Thespian Thursday: The Daily Telegraph Richard Armitage Interview by Chris Harvey, June 26, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #590)

Even though I can’t afford to travel across an ocean to see the exquisitely talented British RichardArmitageinTheCrucible-vid-promo-May3014GratianaLovelaceCap-smlactor Richard Armitage portray John Proctor in The Crucible at The Old Vic in London, England (image right, my cap from The Old Vic video interview of him), it is great to read fan accounts of their experiences! The stellar cast, the setting, the performances in The Crucible coalesce into what many are calling a must see experience if you can swing it financially.

But what is even more delightful is hearing from Richard Armitage, himself, about his new play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, and directed by Yael Farber.

And The Daily Telegraph interview by Chris Harvey with Richard Armitage about his Crucible role and his career is outstanding!  Thanks to my good friend Kitty for the article link!  Here are a few article and RA quotes (in italics) richard_armitage45255.tifand image (image right, by Dan Burn Forti) excerpts from the article to whet your appetite:

“He says he feels like he has been waiting for it all his life. “It’s such an epic role. It feels as big as Lear to me in terms of what that man goes through.””

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“Armitage is a noticeably calm presence but he talks with passion. I ask him how it feels to be facing The Crucible’s agonising climax over and over for the next couple of months. “It’s a big mountain to climb every night,” he says. “There’s a shattering of the character, and almost a reassembling of him towards the end.”

“I leave the rehearsal room – and I carry him with me, I carry his thoughts, I dream his dreams a little bit.””

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“In the past, he has described himself as a shy person. “Not any more,” he says forcefully. “I mean… if I’m very, very honest, I’m a big guy, I think I’m at times quite a frightening person.

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Grati’s two cents:

Maybe it is because I am 5 ft 2 inches tall lady married to my 6 ft 4 inch tall hubby–yes, that is a 14 inch height difference–but Richard Armitage’s height and imposing presence does not scare me. On the contrary, I am completely enthralled. Richard Armitage seems bigger than life–and he is a gentleman, to boot. And we need good male role models like Richard Armitage in our public figures. Snap!

Inevitably, Richard Armitage is also asked about his fans thinking him sexy. And Mr. Armitage demures again with him implying that he is not sexy.  All I have to say is, Fella? If you aren’t sexy, then no one is sexy. Ha!

There is so much more in Chris Harvey’s wonderful Telegraph article interview that touches on various aspects of Richard Armitage’s career and his take on how it all fits together.  I sense that his return to theatre in The Crucible will be life/career changing for him. Or as RA put it:

““I’m having a really amazing epiphany doing this, and I think I’ll be a different actorichard_armitage45220.tifr when I come out of it.””

For more of Chris Harvey’s fabulous interview with Richard Armitage in The Daily Telegraph (image right, by Dan Burn Forti), be sure to visit:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-features/10915442/Richard-Armitage-interview-I-think-Im-quite-a-frightening-person.html

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About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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15 Responses to Thespian Thursday: The Daily Telegraph Richard Armitage Interview by Chris Harvey, June 26, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #590)

  1. June 26-27, 2014–Thanks for liking this post!

    Servetus(MeandRichardArmitage), Herba, Richard Armitage US, Perry (Armitage Agonistes), shtoday, and Mina

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  3. June 26, 2014–And here is a wonderful critique/review of “The Crucible” as a whole at The Idle Woman Blogspot:

    http://theidlewoman.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-crucible.html

    Thanks to Miss Kitty for sharing the link!

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  4. June 26, 2014–Siobhan fabuolously shares her experience in seeing The Crucible and meeting Richard Armitage:

    http://s-c-p.tumblr.com/post/90003159927/sorry-if-this-is-all-a-bit-long-winded-but-its

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    • SH says:

      Oooh, I hadn’t seen this one! Awesome!
      (My phone isn’t very “smart”,
      so I would not be the one to figure out someone else’s either…
      I feel for “Muuum” :)

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      • Hi SH,
        Thanks for your nice note! And welcome! My hubby and I only upgraded to smart phones last week, so I’m still learning how to use it. Ha! But I’m loving having the internet at my fingertips!
        Thanks for visiting and commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->

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  5. June 26, 2014–Grati has MPS–Multiple Profile Syndrome

    I’ve been going back and forth between being Grati and being OpITS2014Admin today–and I quite forget which “entity” I am being at any given moment. Ha!

    I’m trying to keep my profiles separate. As Grati, I politely cc my OpITS2014Admin self the tornado tweets–but I focus mainly on how fabulous RA is with every The Crucible update. And the tornado lady side of me doesn’t gush about RA–I’m all about the Summer blockbuster movie marketing machine. Ha!

    But it is killing me because some great things come into my tornado twitter feed when I am the OpITS2014Admin Lady–since many of the same people follow “me” in both profiles–and I can’t get switched over to Grati fast enough to see and favorite them. Ha!

    I’m sure that one of these days, I’ll mix the characters up, referring to “Gary Proctor” or “John Morris”–and I’ll label Abigail as Proctor’s tornado, whilst alternatively referring to Gary trying to save everyone as him having a god complex.

    Help! Ha!

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  6. June 26, 2014–Here is another great RA Fan experience of seeing The Crucible (some plot spoilers) and meeting Richard Armitage afterward by Apricot Crown:

    http://apricotcrown.tumblr.com/post/89895894588/an-armitage-adventure-the-writeup-with-pics

    Thanks to Perry at Armitage Agonistes blog for pointing me to this link!
    http://armitageagonistes.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/fan-account-on-tumblr-with-great-picture-even-ra-said-so/

    P.S. Love the smoulder on RA as he takes a selfie with the lovely Apricot!

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  7. June 26, 2014–Suzanne Elliot has a great review of The Crucible:

    “Farber’s Crucible is pumped full of heart and passion (perhaps, at times, it cup runneth over with emotion) – and Miller’s great story is given a rapturous reprisal that’s almost matched in intensity by the ecstatic applause at the curtain call.”

    And she has some constructive suggestions:

    http://theviewfromtheuppercircle.com/2014/06/26/the-crucible-the-old-vic/

    P.S. Thanks to Servetus at MeandRichardArmitage blog for the link!

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  8. June 26, 2014–And after a powerhouse performance, where does an actor take all of that energy? Read Judiang’s ficlet “Midnight” for a charming scenario:

    http://www.jagrant.com/watcher/midnight/

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  9. June 27, 2014–Perry (Thanks!) shared a great closeup tweeted by Angelo Sasso (Thanks!) of Richard Armitage taking a bow during a standing ovation of The Crucible:

    http://armitageagonistes.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/another-on-stage-photo-of-richard-armitage/

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  10. June 27, 2014–In going to Angela Sasso’s (Thanks!) twitter feed, I found this other shot that also shows more of the cast with Richard Armitage:

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  11. June 28, 2014–Here is another Theatre seats view of The Crucible with an empty stage. The theatre seems so intimate with the seating going up and not that far away from stage. Yet attendees are saying if you see the play twice–choose different seating locations to gain multiple views.

    The Proctor washing up scene still gets a lot of twitter play. Ha! To someone who said she was sitting in the front row, right next to the action, I suggested she take a nice tea towel with her in case it is needed–by her or RA. Ha!

    http://eruvadhril.tumblr.com/post/90161442250/we-have-awesome-seats-for-the-crucible-and-mr

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  12. June 28, 2014–Perry at her Armitage Agonistes blog shared a link for this lovely shot of RA sending well wishes to a fan’s friend after The Crucible performance:

    Here is Perry’s blog link where you may also send her happy 1st blogiversary wishes:

    http://armitageagonistes.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/awww/

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