Alun Armstrong

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Alun Armstrong
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Born(1946-07-17) 17 July 1946 (age 68)
Annfield Plain, County Durham, England
OccupationActor
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Sue
Children
 
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Alun Armstrong
Alun Armstrong.jpg
Born(1946-07-17) 17 July 1946 (age 68)
Annfield Plain, County Durham, England
OccupationActor
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Sue
Children

Alun Armstrong (born 17 July 1946) is an English character actor. Armstrong grew up in County Durham in North East England. He first became interested in acting through Shakespeare productions at his grammar school. Since his career began in the early 1970s, he has played, in his words, "the full spectrum of characters from the grotesque to musicals... I always play very colourful characters, often a bit crazy, despotic, psychotic."[1]

His numerous credits include several different Charles Dickens adaptations and the eccentric ex-detective Brian Lane in New Tricks. Armstrong is also an accomplished stage actor who spent nine years with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He originated the role of Thénardier in the London production of Les Misérables and he won an Olivier Award for playing the title role in Sweeney Todd.

Early life[edit]

Alun Armstrong was born in Annfield Plain, near Stanley, County Durham.[2] His father was a coal miner and both his parents were Methodist lay preachers.[1] He attended Annfield Plain Junior School[3] and then went on to Consett Grammar School, where a teacher inspired him to try acting. In the lower sixth, he played Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew – a role he would later perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[4]

He took part in the National Youth Theatre summer school in 1964, but his background and his northern accent made him feel out of place.[2] Armstrong auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art but was not accepted.[3] He instead studied fine art at Newcastle University.[4] He found the course pretentious and felt that he did not fit in, and he was expelled after two years because he stopped attending classes.[1][2]

Armstrong had jobs with a bricklayer and as a gravedigger before he decided to try acting again. He started out by working as an assistant stage manager at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. He then went on to a Theatre in Education company affiliated with the Sheffield Repertory Theatre, and he performed in several Radio 4 dramas.[2]

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

Armstrong made his screen debut in the film Get Carter (1971).[5] He wrote a letter to MGM, the studio making the film, upon learning that they were making the film in Newcastle and was invited to meet director Mike Hodges, who was keen to cast local actors.[6]

Armstrong has appeared in a number of films, although in this medium he has usually played supporting roles. In A Bridge Too Far (1977), he had a small role as one of the British troops at the Battle of Arnhem.[7] He had a supporting role as the bandit leader Torquil in the 1983 fantasy film Krull.[8]

In Patriot Games (1992), Armstrong played an SO-13 officer. In Braveheart (1995), he played the Scottish noble Mornay who betrayed William Wallace.[9] He was the villainous Egyptian cult leader Baltus Hafez in The Mummy Returns (2001),[10] and he portrayed Saint Peter with a Geordie accent in Millions (2004).[11] He also had small roles as the High Constable in Sleepy Hollow (1999),[12] Cardinal Jinette in Van Helsing (2004),[13] Magistrate Fang in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist (2005) and Uncle Garrow in Eragon (2006).[14]

Television[edit]

Armstrong has played over 80 different roles in television productions in the course of his career.[15] During the 1970s, he appeared in various TV series, including episodes of Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge[16] and The Sweeney.[17]

He was cast in two mini-series dealing with coal miners in North East England. He played Joe Gowlan in The Stars Look Down (1974) based on the novel by A. J. Cronin,[18] and he appeared in Ken Loach's Days of Hope (1975) set in his native County Durham.[19] In a 2007 interview, Armstrong singled out Days of Hope as a favourite: "I loved that because it was my own history and background that was being dramatised and, in a way, nothing gets better than that."[1]

In the comedy series A Sharp Intake of Breath, he played a variety of characters who complicate the life of the main character played by David Jason.[20] In 1977, he was the strict Deputy Headmaster in Willy Russell's Our Day Out, a television play about a group of underprivileged students on a daytrip.[21] He also starred in the 1981 Yorkshire Television drama Get Lost![22]

