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When Antony Sher played Richard III, he published an account of his work on the part, Year of the King, which he subtitled ‘An Actor’s Diary and Sketchbook’. Throughout his long and varied career he has used his art to trace and capture his route to finding the essence of a particular role, to record his own and other actors’ work in rehearsal and often to produce more ‘finished’ paintings of the character who finally emerged. In this conversation, drawing on examples of his own work, Sir Antony will discuss the relationship between his art and his acting.
Antony Sher was born in Cape Town, but came to London when he was nineteen to train at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. In 1982 he joined the RSC (where he is now an Honorary Associate Artist), since then his roles for the company include the Fool in King Lear, Richard III (for which he won the Laurence Olivier Best Actor Award), Macbeth, Iago, Prospero, Willy Loman (in Death of a Salesman), Falstaff (which he wrote about in Year of the Fat Knight) and, currently, the title role in King Lear.
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