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