Churchill Centre Honorary Member Robert Hardy withdraws from playing Winston Churchill in new West End play.
Hardy, 87, suffered cracked ribs after a fall and “reluctantly” stood down, producers announced. As decribed in the “Around & About” column of Finest Hour #157, “The Audience” features Helen Mirren reprising her Oscar-winning role as The Queen. The play consists of a series of vignettes imagining the Queen’s weekly meetings with her prime ministers starting, of course, with Churchill in 1952. Hardy has previously played Churchill eight times over his career most notably in the 1982 television miniseries The Wilderness Years. “That he [Hardy] feels unable to continue is a great sadness to us all,” said director Stephen Daldry. Hardy had performed a week’s worth of preview performances at London’s Gielgud Theatre despite his injury. “For him to have accepted this challenge at his age speaks of his courage and commitment to the theatre,” said Daldry, who wished the highly respected actor “a return to full health and strength very soon”. He has been replaced with Bafta-winning actor Edward Fox, the brother of one of the show’s producers, Robert Fox. Read More >
New Chartwell Bulletin Editor Dr. David FreemanLong-time Churchill Centre member and Finest Hour contributor David Freeman has taken over the reins of the Chartwell Bulletin [CB] from John David Olsen starting with this issue. “John transformed the CB from a quarterly print publication mailed out to hundreds into a monthly online newsletter sent out to tens of thousands,” Freeman explained. “My job now is to build on the base which John established in order to draw in more readers as active members of the Churchill Centre.” “I will be working closely with Finest Hour editor Richard Langworth to coordinate the two journals by which we regularly engage our members,” Freeman said. Read More >
Click on this photo for video of Prof. Bell introducing his new book.A Major new Assessment by Christopher M. Bell
Dateline: Washington, D.C. 31 January 2013 Professor Christopher M. Bell of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia luanched his new book Churchill and Sea Power [Oxford University Press, 2012] with a presentation in the “Authors on Deck” series at the United States Naval Heritage Center. This important work is sure to become a standard in the field and is reviewed by Christopher Stirling in the forthcoming issue of Finest Hour. Stirling’s soundings find that Bell anchors his conclusions on the shoals of firm archival research. The result throws overboard the traditional view of Churchill’s dealings with the Royal Navy and sets the ship on a new tack with fair winds and following seas. Read More >
Spring 2013 Issue Theme: Churchill, Leadership and the War
In Finest Hour issue no. 158 due out in mid-April, several scholars anaylyze Churchill’s style of leadership. Justin Lyons finds the antecedants of Churchillian qualities in Classical Greece. Raymond Callahan examines Churchill’s attitude towards the Indian Army. Fred Glueckstein shows how Churchill the historian reached back 570 years to provide leadership in a vital area during the Second World War. Additionally, there are quick illustrations of Churchill-the-leader in action provided by a group disparatate enough to include David Niven, Sir Edward Heath, Prof. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr and Cecil Beaton. Read More >
Many of those who read the Chartwell Bulletin and become involved in the activities of the Churchill Centre come from the world of business and finance. Stoic Trading has recently compiled a list of motivational quotes from Churchill testifying to the continuing attraction. Not surprisingly, many of the quotes are in error. While the Churchill Centre always presents quotes authenticated by reliable sources, such as Richard Langworth’s Churchill by Himself, we nevertheless share the Stoic Trader’s list here [along with our corrections] as a way of illustrating how Churchill’s example continues to find application in contemporary life. Read More >
Winston Churchill is the 955th most frequently quoted source in the Oxford English Dictionary [OED] with 510 quotations altogether. For each entry in the OED, the editors provide examples of word usage through the centuries to illustrate the meanings that words have taken on or lost and when. The Bible and Shakespeare understandably lead Churchill in FOQ, but what are the other 953? Read More >
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