In November, Netflix will drop its most ambitious Originals series ever, ‘The Crown’ – the first season of a drama that’ll tell the story of the entire reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Its creator and writer is Peter Morgan, who has previous with Her Maj – he wrote the movie ‘The Queen’ and the play ‘The Audience’, both starring Helen Mirren. We’ve had a sneak watch of all ten episodes, and can report that this is as good as it gets – exciting and smart drama.
Claire Foy is terrific as young Elizabeth II, who we first meet in her twenties: her father, George VI (Jared Harris) is still king and she’s recently married Philip (Matt Smith). The first series examines how she copes with the responsibility of becoming Queen and explores the major relationships in her life: her husband; her first Prime Minister; her sister Princess Margaret; and her uncle, the former Edward VIII. It’s about power, duty, politics and tradition, and we’re hooked.
Princess Elizabeth and King George VI, played by Claire Foy and Jared Harris, on the future queen’s wedding day in the £100 million series
We may expect, and perhaps Netflix is even hoping for, controversy when the first batch of The Crown, its epic contemporary answer to the BBC’s The Hollow Crown, is released to subscribers on November 4. This £100 million, 60-episode, six-series dramatisation of the reign of the Queen begins with her father coughing up blood into a royal loo. Not long afterwards, as he dresses for his daughter’s wedding, his irritation at being incarcerated in a stiff collar by a flunky is ameliorated by an exchange of filthy limericks with his equerry, Peter Townsend. George VI’s effort features the c-word.
Theatre: Recent theatre includes HAMLET GLOBE-2-GLOBE WORLD TOUR with Shakespeare’s Globe: a 2 year tour to every country in the world in which Tom played Hamlet, Laertes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as well as reprising the role of Horatio (Helen Hayes Outstanding Supporting Actor Nomination 2013); BLUE STOCKINGS and A MIDUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Shakespeare’s Globe); SUMMER & SMOKE (Apollo Theatre); WHEN WE ARE MARRIED (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman); Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s HOUSE & GARDEN (Salisbury Playhouse); OLIVER TWIST (Manchester Library Theatre) and BILOXI BLUES (Vanbrugh Theatre).
Tom is also a founding member of the pioneering site specific theatre company PUNCHDRUNK, devising, writing & performing roles in numerous productions including the MC in the award winning MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH; Mercutio in THE FIREBIRD BALL; Oedipus in OEDIPUS REX; Woyzeck in WOYZECK and Yasha in THE CHERRY ORCHARD.
Film: A SUMMER HAMLET (Dusthouse Productions); AGE OF HEROES (Giant Films); Richard Eyre’s STAGE BEAUTY (Lionsgate Films). Short films include CHRIST’S DOG written by Howard Barker; JACK & JILL directed by Ashtar Alkhirsan, ISAAC directed by Jesse Lawrence and THE TRENCH directed by Alex Campbell.
Television: JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL; SILENT WITNESS IX; DOCTORS; INSPECTOR LINLEY MYSTERIES III; SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED: HAMLET (BBC) and Danny Boyle’s BABYLON (Channel 4).
Radio: A multitude of plays and serials for BBC R3, 4, 5 & World Service. Credits include NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Sony Award Winner); A CHARLES PARIS MYSTERY: TO SICKEN & SO DIE with Bill Nighy; DIXON OF DOCK GREEN with David Calder; LIKE AN ANGEL with Freddie Jones and MADE IN CHINA with Ken Hom, recorded via live link-up to BBC Vancouver, Canada. Audiobook recordings include THE COLLECTED WORKS OF JOHN BETJEMANN; Erich Maria Remarque’s ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT and Joe Dunthorne’s WILD ABANDON.
Tom has a keen interest in new writing and has had a continued involvement in rehearsed readings and workshops at the R.N.T., Royal Court, Shakespeare’s Globe and RADA.
WOW! Real Tear Jerker …. Opens June 3rd … photo credit: Alex Bailey
So far only Emilia Clarke’s mother has reached out to comment to the star on the new trailer for Me Before You, which has sent Internet audiences worldwide grabbing for their tissues. She thought it “looked great,” as most mothers would. But it’s Clarke’s friends that have already screened the film that are having the greatest effect on the woman best known as Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen. Apparently, exiting the theater red-eyed and puffy is just what she’s looking for.
“I haven’t done a very sad movie before,” says Clarke, calling from Los Angeles where she is doing some press for her upcoming film. “And now I’ve had friends that have seen the movie, are in tears, crying and I’m like, ‘Yay, good, I’m glad, I’m so happy that I’ve made you break down in tears.’ That’s a good sign. We are affecting people! But what a bizarre concept? I wouldn’t normally wish for people to cry.”
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