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The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School becomes our charity

29 Sep

(Could you please imagine a rather wonderful trumpet fanfare?) I’m delighted to announce that the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where Jeremy Northam trained, has agreed to be The Jeremy Northam Blog charity!

This year, it will be Jeremy’s 50th birthday, and I wanted to do something special to show our appreciation for Jeremy’s work. Many actors prefer charitable donations in their name to personal gifts, so this seemed like an appropriate and respectful thing for us to do for our very private favourite actor. We will be able to send our good wishes to Jeremy and help other actors become the Jeremy Northams of the future. The School has trained many distinguished actors, including Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons, Pete Postlethwaite, Miranda Richardson, and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Jeremy Northam in 'The Voysey Inheritance' at the NT, for which he won an Olivier in 1990

I will be giving you more information in a future blog post about the Theatre School and the work it does, including how funds will be used to help students.

So, how will we be able to send good wishes to Jeremy and help the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School? There will be an online Just Giving page where we can make donations and leave a message for Jeremy. Jeremy can view the Just Giving page, and he will be sent (via his agent) a regular update of funds raised in his honour.

In addition, the Blog and Jeremy’s fansites will be running some sponsored events you can get involved with, plus some auctions*. There will be more information about the sponsored events and auctions very soon, but I am delighted to be able to tell you that the Theatre School have already offered some tickets to one of their performances, plus a chance to see some of their students in rehearsal, as auction lots. So start saving up now!

As Berowne, 'Love's Labour's Lost', RSC at the Barbican, 1994

I have seen a Just Giving page in action for actor Toby Stephens, raising funds for LAMDA where Toby trained. This fund is in place with Toby’s knowledge and blessing, is very well (and respectfully) run by his fans, and Just Giving moderate the comments on their pages.

As regular Blog readers will know, we can’t expect Jeremy to actively participate, but he does know what we are doing. Of course, I hope we keep it running after Jeremy’s birthday so it’s possible to wish him good luck when a new film opens or tv drama is broadcast, and for future birthdays.

I hope you are as excited about this as I am! Please do check back often as there will be updates and more information very soon.

*If you are able to donate something for us to auction, we would be more than delighted. Please contact me if so: henrysmummy@talktalk.net

by Gill

Journey’s End, Jeremy Northam’s first major TV appearance

22 Nov

As we wait to find out what Jeremy will be working on next, I thought it might be fun to go back in time to one of his first TV appearances. Back in 1988, Jeremy played the role of Captain Stanhope in a TV adaptation of  Journey’s End.

Jeremy as Captain Stanhope in 'Journey's End'.

Journey’s End was Robert Cedric Sherriff’s best known play, and having been a captain in WW1, he was well-placed to write it. It was first performed in 1928, directed by James Whale, and with Laurence Olivier (then only 21) in the lead role of Captain Stanhope. In 1929, it was published in both play and novel versions. Sheriff went onto write more plays, novels, and most notably, screenplays. He was nominated, along with his co-writers, for an Academy Award for the screenplay of Goodbye Mr Chips, and went on to write award-nominated screenplays for The Dam Busters and The Night My Number Came Up. James Whale made a film version of Journey’s End in 1930.

Jeremy was, in 1988, still primarily a stage actor, so although he will have been busily learning all about working in front of a camera, he will already have been familiar with the format of a play. Very sadly, it’s not possible to see the play in its entirety as it’s not available on DVD (if anyone manages to source it, please let me know!). However (and with MANY thanks to Edward Petherbridge who also starred in Journey’s End), we ARE able to see an excerpt at YouTube which features Mr Petherbridge as Lt. Osbourne, Timothy Spall as Lt. Trotter and Jeremy’s Captain Stanhope.

Mr Petherbridge was kind enough to tell me that … Jeremy was splendid in Journey’s End – his first major TV role. He also hopes that he may be able to put some more of the play on YouTube in the future, which will be wonderful! If Edward Petherbridge seems familiar to you, it’s because he also appeared in The Statement with Jeremy. He is a very distinguished stage actor, as you will see from exploring his website: Peth’s Staging Post. You can see Edward Petherbridge on TV in the new Showtime series, The Borgias, next year.

Captain Stanhope is not a role that Jeremy would have been given had his immense talent as an actor not already been evident. I’ll leave you to see how well he was cast by watching the clip and reading the play. I believe that this adaptation of the play adds an on-camera raid (which happens off-stage in the original), but otherwise is largely faithful to Sherriff’s script. I only wish it were possible to see all of it …

Thank you to Joan aka HazelP for the image.

by Gill

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