News – March 2017

News in brief

  • Poetry reading – Newsnight ended with a reading of Wordsworth’s ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’ in response to the terror attack there on 22 March

  • Comic Relief – Tom danced with Sara Cox as part of her 24 hour Danceathon
  • Harry And Paul Present: The Gentlemen’s Club to be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday 14 March at 10.30pm. This new comedy will feature Tom as a character in the fictional ‘Wibbles’ (London’s oldest gentleman’s club) from Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse [more info from BBC’s press page]
  • Olivier Award nomination – Tom has been nominated for a Best actor award for his role as Henry Carr in the excellent Travesties (running until 29 April 2017). The production has had five Olivier Award nominations in total including for Best supporting actor and actress, best revival and best sound design. [More info]
  • Revolution (screenings) – there are a few more opportunites to see this documentary film about Soviet art, including Qs and As with the director Margy Kinmonth. Tom is one of several actors narrating and he reads the words of artist Kazimir Malevich
    17 March – UCL, School of Slavonic and East European Studies [info and tickets]
    27 March – Curzon Bloomsbury [info and tickets]
  • A Poet in New York – the DVD of this, with Tom portraying Dylan Thomas in his final days, was released in February and is available to buy from Amazon UK [more info] and available online at Amazon US [link]
  • Taboo – a second series has been confirmed. [SPOILERS] One or two people have wondered if Tom’s character will survive his season-finale injuries and the sea voyage.
  • The Night Manager – there may be more from the people behind this but information is inconclusive. [SPOILERS] – as ‘Corky’ was killed off during the series we can only hope that there might be a twin brother or an ‘it was all a dream’ sequence plot twist to bring him back. There’s also the possibility of a television series based on the film Hanna in development.

New films

  • The Promise – Tom plays Garin in this film, which is set in the final days of the Ottoman Empire. It’s due to open in the US on 21 April 2017 and is directed by Terry George. Tom and Terry have previously worked together on Some Mother’s Son and Whole Lotta Sole (aka Stand Off). There’s also a screening at the Sonoma 
    International Film Festival on 29 March [More info about The Promise from Wikipedia]

  • Tulip Fever – the film “is based on the novel of the same name by Deborah Moggach, and adapted by Tom Stoppard” and stars Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. Tom plays Dr Sorgh and the film is due for release in August 2017 [more information]. Deborah Moggach also wrote the screenplay for Pride and Prejudice in which Tom starred as Mr Collins.

  • Breathe – “Meanwhile, I’ve finished Breathe, a film directed by Andy Serkis in which I play twin brothers, which was interesting because I had to talk to the memory of myself.” [Interview with Tom Hollander in The Guardian, 12 Feb 2017] – Andy Serkis’ son Louis plays the apprentice to Tom’s character Cholmondeley in Taboo.