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Monday, 21 August 2017

'Hedda Gabler', 1972

Jane Asher as Thea Elvsted in the BBC Play of the Month’s “Hedda Gabler”, aired on October 20th 1972. Janet Suzman played the title role and Ian McKellen Hedda's husband. 


“Hedda Gabler” is a play published in 1890 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. It is recognized as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama. The title character, Hedda, is considered one of the great dramatic roles in theatre.
As for Jane's role Thea Elvsted — She's a younger schoolmate of Hedda and a former acquaintance of George (Jørgen) Tesman (Hedda's husband). Nervous and shy, Thea is in an unhappy marriage.

Hedda, the daughter of an aristocratic and enigmatic general, has just returned to her villa in Kristiania (now Oslo) from her honeymoon. Her husband is George Tesman, a young, aspiring, and reliable (but not brilliant) academic who continued his research during their honeymoon. It becomes clear in the course of the play that she has never loved him but married him because she thinks her years of youthful abandon are over. It is also suggested that she may be pregnant.
The reappearance of George's academic rival, Eilert Løvborg, throws their lives into disarray. Eilert, a writer, is also a recovered alcoholic who has wasted his talent until now. Thanks to a relationship with Hedda's old schoolmate, Thea Elvsted (who has left her husband for him), Eilert shows signs of rehabilitation and has just published a bestseller in the same field as George. When Hedda and Eilert talk privately together, it becomes apparent that they are former lovers.
The critical success of his recently published work makes Eilert a threat to George, as Eilert is now a competitor for the university professorship George had been counting on. George and Hedda are financially overstretched, and George tells Hedda that he will not be able to finance the regular entertaining or luxurious housekeeping that she had been expecting. Upon meeting Eilert, however, the couple discover that he has no intention of competing for the professorship, but rather has spent the last few years labouring with Thea over what he considers to be his masterpiece, the "sequel" to his recently published work.
Apparently jealous of Thea's influence over Eilert, Hedda hopes to come between them. Despite his drinking problem, she encourages Eilert to accompany George and his associate, Judge Brack, to a party. George returns home from the party and reveals that he found the complete manuscript of Eilert's great work, which the latter lost while drunk. When Eilert next sees Hedda, he confesses to her, despairingly, that he has lost the manuscript. Instead of telling him that the manuscript has been found, Hedda encourages him to commit suicide, giving him a pistol. She then burns the manuscript and tells George she has destroyed it to secure their future.
When the news comes that Eilert has indeed killed himself, George and Thea are determined to try to reconstruct his book from Eilert's notes, which Thea has kept. Hedda is shocked to discover from Judge Brack that Eilert's death, in a brothel, was messy and probably accidental; this "ridiculous and vile" death contrasts with the "beautiful and free" one that Hedda had imagined for him. Worse, Brack knows the origins of the pistol. He tells Hedda that if he reveals what he knows, a scandal will likely arise around her. Hedda realizes that this places Brack in a position of power over her. Leaving the others, she goes into her smaller room and shoots herself in the head. The others in the room assume that Hedda is simply firing shots, and they follow the sound to investigate. The play ends with George, Brack, and Thea discovering her body.

Picture: ebay auction listing.

Friday, 18 August 2017

'Dream of the Summer Night', 1965

Jane Asher as Lynda Lampart and Ewan Hooper as Will Lampard in ‘Knock on any Door’ TV series 1st episode 'Dream of the Summer Night’, originally aired October 2nd 1965.




Photo 1) Lady Jane yahoo group.
Photos 2 & 3) ITV/REX/Shutterstock.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Modelling Garrard jewellery, 1977

May 11th, 1977 - Actress Jane Asher and Lady Mary Anstruthers-Gough-Calthorpe (now Lady Mary Bonas, also known as Mary-Gaye Cooper-Key) modelling jewellery by Garrard. Jane is wearing 4 million French Francs worth of rubies and diamonds.





Phillip Jackson / Associated Newspapers/REX/Shutterstock 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Dany Elwes portrait, 1992

October 26th, 1992 - Jane Asher portrayed by Dany Elwes.



Photo 1) Danny Elwes / Evening Standard /REX/Shutterstock.
Photo 2) Daily Mail.

