Christopher Plummer Says He Wants to Bring A WORD OR TWO to New York
Christopher Plummer, the Canadian actor who is most widely known for playing Captain Von Trapp in the movie version of The Sound of Music, told MetroFocus about his intention of bringing his self-assembled one-man show, A Word or Two, to New York in the near future.
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During an interview with MetroFocus, Plummer described his 80-minute show as "my own personal journey through literature that I grew up with and inspired me and still inspires me." But the journey conveyed throughout the show is not merely for entertainment. It also carries a very important message that Plummber believes younger generations should value and implement in their own lives.
"You've got to read in this mechanical age, you've got to remember that there are books and language," he said. "The beauty of our language is disappearing, which is a very sad thing. It's a nudge behind the shoulder, 'Well, do something about it.'"
Plummer recently recieved the John Willis Lifetime Achievement Award at the Theatre World Awards on June 2nd. He has enjoyed 60 years as one of theatre's most respected actors and is a veteran of over 100 motion pictures. Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English in Montreal. While there, he also had the good fortune to work with the great Russian theatre guru Fyodor Komisarjevsky.
After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut (1954), Plummer went on to star in many celebrated productions on Broadway and London's West End. He has won two Tony Awards - for the musical "Cyrano" and for "Barrymore" (which played to acclaim at the Ahmanson Theatre in 1998) - plus seven nominations, his latest for his King Lear (2004) and for his Clarence Darrow in "Inherit the Wind" (2007).
He is a former leading member of The Royal National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall where he won London's Evening Standard Award for Best Actor in "Becket" (1961). In 1968, sanctioned by Elizabeth II, Plummer was made a Companion of the Order of Canada (an honorary knighthood). He has also led Canada's Stratford Festival in its formative years under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and his mentor Michael Langham, and again recently under Des McAnuff's regime. He is widely recognized as one of the finest classical actors of his time.