The League of Gentlemen Reece Shearsmith in the West End
Reece Shearsmith is starring in The Dresser at the Duke of York's Theatre.
In this hilarious and poignant storyline, Reece Shearsmith plays Norman, The Dresser explores the
relationship between two men who are reluctantly and inevitably co-dependent. As World War II rages, backstage in a
provincial English theatre, an ageing, once-famous classical actor is troubled. Sir, the last in a dying breed of great
English Shakespearean actors, is unwilling to take to the stage to deliver his renowned portrayal of King Lear.
It falls to his faithful dresser Norman to rouse another great performance from him, to keep both the show and its star
from falling apart.
Preview: 5th October 2016 Opens: 13th October 2016 Starts: 20th October 2016 to 14th January 2017
Afternoon: Wedneday and Saturday at 14:30 Evening: Tuesday to Saturday at 19:30. Duke of York Theatre, 45 St
Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
The League of Gentlemen Steve Pemberton in the West End
Steve Pemberton is starring in Dead Funny at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Steve Pemberton who plays Richard would oblige if he could to give Eleanor a child but finds that he's
too busy running the Dead Funny Society.
So when British comedy heroes Frankie Howerd and Benny Hill turn up their toes in the same week the society gather for a
celebration of hilarity and laughter, but Eleanorís grin masks a grimace.
When your marriage is deader than either Morecambe or Wise it's hard to see the funny side of things.
EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW SCREENING OF ‘THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN’S APOCALYPSE’ AT THE PHOENIX CINEMA IN THE COMPANY OF STEVE PEMBERTON AND REECE SHEARSMITH IN AID OF THE PHOENIX ’S SEATING CAMPAIGN
The Phoenix Cinema is honoured to host an advance preview screening of The League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse; a darkly funny film that sees the characters of Royston Vasey colliding with their creators. The screening, which takes place on Sunday 22 nd May at 6.45, will be a chance for fans of the hugely popular, original show to get a sneak preview of the film before its national release date of Friday 3 rd June.
The event will be introduced by Steve Pemberton and the film will be followed by a question and answer session with Steve, Reece Shearsmith and, it is hoped, other members of the League of Gentlemen.
Steve Pemberton who lives locally to the Phoenix has generously agreed that all funds from the event should go to the Phoenix ’s seat campaign. ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably’ aims to raise money to replace the cinema’s 1970s seating with a new seat exclusively designed for the cinema to bring its comfort levels up to modern standards.
The Phoenix is uniquely operated by a charitable trust and all work has been met by voluntary donations and grants. The seat replacement is one stage of our exciting refurbishment plans, more of which will be discussed on the evening of 22 nd.
Tickets for this special event are priced at £20 and can be bought from the Box Office on 020 8444 6789.
The Phoenix Cinema is in East Finchley , North London . www.phoneixcinema.co.uk
TV and a Tour
The first series is being
repeated on BBC2 from 3rd May at 10pm and...
The League of Gentlemen Are Behind You, a local show for local people is rumoured to be kicking off from 12 October - I am trying to get it confirmed, more info as I get it!
" I simply can't wait to see Improbable's 'Theatre of Blood'. Why has no-one thought of this before? I've always considered the film the classiest of beasts and the idea of Jim Broadbent taking on the mantle of Edward Lionheart fills me with a queasy thrill of joyful terror. Friends, Romans, NT patrons, lend me your ears, guts and innards! Go see!"
The competition for this ends tomorrow by the way so enter now
Film release date
The 3rd June 2005 is still the release date, ignore any other dates you may see!
I saw the film yeaterday and I have to say that it was brilliant! I will write a full review tonight but I wanted to let you all know that the film is amazing, it is the League at their best and it is a best we haven't seen before, this is better than anything they have ever done...ok I am a fan saying that, but when they get a round of applause at a press screening that says a lot!
I am lucky enough to be going to an advance screening of the film on Monday 25th April so expect a full report on Tuesday!
Theatre of Blood
As fans may know, this film is one of the League's favourites and there is a new adaptation of the film being shown at the National Theatre in London. Mark Gatiss is writing an article for the programme and the good news is...you can win two tickets to the opening night courtest of this web site! Visit the Blood and Guts web site here for more information but you can enter the competition here!
Thanks to all those that
entered, the winners are: Kathy Kearl, Katryn Bradford and Rob Gilroy can the winners please contact me to discuss size and delivery address!
