Fiona Shaw
Actress, director
Fiona Shaw
Fiona Shaw, CBE is an Irish actress and theatre director. Although to international audiences she is primarily known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films or her role portraying Marnie Stonebrook in the HBO series True Blood, she is an accomplished classical actress. Shaw was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001.
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Met Opera: An Opening Night Of Champagne, Tchaikovsky, And Protest
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Metropolitan Opera opened its new season last night with a champagne gala inside the house, a packed Lincoln Center Plaza to watch on TV outside, and angry protests both inside and outside against Russia's oppression of gay citizens while Russian artists headlined the Met's new production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. It was a lively night at the opera. Fueling the protest was the fact that the star of this production, the soprano Anna Netrebko, and the evening's conductor, Valery Gergiev, are both Russian and both avowed supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The curtain was delayed for several minutes while at least one heckler shouted outrage that the Met did not dedicate the performance to victims of LGBT bias. Pickets demonstrated outside in the plaza. Anticipating such disruptions, Met General Manager Peter Gelb included a note in the opening night program deploring Russia's new anti-gay laws, respecting the rights of activists to protest, but pointing out that ...
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Met Opera Preview: Gelb Has More New Tricks For A Venerable Old Dog
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When the curtain rises on the new Metropolitan Opera season Monday night, the roller-coaster ride that has marked Peter Gelb's seven years as general manager will once again plunge into the unknown and whether it produces squeals of delight or screams of horror will be played out on the Met stage over the next eight months. As he has since taking the reins of arguably the world's most prestigious opera house in 2006, Gelb is opening the season with another new production, this one a fin-de-siècle setting of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin by the estimable theater director Deborah Warner and directed by the actress Fiona Shaw. Starting his eighth season, Gelb has staked the future of the Met and what he sees as the future of opera on teaching a very old dog a whole routine of new tricks by bringing in smart and hip theater and film directors to spank fresh life into what is often viewed as a staid and elite art form. Gelb's mission is to bring opera to a new and younger audience b ...
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ArtsBeat: Fiona Shaw to Replace Deborah Warner in Directing Met Opera’s ‘Eugene Onegin’
NYTimes - over 3 years
Ms. Warner withdrew from the production because of “an unexpected surgical procedure,” the Metropolitan Opera said in a statement.     
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The Secret to Effective Communication? What You Do Before You Open Your Mouth
Inc. Magazine - over 3 years
Next time you make a presentation, or lead a team meeting, consider the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's slogan, "Think. Breathe. Speak." "Think. Breathe. Speak." is the slogan of an advertising campaign run by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The Academy trained (among others) Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Adrian Lester, Mike Leigh, Imelda Staunton. But this ad isn't aimed at aspiring actors so much as at all those people who have to speak in public: anyone doing a presentation, sales pitch, team meeting. I love the slogan because it's so crisp and clear, but mostly because it captures a process that few of us deploy. On Thinking How much time do you spend really thinking? Most executives I know are so action-oriented, or action-addicted, that time for reflection is the first casualty of their success. They're great improvisers, of course, and great at winging it, but they all harbor a sneaking suspicion that their work would be better if they had time to think. On Breathing Brea ...
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Regina Weinreich: Testament of Mary: Nailed to the Cross
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The news that Testament of Mary would close on Sunday hung in the air for Friday evening's performance, more prominently than any of the play's props, including a dead tree. At the prologue, the audience comes to the stage circling Mary as blessed icon, robed in blue. How she became that exalted figure is what this play's about. To be sure, sharing the stage with a vulture may be genius, but not a good sign for a long life. A 90 minute tour de force of writing by novelist Colm Toibin, featuring a bravura one-woman act by Fiona Shaw as directed by Deborah Warner, this play is a vigorous, daring, and breathtaking workout for any actor. With her angular bones, Fiona Shaw becomes the mother of a son whose name is not mentioned who must endure and witness the populace's choice that he be crucified--and not by tying him to the cross as they do to mere criminals--but with nails in unspeakable cruelty. The nails are giant pewter pins as Mary mimics her son's pose, in such excruciat ...
