[ Tom Hiddleston won the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Newcomer in a Play for his dual role ( Posthumus Leonatus & Cloten ) in Cymbeline ! ]  

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*First Published Sun 09 Mar 2008 19:20 (GMT)

*Tom Hiddleston Declared 2008’s Laurence Olivier Awards Best Newcomer in a Play 

Tom Hiddleston has been awarded the 2008 Best Newcomer in a Play Laurence Olivier Award. He received two nominations in the category for his roles in Othello at the Donmar Warehouse and for Cymbeline at the Barbican–the latter winning him the award. Nominated alongside Hiddleston were Stephen Wight for Dealer’s Choice at Trafalgar Studios 1 and David Dawson for The Life And Times of Nicholas Nickleby at the Gielgud.
Cymbeline, one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, tells the story of stolen sons, a banished son-in-law and a wicked stepmother. Hiddleston performed the role of Posthumus, who secretly marries the King’s daughter Imogen before being tricked into thinking she has been unfaithful. Produced by Cheek By Jowl, this was Hiddleston’s second experience working for the company after performing in their touring production of The Changeling, for which he received an Ian Charleson Award nomination.
After schooling at Eton, Hiddleston completed an English degree at Cambridge before attending RADA, from which he graduated in 2005. He made his London stage debut in Yorgjin Oxo: The Man at Theatre503 in 2005, before appearing in The Changeling in 2006. His second nomination in this category was for his performance in the role of Cassio opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Othello, for which he earned great critical acclaim. Hiddleston’s 2007 also saw him star in the award-winning film Unrelated, written by Joanna Hogg.  

Source: ​officiallondontheatre.co.uk


The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

part 2

The thing about working in either a) SHIELD or b) Stark Industries is that they do lots of things that require the participation of lots of really smart people, and one of the things that really smart people occasionally have in common is the devastating experience of not being understood by anyone around you, and also being uncool because you’re smarter than a few of your peers; it’s kind of weird to wake up one day in English class and realise you’re half way through Nicholas Nickleby while everyone else is stuck on Spot the Dog, which, OK, more than a little cruel, but the point being made, or attempting to be made, is that lots and lots of the really smart people who work at SHIELD and Stark Industries (or both) have a certain specific thing in common, and that thing is this: Star Wars.

Well, you know, not just Star Wars. There’s Trek and the Doctor and the battered Miles Vorkosigan books piled in the R&D breakroom and stuff like that, but - think, if you will, of Star Wars as the shorthand for all the stuff that these really smart people have in common, and then imagine what it means that you can just sort of say Star Wars and mean everything, and then try and picture the amount of people crowded into the mess hall for Clint and Natasha’s sabre fight.

—  “may the fourth” by irnan (on AO3), blogged in honor of SW Celebration and the Force Awakens teaser
Dickens of the day: Nicholas Nickleby

I watched the movie, read the book - and now I’m re-watching the movie. (It’s probably my favourite Dickens so far.) 

One thing I’d forgotten about: how in the first five minutes of the movie (and the first five pages of the book) we learn that Mr. Nickleby Senior lost his fortune through speculation. Together with Messrs. Clennam, Dorrit and Thornton Sr., that makes up a fair number of luckless gentlemen whom I’ve come across in the last week only. 

Bankers and stockbrokers: ruining lives since 1838. 

(Or rather 1698/1721, because we mustn’t forget the Company of Scotland and the South Sea Bubble).