Blue badge guide Ray Hoerty leads a League of Gentlemen Trail around Royston Vasey on Tuesday, April 19 at 1.30pm as part of the Peak District Walking Festival. Free. Booking essential on 0870 4447275.
Ok, as promised here are the edited highlights of last nights 50 greatest sketches with the gents at 23, 14 and number3! This runs for over ten minutes and the large file is 20meg so broadband users only I guess! Right click and save target as then watch at your leisure!
Thanks to Ian for scanning these images from maxim mag! 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
50 Greatest sketches!
Congratulations to the League for their amazing listings in this channel4 show last night! Pauline, Papa Laz and Edward and Tubbs at number 3! Plus a clip from the film! I will have the League bits on the site soon!
Too much acting!
Sienna Miller will make her West End debut alongside Helen McCrory,
Dominic West and Reece Shearsmith in a new production of
Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by David Lan, artistic
director of the Young Vic.Miller, who recently starred in the films Alfie and Layer Cake, trained at the Lee Strasberg
Theatre Institute and has featured in New York productions of Independence, A School for Scandal and Cigarettes and
Chocolate. She will appear as Celia, while McCrory,
whose extensive career includes work for the Almeida, Donmar and
National theatres, as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company, will
West will return to British theatre as Orlando, after a US film and
television career which has seen him feature most notably in the HBO series The Wire, while Shearsmith, star and creator of BBC comedy The League of Gentleman and who has appeared in the West End in Art, will make his classical stage debut playing Jacques.
Produced by Sonia Friedman
Productions in association with the Young Vic, the show will begin previews at the Wyndhams Theatre from June 3, with press
night on June 21 and bookings taken until September 3.
A new Poster!
Mark in the news
Mark will be in the new
quartermas on BBC4 in April, read more here! Plus a new interview with Mark here!
Region 1 DVD's At Last!
As of June 14th all of you in
region 1 can enjoy the pure genius that is The League of Gentlemen! Visit the Region 1 Page here
is 7MB so not for our dial up visitors but you can
watch the clip of last nights Film 2005 special on
the Interviews page by clicking here
update - There is a new way to enter, click on the link below
2005 and tour news!
Sorry for the lack of updates
recently, I moved house on the 25th February and it has taken until today for BT to get their act together and get me online!
I have a few words to say about SKY TV too but firstly, the news!
The Gents have booked 2 dates
in November at their local theatre, nothing more on this at the moment but when I interviewed them last year they did say
that they wanted to tour once the film was out of the way! They were unsure what they will do on stage but at that point it
wasn't the stage version of the film as I suggested! Thanks to Hayley for the November info, at the moment though it is
unclear if this is the start of a nationwide tour or if it will be limite to 'local' venues!
Don't miss Film 2005 tonight
11.30 PM BBC1 as they have an on-set behind the scenes special! You can read about it here but I hope to have the
clip online tomorrow!
The League will feature in the
March 29th issue!
The DVD Collection
Friday's The DVD Collection at
8.30pm BBC4 will feature Stuart Maconie and Mark Gatiss who examine the evidence for the definitive Sherlock Holmes on DVD!
BT Broadband -
Anyone moving home is urged to give BT at least 2 months notice as I only gave 3 weeks and they still messed it up!
SKY TV -
Do not use SKY. Simple as that really. I gave them notice to cancel yet despite that they still managed to get another month
and a halfs subscription out of me. They are great when you want to sign up but as soon as you want to leave they act like
vampires sucking every last penny out of you! If the person you speak to does not write the correct notes on your account
then it is your word against theirs and who is going to take SKY to court over £45? I was leaving anyway but I will
never go back to them! I am now looking at some of the upcoming Pay per view on demand type providers as well as the cable
providers. The problem with SKY TV is you pay so much for each channel but of course you can only watch one channel at once!
It is poor value really and lets face it...a satelite dish on the side of your house is starting to look a little chavish!
here to read all the official information on the movie with an exclusive picture and
what I believe to be the films logo!
There will be screenings of
the film in February which I have been promised an invite to, so expect a full review soon!
The Gents will be taking part
in a comedy show in aid of the Tsunami disaster, along with other comedians. Click here to find out more info and the number for tickets.
