Thespian Thursday: The Anglophile Channel’s Marlise Boland Video Sharing her Experiences of Seeing Richard Armitage in The Crucible, July10, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #600)

TheCruciblePoster-wRABareChestedbyJayBroooks_Jun1214EniKoniTweetIn their July 10th news, RANet ( (Thanks!) shared the link TheAnglophileChannelLogoJul1014TACVideofor Marlise Boland (Thanks!) of The Anglophile Channel’s(image right) video of her experiences and impressions of attending The Crucible at The Old Vic last Saturday night with the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage starring as John Proctor (left).

There is also footage of Richard Armitage greeting fans afterward. And at the very end, there is even a sneak peak of Richard receiving a standing ovation and thanking the audience before walking off. Fabulous!

“Richard ArmitageThe Crucible Stage Door Experience” by Marlise Boland of The Anglophile Channel


Great thanks to Ms. Boland for sharing her experiences!  The Crucible play runs through September 13th.

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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13 Responses to Thespian Thursday: The Anglophile Channel’s Marlise Boland Video Sharing her Experiences of Seeing Richard Armitage in The Crucible, July10, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #600)

  1. July 10-12, 2014–Thanks for liking this post!

    richardtreehouse, crystalchandlyre, and phylly3


  2. July 10, 2014–Perry at her Armitage Agonistes blog references Servetus post to continue the discussion about #VideotheCrucible and/or The Old Vic taking the play to Broadway in NYC. Food for thought!


    • July 10, 2014–And RAFrenzy reblogged Agonistes post. Mujertropical made a good point that Rebecca Miller–the playwright’s daughter with ownership of his plays–might not want to allow The Old Vic’s The Crucible to be filmed since it might encroach upon Miller’s hubby’s (Daniel Day-Lewis) Crucible legacy.

      So I/Grati replied with a tiny hope of a marketing bonanza:

      That’s a thought Mujertropical. But maybe her hubby’s (DDL) film version of The Crucible has great sales numbers already. And by allowing a filmed version of The Old Vic’s The Crucible with Richard Armitage, there might be some cross promotion value–such that DDL’s versions sees more sales with people wanting to make comparisons. That’s how I would spin it to DDL if he were my hubby anyway. Well, I can dream, can’t I? Ha!


  3. July 10, 2014–The RA Daily (twitter newsfeed page) has lots of great stuff from bloggers, tumblrs, etc.

    Today Claudia Petrucchio Ludwig shared one of her stunningly beautiful Richard Armitage as John Proctor in The Crucible artworks. Scroll down to the bottom where they have the photos:


  4. July 10, 2014–I love how Richard Armitage so warmly greeted Marlise Boland when he recognized her in the stage door line! His face lit up when he saw her. And that glimpse at the end of the video of RA receiving a standing ovation at the curtain calls and his respectful bow of thanks to the audience made my heart flip. Brava to Ms. Boland for sharing her experiences with us via her video!


  5. I actually enjoyed the video, but I must say that I get somewhat annoyed with Marlise. I don’t know if it’s her style as a whole as a journalist, or something else about her, but I can’t bring myself to watch her outside of something like this. And I don’t think she understands that it is not really a nice thing to say about an actor that he “eats up the scenery.” It’s a derogatory term that means somewhat that the performance was over blown or fake. But because she seemed to really enjoy it, and mentioned that it’s not all just him but a solid ensemble that makes the play, I truly don’t think she knew what she said. Such good reviews though. So wish I could be there.


    • Hi crystalchandlyre,
      Thanks for your note. And “chewing the scenery” does have a pejorative connotation to it. However, I know that I might be tongue tied were I to be so fortunate as to see Richard Armitage in The Crucible. So I will give Ms.Boland the benefit of the doubt.
      And as you mentioned, Ms. Boland certainly praised RA’s performance–as well as the whole ensemble. And being gracious like that–to recognize the whole company–was lovely.
      I, too, so wish I could see Richard Armitage in The Crucible. I’m hoping that they do a limited Broadway run in October–after Into the Storm and before Battle of the Five Armies press. Pipe dream, but who knows. Ha!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->


  6. July 11, 2014–BettyBoop tweeted this great review of The Crucible … by the New York Times Theatre critic! Might The Crucible on Broadway be possible?

    Here is an excerpt that I particularly liked:

    “Mr. Armitage, known for playing Thorin Oakenshield in the “Hobbit” movies, gives us a John who is first and foremost a physical being, a farmer who has spent most of his life fighting against privation.

    His rumbling voice comes from his viscera, and he stands like a man who feels undressed without his plow.”


  7. FELINE FEMALE says:

    Marlise was quite emotional and said she was ‘stunned’ and ‘speechless’ after the first half, doubly so after the entire play which left the entire audience totally emotionally drained. We were there on the first night and like Marlise, I wondered how he could possibly maintain that level of high performance night after night. He was hoarse at the end of it. We have never seen such a fantastic, electrifying, totally absorbing piece of theatre,… yes they were all excellent actors, but Richard’s really great, he ‘disappears’ inside his character and ‘becomes’ rather than acts, which then makes it truly believable. But it’s a shattering thing for him to recreate. I can’t recommend this production highly enough!


    • Hi Feline Female,
      Thanks for your nice note about Marlise Boland and for sharing your experiences. This production of The Crucible–and Richard Armitage and others’ performances–are getting such rave reviews, I predict many award nominations for them.
      So wish I could see it. But my only hope is that they bring it to Broadway in the US.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->


  8. July 13, 2014–AgzyM of the I Want to be a Pinup blog shares her lovely experiences attending The Crucible and meeting Richard Armitage at the Stage Door:


  9. July 13, 2014–More glowing The Crucible reviews than you can shake a stick at, courtesy of RANet’s ( News section today:


  10. gratianads90 says:

    July 13, 2014–Loved this review of The Crucible by London’s Express newspaper:

    “The inclusion of screen actor Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, Captain America) might have unbalanced a lesser ensemble but his presence only adds weight to an already exceptional cast. As John Proctor, the virile farmer whose one night stand with servant girl Abigail (Samantha Colley) triggers the deadly events that follow, Armitage commands the stage without overwhelming everyone else. He combines moral and physical strength with human weakness in a way that is entirely credible. As his betrayed but fatally loyal wife, Elizabeth, Anna Madeley is equally impressive and their ultimate reconciliation is profoundly affecting.”


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