Shadow and Bone

ZoŽ plays Baghra, a stern teacher, in this major new fantasy series for Netflix, based on Leigh Bardugoís bestselling Grishaverse novels. Release date: 23 April.

Constellations

ZoŽ stars as physicist Marianne, opposite Peter Capaldi, in the Donmar Warehouse's revival of Constellations at the Vaudeville Theatre, London. The play explores a relationship through a cosmological lens. Performances: 23 June to 24 July. Tickets from Nimax Theatres.

Britannia

Filming for the third series of Sky Atlantic's epic drama about the Romans invading ancient Britain, starring ZoŽ as vengeful Queen Antedia, took place in 2020-21. Release date TBA.

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News round-up: watch The Cherry Orchard, Piaf and a Shadow and Bone teaser...

25 January 2021 17:19

The Cherry Orchard from National Theatre at Home

We're all missing live performances, but now the UK's National Theatre has come up with a wonderful way to help us relive the magic at home.

The NT's beautiful 2011 production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (in a version by Andrew Upton), starring ZoŽ as beleaguered Russian aristocrat Ranyevskaya, is available to watch worldwide via NTatHome.com.

You can rent the production or, if you fancy watching lots of other shows from the theatre's back catalogue too, you may prefer to subscribe to this new streaming service.

The Cherry Orchard was directed by the highly respected Howard Davies and filmed for the 2011 NT Live season, which saw it broadcast in cinemas around the world. Being a pretty enthusiastic fan (!), I watched the production at the theatre and later in a cinema, and remember well the excitement of both events.

Fellow fan Robertta watched The Cherry Orchard with friends and recalls how the cast and staging of the play 'moved us so much!'

'ZoŽ Wanamaker is magnificent as Ranyevskaya, suggesting, to an unprecedented extent, the acuteness of this woman's emotional intelligence,' wrote Paul Taylor in the Independent during the play's run.

Whether you're watching this production of The Cherry Orchard for the first time or rediscovering it after ten years, enjoy!

Piaf on Broadway

For another cultural treat in these theatre-starved times, head to YouTube. There you'll find the TV adaptation of the Broadway production of Pam Gems' Piaf - an unflinching exploration of the legendary French singer's private and public life - originally broadcast in 1982.

This acclaimed production was also directed by Howard Davies. Playing Edith Piaf is Jane Lapotaire, with Zoe in the role of her half-sister, Toine.

Zoe credits Piaf with helping her become 'a braver actor'. Her performance led to her being nominated for Tony and Drama Desk awards. Some time ago, ZoŽ kindly provided a photo for the website of herself with Jane Lapotaire, Elizabeth Taylor and Glenda Jackson as they celebrated their Tony nominations.

Shadow and Bone teaser

Here's the suitably intriguing teaser for Netflix's Shadow and Bone, the eagerly anticipated fantasy series based on Leigh Bardugoís incredibly successful Grishaverse novels.

No glimpse of ZoŽ as Baghra yet, but we shouldn't have too much longer to wait. Netflix has announced that the series will be released in April.

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