There's also an auction being held in
Glossop, this Sat 22nd Jan in aid of the DEC Tsunami Appeal.There's also two signs up for auction from the set of League
of Gentlemen with permision from the BBC. The first reads, 'Joke Shop' and the second 'Jokes to die for'. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org for a look at the signs and to place a bid if you are interested. The highest bid by this
Saturday will win the signs. The same seller also has 'Babs Cab' for sale (yes the actual car!). Again, email him for
details. The fund-raiser is to held at Bradbury Community Centre in the centre of Glossop at 1:00pm this Sat.
Slight error in the
title. It's actually The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse. And the teaser will start running in the UK this Friday in
front of Meet the Fockers and Team America.
The Film release date
at last! Official Web Site News - The League of Gentlemen Apocalypse
Mark today spilled the release
date and final title for the League film, both of which were apparently set today. It hits UK theaters April 22nd as League
of Gentlemen Apocalypse.
Not the words...
80,000 people and rising yet
still Boltons shops were full today with people shopping and the restaurants were full of families eating together...my
family amongst them, untouched by the horror except in our hearts. If you haven't already made a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee at http://www.dec.org.uk/ then click here and do it now, the money goes to many of the charities working in the area including Oxfam and the Red Cross.
Mark Gatiss is set to star in a
new BBC3 comedy drama. "Funland" is co-written by Gatiss' "League of Gentlemen" colleague Jeremy Dyson.
The show, which is being produced at the
BBC's Manchester-based comedy unit, centres around a family involved in Blackpool's entertainment industry, who have
connections to the criminal underworld.
Speaking about the new show the editor of the
BBC's comedy unit, Kenton Allen said: "Funland is the bastard son of The League of Gentleman and EastEnders after
a really heavy night on the town with Twin Peaks.
"It's a big sprawling piece, not a
sitcom with just four main characters."
Dyson and EastEnders writer Simon Ashdown
have penned the first hour-long episode, with ten more half-hour scripts in the pipeline. It is due to go into production in
Thanks to the Yahoo group for
letting me know this was out!
The League of Gentlemen’s
Mark Gatiss is to star in a futuristic new Radio 4 comedy in the new year
Gatiss created Nebulous with Graham Duff,
writer of BBC Two's Dr Terrible’s House Of Horrible, who penned the full series.
Professor Nebulous heads an ecological
troubleshooting organization called K.E.N.T., which is trying to return a post-apocalyptic England to normality.
The show is set in 2099, when most livestock
has been eliminated, the year has been restructured to include new months such as Octember and Janril, and there’s
even a new season: Hamble, which falls between Spring and Summer and is generally drizzly.
K.E.N.T. which stands for something different
each week), tackles such problems as killer cacti or a new colour which sends people insane, even though it is so woefully
short of cash, it has to subsidise its work by running a launderette. There is also a generously-funded rival ecological
trouble-shooting organisation, L.O.U.G.H.B.O.R.O.U.G.H.
The show starts on Radio 4 at 11pm on January
Gatiss has just finished filming the League Of
Gentlemen movie, called Royston Vasey: The Motion Picture or The League of Gentlemen: The Motion Picture, and also wrote one
of the stories in the forthcoming Dr Who revival. The name for the film is not yet decided so it may also be Royston Vasey
The Gentleman who wants to be
a Lord by Steve Pratt
League of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss was
delighted to be asked to write an episode of the new Dr Who TV series, but he would really like to play The
Doctor himself. League Of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss would have loved to have been the new Doctor Who. But it was
not meant to be. Instead, he's written for the new BBC1 series. This isn't the first brush of the County
Durham-born actor and writer with the Time Lord. He wrote several Doctor Who books in the 1990s and one is a
favourite of Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies, who's leading the writing team on the TV revival. "Doctor
Who was my first book published and it never goes away. Russell says it's his favourite Doctor Who story," says
Gatiss on the phone from Ireland, where the award-winning League Of Gentlemen are shooting their first feature
film. His novels featured three Doctors - Sylvester McCoy, Patrick Troughton and his favourite, Jon Pertwee. The
new TV series will differ from the one fondly remembered by fans. "The thing to bear in mind is Doctor Who was not
a cult programme until its dying years. It was a mass audience programme watched by ten million every week,"
Gatiss reminds me. "The key to the success of the new show is that it's trying to appeal to a broad audience.
