Happy New Year!

10 Jan

Happy New Year, Northam-watchers! And happy indeed it is to begin a year with upcoming projects to get excited about.

Jeremy is currently in rehearsals for Hay Fever, opening at the Noel Coward Theatre on 10 February and running for sixteen weeks (last night, 2 June). The full cast has now been announced, and stars Lindsay Duncan (Judith Bliss), Kevin McNally (David Bliss), Jeremy Northam (Richard Greatham) and Olivia Colman (Myra Arundel) are joined by Sam Callis (Sandy Tyrell), Freddie Fox (Simon Bliss), Jenny Galloway (Clara), Amy Morgan (Jackie Coryton) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Sorel Bliss). Howard Davies directs, with designs by Bunny Christie, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Mike Walker.

Tickets are selling fast, so if you haven’t booked yours yet, I’d get your skates on. You can book them direct from the theatre here (and via all the usual ticketing agents). Jeremy hasn’t graced a London stage since 2004 (Old Times, Donmar Warehouse) and there are many who thought perhaps he’d given up treading the boards, so this is a rare opportunity to see Jeremy air his Olivier Award-winning chops in public. In a comedy, too. For me, this is the stuff dreams are made of (literally!). If you can go, do!

White Heat, the other early 2012 treat in store, looks like it may be broadcast in March (the exact date, I’m told by the BBC, will only be confirmed two weeks prior to transmission, so could change). Happily, the BBC would like us to feature White Heat here at the blog, so look out for more information and pictures (oh yes!) next month.

A reminder:

White Heat is a new six-part drama series about the interwoven lives, loves and betrayals of seven characters whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the Sixties through to present day, written for BBC Two by award-winning writer Paula Milne.

Passionate, dangerous and compelling, the characters’ love stories and friendships are set against a backdrop that takes us from Wilson to Thatcher, feminism to the Falklands, hedonism to HIV – exploring the personal and political journeys which shaped their destinies to make them the people they are today.

White Heat stars Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, United), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit, The Promise), Reece Ritchie (Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Pete Versus Life), Lee Ingleby (Being Human, Inspector George Gently), MyAnna Buring (The Twilight Saga, Any Human Heart), David Gyasi (Red Tails, Murderland) and Jessica Gunning, with Jeremy playing the father of Sam Claflin’s character. It’s being billed as one of the BBC’s drama highlights for 2012.

And that’s all we know about for now … might there be more? If there is, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Gill

16 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Janelle V. Dvorak January 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Hurrah for “Hay Fever” and roll on “White Heat”! Rumor has it that when I’m in London for “Hay Fever”, I may even get to meet the author of this blog.

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

      Janelle, I’m dreaming happily about that too, and can’t wait, it’s been too long XXX

  2. LauraP January 10, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Belated Happy New Year to all Jeremy’s fans! Two thousand-twelve is going to be a Good Northam-Year. I just know it!

    I’m looking forward to living vicariously through you, Gill, when you see Mr N on stage. Thanks for this update. : )

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

      You’re very welcome, Laura. I only wish there was a way to spirit you over here to see Hay Fever too, but, in lieu of that, those of us who do will try our level best to recreate the experience for The Vicarious Club!

      • LauraP January 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

        The Vicarious Club! Love it, Gill! Sign me up as a Charter Member.

  3. jennythenipper January 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Joining Laura in the ranks of the -Living Vicariously-thru-Gill.

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 10, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

      On this occasion … but I have been living vicariously thru you for another actor’s sake only today ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Annie January 10, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    I live in Melbourne, but will be in London in April, I’ve already booked tickets! I haven’t seen the handsome Mr Northam on stage before so you can only imagine my excitement!

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

      D’you know, Annie, I can imagine it very well ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • jules January 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

        Happy New Year to everyone – and it’s getting off to a good start in Northam-terms with lots to look forward to…fingers crossed for those White Heat photos Gill!!!!

  5. Robyn Wildman January 11, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    It’s an exciting start to 2012 for Jeremy Northam fans!! I feel so fortunate to be heading to London to see Hay Fever in March!! I missed seeing Old Times in 2004 so it’s been a LONG wait for this opportunity. I wasn’t going to miss it! My visit has the added bonus of meeting you, Gill, and several other JN fans! Sharing the experience makes it that much more fantastic!! I just wish everyone could go!

    As for White Heat, I hope it will make it to the US soon! I DO hope an episode will air while I’m in London. And NOT on the night I see Hay Fever! Gill, how great is it that BBC wants to use your blog to promote the show!! That’s amazing!! Can’t wait to see all the info!

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 11, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Really looking forward to meeting, you too Robyn, I know we’re all going to have a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, we should have some White Heat features end Feb/beginning of March, so look out for those.

  6. Martina January 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Thank you very much for the update! Itยดs always delightful to have something to look forward regarding Mr. Northamยดs work! Waiting impatiently for those pics and infos!
    ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Gill Fraser Lee January 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      You’re very welcome, Martina ๐Ÿ™‚ Not too long to wait, I hope! x

  7. Sapphire Ear (@sapphirear) January 24, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Thank you for keeping us updated!

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