My blog has quite a lot of posts about Samuel West (Julius Caesar, On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour) and Charles Edwards (My Fair Lady Australian tour and Henry IX).

Monday, 6 April 2015

Samuel West - After Electra at the Tricycle Theatre; upcoming and recent projects

[updated 27 January 2016]

After Electra opens at the Tricycle Theatre tomorrow (7 April). The play premiered at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in March.
Last week, Sam discussed the production on Extra Edition on 5 Live (podcast, 31 March). The BBC's Who's In Today website has a picture of Sam arriving at the studio.

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Sam plays Sir William Chester in The Frankenstein Chronicles. It is a six part drama starring Sean Bean as Inspector John Marlott. Marlott investigates a crime involving a mutilated child-like body washed up on the Thames. Filming began late January in Northern Ireland (United Agents and ITV).

He will feature in the second series of W1A as Richard Cartright. He filmed for "a few days" in early February (United Agents and his Twitter @exitthelemming).

Speakers at the British Theatre Conference (Central St Martins, 25 April) include Sam, David Eldridge and Laura Wade. Click here for booking details.

He will perform Henry V with the Milwaukee Symphony 19-20 March 2016 (via the Journal Sentinel).
[update 27 January 2016: Sam's name is no longer listed on the MSO website for this concert]
He previously narrated the work with the Minnesota Orchestra (video interview with Sam is here and screencaps are above) in January with Mark Wigglesworth:
"As spirit-raising speeches go, there are few more stirring than "St. Crispin's Day," one of several excerpts from the play delivered splendidly by Samuel West." (Pioneer Press)

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Sam featured in series 2 episode 1 of Great Canal Journeys on More 4 (a selection of screencaps is above - click the thumbnails for full size). He joined his parents on the Oxford Canal. The episode is available On Demand for one more week.

Sam provided the introduction to the latest Arts Index from the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA); he is the Chair of the organisation. Overall, public funding for the arts has dropped since the Index began in 2007/8. This edition of the Index does not feature philanthropy due to a lack of data - the latest Arts & Business survey was conducted for 2011/12, prior to a funding cut.

Recent narration projects: the Just So stories were released as an album in March (Audible) and The Eichmann Show was broadcast on BBC2 (via @UnitedVoices_).

@RareNeilPearson tweeted a picture of Sam, Emma Chambers and Frank Windsor recording Bomber, a 1995 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the novel by Len Deighton.

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