Sunday, 23 November 2014

Samuel West - Shaping the Air on BBC Radio 3

Sam presents tomorrow's episode of The Essay on BBC Radio 3: Shaping the Air - Writers and Radio. He will explore the role of the actor's voice in performance. Shaping the Air was recorded on 21 October at The British Academy.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Charles Edwards - Blithe Spirit touring North America, Arthur & George, Clarence Derwent Award

Charles will reprise his role as Charles Condomine in a North American tour of Blithe Spirit, from December until March 2015 (the Hollywood Reporter). The tour begins in Los Angeles (Ahmanson Theatre, 9 December--18 January), followed by performances in San Franciso (Golden Gate Theatre, 20 January-1 February), Toronto (Princess of Wales Theatre, 10 February-15 March) and Washington DC (National Theatre, 17-29 March). The play's official website has further details about tickets.

Charles has filmed Arthur & George, a three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’ novel for ITV. Martin Clunes stars as Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles plays Doyle's manservant, Alfred ‘Woodie’ Wood. The cast includes Emma Fielding and Hattie Morahan. Filming locations include the Black Country Living Museum and Cogges Manor Farm (1|2).

He received a Clarence Derwent Award from Equity for the role of Charles Marsden in Strange Interlude. The awards recognise the best individual male and female performances in supporting role in a production in the West End; previous recipients include Fenella Woolgar, Phil Davis and Timothy West. This year's Awards were presented on Thursday 13 November at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Click here for pictures from the event.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Samuel West - TV - Fleming and The Hollow Crown

Fleming will be broadcast as a two-parter on Australian TV. It premieres this Sunday on ABC1 at 8.30pm and concludes next Sunday.

Sam is currently filming The Hollow Crown. He plays the Bishop of Winchester in Henry VI Part I. The series stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III; other cast members include Hugh Bonneville, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Andrew Scott (BBC Media Centre).

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Samuel West - The British on Australian TV, Britten, Advice from the Players

Sam plays Samuel Pepys in episode 4 of The British, which will be broadcast 7.30pm tomorrow on SBS1.

He narrates "Prisoner's Monologue" from Britten to America. It featured in Sunday's episode of The Blue of the Night with Eamonn Lenihan. The episode is available to stream; skip to 2:42:30 to hear the track. 

In mid August, he narrated Executed, a documentary about the death sentence in Britain (via @UnitedVoices_).

On 21 November, Sam, director Giles Ramsay and writer Nigel West will discuss deception in a talk at the V&A. Tickets for the event can be booked online.

The Guardian has published an extract from the book Advice from the Players, by Laura Barnett. Harriet Walter and Simon Russell Beale have contributed to the book. Sam has provided suggestions on learning lines and choosing the right drama school. The book will be published 18 September.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Charles Edwards - screencaps from Holy Flying Circus

Click these thumbnails for full size images.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Samuel West - Bath Mozartfest, Mr Selfridge, Intelligence Squared

Sam will read poems about the First World War at the Bath Mozartfest on 9 November. Click here for tickets.


This week, Sam tweeted a (relatively unspoilery) selfie from the set of Mr Selfridge.

Reading at Lights Out (click thumbnails for full size screencaps)

Recently, he has done readings relating to World War I. BBC Radio 3 uploaded a video of Sam reading an extract from Wilfred Owen’s "Anthem for Doomed Youth" at Lights Out on 4 August (via Gramophone).
He read three pieces by Siegfried Sassoon on Today (BBC Radio 4, 10 July): the censored and uncensored versions of his poem "Atrocities", as well as a letter about the poem.
He previously read the uncensored version of "Atrocities" at Peace in Our Time? a series of concerts at the Wormsley Estate on 6 July, featuring the Garsington Opera Orchestra (The Independent). Jessica Costelloe tweeted a picture of Sam in rehearsal with the Orchestra.

Sam narrated Henry V by Walton at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester (30 July).

Intelligence Squared uploaded the debate Shakespeare vs Milton (22 June) on Youtube. These screencaps from the video feature Sam, Harriet Walter and Pippa Nixon (click thumbnails for full size).

Much Ado About Nothing

Julius Caesar



Paradise Lost



Sam received a Companionship from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) at a graduation ceremony on 31 July. A Companionship acknowledges recipients' contributions to student learning (Liverpool Echo and Sam's Twitter @exitthelemming). For example, he taught a masterclass at the Institute in February.

On 23 July, Sam and Baroness Bonham-Carter co-hosted a reception for Eastside Educational Trust's 20th anniversary. Eastside and Nuprint have pictures from the event.

Charles Edwards - Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully

Charles plays Field Commander Uljabaan in the second series of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully. In the previous series, the role was played by Julian Rhind-Tutt. The series will premiere 15 October (producer Ed Morrish's Tumblr 1|2).

Penpalthe shared a picture from a recording session (via hellyescharlesedwards) and series writer Eddie Robson tweeted a picture from rehearsals.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Samuel West - some recent radio

Recently, Sam has done some readings for broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4:

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Samuel West - Just So readings, Intelligence Squared and Mr Selfridge

Sam's readings of Rudyard Kipling's Just So stories were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra this week. The readings are a tie-in with the latest series of Just So Science.

The video from the Intelligence Squared debate Shakespeare vs Milton will be available soon. Meanwhile, here's a selection of media about the event:

Earlier this week, Sam tweeted a (relatively) non-spoilery picture from the set of Mr Selfridge.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014