It may p*** off some old fans but that's a good thing. If it appeal to a ten-year-old kid that's not heard of it.
"All these years, people have been saying, 'Wouldn't it be great if Doctor Who came back?' but those scenarios
were played out in an imaginary world. Now in the real world it has to compete against Ant And Dec's Saturday Night
Takeaway." He's confident that new Doctor Who Christopher Ecclestone is "absolutely committed to the role
in a wonderful way" and is "a new version of the doctor we haven't seen before". Gatiss has written
the third episode in the series, which abandons the four or six parters of the past in favour of single or two-part
adventures. His story introduces writer Charles Dickens (played by Simon Callow) into the world of the Time Lord.
"It's a totally different format. That was a big change in mindset, having grown up with four or six part
cliffhangers," he says. "The new series is for modern TV and, to be honest, it really benefits because it
goes at such a lick." He spent two days on the set but resisted asking to make a guest appearance. "
I'm waiting for my proper part," he jokes about his continued desire to play Who. Gatiss couldn't hang around
any longer because he was needed in Ireland as filming began on The League Of Gentlemen feature film. Compared to many
British movies, it's got in front of the cameras comparatively swiftly. "We've been living with the script for
18 months and the financing of a film is a nightmare situation. We've had a few ups and downs. But it's working
out. It's amazing what a difference it makes when you are finally in production. It's a low budget film but
tremendously ambitious," he says. A day off from filming was spent doing publicity for his new novel, The
Vesuvius Club, about the exploits of an Edwardian secret agent. It was commissioned three years ago and he's been
writing it in tandem with The League's film since then. "John Jarrold, who's a fan of the show and had read
some of my Doctor Who books, took me to lunch and said the terrifying words, 'Whatever you want to write'," he
recalls. "It's very nice but ultimately very frightening. I didn't know what to do but, at the back of my
mind, I'd always fancied doing a secret agent story. I'm a big fan of John Buchan. "I thought at first it
might be quite a hard book like Fleming's, but that changed. I didn't want anyone to think I had any serious literary
aspirations. I wanted to write the book I always want to take on holiday but never quite find." Enter
Lucifer Box, a portrait painter who's a wit, a dandy, a rake and the guest all hostesses (and a few hosts) want to
have. He also happens to be His Majesty's most accomplished and daring secret agent, a deducer and seducer of the
highest order. As you read The Vesuvius Club, you can visualise the TV drama or film that could be made from his
book. Gatiss rather fancies seeing it as a four-part BBC serial. Time will tell if that happens. "It was fun
but also an ordeal, like all writing is. There were times I cursed and times I was having such a good time," he
says. "The Edwardian period is my favourite time. I was brought up on Holmes and Fu Manchu, so I just used my
book as an excuse to read even more stuff and completely immerse myself in it. "But I did the thing I wasn't
supposed to do - I got so excited and started writing before I had fully thrashed out the plot. In the end I had to get
rid of stuff that I quite liked." He's contracted to do more Lucifer Box books. He'd like to move him on 20
years and do a Dennis Wheatley, early 1930s-style book which would give him "a whole new cartload of things
to have fun with". He hasn't been neglecting his acting, playing a curate in one of the new ITV1 Miss Marple
whodunits, The Murder At The Vicarage. Gatiss also has a part in the new film Woody Allen made in London during the
summer. His scene involved playing table tennis with hot Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson. "Whether that
will survive the edit, I don't know," he says.
A little help!
I am starting a new web site dedicated to
finding bikers (like myself) the best deals on Superbikes. The Web Site is at
http://www.superbikedeals.com and when launched in February 2005 it will provide the best prices for Kawasaki Honda
Suzuki Yamaha DucatiAprilia and Triumph, in other words the best motorbike deals, discounted motorbikes, best deals on
bikes! Ducati Prices Kawasaki Prices Yamah Price Suzuki list price aprilia discounts no part exchange deals cheap bike
insurance low rate finance technical advice
The help I need is if you have a web site
or a forum can you please provide a link to the web site somewhere on your site, no matter what country you are in! If you
email me at email@example.com and let me know where the link is I will add a link to your site from this site on the
new links page when it is launched, no matter what the site is!
I spent today on the film set
in Hadfoeld being looked after by Premier PR and at the end of filming had the opportunity to Interview Mark and
Steve...still in costume! I will post the full story in two days so come back soon!