The lyric theatre has recently undergone renovations. To mark the opening of the newly renovated theatre they will be doing a production of The Crucibal by Arthur Millar. We recently chatted to Charlotte McCurry who will be playing Mary Warren about how she felt getting the role and about the whole audition process.

‘’I had my first audition on 13th January and had my recall on 28th January.

Present at my audition were the artistic director of The Lyric, Richard Croxford and the director Connall Morrison.

I had met Richard a few times before, at auditions for the lyric and again just before Christmas when I was performing in a tour of The Great Carmo with Cahoots NI, which was in conjunction with The Lyric.’’

Charlotte went to school at st Dominic's grammar school in west Belfast and she feels this had helped her in getting where she is today.

‘’My Drama and English teachers from St Dominics, Mrs Webb and Ms McNulty were a massive inspiriation to me and were always very encouraging and supportive of me during my time at St Dominic's and still are. I am so grateful to them for introducing me to Shakespeare and O'Casey and Brinsley-Sheridan and Sophocles and to bringing me to The Lyric for the very first time.’’

We also talked to charlotte about how she prepared herself for the audition.

‘’When doing my research for my audition, I discovered that Connall Morrison
had directed this piece and couldn't believe that I was going to be auditioning
for him. I was nervous but determined to do my very best, as working in The
Lyric professionally has always been a dream of mine. I always make sure
I'm well prepared for auditions and had learnt all my lines. I prefer to be off
script as I feel this gives you much more freedom in the audition room
should the director choose to workshop the piece with you.’’

Rehearsals start on Monday 28th of may the show opens on 3rd May with the press night/gala performance on Thursday 5th May. It runs until 5th June.

Charlotte McCurry who will be playing Mary Warren in The Crucibal.

Elizabeth Taylor

The beautiful actress Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79. Her acting career started during the 1950s and 1960s and she was nominated for four Oscars. She acted in films such as Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Taming of the Shrew, Malice in Wonderland and many more.

She was an English- born American actress, who was a child star, beginning at the age of twelve.

Her son Michael Wilding described her as “an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest”. The double Oscar-winning actress had a long history of ill health and was being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure.

She was married a total of eight times, twice to one man, Richard Burton. She has three biological children and one adopted child.

Her charity Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation was set up in 1991 after the death of her co-star Rock Hudson. She continued to raise money and awareness for her foundation even though her health took a turn for the worst.

She passed away on the 23 of March 2011, at around 13:00 GMT.

Celebrities such as Sir Michael Caine, Steve Martin, Sir Elton John and Liza Minnelli paid their tributes to one of the greatest actress of all time. 

Sir Michael Caine said “I got to know a beautiful woman, a wonderful actress and a great human being.”

Stever Martin explained “I met Elizabeth Taylor several times. She was witty and self-deprecating, which I found surprising and delightful. She loved to laugh.”

And Liza Minnelli added “As a friend she was always, always there for me. I'll miss her for the rest of my life, but I was so lucky to have known her. Like so many others I will miss her very much.”

She was a true iconic actress, and her memory will always live on.

People pay tribute to the Hollywood actress.