Armstrong has portrayed a number of characters from the works of Charles Dickens. He played Wackford Squeers and Mr. Wagstaff in the eight-hour Royal Shakespeare Company stage adaptation of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby that was filmed for television in 1982.[23] He has appeared in two versions of Oliver Twist: the 1999 ITV mini-series as Agnes Fleming's father Captain Fleming[24] and the 2005 Roman Polanski film as Magistrate Fang.[25] He has had roles in four BBC Dickens adaptations: as Daniel Peggotty in David Copperfield (1999);[26] as Inspector Bucket in Bleak House (2005);[27] as Jeremiah and Ephraim Flintwinch in Little Dorrit (2008);[28] and as Hiram Grewgious in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012).[29] Armstrong has been a fan of Dickens since reading David Copperfield aloud in school. He particularly remembered Dan Peggotty's houseboat on the beach, and in order to play the role he turned down an offer from Clint Eastwood, with whom he had worked on White Hunter Black Heart.[30]

In the BBC drama series Our Friends in the North (1996), he played Austin Donohue, a character based on the politician T. Dan Smith.[31] Armstrong portrayed 18th century politician Henry Fox in the BBC serial Aristocrats (1999). In the 2000 TV film This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, he portrayed George Oldfield, the Assistant Chief Constable for Crime at West Yorkshire Police whose health deteriorated during the investigation as he received messages purportedly from the killer.[32] He was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for his role in This Is Personal.[33]

In the second series of Bedtime (2002), he played a widower concerned about his son's suspicious behaviour.[34] He and Brenda Blethyn co-starred in Between the Sheets (2003) as a frustrated married couple in sex therapy.[35] In an adaptation of Carrie's War, he played a strict man who reluctantly takes in two children evacuated to Wales during World War II.[36]

Armstrong is known for his role as Brian Lane in the BBC One series New Tricks about a group of former police detectives who help investigate unsolved and open cases for London's Metropolitan Police. The character of Brian Lane is an obsessive and socially inept recovering alcoholic who has a great capacity for remembering details of old cases and colleagues. In August 2012, Armstrong announced he would leave the show after the tenth series.[37] The announcement followed comments by the cast in an interview with the Radio Times that criticised some of the series' writing,[38] and which drew an angry rebuttal from the show's writer-director Julian Simpson.[39]

During the run of New Tricks, Armstrong continued to take on other projects. He starred in the 2004 TV film When I'm 64 about a lonely retired schoolteacher who starts a relationship with another man. He chose the role, despite his apprehension about filming a love scene with co-star Paul Freeman, because he thought it was a lovely and thought-provoking story.[2][40] He also starred in The Girls Who Came to Stay (2006), about a British couple who take in two girls exposed to the effects of the Chernobyl disaster,[41] and Filth (2008), as the husband of "Clean-Up TV" activist Mary Whitehouse.[42]

For three series from 2009 to 2011, he played William Garrow's mentor John Southouse in the BBC period legal drama Garrow's Law.[43] In 2012, he played the Earl of Northumberland in the BBC2 adaptations of Henry IV, Parts I and II. His son Joe Armstrong played Northumberland's son Hotspur.[44] In the 2014 Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful, Armstrong played Vincent Brand, an actor who gives Frankenstein's monster a job at the Grand Guignol.[45] He guest stars in the 2014 Christmas special of Downton Abbey.[46]

Theatre[edit]

In addition to his film and television work, Armstrong has acted in many theatre productions. One of his early roles was Billy Spencer in David Storey's play The Changing Room at the Royal Court Theatre directed by Lindsay Anderson in 1971.[47] In 1975, he played Touchstone in As You Like It directed by Peter Gill at the Nottingham Playhouse.[48]

Armstrong spent nine years with the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1979 to 1988. On tour and at the Donmar Warehouse in 1979–80, he played Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing[49] and Azdak in The Caucasian Chalk Circle.[50]

In 1981, Armstrong joined the cast of the eight-hour production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby as Wackford Squeers. The company went on tour to perform on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre.[51] The play was filmed for television at the Old Vic Theatre in 1982.

In productions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, and the Barbican Theatre in 1982–83, Armstrong played Trinculo in The Tempest[52] and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew with Sinéad Cusack as Kate.[53] In 1983, he played Ralph Trapdoor in The Roaring Girl starring Helen Mirren.[54] He performed the roles of Leontes in The Winter's Tale and John Proctor in The Crucible on a national tour that included Christ Church, Spitalfields in 1984 and on tour to Poland in 1985.[55][56] In 1985–86, he played Thersites in Troilus and Cressida.[57]

In the autumn of 1985, Armstrong took on what is perhaps his best-known stage role: Thénardier in the original London production of Les Misérables. Thénardier and his wife, played by Susan Jane Tanner, are innkeepers whose shady practices are revealed in the song "Master of the House." Armstrong described Thénardier as "a gruesome and comic character."[58]

Armstrong was one of the first to be cast, along with fellow Royal Shakespeare Company members Sue Jane Tanner and Roger Allam.[59] He was involved in fleshing out his role, particularly in the second act song "Dog Eats Dog."[60] He was surprised by the success of Les Misérables "because it is different to other musicals. Different because it is a sung musical throughout and also a little operatic; I didn't think it would be very popular."[58] He left the production after a year because he became bored with the repetition and wanted to move on to other things.[58]

He sings on Original London Cast Recording. He reprised the role, paired with Jenny Galloway as Mme. Thénardier, in Les Misérables - The Dream Cast in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in October 1995, which was filmed and released on DVD. He also appeared in the 25th anniversary concert, though Matt Lucas performed the role of Thénardier.[61]

Armstrong received nominations in two categories for the 1985 Olivier Award: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical for Les Misérables and Actor of the Year for The Crucible and The Winter's Tale.[62] In 1988, he was again nominated for the Olivier Award for the roles of Barabas in an RSC production of The Jew of Malta and the Captain in a National Theatre production of The Father by August Strindberg.[63] The New York Times review of The Father said: "At its imploding center is the superb actor Alun Armstrong... 'To eat or be eaten, that is the question,' says the captain. By evening's end, Mr. Armstrong seems to have been devoured alive by his inner demons..."[64]

During the short run of the musical The Baker's Wife at the Phoenix Theatre in 1989–90, he played the role of the baker Aimable Castagnet. The production, directed by Trevor Nunn, received positive reviews but did not attract large audiences and closed after 56 performances.[65] He was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actor in a Musical.[66]

Armstrong won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical in 1994 for his performance as Sweeney Todd in the 1993 London revival of the musical at the National Theatre. The play also won for Best Musical Revival and his co-star Julia McKenzie won Best Actress in a Musical.[67]

At the Donmar Warehouse, Armstrong appeared as Albert Einstein in Terry Johnson's Insignificance in 1995,[68] and he played Hamm in Samuel Beckett's Endgame in 1996.[69] He starred as Willy Loman in a 1996–97 National Theatre production of Death of a Salesman.[70] In 1997–98, he appeared in a production of the comedy The Front Page directed by Sam Mendes at the Donmar Warehouse. The Independent review noted: "As for Alun Armstrong, we don't meet him until late in the second of three acts but he dominates the entire evening. He barks, bleats and bellows across the stage, grabbing Hildy and the show by the scruff of the neck and hurtling through to a zinger of a climax."[71]

Armstrong took the lead role at short notice in Shelagh Stephenson's play Mappa Mundi in 2002, replacing Ian Holm who withdrew due to illness.[72] In 2006, he returned to the stage to star in Trevor Nunn's production of The Royal Hunt of the Sun at the National Theatre.[73] At the Proms in 2012, he played Alfred Doolittle in a performance of My Fair Lady starring Annalene Beechey and Anthony Andrews.[74] Armstrong stars in a 2014 production of Ionesco's black comedy Exit the King at the Theatre Royal, Bath's Ustinov Studio.[75]

Personal life[edit]

Alun Armstrong and his wife Sue have three sons: Tom, Joe and Dan.[3] Joe Armstrong is also an actor. Father and son played older and younger versions of the same character in the 2010 BBC drama A Passionate Woman,[76] and they played Northumberland and his son Hotspur in the 2012 BBC adaptation of Henry IV.[44] Dan Armstrong is a musician in the band Clock Opera.[76][77] Alun Armstrong appeared in the music video for their song "The Lost Buoys."[78]

In July 2009, Armstrong was awarded two honorary degrees in recognition of his contributions to the arts. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of East Anglia[79] and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland.[80]

He supports AFC Wimbledon, as does his character in New Tricks.[81]

Screen and stage credits[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1971Get CarterKeith
1973The 14TommyAlso known as Existence and The Wild Little Bunch
1973The Sex VictimsGeorgeShort film
1976Don't Tell the LadsDramatised health and safety documentary on lead poisoning
1976The Likely LadsMilkman
1977A Bridge Too FarCorporal Davies
1977The DuellistsLacourbe
1981The French Lieutenant's WomanGrimes
1983KrullTorquil
1985Billy the Kid and the Green Baize VampireMaxwell Randall
1985Number OneBlackpool Sergeant
1989The ChildeaterStefanoShort film
1989That Summer of White RosesZembaAlso known as Djavolji raj
1990White Hunter Black HeartRalph Lockhart
1991American FriendsDr. Weeks
1991London Kills MeJohn Stone
1992Blue IceOsgood
1992My Little EyeDadShort film
1992Patriot GamesSgt. Owens
1992Split SecondThrasher
1994Black BeautyReuben Smith
1995An Awfully Big AdventureUncle Vernon
1995BraveheartMornay
1997The SaintInspector Teal
1999G:MT – Greenwich Mean TimeUncle Henry
1999OneginZaretsky
1999Sleepy HollowHigh Constable
1999With or Without YouSammy
2000Harrison's FlowersSamuel Brubeck
2000Proof of LifeWyatt
2001The Mummy ReturnsBaltus Hafez
2001Strictly SinatraBill
2003It's All About LoveDavid
2003Paradise FoundPissarro
2004MillionsSaint Peter
2004Van HelsingCardinal Jinette
2005Oliver TwistMagistrate Fang
2006EragonUncle Garrow
2006A Ticket too FarDadShort film
2012The Lost BuoysTycoonMusic video

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1971Advent of SteamWilliam HedleySeries 1, Episode 6: "The Iron Horse: Part 2"
1972Dividing FenceGeordie GilroyPart of the Full House on Tyneside live arts programme
1972General HospitalKen HartleySeries 1, Episodes 11–16 & 18
1972New Scotland YardRay DaviesSeries 1, Episode 7: "The Wrong 'Un"
1972VillainsTerence 'Tel' BoldonSeries 1, Episode 1: "George"
Series 1, Episode 6: "Sand Dancer"
Series 1, Episode 8: "Move In, Move On"
1973Armchair 30GlazierSeries 1, Episode 8: "Ross Evans' Story"
1973Hunter's WalkLorry DriverSeries 1, Episode 7: "Discretion"
1973Only Make BelieveMichael BiddlePart of the BBC Play for Today series
1973Six Days of JusticeP.C. WilliamsonSeries 3, Episode 4: "The Complaint"
1973Softly, Softly: TaskforceDavid MillerSeries 9, Episode 3: "A Quiet Man"
1973ThrillerMikeSeries 1, Episode 9: "The Eyes Have It"
1974Easy GoFirst dockerPart of the BBC Play for Today series
1974Father BrownJoeSeries 1, Episode 1: "The Hammer of God"
1974JusticeBob GrahamSeries 3, Episode 6: "It's Always a Gamble"
1974Sporting ScenesBernieSeries 1, Episode 3: "The Needle Match"
1974Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?Dougie ScaifeSeries 2, Episode 12: "Conduct Unbecoming"
1975Days of HopeBilly ShepherdTV mini-series
1975Public EyeVince GregsonSeries 7, Episode 9: "The Fatted Calf"
1975The SquirrelsJimSeries 1, Episode 6: "The Favourite"
1975The Stars Look DownJoe GowlanTV mini-series
1975The SweeneyPeter JennerSeries 2, Episode 9: "Stay Lucky Eh?"
1976Chester Mystery PlaysLightborne / Secundus DemonPart of the BBC Play of the Month series
1976The New AvengersPrivate George HarrisSeries 1, Episode 12: "Dirtier by the Dozen"
1977Centre PlayRichard ClewesSeries 6, Episode 8: "Risking It"
1977Our Day OutMr. BriggsPart of the BBC2 Play of the Week series
Rebroadcast in 1978 in the Play for Today series
1977Shooting the ChandelierBrodovichPart of the BBC2 Play of the Week series
1977PorridgeSpraggonSeries 3, Episode 5: "A Test of Character"
1977RomanceWeaverSeries 1, Episode 5: "House of Men"
1977The SquirrelsSweeneySeries 3, Episode 8: "Shoulder to Shoulder"
1978Enemy at the DoorLouis MendozaSeries 1, Episode 8: "Officers of the Law"
1978Freedom of the DigPart of the BBC2 Premiere drama series
1978LizaMikhalevichPart of the BBC2 Play of the Week series
1978Z-CarsDet. Supt. BoleySeries 13, Episode 13: "Pressure"
1978–79A Sharp Intake of BreathVarious charactersSeries 1–2: 13 episodes
1979All Day on the SandsDadPart of the Six Plays by Alan Bennett series
1979Measure for MeasureProvostPart of the BBC Television Shakespeare series
1980Armchair ThrillerTrahearneSeries 3, Episodes 17–20: "Fear of God"
1981Get Lost!Neville Keaton4 episodes
1981One in a ThousandDick HayesDramatised documentary
1982The Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebyWackford Squeers
Mr. Wagstaff
Stage performance filmed for television
1983Mr. Moon's Last CaseNarratorTV play
1984The Book TowerPresenterChildren's programme; 7 episodes
1984The HouseMr. SmethTV film
1984Sharing TimeLukeSeries 1, Episode 1: "Guilt on the Gingerbread"
1985BulmanDS FiggSeries 1, Episode 4: "Death of a Hitman"
1987Christmas Is Coming ... This Is a Government Health Warning!Informational programme with comedy sketches
1988Number 27Murray Lester
1988The StorytellerThe Troll (voice)Series 1, Episode 9: "The True Bride"
1988This is David LanderCouncillor StennallingSeries 1, Episode 1: "Not a Pretty Site"
1989A Night on the TyneWillyTV film
1989Nineteen 96Det. Supt. Frank BurroughsPart of the BBC Screen One series
1990Looking after Number OneDickPart of the BBC Screenplay Firsts series
1990Sticky WicketsEvansPart of the BBC Screen One series
1990The WidowmakerDadTV film
1991Murder in EdenSgt. McGingTV mini-series
1991Stanley and the WomenRufus HiltonTV mini-series
1992Goodbye Cruel WorldRoy GradeTV mini-series
1992Inspector MorseSuperintendent HoldsbySeries 6, Episode 2: "Happy Families"
1992The Life and Times of Henry PrattUncle TeddyTV mini-series
1992Married... with ChildrenTrevorSeason 6, Episodes 24–26: "England Show," Parts I, II and III
1992Shakespeare: The Animated TalesCaliban (voice)Series 1, Episode 2: "The Tempest"
1993Goggle-EyesGerald FaulknerTV mini-series
1994Doggin' AroundCharlie FosterTV film
1994MacGyver: Trail to DoomsdayChief Superintendent CapshawTV film
1995Sorry about Last NightMickeyTV film
1996Brazen HussiesJimmy HardcastleTV film
1996Breaking the CodeMick RossTV film
1996Our Friends in the NorthAustin DonohueTV mini-series
1996Tales from the CryptInspector HerbertSeason 7, Episode 12: "Confession"
1996Witness Against HitlerPastor Harald PoelchauTV film
1997UnderworldTeddy Middlemass6 episodes
1998In the RedDCI Frank JeffersonTV mini-series
1998Shell ShockNarrator3-part documentary
1999AristocratsHenry FoxTV mini-series
1999David CopperfieldDaniel PeggottyTV film
1999Oliver TwistMr. FlemingTV mini-series
20007Up 2000NarratorDocumentary
2000Challenger: Go for LaunchNarratorDocumentary
2000This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire RipperGeorge OldfieldTV film
Nominated: Royal Television Society award
2001Adrian Mole: the Cappuccino YearsGeorge Mole6 episodes
2001ExtinctNarrator6-part documentary
2001ScoreGeorge DevonTV film
2001WaitersOscarPart of the ITV First Cut series
2002BedtimeNeil HenshallSeries 2: 6 episodes
2002InquisitionMartinTV film
2002SparkhouseRichard BoltonTV film
2003Between the SheetsPeter DelanyTV mini-series
2003Messiah 2: Vengeance is MineDCI Charlie MacintyreTV mini-series
2003–2013New TricksBrian LaneSeries 1–10: 80 episodes
2004Carrie's WarSamuel EvansTV film
2004When I'm 64JimTV film
2005Bleak HouseInspector BucketTV mini-series
2006The Girls Who Came to StayBob JenkinsTV film
Also known as The Girls of Belarus
2007The Dinner PartyJimTV film
2008Filth: The Mary Whitehouse StoryErnest WhitehouseTV film
2008Little DorritJeremiah and Ephraim FlintwinchTV mini-series
2009–2011Garrow's LawJohn SouthouseSeries 1–3: 11 episodes
2010A Passionate WomanDonaldTV film (Part 2)
2012The Mystery of Edwin DroodHiram GrewgiousTV film
2012Henry IV, Parts I and IIEarl of NorthumberlandTV films
2014Penny DreadfulVincent BrandTV series
2014Downton AbbeySeries 5 Christmas Special

Theatre[edit]

YearPlayPlaywrightRoleTheatreNotes
1971I Was Hitler's MaidChristopher WilkinsonAdolf HitlerKing's Head Theatre Club, London[2][82]
1971The Changing RoomDavid StoreyBilly SpencerRoyal Court Theatre, London
1973DraculaBram Stoker
Stanley Eveling et al. (adaptation)
RenfieldBush Theatre, London[83]
1973A Fart for EuropeHoward Brenton
David Edgar
EdgarRoyal Court Theatre Upstairs, London[84]
1973CromwellDavid StoreyMorgan
Wallace
Royal Court Theatre, London[85]
1975As You Like ItWilliam ShakespeareTouchstoneNottingham Playhouse
1976The Sons of LightDavid RudkinYescanabUniversity Theatre, Newcastle[86]
1976Mother's DayDavid StoreyGordonRoyal Court Theatre, London[87]
1978The PassionTony Harrison (adaptation)Fourth SoldierCottesloe Theatre, London[88]
1978One for the RoadWilly RussellDennisNational tourAlternate titles:[89]
Dennis the Menace
Happy Returns
1979–80Much Ado About NothingWilliam ShakespeareDogberrySmall-scale tour
Donmar Warehouse, London
Royal Shakespeare Company
1979–80The Caucasian Chalk CircleBertolt BrechtAzdakSmall-scale tour
Donmar Warehouse, London
Royal Shakespeare Company
1980Bastard AngelBarrie KeeffeAlunDonmar Warehouse, LondonRoyal Shakespeare Company[90]
1980The Loud Boy's LifeHoward BarkerHarry Baker
Lionel Frontage
Norman Leathers
Donmar Warehouse, LondonRoyal Shakespeare Company[91]
1981–82The Life and Adventures of Nicholas NicklebyCharles Dickens
David Edgar (adaptation)
Wackford Squeers
Mr. Wagstaff
Aldwych Theatre, London
Plymouth Theatre, Broadway
Old Vic, London (filmed for TV)
Royal Shakespeare Company
1982–83The TempestWilliam ShakespeareTrinculoRoyal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Barbican Theatre, London
Royal Shakespeare Company
1982–83The Taming of the ShrewWilliam ShakespearePetruchioRoyal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford
Theatre Royal, Newcastle
Barbican Theatre, London
Royal Shakespeare Company
1983The Roaring GirlThomas Middleton
Thomas Dekker
Ralph TrapdoorRoyal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford
Barbican Theatre, London
Royal Shakespeare Company
1983ReflectionsJasper RoothamPerformerGulbenkian Studio, NewcastleRoyal Shakespeare Company[92]
1984Serjeant Musgrave's DanceJohn ArdenPrivate HurstOld Vic, London[93]
1984–85The CrucibleArthur MillerJohn ProctorSmall-scale tour
Christ Church, Spitalfields
Polish tour
Royal Shakespeare Company
Nominated: Olivier Award
1984–85The Winter's TaleWilliam ShakespeareLeontesSmall-scale tour
Christ Church, Spitalfields
Polish tour
Royal Shakespeare Company
Nominated: Olivier Award
1985–86Troilus and CressidaWilliam ShakespeareThersitesRoyal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford
Barbican Theatre, London
Royal Shakespeare Company
1985–86Les MisérablesClaude-Michel Schönberg
Alain Boublil
Herbert Kretzmer
ThénardierBarbican Theatre, London
Palace Theatre, London
Royal Shakespeare Company
Nominated: Olivier Award
1987–88FashionDoug LucieStuart ClarkeThe Other Place, Stratford
The Pit, London
Royal Shakespeare Company[94]
1987–88The Jew of MaltaChristopher MarloweBarabas the JewSwan Theatre, Stratford
People's Theatre, Newcastle
Barbican Theatre, London
Royal Shakespeare Company
Nominated: Olivier Award
1988The FatherAugust StrindbergThe CaptainCottesloe Theatre, LondonNominated: Olivier Award
1989–90The Baker's WifeStephen Schwartz
Joseph Stein
Aimable CastagnetPhoenix Theatre, LondonNominated: Olivier Award
1993Sweeney ToddStephen Sondheim
Hugh Wheeler
Sweeney ToddCottesloe Theatre, LondonWon: Olivier Award
1995InsignificanceTerry JohnsonAlbert EinsteinDonmar Warehouse, London
1995Les Misérables - The Dream Cast in ConcertClaude-Michel Schönberg
Alain Boublil
Herbert Kretzmer
ThénardierRoyal Albert Hall, London8 October 1995
Released on DVD
1996EndgameSamuel BeckettHammDonmar Warehouse, London
1996–97Death of a SalesmanArthur MillerWilly LomanLyttelton Theatre, London
1997–98The Front PageBen Hecht
Charles MacArthur
Walter BurnsDonmar Warehouse, London
2002Mappa MundiShelagh StephensonJackCottesloe Theatre, London
2006The Royal Hunt of the SunPeter ShafferFrancisco PizarroOlivier Theatre, London
2009A House Not Meant to StandTennessee WilliamsCornelius McCorkleDonmar Warehouse, LondonRehearsed reading
14 September 2009[95]
2012My Fair LadyAlan Lerner
Frederick Loewe
Alfred P. DoolittleRoyal Albert Hall, LondonBBC Proms
2013Family Voices
Victoria Station
Harold PinterVoice 3
Controller
Trafalgar Studios, London
2014Exit the KingEugène IonescoKing BerengerUstinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

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