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, 10 August 2015

Samuel West - The Book of Disquiet, Chekhov, writing

[updated 20 August]

Sam will perform in the UK and US premieres of The Book of Disquiet by Michel van der Aa. It will be performed at Montclair State University 21-24 January and the Southbank Centre 24-25 February.

Last week, Sam rehearsed for the Young Chekhov season then went to a night shoot for Mr Selfridge!

Sam wrote about Caryl Churchill in the Telegraph. His article suggests that her plays continue to be revived because of their humanity and inventive qualities. He also reflects on his experience of performing in two of her plays, A Number and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?
Howard Brenton, a contemporary of Churchill, wrote The Romans in Britain. Sam wrote the foreword for a new edition of the play (@exitthelemming). Sam directed it in Sheffield in 2006.

Sam's reading of Brighton Rock is seventh on the Telegraph's list of the 20 best audiobooks of all time, "The splinter of ice that Greene declared at the heart of a writer has lodged in West’s voice to sinister effect." This list was published in May.

In April, Dermot Murnaghan interviewed Sam on Sky News (transcript is here). They spoke about arts funding in relation to the election manifestos (via the NCA Twitter @artscampaign - Sam is the chair of this organisation).

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