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RIP Richard Griffiths

Vernon-Dursley-Richard-GriffithsHi Poutlings

News has surfaced that acclaimed British actor, perhaps best known for his role as Vernon Dudley, Harry Potter’s mean uncle, Richard Griffiths, died on Friday. The reports claim he died from complications following heart surgery. He was only 65.

Richard Griffiths again starred with Daniel Radcliffe in the play Eguus. He did quite a lot of theatre, incluing The History Boys for which he a won a Tony. He also reprised his History Boys role in the film (if you haven’t seen it, make a plan too, BRILLIANT film).

The History Boys

Recently, I loved his role int he first episode of Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc. That was a good show. A spot-on satrical look at American television and Hollywood. He plays a renowned British actor in a beloved British television show being adapted/ruined for American TV. Even though he’s a respected British actor, he’s still required to audition for the American version, and things go horribly wrong when he’s asked to do the audition with an American accent. He loses the role to Matt LeBlanc. It’s just like he once said,

“If I had my way, all actors over 55 would be issued with a 3pound wet salmon with which to slap the face of every young, beautiful, successful upstart. ‘That’s for being so lucky, you bastard!’ I would shout. And then, hit them again, if you can.”

What a legend.

Rest in peace, old boy.

x missfitz

SOURCE: The Independent UK

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A Must See: The Phantom of The Opera

Why hello there Poutlings!

Happy Monday… Did you all have a good weekend?

My mum and I had such a lovely Sunday yesterday, we went to watch

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

at the

MONTE CASINO TEATRO

I just love watching live theatre perfomances and unfortunately, I do not get to go as often as I wish I could… for various reasons however with my mums birthday coming up this week, we decided that we were going to watch the show. We watched Phantom about 8 years ago at the state theatre in Pretoria, which was amazing, but there was something even more special about this performance, which I can’t exactly put my finger on at the moment.

If you do not know the story of this musical, then please come out from your rock and read on to get a small grasp of what all the fuss is about. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is a story of a disfigured musical genius known only as “The Phantom” who haunts the darkness of the Paris Opera House.

Amazed by the beauty and talent of a young dancer he captures her and trains her to be the best opera singer, unaware of her love for another man.

Obsession, jealously, madness and passion collide creating one real story of love.

Along with some of the most heart touching romantic music sung by the cast.

This story has been performed to over 100 million people in 149 countries worldwide.

Everything from the sound, lighting, acting, costumes, music, the cast and the set seemed absolutely perfect.

Pieter Toerien has done amazing work in presenting this full scale production in South Africa, which highly lives up to international standards.

The quick set changes had me sitting there in awe wondering WHERE they store all the stuff and HOW they can change so quickly.

If are put off by the price of the tickets, DON’T BE – you will not be disappointed – I promise you!

**missfitzzz

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