Stephen Merchant wishes America a Happy 4th of July…sort of.

As co-writer and co-director of BBC’s The Office, Stephen Merchant is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais. The British writer, director, radio presenter, stand-up comedian and actor added a London West-End appearance last July to his CV with his first play, The Mentalists by Richard Bean, alongside Steffan Rhodri at the Wyndham Theatre. Known for his brilliant command of the English language, […]

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Stephen Merchant answers the burning question: “What if the British won?”

As co-writer and co-director of BBC’s The Office, Stephen Merchant is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais. The British writer, director, radio presenter, stand-up comedian and actor has, just recently, added a London West-End appearance to his CV with his first play, The Mentalists by Richard Bean alongside Steffan Rhodri at the Wyndham Theatre. Known for his brilliant command […]

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Sir David Suchet heads to the West End as….Lady Bracknell?

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of false identities and true love has a brilliant history on stage. Over the years, the iconic role of Lady Bracknell has been played by what seems like a who’s who of British greatness as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Penelope Keith have all uttered the […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch signs on for Hamlet in 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch, everyone’s favorite TV Sherlock, will return to the stage in August 2015 to play Hamlet in the play of the same name at London’s Barbican Theatre in the West End. Many will remember that this isn’t Cumberbatch’s first trip to the stage. He previously appeared in the National Theatre production of Frankenstein, directed […]

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British comedy stars invade the London stage

As we (im)-patiently await the next Facebook status update from the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, chronicling the devastating events of series 3, episode 4, it time to, yet again, turn our attention to what really sets British actors apart from their American counterparts. As we experienced, first hand, back in 2009 at the Theatre Royal […]

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Mr. Bean to retire following stellar 2012 Olympic performance?

With his most recent memorable performance coming at the 2012 London Olympics before an audience of roughly 75 million viewers between the U.S. and the UK, it looks as though Mr. Bean will soon get in to his classic Mini and drive away, hopefully not in a recliner strapped on the roof. Rowan Atkinson, the […]

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Yes Prime Minister with a Blackberry

In what seems to be a weekly occurrence these days, another classic British comedy has made the leap from the small screen to the live stage. Over the course of the last several months, the likes of Are You Being Served, Keeping Up Appearances and Dad’s Army have been adapted for the stage. After a short very […]

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The genius of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

Yesterday’s post re: the lost garage tapes of Morecambe and Wise got me thinking about another group that played a big role in the early days of British comedy more than setting the stage for today’s stars. The comedy duo of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, along with the likes of Alan Bennett and Jonathan […]

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