June sees the West End opening of a short run of ‘Sand in the Sandwiches‘, Hugh Whitemore’s play about John Betjamen starring Edward Fox. It’s my first West End credit as an director and it’s in my favourite London theatre, the Haymarket, so it’s an exciting time. The show then tours to Cambridge, Malvern, Woking, Brighton and Bath.
During the run I’m taking a couple of weeks out to go and work as an examiner for Trinity College in Cyprus.
In August we begin rehearsals for my solo play ‘Shylock’ in Welsh with Rhodri Miles in the title role. As I don’t speak Welsh it’ll be a challenge! Rhodri continues his 64 date tour of ‘Burton’ to great acclaim. Gerard Logan and I are off to Austria to stage his wonderful performance of ‘The Rape of Lucrece’ in an open-air Festival in July amidst the ruins of Art Carnuntum.
Voice work keeps rolling in and I’ve recently recorded a biography of the amazing foreign correspondent Clare Hollingworth as well as a couple of cracking novels. Details are on the audible.uk site.