Celebrating it’s 8th year, Britweek, the event that was the brain child of Nigel Lythgoe and then Consul General Bob Peirce, launched with a splash at a red carpet gala held at a private residence in Los Angeles.
The idea behind Britweek, a non-profit organization, is to highlight the creative fusion between the United Kingdom and California..and we can’t see any project that personifies that idea more than The Anglophile Channel…and that is why WE shall be on hand to cover all the excitement at Britweek 2014! Enjoy our coverage!
Red Carpet Arrivals at Britweek 2014 Launch!
(April 21, 2014 – Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)
Sexy Jason Isaacs, Harry Potter’s Lucius Malfoy chats with The Anglophile Channel
The fabulously wild and effervescent Tony Curran (Doctor Who’s Vincent Van Gogh)
Would Shakespeare make a good ballroom dancer? Dancing With The Stars, Bruno Tonioli tells us!
A Kiss from a Rose! It’s Seal! Talks to us about BritWeek.
Oh Mickey You’re So Fine! Toni Basil chats with Marlise about her Brit-connection!
MORE TO COME! Stay tuned!
Are you ready to get your Shakespeare on?
Join us for a BritWeek Signature Event: Evening of Shakespeare, Music & Love!
Britweek pulled out all the stops in a celebration honoring the 450th Anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare as the stars came out to practice their best iambic pentameter!
Los Angeles, CA – Co-hosts Ioan Gruffudd and Joely Fisher good-naturedly romped through bits and pieces of AS YOU LIKE IT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and ROMEO AND JULIET, while seamlessly threading the mix of sonnets, monologues, scenes and music that made up the evening.
Among the highlights were Harry Hamlin’s full-out out performance of the St Crispin day’s speech from HENRY V wielding a sword like a pro!
Touchingly rendered sonnets performed by Jane Seymour (# 23) and Joan Van Ark (#18)
Malcolm McDowell reprised with gusto Prospero’s speech from THE TEMPEST, which he last performed with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic.
Michael York closed the evening with a heart-felt reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnet # 116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds…)
Music was provided by London-based conductor Martin Neary, whose Millennium Consort singers gave a world-class sampling of 400 years of Shakespeare influenced music. Jazz artist Sherry Williams complemented the classical sound with jazz settings of Shakespeare by Cleo Laine and Johndankworth.
Full cast included Ashley Bell, Neil Dickson, Alexandra Helgerson (understudy for Judy Geeson) Victoria Platt, Robert Wisdom, Claudia Christian, David Melville, Michele Green, Mira Furlan, Sophie Winkleman, Suzan Crowley and Nigel Daly.
Theater guests included: BritWeek Chairman Bob Peirce and Sharon Harroun Peirce, Nigel Lythgoe, Lord Frederick Windsor, Michael Nouri, Roger and Julie Corman, Amanda Eliasch, Ross King, Pat York, Holly Palance, and Mag Scott, CEO Beverly Hills Wealth Management, the performance sponsor, with astronaut David Scott. Aston Martin sponsored the VIP after cast party.
Part of the proceeds of the evening are going to support the work of the Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble and The Hobart Shakespeareans, two dynamic inner city Shakespeare programs.
The evening was written and directed by producer Louis Fantasia, Director of Shakespeare at the Huntington and Dean of the Chair of Liberal Arts at the NY Film Academy.
(Press Release via C4 Global Communications and Jane Owen Public Relations)
BritWeek 2014 Robertson Shopping Stroll
It was a fantastic afternoon walking down Robertson Blvd in Beverly Hills shopping like an A-list movie-star. Well, okay…lets call it “window shopping” but still, it was another fun and fabulous event planned by BritWeek 2014. Sponsored by SOCAL Mini with celebrity ambassador Mischa Barton (The O.C.) BritWeek guests were invited to stroll in and out of participating stores along Robertson and enjoy teatime treats, entertainment and other fun features offered up for this Brit-abulous occasion! Here are highlights of the “posh” stroll by photographer Rex Gelert.
I love Britweek CEO Bob Peirce and his wonderful wife, Sharon. They’re always such fun and truly the heart of BritWeek.
Stores all along Robertson flew the flag for Britain and offered yummy treats such as this multi-layered opera cake from British Superchef Gordon Ramsay! Was it bad that I nicked two?
SoCal Mini was a sponsor of the Robertson Shopping Stroll and offered guests this fun photo-op!
Afternoon Tea was provided by The High Tea Cottage (a nominee in our GREAT British Afternoon Tea-Off event!)