'I am very happy to make this website, designed by Liz, official.'
ZoŽ Wanamaker CBE
My name's Liz, and I manage the website. For details of when and why it was created, please see the section about this website.
ZoŽ has an official Twitter account, @ZoeWanamaker, that she runs with her PA, Vanessa. I tweet at @LizLockhart1985.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse:
You can donate to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and find out more about this recreation of an indoor Jacobean theatre, on the Shakespeare's Globe website. ZoŽ, who is Honorary President of the Globe, talks about the history and significance of the project in a video by the theatre.
Guestbook - To sign the guestbook, please click the picture below. Your comments are much appreciated.
13 March 2017 00:31
Olivier Award nomination for Elegy
We'll find out whether the play, which was staged at the Donmar Warehouse, has been chosen as the winner on 9 April, when the prestigious awards ceremony takes place in London.
The Wild Party press night
ZoŽ was photographed attending The Wild Party's press night on 21 February (see the tenth picture in the gallery). She can also be glimpsed in the musical's press night video.
The Wild Party stars Frances Ruffelle as vaudeville showgirl Queenie and is the first show to be staged at Andrew Lloyd Webber's new London venue, The Other Palace.
Relive the Harpers' highlights
A talented fan called Karoline has been busy capturing some of My Family's most memorable moments for her new blog, Let's Visit the Harpers. There you'll find an ever expanding collection of gifs showing ZoŽ and her co-stars as the hilarious Harpers (one of my favourites is above), in addition to some of the long-running sitcom's funniest lines.
With eleven years' worth of My Family episodes at her disposal, Karoline will certainly be keeping us entertained with her blog for some time to come!
23 February 2017 17:01
You can now watch ZoŽ's interview at the Oxford Union, recorded in January, thanks to the famous debating society's YouTube channel. The lively, wide-ranging discussion is full of fascinating insights into ZoŽ's career on stage and screen, as well as her charity work.
Here are three of my favourite moments:
- 'It's mad. It's absolutely mad!' is how Zoe enthusiastically describes Britannia, the forthcoming Sky/Amazon TV drama set in 43 AD, in which she plays a Celtic queen.
- 'You have to be everything [as an actor],' ZoŽ's father, Sam Wanamaker, advised her. Acting alone isn't enough Ė you need to be able to dance, sing, play sport and more!
- ZoŽ calls Zorba!, the Broadway musical she starred in during May 2015, 'the most exciting thing I've ever done'. She only had a few weeks to learn four songs Ė and even less time to rehearse the show and learn the choreography. Incredible!
Thank you, Karoline, for bringing the video to my attention.
23 February 2017 14:56
On 13 March, ZoŽ will be interviewed during an exclusive event at prestigious London venue The Club at The Ivy in order to raise funds for an arts charity close to her heart, Mousetrap Theatre Projects.
ZoŽ, who is a patron of Mousetrap, will discuss her amazing career with The Ivy's Director, Fernando Peire. The interview will be followed by a short Q&A with questions from the audience.
As the charity explains, everyone who attends An Evening with ZoŽ Wanamaker at The Ivy will be supporting its 'mission to engage, educate and inspire young people through theatre, particularly those who are disadvantaged economically, socially or have special needs'. Mousetrap gives thousands of young people the opportunity to enjoy London's vibrant theatre scene each year, in addition to running related educational projects.
There are a handful of tickets left for this special, private event, and Mousetrap wondered if any of Zoe's fans visiting this website would like to come along. If so, you can buy tickets and find more details online, via the Golden Giving website.
Thank you, Emily, for the event information.
17 February 2017 01:11
ZoŽ was one of the special guests invited to the West End opening night of Tom Stoppard's inventive comedy, Travesties, on 15 February. She'd wrapped up warmly against the cold with a cosy scarf, as you can see from BroadwayWorld's red carpet photos.
Travesties, which stars Tom Hollander and Freddie Fox, is running at the Apollo Theatre (the venue for ZoŽ's All My Sons in 2010). Other special guests included Stoppard, Samuel West and Trevor Nunn.
15 February 2017 01:05
On 13 February, an audience at London's BFI Southbank was treated to the first public screening of The Eagle Has Landed since the programme's original broadcast in 1973. In this innovative satire, which brings the wonders of space exploration down to earth with a bang, a very young ZoŽ made her fourth TV appearance. She played dippy hippy Alice, a victim of a sinister plan by two astronauts who take over her home after presenting a variety show on the moon.
The Eagle Has Landed is undeniably Ė and deliberately Ė bizarre. It's also sharp, witty and compelling, thanks to brilliant performances and David Edgar's savagely funny script (his first for TV). ZoŽ's Alice, with tousled hair, lilac eyeshadow and a boho frock, can't tear herself away from the spectacle of The Apollo 18 Moon Show on her family's black-and-white TV. 'This is really very heavy,' she says in her hippy drawl, voice flat and eyes, almost unblinking, fixed on the screen.
Their wits dulled by the inane variety show, the young woman and her family seem powerless to resist as they themselves become the next part of the evening's entertainment. Now Alice is gazing through her big round glasses at two unexpected visitors Ė the astronauts Ė who are intent on carrying out the horrifying final act of their mission in her home. Sadly, she's not clear-sighted enough to grasp the implications of the astronauts' plan before it's too late.
The Eagle Has Landed presents a vision of space travel, by turns humorous and nightmarish, in which politicians, the military and powerful corporations collude against an unsuspecting public. It's darkly comic and hugely thought-provoking as a result.
Before the screening, the script editor, Jonathan Powell, spoke briefly to the audience about his memories of making the programme. It was commissioned for ITV's Late Night Theatre platform, which focused on 'new voices, unheard-of themes'. The Eagle Has Landed fitted the bill perfectly and was 'good fun' to film.
The screening is part of the BFI's second Forgotten Dramas season, which has been curated by a team of academics from Royal Holloway, University of London, who are working on a project called the History of Forgotten Television Drama in the UK. The project's blog, Forgotten Television Drama, discusses The Eagle Has Landed.
If you'd like to know more about what happens, you might find my summary of the programme helpful. I tried to cram in as much detail as possible in light of the fact that many fans won't have had the chance to see this neglected programme. Its sets and special effects may look dated, but The Eagle Has Landed remains a powerful show and an important piece of work in the early stage of ZoŽ's career.