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.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Samuel West - Secrets of the Manor House on Australian TV; Letters From D-Day

[updated 25 May]

Sam narrates the PBS documentary Secrets of the Manor House, which begins tomorrow on SBS at 7.30pm.

He plays Norman Skinner in the drama documentary If I Don't Come Home: Letters From D-Day. Previously titled D Day: Last Letters Home, it will be broadcast on ITV 5 June (@MarionMilne).

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Samuel West - The Crimson Field, Ode to Napoleon, Hamlet

Screencaps of Sam as Elliot Vincent in episode 4 of The Crimson Field. Click them for full size.

The episode is available on iPlayer for the next 14 days.

Booking for the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival opens 12 May. On 27 September, Sam will narrate "Ode to Napoleon" by Schoenberg.
In September 2005, he mentioned that he'd narrated it "three times now -it's the hardest thing I've ever done" ("The finest recording of the year? Trust me, I'm a celebrity", The Times, 2 September 2005). Presumably one of those times was in early 1994, when he collaborated with the Hebrides Ensemble to perform an "eloquent and animated" interpretation of the work (Herald Scotland).

The Guardian's "45 Hamlets for Shakespeare's 450th birthday" features a selection of actors who have played Hamlet, including Sam, Ralph Fiennes, Simon Russell Beale, David Tennant, Ben Whishaw, Michael Sheen, Rory Kinnear, Toby Stephens, John Simm and Alex Jennings.
Sam starred in a production directed by Steven Pimlott - click here to find out more.

Yesterday, Sam tweeted some personal (and squeeworthy) news tweet 1|tweet 2

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Samuel West - TV, 50p for Culture, music

Sam confirmed on Twitter that he will be in the third series of Mr Selfridge. Filming begins this week.
He is in this Sunday's episode of The Crimson Field. It was filmed at the same time as Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (his Twitter, @exitthelemming).

Two weeks ago, Sam spoke about 50p for Culture on Front Row (via @exitthelemming). He also wrote a blog post on the Arts Funding Ning, "Welcoming Sajid Javid, the new Culture Minister".

A video of Sam presenting the DVD award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards is now on Youtube (via @MusicMagazine). Here are some screencaps from the clip (click them for full size).

The April 2014 issue of the BBC Music Magazine has a positive review of Nocturne. An excerpt:
"Experienced in the context of Harriet Walter's and Samuel West's compelling exploration of the Chopin-George Sand love affair through their letters and diary entries, the music [performed by Lucy Parham] assumes a special sense of poignancy." (text source:
Booking is now open for Peace in Our Time? a series of concerts by the Garsington Opera Orchestra (6 July at the Wormsley Estate). Click here for tickets.
Sam will perform at the Hatfield House Music Festival in late September. Booking opens in May.

Waste (directed by Sam in 2008) was chosen by Mark Lawson as one of his top ten productions at the Almeida (The Guardian).