July has so far taken me to the ancient Roman settlement of Carnuntum in Austria, where Gerard Logan gave a stunning performance of our version of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece in their annual theatre Festival.
June saw the West End opening of a short run of ‘Sand in the Sandwiches‘, Hugh Whitemore’s play I directed about John Betjamen and starring Edward Fox. It played in my favourite London theatre, the Haymarket, so it was a very exciting time. The show has then been to Cambridge, Malvern, Woking, Brighton and finally Bath.
During the run I went to examine for Trinity College in Cyprus for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed the island – and the weather of course. In September and October Trinity takes me to one of my favourite places on the planet – Sri Lanka. Whilst there, friend and colleague John Griffiths and I will be performing a programme about Dylan Thomas to raise some funds for the wonderful Sunera Foundation, which offers theatre workshops to disadvantaged kids.
Rehearsals begin soon 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 has just ended a 64 date tour of ‘Burton’ to great acclaim.
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.