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Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths, OBE was an English actor of stage, film and television. He received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor and a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, all for his role in the play The History Boys.
He was also known for his portrayal of Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, Uncle Monty in Withnail and I, Henry Crabbe in Pie in the Sky, and King George II in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He also appeared as a British journalist in Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning 1982 film Gandhi.

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Richard Griffiths is currently involved with

The Seagull - Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin

20:15, Fri 11th June 2021 - Tue 15th June 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
17:15, Fri 18th June 2021 - Tue 22nd June 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
20:45, Fri 25th June 2021 - Tue 29th June 2021 at Adelphi Theatre

The Seagull is the first of what are generally considered to be the four major plays by the Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. The Seagull was written in 1895 and first produced in 1896. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev.
The character of Trigorin is considered Chekhov's greatest male role, though as with the rest of Chekhov's full-length plays, The Seagull relies upon an ensemble cast of diverse, fully developed characters. In contrast to the melodrama of the mainstream theatre of the 19th century, lurid actions are not shown onstage. Characters tend to speak in ways that skirt around issues rather than addressing them directly; in other words, their lines are full of what is known in dramatic practice as subtext, or text that is not spoken aloud.
The opening night of the first production was a famous failure. Vera Komissarzhevskaya, playing Nina, was so intimidated by the hostility of the audience that she lost her voice. Chekhov left the audience and spent the last two acts behind the scenes. When supporters wrote to him that the production later became a success, he assumed that they were merely trying to be kind. When Constantin Stanislavski, the seminal Russian theatre practitioner of the time, directed it in 1898 for his Moscow Art Theatre, the play was a triumph. Stanislavski's production of The Seagull became "one of the greatest events in the history of Russian theatre and one of the greatest new developments in the history of world drama."

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Richard Griffiths is preparing for

  • The Taming of the Shrew - Baptista Minola

    20:15, Sun 11th July 2021 - Thu 15th July 2021 at Crucible Theatre

    The Taming of the Shrew is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592.
    The play begins with a framing device, often referred to as the Induction, in which a…

  • Lysistrata - Calonice

    14:30, Fri 23rd July 2021 - Tue 27th July 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Lysistrata is one of the few surviving plays written by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end The Peloponnes…

  • Miss Saigon - Composer

    22:15, Tue 10th August 2021 - Sat 14th August 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the…

  • Peter and Wendy - Choreographer, Publicity Designer

    21:00, Sun 24th October 2021 - Wed 27th October 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:15, Sun 31st October 2021 - Wed 3rd November 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
    20:00, Sun 7th November 2021 - Wed 10th November 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie's most famous work, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel, respectively. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan,…

  • The Merchant of Venice - Shylock

    19:45, Sun 31st October 2021 - Wed 3rd November 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    20:00, Sun 7th November 2021 - Wed 10th November 2021 at Adelphi Theatre
    19:15, Sun 14th November 2021 - Wed 17th November 2021 at Adelphi Theatre

    The Merchant of Venice is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1596 and 1598. Though classified as a comedy in the First Folio and sharing certain aspects with Shakespear…

  • Godspell - Technical Director

    19:30, Sat 6th November 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
    19:15, Mon 8th November 2021 at Almeida Theatre
    19:15, Tue 9th November 2021 at Random Venue 49
    19:30, Fri 12th November 2021 at Barbican Centre
    19:45, Sat 13th November 2021 at Crucible Theatre
    19:15, Mon 15th November 2021 at Random Venue 99
    19:15, Thu 18th November 2021 at Random Venue 29
    15:30, Fri 19th November 2021 at The Old Vic
    19:15, Sun 21st November 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including…

  • Rent - Violin

    19:30, Fri 10th December 2021 - Mon 13th December 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre

    Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to surviv…

  • Peter and Wendy - Choreographer

    22:15, Fri 10th December 2021 - Mon 13th December 2021 at London Palladium
    19:30, Fri 17th December 2021 - Mon 20th December 2021 at London Palladium
    19:15, Fri 24th December 2021 - Mon 27th December 2021 at London Palladium

    Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie's most famous work, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel, respectively. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan,…

  • The Rocky Horror Show - Set Designer

    19:30, Fri 14th January 2022 - Thu 20th January 2022 at Globe Theatre, London

    The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s, the musical tell…

  • Oresteia - Clytemnestra

    21:00, Sat 9th April 2022 - Thu 14th April 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    20:15, Sat 16th April 2022 - Thu 21st April 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester
    21:00, Sat 23rd April 2022 - Thu 28th April 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus which concerns the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. When originally performed it was accompanied by Proteus, a satyr play that…

  • Jesus Christ Superstar - Mary Magdalene

    22:30, Sat 21st May 2022 - Wed 25th May 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept recording before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The musical…

  • La Cage aux Folles - Monsieur Renaud

    11:00, Sat 6th August 2022 - Wed 10th August 2022 at Liverpool Empire Theatre

    La Cage aux Folles is a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman. Based on the 1973 French play of the same name by Jean Poiret, it focuses on a gay couple: Georges,…

  • The Crucible - Technical Director

    21:00, Fri 9th September 2022 - Tue 13th September 2022 at Savoy Theatre

    The Crucible is a 1953 play by the American playwright Arthur Miller. It was initially called "The Chronicles of Sarah Good". It is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Provi…

  • Kiss Me, Kate - Publicity Designer

    20:30, Sat 29th October 2022 - Wed 2nd November 2022 at Royal Exchange, Manchester

    Kiss Me, Kate is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage…

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