Saturday, 27 December 2014

Charles Edwards - Arthur & George, Dracula and Ripper Street

The first episode of Arthur & George will have a preview screening at BFI Southbank on 25 February. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Martin Clunes and Hattie Morahan (BFI press release).

Dracula will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra, starting today at 6pm. Episode 1 will be broadcast again at midnight. The second, and final episode will be broadcast at the same times next week.

Charles plays Lord Montacute in series 3, episode 6 of Ripper Street, "The Incontrovertible Truth" (IMDB). It is available on Amazon Prime.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Samuel West - Henry V, After Electra, Kreutzer vs Kreutzer

(screencap sources: the Creative Industries Federation and the Theatre Royal Plymouth)

Upcoming projects

Sam will narrate Walton's Henry V with the Minnesota Orchestra, 22-24 January. Mark Wigglesworth will conduct (via

ITV has released a trailer for the third series of Mr Selfridge, which will premiere in January.

Sam will direct After Electra, a new play by April De Angelis at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, 12-28 March. The production will transfer to the Tricycle Theatre, 7 April-2 May (via his Twitter, @exitthelemming).The play is a black comedy challenging what it means to be a mother, and exploring how the choices we make can change our lives forever.

He is the Orator for a BBC Symphony Orchestra concert on 15 May (via @BBCSO).

The Aurora Orchestra, Katherine Parkinson and Sam will perform Kreutzer vs Kretuzer at the Globe 12 & 13 July (via Digital Spy). Laura Wade's play has been inspired by "The Kreutzer Sonata", a short story by Tolstoy; it features full performances of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Violin Sonata and Janácek’s String Quartet of the same name.
The work premiered in November 2010, with Sam, Robin McLeavy and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Richard Tognetti arranged the Beethoven and Janácek works for the Orchestra.

In April 2016, Sam will perform David Garrick's Jubilee Ode at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford (the Guardian and the University of Birmingham). The performance is part of the 400th anniversary celebrations of Shakespeare's death.

Recent work

Sam and fellow Lady Margaret Hall alumni Michelle Paver, Philip Hensher and Cathy Newman competed in a round of University Challenge last Saturday. Click here to watch the episode on iPlayer.

Britten to America has received a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Compendium (via NMC). The awards will be held 8 February.

He received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Birmingham on 10 December. He has contributed to the University's Shakespeare Institute by giving classes and donating scripts and notes from his personal archive.

[the following is a catch up for the past few months...!]

Sam tweeted about his costume and lighting from the set of The Hollow Crown.

Patricia Hodge, Lucy Parham and Sam performed Nocturne at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil on 7 November; Lucy posted a picture of them on Twitter.
On 8 November, Simon McBurney, Tom Hollander and Sam performed in "The Listening Space", an evening of live music and spoken word. The event raised £10,000 for the St Paul's Steiner School in Islington (Eventbrite via @AntHolden and the Islington Tribune).
He tweeted the set list from his Bath Mozartfest performance on 9 November.

Sam read poems by Ian Beck at the launch of Behind the Dusty Glass. Here is a selection of tweets about the launch.

Sam, director Giles Ramsay and writer Nigel West talked about "The Art of Deception" - the similarities between acting and spying - at the V&A on 21 November. Minna Takala summarised the main topics discussed - click here for her blog post about the event. Also, @lady_aglaya tweeted, "fascinating topic and enjoyable evening".

He features in a video on the Creative Industries Federation website (via @Creative_Fed). The Federation's members are from various organisations in the UK's creative industries, such as production companies, educational institutions and theatres.

He attended the 60th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on 30 November (Getty Images). Winners included Tom Stoppard, Gillian Anderson and Jeremy Herrin.

Harry Burton shared a picture of Sam and Jason Isaacs on Twitter from a Harold Pinter celebration in September 2009.

Sam added his pronunciation of "potato" to Ben Crystal's accent map (via @exitthelemming); visited inmates in Pentonville Prison taking the Six Book Challenge (@exitthelemming); and attended the Dinard Film Festival (@mtvnotbullets) and opening night of Uncle Vanya at the St James Theatre.


(screencap source: BBC)
The BBC's Daily Politics posted a video of Sam and Mark Wallace speaking about politics and the arts.
The Labour Arts Alliance organised a panel discussion in Manchester about the impact of the arts on children and young people (Eventbrite via @LabourArts). Panellists included Sam (representing the National Campaign for the Arts) and Jude Kelly (Artistic Director, Southbank Centre). Sam tweeted:
On a different part of the political spectrum, Sam made a speech, "Does Culture Matter?" at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. He posted the text of his speech at the artsfunding Ning, as well as some responses to questions at the event, which was organised by the Association of British Orchestras.

Sam wrote about the painting "A Dance to the Music of Time" by Nicolas Poussin for the Telegraph. The work is part of the Great Gallery in London's Wallace Collection, which reopened after a refurbishment in September.

@GrouchoLiz posted the text of an article Sam wrote about Hornblower in 1998 (via @exitthelemming).

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: