Jonathan Croall
Performing Hamlet and King Lear: Conversations with Actors and Directors
16 May 2018

In a long and varied career Jonathan has worked as a journalist and an editor in publishing, and has written many books, including biographies of John Gielgud and Sybil Thorndike. In the words of one reviewer Jonathan ‘has staked a convincing claim to being Britain’s leading theatrical commentator and biographer.’ His conversations with, among many others, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law, David Tennant, Simon Russell Beale, Derek Jacobi and BLS patron Julian Glover, are the basis for his books, Performing King Lear and Performing Hamlet. The star actors revealed their mixed emotions at taking on a great Shakespearean role, how they worked on developing it in rehearsal, and their struggles to escape the shadow of legendary past performers.