9 promotional stills for Romola’s play Indian Ink (which opens today in New York!) have been added to the gallery. Performances will continue through Nov. 30.
Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor tries to preserve the legacy of Flora’s controversial career.
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Broadway.com has posted a new interview with Romola which you can read below – there’s even a pretty new picture! Enjoy!
“I was a terrible showoff as a child and when people would say, ‘You have such an unusual name,’ I’d feel very important. People pronounce it wrongly, but I never correct them because that’s a bore. My last name is actually pronounced with a rolling ‘R,’ but if you asked anyone to do that, they’d hate you forever.”
“My family and I were British expats [in Hong Kong and Singapore] for the first part of my life, and I think that helps me connect with this play. I can understand the romantic idea of living outside Britain, even though we were not in India.”
“I’m such a killjoy when people want to talk about costumes. I’m so over it! In my day-to-day life, I basically wear a tracksuit all the time. I feel so lucky that I don’t have to sleep in rollers and get up and wear a corset every day.”
“There’s a sweetness to this play that will surprise people who think of Tom Stoppard as someone who is mainly interested in ideas. It’s a moving play with fantastic female leads. I love playing a woman in that age who is committed to making art. She’s very brave.”
“I don’t really talk about my personal life. [Garai and her actor husband Sam Hoare have a one-year-old daughter, whose name they haven’t revealed.] I think it’s because I started [acting] young and found the attention overwhelming. I would never want my child to turn to me one day and say, ‘You didn’t give me my privacy.’”
“I never get recognized and that’s a great thing because I’m a very private person. Funnily enough, Americans are more willing to say, ‘Do I know you?’ Then you have to list the things you’ve been in and they say, ‘No, I didn’t see that.’ I guess I have one of those faces that can be made to look different.”
Thanks so much to Mia for letting me know about this – I probably would have completely missed it otherwise!
Romola recently starred in the ITV documentary The Great War: The People’s Story which tells the extraordinary stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed during the First World War in their own words.
Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, the experiences of men and women, young and old, from across Britain and the social classes that divided society at the time, are vividly brought to life in 4×60 series The Great War: The People’s Story, produced by Shiver [ITV Studios].
With narration from Olivia Colman, The Great War: The People’s Story tells the real-life stories of soldiers, from privates to officers, their wives and girlfriends left behind, and people from Britain’s villages and cities. They are portrayed by a cast of actors including Alison Steadman, Daniel Mays, Claire Foy, Brian Cox, Romola Garai, MyAnna Buring and Matthew McNulty, who speak their words as they were written in their diaries and letters.
These moving accounts, revealing their intimate thoughts and feelings, offer a raw insight into the profound impact of being caught up in a conflict that would change their lives – and Britain – forever. Sourced from archives and libraries across the country, selected in partnership with Imperial War Museums, which provided much of the material, and brought to life by actors – each story conveys the hopes, fears, heroism and tragedies of countless ordinary British people… made all the more powerful by the fact that every word is real. (Source)
Romola Garai will star in the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink, joining the previously announced Tony winner Rosemary Harris. The Roundabout production, directed by Carey Perloff, will begin performances at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on September 4. Opening night is set for September 30. [...]
Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe (Garai) on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor (Harris) tries to preserve the legacy of Flora’s controversial career. (Source)
A very happy birthday to Romola today! May she have a great time with her beautiful family!
Congratulations are in order – according to The Telegraph, Romola and her long-time partner Sam have tied the knot!
Hoare, who is best known for the BBC comedy series Blandings, confirms to Mandrake that Romola is now his wife. What is more, he is about to traverse the Atlantic for her. “I’m moving to New York because my wife is doing a play off-Broadway,” says the actor at a preview screening of Gentleman’s Wager hosted by Johnnie Walker Blue Label in Knightsbridge. “I’m going to be doing a bit of acting, too, but mostly changing nappies in Brooklyn. We just found an apartment for four months, so we’ll be back in December.”
I could not find any other information on the play Romola will be doing in New York, but I hope more information surface soon!
After wrapping filming on Suffragette, Romola is now working on an exciting new project: She is currently filming a movie called Dominion which is an indie drama about Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. Romola will portray his wife.
The movie – which is based on the last day of Thomas’ short life at the White Horse Tavern in New York -, is being shot in black and white by Steven Bernstein (cinematographer on Monster, Like Water for Chocolate) from his own script.
The film also stars Rodrigo Santoro, John Malkovich and Rhys Ifans and is being produced by Richard Gladstein, who noted, “It’s not a biopic at all, but rather a testament to the man and his legacy.” (Thomas died at the age of 39 of pneumonia but was a voracious drinker.)
The title of the film is obviously drawn from one of his most famous poems, And Death Shall Have No Dominion. (Source)
Just a quick note to let you all know that the DVD and BluRay for The Last Days on Mars will be released on on August 18, 2014 in the UK, so be sure to mark your calendars!