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Fr. Edward L. Beck: The Testament Of Mary: Blasphemy Or Blessing?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Eerie music plays as theater-goers enter the doors of the Walter Kerr Theater on West 48th Street in New York City. One senses immediately that this theatrical experience will be like none other. After all, how many plays start with the audience literally inhabiting the stage that soon they will be watching? As we are invited to circumnavigate that stage, we walk above a subterranean room complete with ladder and jars of clay that is visible through a glass square at our feet. A few steps farther and we are face to beak with a real vulture with enormous wing span that sits poised on a dead branch-- an ominous precursor of what is to come. We amble on past scribbled notes on a table, some randomly placed chairs, a dead tree extending to an endless sky; and then we see her--at first, seeming like an iconic statue that we have seen elsewhere: blue veil, beatific glow, candles at her feet, holding white lilies. Upon closer inspection however, we realize that this is a rea ...
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Confessions of a Saint
Wall Street Journal - almost 4 years
We brought playwright Lucas Hnath to the Walter Kerr Theatre to see a preview of Colm Tóibín's "The Testament of Mary," the one-character play about the mother of Jesus Christ starring Fiona Shaw.
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From Harry Potter's Aunt To The Virgin Mary
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK — Fiona Shaw's small Broadway dressing room had the look of a makeshift bar. There were more than a dozen bottles of wine stashed on a high shelf. "It looks like a sort of speakeasy, doesn't it?" the actress said, looking up at the gifts left by well-wishers that were now on duty for post-show cheers. "Over many months, we hope. Not in a night." Visitors might be handed a glass of pinot but the hostess would rather stay as sober as possible as she tackles another astonishing part in a career populated by plenty of them. This new one may even top the rest: the Virgin Mary, whose son turned water into wine. Shaw, perhaps best known for playing Harry Potter's aunt, is re-imagining the life of the mother of Christ in Irish writer Colm Toibin's world premiere stage adaptation of his novella "The Testament of Mary," a haunting, provocative work, at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Shaw, 54, is alone onstage – except for the early presence of a real-life vulture – ...
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'Testament Of Mary': A Familiar Mother, In First Person
NPR - almost 4 years
Irish actress Fiona Shaw stars on Broadway in The Testament of Mary. It's a one-woman production by Irish novelist Colm Toibin and focuses on perhaps the most well-known mother ever: the Virgin Mary. Shaw talks about her intense, intimate role. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Cara Joy David: Best Actress in a Play Tony Race -- It's Never Too Early to Start Thinking Ahead
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I love tough Tony Award races. I love when there are so many eligible contenders for a given category, I don't even know who is going to be nominated. So I am super excited about the Best Actress in a Play Tony Award category. In my decade plus career, I don't remember a better slate of contenders than we have this year. There are so many people who any other year would be nominated, but this year will fall short. With so many shows left to come, it may seem a little early to start talking about Tony categories. Insiders know however -- it's never too early to start thinking about the Tony race. After all, many producers make decisions based on the races. Producers rush certain shows in during weak seasons. It's very rare that the Tony Awards Administration Committee (which decides category eligibility) denies a petition, so producers often choose whether to petition to move an actor up to lead or down to featured based on the competition in a given category. (Performers ...
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Fiona Shaw to play Mary, mother of Jesus, on Broadway
LATimes - about 4 years
Fiona Shaw, the versatile Irish actress who brought a searing "Medea" to Broadway in 2002, is set to return to the New York stage in a role that ought to raise eyebrows -- Mary, the mother of Jesus.
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Fiona Shaw to Star in 'The Testament of Mary' on Broadway
NYTimes - about 4 years
The play will be directed by Ms. Shaw's longtime collaborator, Deborah Warner.
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Deborah Warner and Fiona Shaw Bring 'Peace Camp' to England
NYTimes - over 4 years
The Northumberland Peace Camp, seen on Wednesday before it opened to the public, sits at the foot of Dustanburgh Castle, a massive fortification built in 1313 by the Earl of Lancaster and now a majestic ruin.
