TCG to Host A Conversation with Sir Antony Sher
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) will present a book discussion and signing with Sir Antony Sher, actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company and author of Year of the Fat Knight, at the renowned Drama Book Shop in New York City, Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 5:00pm.
The artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company-and Sir Antony's husband-Gregory Doran will be leading the discussion about Year of the Fat Knight and their work together with the RSC. The conversation will be followed by a book signing, and refreshments will be served.
Sher is currently portraying Falstaff in King and Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Doran, as part of a residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company
"Among these mighty 12 hours of theater...the overall achievement here-which includes one of the greatest performances I've ever seen, Antony Sher's Falstaff-is nothing short of magnificent."
- Charles Isherwood, New York Times
Year of the Fat Knight, published by TCG's Partner Publisher Nick Hern Books, details Sher's account of researching, rehearsing, and performing Falstaff, one of Shakespeare's best-known and most popular characters. He tells us how he had doubts about playing the part at all, how he sought to reconcile Falstaff's obesity, drunkenness, cowardice, and charm, how he wrestled with the fat suit needed to bulk him up, and how he explored the complexities and contradictions of this comic yet often dangerous personality. On the way, Sher paints a uniquely close-up portrait of the RSC at work.
Sir Antony Sher is regarded as one of Britain's leading actors, as well as a respected author and artist. He has written four novels- Middlepost, Indoor Boy, Cheap Lives, and The Feast -- as well as theatre journals, Year of the King, Woza Shakespeare! (co-written with his partner, the director Gregory Doran), and Primo Time. His autobiography Beside Myself was published in 2001. His plays include I.D. and The Giant. Among numerous awards, he has won the Olivier Best Actor Award on two occasions, the Evening Standard Best Actor Award, and the Critics' Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance (for Falstaff). On Broadway, he won Best Solo Performer in both Outer Critics' Circle and Drama Desk Awards. In 2000 he was knighted for his services to acting and writing.