Monday, 7 August 2017

'House' and 'Garden' stage plays, 2000

Jane Asher as Trish Platt in Alan Ayckburn's House and Garden stage plays. House takes place in the drawing room, and Garden in the grounds, of a large country house. Each play is self-contained (although each of course refers more or less obliquely to events in the other), and they may be attended in either order. 
After performances in 1999 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, the plays were staged in 2000 at the Royal National Theatre in London with a cast including Jane Asher, David Haig and Sian Thomas.  
They runned from 29th July 2000 until September 23rd 2000.














House and Garden are a diptych (or linked pair) of plays written by the English playwright Alan Ayckbourn, first performed on June 19 1999. They are designed to be staged simultaneously, with the same cast in adjacent auditoria. 
Audiences will be encouraged to see both plays, which concern a would-be Tory MP's confused private life (House) set against the backdrop of preparations for a village fête (Garden).

The same cast of actors are required to run between the National Theatre's Lyttleton and Olivier stages, performing the interwoven plays simultaneously. When a character exits through the French windows on the set of House, they appear a couple of minutes later on the fake-grass scenery of Garden next door.
The two stage managers use a communication system to co-ordinate exits and entries, avoid near-misses, and ensure that the two productions run perfectly in synch. Demonstrating an impressive athleticism, actors take about two minutes - or 90 seconds at a dash - to move between the two stages.
The stages, both in the same building, are separated by three flights of stairs and several corridors. Characters must maintain the impression they have strolled through a door rather than having run through a maze of corridors.
In Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre, where the plays premièred, the two stages were much nearer to each other - a mere 35 seconds apart. Allowances for the time actors need to get between stages are written into the play.
Extra speeches and a device called the "emergency dog" allow whoever is on stage to play for time. Actress Alexandra Mathie explains: "The dog will bark and one has to respond in character to the dog in some way. So we're discovering our attitudes to dogs as well."

This nightmare of synchronisation - the plays must begin and end simultaneously - extends Ayckbourn's experiments with time and space.

As is typical of his work, Ayckbourn portrays the mostly bittersweet relationships between more or less unhappy, upper-middle-class people. The title is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the magazine House & Garden, in which country houses and gardens are often portrayed as idyllic, peaceful places.

Photos 1 & 2) 1999 - Jane Asher in rehearshals for “House” and “Garden” plays, with the director Alan Ayckbourn. http://www.lebrecht.co.uk
Photo 3) Jane Asher, a major character in House, has a three-minute role in Garden. BBC.
Photo 4) From the net. Coment below if it's yours and I'll give you full credit.
Photos 5 to 13) Jane with Malcolm Sinclair (as Gavin Ryng-Mayne), Charlie Hayes (as Sally Platt), Zabou Brightman (as Lucille Cadeau) and David Haig (as Teddy Platt). photostage.co.uk

Friday, 4 August 2017

Jane Asher opens £1.7m school building in Stockton, 2010

Evening Gazette
June 11th, 2010

Jane Asher opens £1.7m school building in Stockton

POPULAR actress and well-known cake maker Jane Asher was on Teesside yesterday to officially open a new £1.7m special school facility.


POPULAR actress and well-known cake maker Jane Asher was on Teesside yesterday to officially open a new £1.7m special school facility.

The Walker Building, a new purpose-built building at Stockton’s Abbey Hill School and Technology College campus, was opened by Jane in her role as president of the National Autistic Society.


Abbey Hill is part of Stockton Borough First Federation which also includes Westlands School in Thornaby.

The building is a welcome addition to the school’s provision for young people on the autistic spectrum.

Work finished last summer and since then students have been making the most of the school’s latest addition which boasts five spacious classrooms a multi-use hall, a kitchen and social areas.

The work was funded through capital funding from Stockton Council, central government and the school’s own funds.

The building is on the former site of the Hardwick Youth Club and is used by youth groups and the community on a night.

Stockton mayor Councillor Colin Leckonby was also present for the opening.

Elizabeth Horne, executive headteacher of the federation, said: “Since 2005 this school has been annually recognised by the National Autistic Society as a centre of excellence in the education of young people with autism so it is fitting that Jane Asher, will officially open the Walker Building.

“Not only is it a fantastic addition to the federation’s educational provision, it also benefits the wider community.”

Jane said: “One of the most satisfying aspects of my work as president of the NAS is seeing children with autism given the education and support they need, and Abbey Hill School has always been a prime example of getting it right.

“I’m very honoured to have been asked to open the new Walker Building – I know the pupils there will have the best possible start in achieving their full potential and going on to live fulfilled and happy lives.”

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “ The purpose-built building will offer pupils the perfect environment to learn and enjoy their time at school.”