John Lithgow in conversation

Running time: 25.39mins

The actor, musician and author talks to Nicholas Hytner about his career, theatre and his current role in The Magistrate. This is a live recording of a Platform event from December 2012.


Acting requires a wide range of skills, vocal, physical, imaginative, expressive, intellectual, intuitive, and work can demand different dialects, languages, accents, vocal control or body language, improvisation, observation and emulation, mime, and often dancing or stage combat. A stage actor will often be required to research around a character or a period of history. In an ever changing world it is a continually evolving profession. This collection aims to give an insight into what it is like to be an actor at the National Theatre.