The actor, 52, on stage craft, what we can learn from children and why he loves being naked Actors shouldn’t necessarily be able to speak intelligently about what they do. That academic intellectualising of what you’re up to is so alien to me. And, more than anything, I’m thick. Simple tasks make man simple. That was Jung’s philosophy, and I agree. Neuroses and psychoses come when we overanalyse. If you

December 7th, 2013 Theatre admin

As five stagings of ‘Uncle Vanya’ hit UK theatres in a few months, why does its existential gloom speak to us so profoundly? In a rehearsal space in east London the actor Ken Stott is poking disconsolately at the contents of a Tupperware box. It’s his lunch and he is clearly on a diet that is affording him no fun. “You won’t be able to see me by Monday,” he

October 26th, 2012 Theatre admin

The characters are a world apart: the ruthless, upwardly mobile newspaper publisher Sir Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey’s Edwardian England and Chekhov’s self-pitying Uncle Vanya, aimlessly wasting his life away on a country estate in pre-Revolutionary Russia. But these disparate roles have both been inhabited by Iain Glen, one of the finest actors of the last 25 years. Although millions have seen him performing in the hugely successful period drama

March 28th, 2012 Downton Abbey, Television, Theatre admin

Leading actors do not often make the leap into directing, but Iain Glen has wanted to for years. “I’ve been aware of the work I do as an actor _being directorial in feel,” he says, “I have ideas about how a play could manifest itself, a sort of overall picture. But 95% of the time, I keep my mouth shut.” And it might have remained that way, had the producer

February 8th, 2010 Theatre admin

NOT MANY actors six years out of drama school have climbed into bed with Charlotte Rampling (in Paris by Night), sulked at Sigourney Weaver (Gorillas in the Mist) and discovered the source of the Nile (Mountains of the Moon). This summer Iain Glen’s Aufidius in Coriolanus proved a threatening adversary – in terms of reviews – to the show’s star, Kenneth Branagh. And now he makes his first stab (since

August 9th, 1992 Theatre admin
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