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

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Charles Edwards - Words and Music, cabaret, Happy Days in the Art World

Charles and Pooky Quesnel were the readers for last week's Words and Music, "Strauss' Library".

Musical Theatre Review has a blog post about the cabaret I Went to a Marvellous Party. In addition, Broadway World has a gallery of images from the evening.

A New York Times article about Performa features a clip from Happy Days in the Art World.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Samuel West - readings incl. Borders Book Festival, Just So Science, Nocturne

Next Friday, Sam will speak about the 50p for Culture campaign and the Arts Index at the CLOA Annual General Meeting.

Sam will perform at the Borders Book Festival next Sunday. He will play the title role in a reading of Waverley by Sir Walter Scott. Click here for tickets.

He continues to provide readings for Just So Science. The second series begins on BBC Radio 4 on 23 June. Series 1 was broadcast in January 2013.

Sam will direct the readings at this year's Forward Prizes for Poetry. Booking is open for the ceremony, which will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 30 September.

Juliet Stevenson, Lucy Parham and Sam will perform Nocturne at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil on 7 November.


Thirteen won the 2014 Audie for Original Work ( The audiobook has various narrators, including Sam, Gemma Arterton and Arthur Darvill.

The video of Cold Stars Lighting is available on Youtube. Sam's readings begin at 1h 37min and 1h 58min.

Sam narrates the documentary Fabergé: A Life of its Own. It recently won awards at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Beverly Hills Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival (United Voices).

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Charles Edwards - cabaret at the Cafe de Paris

The cast of Blithe Spirit will perform in I Went to a Marvellous Party, a cabaret at the Cafe de Paris next Tuesday (3 June). Angela Lansbury will be the guest of honour (via The Stage).

Click here for booking details.