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Last time I reported, I'd been playing King Lear at Theatre for a New Audience in New York, and now, after a long negotiation, there is a tour scheduled for a new production of the play with an English cast directed by Philip Franks - no connection with the US production but a chance for me to have another go at the part. That'll be for twelve weeks from April 1st 2016 and Mary will have the dates and venues. But I hope it'll be at a theatre near you....

And I'm writing a book about the play and the New York experience, which will end with a look forward to our new English production: Oberon Books will publish, hopefully to coincide with the opening.

That's taken most of my time this year. But what I have also done is a production of SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER with Anita Dobson at Bath (where we'll also be taking Lear) which I enjoyed, and I've also revived my ANTON CHEKHOV solo and done a couple of single performances, one in a huge theatre in Barcelona and the second in a tiny one in Girona: it was a feat of surtitling as much as acting...

And, most pleasantly, l've been with Kenneth Branagh's company as Antigonus in the Winter's Tale at the Garrick, which closes next month, though the cinemas are still showing Encores of the filmed version. A really delightful job and the part is a little jewel. And apart from anything else it's given me the opportunity to be married to Judi Dench for the fourth time.... **

Thanks for your interest, and Happy New Year!


December 2015

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The Way of the World



The Gift of the Gorgon




Peter Hall Company


The Winter’s Tale

Kenneth Branagh Company