Throwback Thursday to Damian Lewis’ Broadway Debut in Hamlet

Recently, Lewisto and I were in the beautiful Belasco Theater to see the brilliant play Appropriate with Sarah Paulson and Corey Stoll aka Mike Prince from Billions…

…but Corey Stoll is not the only connection to Damian here. Belasco Theater is where our guy made his Broadway debut as Laertes to Ralph Fiennes’ Hamlet back in 1995. As the wise Charlie Crews once said “everything’s connected” and so we travel back to that time  and chase a 24 year old Englishman in New York!

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On The Horizon: Damian Lewis as Twin Vampire Brothers in The Radleys

“Your instincts are wrong. Animals rely on instincts for their daily survival, but we are not beasts. We are not lions or sharks or vultures. We are civilized, and civilization only works if instincts are suppressed. So do your bit for society and ignore those dark desires inside you.” – The Abstainer’s Handbook (second edition), p. 54

The Radleys is seemingly an ordinary suburban family. They live at 17 Orchard Lane in the village of Bishopthorpe, Yorkshire. Peter Radley is an overworked general practitioner. His wife Helen is an amateur artist who paints apple trees in watercolor. Their marriage has got distant over the years. Peter and Helen have two teenage children who attend the local high school. Rowan, their 17 year old son, suffers from rashes and chronic insomnia and reads Lord Byron .Clara, their 15 year old daughter, has recently become a vegan with the hopes of having animals treat her better.

Despite their best efforts to live like the next family, The Radleys are perceived to be “a little odd” by their fellow villagers. The family has their curtains closed at all times. They love their meat almost raw but choke on garlic. The amount of factor 60 sunscreen Rowan uses on his skin is off the charts. Clara is extremely pale and fragile. The Radley children are called freaks and bullied at school.

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Throwback Thursday to Damian Lewis as Hamlet At Open Air Theatre

Damian Lewis is returning to Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park in the brilliant Allie Esiri’s brain child Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year – Live! thirty years after he played the title role in Hamlet. Tickets are selling very fast so grab a ticket if you want to be there on July 8. And don’t forget to make pics and vids for the mortals, like me, who will miss this one-night only performance!

I think it will be an emotional experience for Damian to be on that stage again, a happy one, and so I would like to celebrate his return to Open Air Theatre by revisiting him as a 23 year old kid, ahem, actor, in Hamlet!

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On the 80th Anniversary of D-Day: Band of Brothers Episode 2 “Day of Days”

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On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-guarded French coastline to fight the Nazis on the beaches of Normandy. Today, on the 80th anniversary of D-day, we are revisiting Band of Brothers Episode 2 “Day of Days” in honor and memory of all men and women who contributed to the victory in WWII. We are eternally grateful. Continue reading “On the 80th Anniversary of D-Day: Band of Brothers Episode 2 “Day of Days””

Well, I Did It Again: Damian Lewis at Boisdale of Canary Wharf

“A Damian Lewis live show contains fun. Rock’n’Roll. Good music. And an amazing band that I play with.” — Damian Lewis at Latitude Festival Press Day

Yes, sir! All those coupled with a truly engaged and energetic crowd at Boisdale of Canary Wharf made my 48 hour lightning trip to London more than worth it! And I am ready to tell all about it!

Firstly, I thank my brilliant friend Patrick (who happens to be the drummer Will’s dad) for convincing me to go! Believe it or not, I was on the fence since we are now used to going three or four gigs at a time on tours. The Boisdale gig is a one off and it is of course wonderful if you live in London, or somewhere in Europe (short and cheap flights) but you need to factor in a lot in your decision if you fly from the US like me. The good news is that I could get my ticket with miles and Patrick gets a table for us. I tell my friends that I’m going and when they check they find out that the venue does not sell single tickets. And here is my Whatsapp exchange with Patrick when I share this information with him! Continue reading “Well, I Did It Again: Damian Lewis at Boisdale of Canary Wharf”