Lenny Henry, actor
'I was blown away by the recent Hockney exhibition'
Friday 07 June 2013
I've been to see Adrian Lester in two things, Red Velvet (written by his wife, the fantastic writer Lolita Chakrabarti) about the life of Ira Aldridge. Aldridge was the first non-Caucasian actor to play Shakespeare in the UK. It's a great play – I also saw Adrian in the National Theatre's recent production of Othello. He and Rory Kinnear were brilliant.
Star Trek Into Darkness – I think Zachary Quinto gives a huge part in this movie, as does the Benedict Cumberbatch meister. There are really excellent special effects.
I've just read a mind-blower: Into the Woods by John Yorke (who is a drama commissioner at the BBC). It's an incredibly dense but very readable tome about the art of storytelling. It doesn't try to instruct you how to write a screenplay (like Save the Cat by Blake Snyder and Story by Robert Mckee and Screenplay by Syd Field), it sort of tells you why. Why some rules maintain, three acts versus five, character archetypes and so on. It is really worth a read.
I was blown away by the recent Hockney exhibition. I spent a lot of time walking around with my jaw on the floor.
Lenny Henry appears in 'Fences' at the Duchess Theatre, London WC2 (nimaxtheatres.com) 19 June to 14 September
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
Oscars 2015 Bringing you all the news from the 87th Academy Awards
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Film Hollywood's new leading lady talks about her Ramsay Street days
Oscar voter speaks outfilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scarlett Johansson new band 'already hit with legal complaint' from another The Singles
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What colour is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Wolf Hall finale, review: Simply brilliant TV
Blade Runner sequel: Harrison Ford confirmed to return with Denis Villeneuve directing
All fiction follows one of six basic storylines, according to new research
House of Cards season 3 premiere, review: Has Frank Underwood gone soft?
Scarlett Johansson new band 'already hit with legal complaint' from another The Singles
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit