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New BBC interview with multi-talented writer/director Jonathan Miller

Check out the BBC’s superb new 30 minute interview with the multi-talented writer, actor, director Jonathan Miller.

Jonathan Miller: Photo Hattie Miles

In this candid piece the good Dr Miller talks to producer/presenter Matthew Stadlen about his current theatre project, directing King Lear, and also discusses his extraordinary life and career in theatre and beyond.

Director, performer, writer, presenter, artist, doctor and pioneering satirist ( I could go on) Miller really has been a major force in the arts and sciences over the past 50 years. See the programme  either on BBC iPlayer or at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p51p9

Meanwhile he continues his tour on An Audience With Jonathan Miller for Clive Conway Productions nexrt appearing at Galeri Caernarfon Victoria Dock, Caernarfon, CAERN, United Kingdom, LL55 1SQ on  Monday December 3rd. More details at http://www.galericaernarfon.com/

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Berkoff: a life playing the bad-boy image to the hilt

In a long and distinguished career spanning an astonishing 50 years, writer, actor and director Steven Berkoff has managed to confound and confuse the theatrical establishment.

Steven Berkoff: photograph by Hattie Miles

Back in the early days they bridled against this East End boy on the make, dismissing him as a crazed firebrand. Berkoff, the Stepney born son of a Russian Jewish tailor, was having none of it. He fought tooth and nail for artistic independence and went on to produce some truly stunning plays – a radical body of work that brought him both widespread acclaim and a certain degree of notoriety.

It became routine for journalists to paint him as a terrifying and menacing character.  In reality this observation was probably a little wide of the mark. His reputation as a hard-man though has probably served him well. There has been acres of publicity about how scary he is.

Berkoff has played his bad-boy image to the hilt, all the while swaggering happily onwards. He has adapted Kafka and Shakespeare and written many searingly intelligent original works while effortlessly getting up the nose of the establishment, a practice that appears to bring him pain and pleasure in equal measure. These days he is probably best known for his mainstream movie appearances in everything from Octopussy and Beverly Hills Cop to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

It’s been a long fascinating journey and you can hear Berkoff talk about his life and career, battles won and battles lost and why he has always refused to compromise. An Audience With Steven Berkoff is at  Berkhamsted School, Overton House, 133 High Street, Berkhamsted,, HERTS, United Kingdom, HP4 2DJ  tomorrow (Wednesday November 14).

http://berkhamstedschool.org/

It’s Halloween and stage shows explore our darkest fears

As Halloween brings its annual offering of theatrical shows that promise to chill the blood,§ writers and performers explain the art of stage horror.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/news/entertainment-arts-20095581 >

Jonathan Miller: the autumn tour continues

Sir Jonathan Miller- doctor, satirist, writer, sculptor and director of theatre, opera and film- brings his autumn tour to Peterborough this evening (Mon October 30).

Jonathan Miller photographed by Hattie Miles

Miller rose to fame in the early 1960s when, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett, he co-wrote and starred in the groundbreaking satirical stage revue Beyond The Fringe. The show redefined the boundaries of comedy — launching a  legacy that has stretched from Monty Python to Saturday Night Live.

Miller would soon go on to edit the BBC’s flagship arts programme Monitor and became associate director of the National Theatre. Directing drama and opera, he has enjoyed a stellar career in modern theatre.  He has, among other things, presented television programmes on science and medicine, directed opera at Glyndebourne, the Met and La Scala, produced stage works at the National or Old Vic, lectured, written and sculpted.  As a television presenter Miller also helped popularise science on the small screen. Today he complains that the dumbed down world of 21st century TV does not appear to be  very interested in him. However he was recently the subject of a major BBC2 Arena profile. Away from showbusiness he has continued to work in medicine and is an expert in neuropsychology.

See him tonight in An Audience With Jonathan Miller at The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/venues/key-theatre/

 

Jonathan Miller – life and art beyond Beyond the Fringe

An Audience with Sir Jonathan Miller

The multi-talented Sir Jonathan Miller  takes his celebrated An Audience With… show to the Belfast Festival tomorrow evening and on Friday will be at the Firstsite Arts Centre in Colchester.

Miller is a man of many parts. Doctor, satirist, writer, sculptor and director of theatre, opera and film, he rose to fame in the early 1960s when, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett, he co-wrote and starred in the groundbreaking satirical stage revue Beyond The Fringe.

Combining some of the best Oxbridge talents of the era, it first played the Edinburgh Fringe before transferring the West End and then Broadway heralding a brave new era in satirical comedy.

Miller would soon go on to edit the BBC’s flagship arts programme Monitor and became associate director of the National Theatre. His career has found him producing innovative operatic productions for, among others, the English National and Royal Opera companies.

As a television presenter he also helped popularise science on the small screen. Today he complains that the dumbed down world of 21st century TV does not appear to be  very interested in him. However he was recently the subject of a major BBC2 Arena profile. Away from showbusiness he has continued to work in medicine and is an expert in neuropsychology.

The theatre still beckons and he recently announced that he will soon to stage his first UK stage play for five years.

He is now turning his directorial attentions to Githa Sowerby’s 100 year-old  drama Rutherford and Son. The play about class, gender and oppression is set in a  family glassworks and was originally written by its suffragette author in 1912. It will be staged next February by the Northern Broadsides Theatre Company.

In the meantime you can see this remarkable man discussing his life and work way beyond Beyond The Fringe tomorrow (October 25) at  The Belfast Festival at Queens, 8 Fitzwilliam Street Belfast , Belfast, United Kingdom, BT9 6AW www.belfastfestival.com  and on Friday (October 26) atthe  FirstSite Arts Centre, Lewis Gardens, Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom, CO1 1JH www.firstsite.uk.net/page/1/Home

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