Simon Russell Beale

For the National Theatre: King Lear50 Years on Stage, Timon of Athens, Collaborators (in the Cottesloe and Olivier theatres), London Assurance, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, The Life of Galileo, The Alchemist, Jumpers (also West End and New York), Humble Boy (also West End), Hamlet, Battle Royal, Candide, Summerfolk, Money, Othello, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Volpone

For the RSC: The Tempest, King Lear, Ghosts, the title roles in Richard III and Edward II, The Seagull, Troilus and Cressida, The Man of Mode, Restoration.

In London's West End: Monty Python's Spamalot, Privates on Parade, Death Trap

Other theatre includes: Women Beware WomenBluebird, The Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard, The Philanthropist, Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Duchess of MalfiThe Hot House

Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Concerts: First Night of the Proms, Ivan The Terrible, Artaxerxes, Façade, Music and Poetry: Auden and Britten, The Firebrand of Florence and Stravinksy Promenade.

Vanity Fair, Legacy, Parkinson: Masterclass, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Spooks, John Adams, Dunkirk, The Young Visiters, Great Historians: Gibbon, A Dance to the Music of Time, Persuasion, The Mushroom Pickers

TV narration includes: Sacred Victoria, Symphony, Sacred Music

The Death of Stalin, My Week with Marilyn, The Deep Blue Sea, The Gathering, Alice in Wonderland, An Ideal Husband, The Temptation of Franz Schubert, Hamlet.

Extensive recording credits, including The Complete George Smiley, War and Peace; Oscar in The Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Sisterhood, Waiting for Godot, Art and A Dance to the Music of Time.

Several books, three roles for the Shakespeare CD Series, and a 10-part television series on The National Trust and presenter of Sacred Victoria, Symphony and Sacred Music.

– Critics' Circle Award, Best Actor (Timon of Athens)

– Tony Award nomination, Best Actor (Jumpers)

– Evening Standard Best Actor, Critics' Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance and the Boston Critics' Association Outstanding Actor in a Large Company (Hamlet)

– Olivier Award, Best Actor in a Musical (Candide)

– Olivier Award, Best Supporting Actor (Volpone)

– Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Best Actor (The Philanthropist )

– Village Voice Obie for Best Actor (Uncle Vanya)

– Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and Olivier Awards for Best Actor and Drama Desk award nominations in the US (Twelfth Night)

– Royal Television Society Best Actor and BAFTA Best Actor (A Dance to the Music of Time)

– CBE for Services to the Arts


(Published July 2018) 

(Photo: Charlie Carter)