Hello Redmayniacs. Ivonne over at eddie-redmayne.net and I are meeting in London in January to see Eddie in Richard II.  It just so happens that Eddie’s 30th birthday is January 6 and since we are obvious fans of this guy, we put together two awesome birthday projects. Both involve you so click here and check them out!

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Live arts correspondent Bella Todd on the hottest happenings in the global cultural calendar this week, including Eddie Redmayne’s Richard II

There have, of course, been countless highbrow heartthrobs in history. And London’s Donmar Warehouse isn’t exactly a stranger to autograph hunters. It’s the intimate West End theatre in which many a film star has sought to reboot their acting credentials, with Gillian Anderson appearing in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Ewan McGregor playing Iago, and Nicole Kidman getting naked for David Hare’s consequently headline-grabbing The Blue Room.

But as Eddie Redmayne opens as the weak but intelligent monarch in Shakespeare’s Richard II this week, it’s hard to think of another young actor who could simultaneously be generating the sort of teeny online fan worship normally reserved for RPatz. There are cyber ‘appreciation societies’ for the former Etonian, who can currently be seen babysitting Marilyn Monroe on the big screen in My Week With Marilyn, has just been confirmed for The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper’s new film of the musical Les Miserables, and will star in a small screen adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s Birdsong early next year.

There are also Iloveeddieredmayne tumblr pagesSpanish-specific fansites, numerous image archives devoted to the former Burberry model’s freckly pout, and even a Facebook page called Eddie Redmayne Can Be My Angel Clare ANYDAY – surely the first and only Facebook page ever to draw its lustful spark from a BBC adaptation of a particularly doomy Thomas Hardy novel. If the tickets hadn’t all been snapped up in advance by Friends of the Donmar, Covent Garden might be anticipating a few tents.

Not that that’s why we’re so excited, natch etc. Redmayne is simply a brilliant stage actor: he won both an Olivier and a Tony award for his last performance at the Donmar, opposite Alfred Molina in John Logan’s Red in 2009, and proved his skill with accents as the son of an American politician in Now Or Later at the Royal Court. And this production of Richard II marks the end of artistic director Michael Grandage’s decade-long tenure at the Donmar, a venue that’s become internationally synonymous with theatre that sells out without selling-out.

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