by Alex Waldmann.  But her brothers, Ferdinand (David Dawson) and the Cardinal (James Garnon), are determined to prevent the union.  When their spy, Bosola (Sean Gilder), discovers the Duchess has already married Antonio and is pregnant with his child, they set out to exact their revenge - with horrifying and bloody consequences.'

This production of The Duchess of Malfi was performed at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse earlier this year, from 9 January to 16 February - 400 years after the play was originally staged - as part of the theatre's first season of plays.

You can watch part of a scene from the production on the BBC's website.  The Duchess of Malfi: BBC Arts at the Globe will be shown in full on BBC Four at 8pm today.


ZoŽ celebrates the work of Joy Batchelor in new documentary

21 May 2014 22:53

ZoŽ is the narrator of a new mini-documentary, Ode to Joy, which marks the centenary year of the late director, animator, producer and designer, Joy Batchelor, and celebrates her work.

Joy was one half of the Halas & Batchelor Cartoons Studio, which made the UK's first animated feature film, Animal Farm, in 1954.

As ZoŽ says of Joy in the documentary, 'Despite being one of animation's most important figures, today she is one of its unsung heroines.'  Zoe emphasises that 'her recognition is long overdue.'


ZoŽ interviewed about why New York is so special to her: 'I love the city for its incredible energy'

20 May 2014 21:15

ZoŽ talks about why she loves New York so much, and shares her tips about what to see and do in order to make the most of a trip there, in an interview published today by the Telegraph.

As she explains, New York is awe-inspiring: 'I was born there and I love the city for its incredible energy, architecture and people.  Thereís nowhere else like it in America: it is a melting pot full of history and nostalgia; romantic but quite tough at the same time.  You find yourself slightly out of breath when you first get there because it is so full-on.  Americans there have a real sense of national identity.'


Listen to ZoŽ's Stevie interview with Kate Mosse

14 May 2014 23:48

As previously mentioned, after the performance of Stevie on 6 May, audience members were invited to stay in their seats for a short Q&A event with ZoŽ and bestselling author Kate Mosse.

In addition to the write-up of the discussion that appears on this website, you can now listen to it (see below), thanks to Chichester Festival's YouTube channel.


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