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Trish Bendix: Best Lesbian Moments Of The Week
Popeater - over 4 years is Logo's site for lesbians and bisexual women in entertainment and media, which means we pride ourselves on knowing all kinds of Sapphic pop-culture facts. Each week we'll share some of the best tidbits on The Huffington Post in our new series, "Best Lesbian Week Ever." Here's who and what was on our raging gay radar this week. Jane Lynch is the ultimate power lesbian: As if she wasn't busy enough, the married stepmom/actress stopped by to mentor on The Glee Project this week and launched a special-interest fundraising group for lesbians with Billie Jean King. You have to slow down, Jane. You're making the rest of us look lazy. Melanie Griffith goes gay for Sandy B: The actress will be on the new gay TV series DTLA, where she plays the ex-lover of Sandra Bernhard's character. We assume she was the bottom in that relationship. Cat Cora has the best mugshot ever: In a brilliant stroke of luck, the out celebrity chef got to have a redo with her mugsho ...
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McGregor sisters' 'Spunk' their Cal Shakes debut
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
McGregor sisters' 'Spunk' their Cal Shakes debut "Looking back at our history of making work together, I feel those childhood impulses and foundations are a huge part of the way we work today," Paloma says after finishing a day's rehearsal in Berkeley. Somehow the girls got their hands on a cassette filled with stories and songs about Cabbage Patch Dolls, and the budding artists exploded. Though each of the McGregor sisters has been back to the Bay Area with other projects - Paloma with the dance company Urban Bush Woman and Patricia as the stage manager with Fiona Shaw's "Medea" - this is the first time they've created work here. At least since the Cabbage Patch doll epic or when they played ragamuffins in a Piedmont Light Opera production of "Carousel." After higher education and career jags - Paloma gave up dance for a few years to be a journalist, Patricia did her graduate work at Yale School of Drama - they both settled in the Sugar Hill neighborhood of H ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fiona Shaw
  • 2013
    Age 54
    The world’s largest solo theatre festival, United Solo recognized her performance in The Testament of Mary on Broadway with the 2013 United Solo Special Award.
    More Details Hide Details Shaw will portray Countess Constance Markievicz, an Irish nationalist and first woman to be elected to the British Parliament, in the centennial commemoration biopic film The Rising, written and produced by Kevin McCann. The film is set to be released on St Patrick's Day, 2016.
  • 2009
    Age 50
    In 2009, Shaw collaborated with Deborah Warner again, taking the lead role in Tony Kushner's translation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. In a 2002 article for The Daily Telegraph, Rupert Christiansen described their professional relationship as "surely one of the most richly creative partnerships in theatrical history."
    More Details Hide Details Other collaborations between the two women include productions of Brecht's The Good Woman of Szechuan and Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, the latter was adapted for television. Shaw appeared in The Waste Land at Wilton's Music Hall in January 2010 and in a National Theatre revival of London Assurance in March 2010. In November 2010, Shaw starred in Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin alongside Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan. The play was also staged in New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2011. Shaw appeared in season four of American TV Show True Blood. Shaw's character, Marnie Stonebrook, has been described as an underachieving palm reader who is spiritually possessed by an actual witch. Her character leads a coven of necromancer witches who threaten the status quo in Bon Temps, erasing most of Eric Northman's memories and leaving him almost helpless when he tries to kill her and break up their coven.
  • 2001
    Age 42
    She was awarded an Honorary CBE in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Shaw was born in County Cork and was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. Her father was an ophthalmic surgeon and her mother was a physicist. She attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire in Cork City. She received her degree in University College Cork. She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was part of 'new wave' of actors to emerge from the Academy. She received much acclaim as Julia in the National Theatre production of Richard Sheridan's The Rivals (1983). Shaw's theatrical roles include Celia in As You Like It (1984), Madame de Volanges in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985), Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew (1987), Lady Franjul in The New Inn (1987), Young Woman in Machinal (1993), for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, Winnie in Happy Days (2007), and the title roles in Electra (1988), The Good Person of Sechuan (1989), Hedda Gabler (1991), Super Mario Brothers (1993), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1998) and Medea (2000). She performed T. S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land as a one-person show at the Liberty Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 1996, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show for her performance.
  • 1997
    Age 38
    She won the 1997 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for The Waste Land.
    More Details Hide Details Her other stage work includes playing the title role in Medea, both in the West End and on Broadway (2001–02).
  • 1990
    Age 31
    She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, twice winning the Olivier Award for Best Actress; for various roles including Electra in 1990, and for Machinal in 1994.
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  • 1958
    Born on July 10, 1958.
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