Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Monday, 20 June 2011

Luise Miller Observer review

Here's a good extract from a Luise Miller review in yesterday's Observer newspaper.

In a finely cast production, Felicity Jones is outstanding. Small and unadorned, still but earnest, she looks as if she's stepped out of a painting by Chardin. She has a repose on the stage which conveys intensity without fussing, goodness without sweetness. This is an appearance awaited by everyone who's followed this exceptional actress. There have been the screen roles – the school bully in The Worst Witch – and the sterling radio work – she was the voice of the young Emma Carter in The Archers. Her stage appearances have always been striking: she was vital in That Face; she had an eerie grace in The Chalk Garden. Now she is flying.

And from the FT...
In what is now the title role, Felicity Jones is on top form. Her Luise is fatalistic from the start. Rather than unleash the raging passions of Sturm und Drang, Jones husbands them until a tremendous duet scene with Alex Kingston, as the Prince’s mistress, to whom Ferdinand is assigned in a marriage of convenience.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The Felicity Jones phenomenon continues in Luise Miller

Another Luise Miller article...

Felicity Jones is in great demand for films but says she has no plans to abandon the West End.

Jones, 27, landed the role of Luise Miller at the Donmar Warehouse having already scooped the special jury prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival for Like Crazy, Drake Doremus's low-budget movie.

Jones will work on movie projects in New York when her Donmar run ends. A second film with Doremus is also in the pipeline.

But she says more lucrative film work cannot take her away from the theatre. "I absolutely want to keep a balance," she said after Luise Miller opened last night. "I love working with Michael Grandage and once you find you have a really good working relationship with someone, it is vital you continue that.

"It is such an extraordinary challenge that I wouldn't ever be able to leave it. It tests you in a completely different way as an actor that you don't find in films. Why would you ever not want to do both?"

Jones, who lives in east London, said of the Luise Miller cast: "We have put a lot of heart and soul into this play and it has been absolutely brilliant that people liked it as much as they did.

"It is a fine balance between humour and tragedy... we work very hard to maintain the tragedy in the lighter moments."


Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Friday, 3 June 2011

Fliss in Daily Mail and interview

A couple of new Felicity finds relating to her new play Luise Miller. First a piece in today's Daily Mail...

Star with Julia Roberts? Sorry, I'm busy

Felicity Jones was being told by her Hollywood representatives that ‘she’d made it’.

One of the studios was offering her the title role of Snow White. Opposite Julia Roberts.

How could she turn it down? Easy. She was doing a play at the Donmar Warehouse called Luise Miller, which begins performances on Wednesday.

Felicity probably would have been paid 1,000 times the £400 or £500 a week she’s getting at the Donmar, but she was adamant she was doing the play. Michael Grandage, the Donmar’s artistic chief who is also directing the adaptation of Schiller’s play, told me a while ago that Felicity was committed to doing Luise Miller.

‘I’d heard she’d been sent all these film scripts and offered this role and that, so I asked her if we were still on for the Schiller and she told me not to worry about it. She’d made a promise and she was sticking to it,’ Grandage told me.

The race for Felicity began when people started watching her new film Like Crazy, one of the hits at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

I noticed directors, producers and studio bosses stalking her in cinemas and in the streets of Sundance and marvelled at how she handled herself.

There was no way she was going to be consumed by the Hollywood movie machine — unless it was something she wanted to do.

Meanwhile, the only thing on her mind at the moment is working with her fellow actors in Luise Miller. They include Max Bennett, Ben Daniels, Alex Kingston, Lloyd Everitt, Paul Higgins, David Dawson, John Light, Alexander Pritchett and Finty Williams.

And second, here's a link to a long interview...

The Big Interview: Felicity Jones

Finally a photo...

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Thanks to Enrique.