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Britton worked for six years as an assistant stage manager and sound operator until 1989 when, while working for Jonathan Miller at the Old Vic, he forced his way into Miller's office and refused to leave until Miller agreed to let him audition for King Lear. His King of France to Eric Porter's Lear ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [West End]
London Production, 2021
  [West End]
London County Hall Revival, 2021
Sir Wilfred Robarts [Replacement]
  [West End]
West End Premiere, 2016
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
US Premiere Production, 2016
Henry IV
  [London Fringe]
Royal Shakespeare Company Revival, 1992
Performer

Jasper Britton Biography

Britton worked for six years as an assistant stage manager and sound operator until 1989 when, while working for Jonathan Miller at the Old Vic, he forced his way into Miller's office and refused to leave until Miller agreed to let him audition for King Lear. His King of France to Eric Porter's Lear was the beginning of a prolific stage career. Early plays included The Visit with Theatre de Complicite at the Royal National Theatre, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth and A Flea in her Ear at Nottingham Playhouse. A season at the Royal Shakespeare Company included A Jovial Crew for Max Stafford-Clark, Tamburlaine for Terry Hands and The Beggar's Opera and Antony and Cleopatra for John Caird. There followed the Dauphin in St Joan at the Strand Theatre and Rupert in Rope at Salisbury Playhouse.

Upon replacing Eddie Izzard in the title role in Brian Cox's 1995 Richard III, he garnered excellent reviews. He next played the groom role in Blood Wedding at the Young Vic, the first in a series of romantic leads, followed by Rupert Goold's adaptation of End of the Affair, Jonathan Church's Romeo and Juliet and Bill Bryden's Three Sisters.

Britton was part of Trevor Nunn's ensemble company at the National Theatre in 1999, playing Thersites in Troilus and Cressida, Ryumin in Maxim Gorky's Summerfolk, and Smooth in Money. Two seasons at the Shakespeare's Globe for Mark Rylance followed, first playing Palamon in The Two Noble Kinsmen, and Caliban in The Tempest. A year later he returned as Macbeth. After Simon Gray's Japes for Peter Hall at the Haymarket Theatre and Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce at the Aldwych Theatre came Britton's performance as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed for Gregory Doran at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C. respectively, which transferred to the Queen's Theatre in London.

In 2008, he played John Gielgud in Nicholas de Jongh's first play Plague Over England, Nansen in Tony Harrison's Fram and Creon opposite Ralph Fiennes in Oedipus the King, the latter both at the National Theatre. In 2009 he played Elyot in Private Lives opposite Claire Price at Hampstead Theatre, directed by Lucy Bailey. Most recently he played one third of Simon Gray's persona in The Last Cigarette at Chichester Festival Theatre and the Trafalgar Studios, with Felicity Kendal and Nicholas Le Prevost; and Jack Lawson in Mamet's Race at the Hampstead Theatre.

He will play the title role Barabas in The Jew of Malta production at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon-Avon in 2015. He will also replace Nigel Lindsay as Henry Bolingbroke when the RSC's 2013 production of Richard II is shown at the Barbican Centre as part of the King and Country Cycle, as well as reprising his role as the title character in Henry IV Parts I and II.

In 2017 he played Dr Rance in the Leicester Curve production of What The Butler Saw.

In 2018 he played Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in the first revival of Jez Butterworth's "Jerusalem" at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

Jasper Britton Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production
Jasper BrittonTaming of the Shrew

Jasper Britton News

BWW Review: HABEAS CORPUS, Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre Photo BWW Review: HABEAS CORPUS, Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Dec 14, 2021

It's good to hear collective laughter again in a theatre, but the dated characters grate rather than charm, and fewer jokes land in 2020s than in the 1970s.

Full Cast Announced For HABEAS CORPUS at the Menier Chocolate Factory Photo Full Cast Announced For HABEAS CORPUS at the Menier Chocolate Factory
by Stephi Wild - Nov 1, 2021

Joining the previously announced Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed), Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed), Matthew Cottle (Canon Throbbing), Ria Jones (Mrs Swabb), Thomas Josling (Dennis Wicksteed), Caroline Langrishe (Lady Rumpers), Catherine Russell (Muriel Wicksteed) and Abdul Salis (Mr Shanks), are Katie Bernstein (Felicity Rumpers), Kelvin O'Mard (Mr Purdue) and Dan Starkey (Sir Percy).

Menier Chocolate Factory Announces Initial Casting Announced For Alan Bennett's HABEA Photo Menier Chocolate Factory Announces Initial Casting Announced For Alan Bennett's HABEAS CORPUS
by Stephi Wild - Sep 20, 2021

The antics of the Wicksteed home are a darkly satirical merry-go-round in Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus.¬† Family, friends and the quest for sexual pleasures of the body (‚Äúcorpus‚ÄĚ) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through an escapade of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto holds fast: ‚ÄúHe whose lust lasts, lasts longest.‚ÄĚ

BWW Review: THE SUNSET LIMITED, Boulevard Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE SUNSET LIMITED, Boulevard Theatre
by Anthony Walker-Cook - Jan 25, 2020

a?oeWhat is a true book?a?? Cormac McCarthy's early attempts to distinguish the nature of fiction in The Sunset Limited are, at the very least, ironic. A programme essay from Joe Penhall suggests the difficulty of the play form is the reason McCarthy has only ever had two performed. To be blunt, it shows.

ENDGAME Leads January's Top 10 New London Shows Photo ENDGAME Leads January's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - Dec 28, 2019

London is never short of temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From a starry Beckett revival to Tom Stoppard and magical mishaps, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews, interviews and features!

Casting Announced For THE SUNSET LIMITED At The Boulevard Theatre Photo Casting Announced For THE SUNSET LIMITED At The Boulevard Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Nov 25, 2019

The Boulevard Theatre today announces casting for the London premiere of The Sunset Limited, a gripping play about redemption, faith and free by multi award-winning writer Cormac McCarthy. The two hander features performances from Gary Beadle, who will play the role of 'Black' and Jasper Britton, who will play the role of 'White'.

Justin Audibert Hosts BEYOND THE FABLES Fundraising Gala At The Unicorn Photo Justin Audibert Hosts BEYOND THE FABLES Fundraising Gala At The Unicorn
by Stephi Wild - Jun 3, 2019

Beyond the Fables is the Unicorn Theatre's exclusive fundraising gala dinner, which will take place on the Unicorn's main stage on Wednesday 5th June 2019. Hosted by Artistic Director Justin Audibert, this unique event is aimed at raising vital funds for Reach, the theatre's major new community scheme, designed to help those in greatest need and the very hardest to reach children.

BWW Interview: Director Justin Audibert Talks THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Photo BWW Interview: Director Justin Audibert Talks THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
by Rona Kelly - Apr 10, 2019

Turning the 1590's patriarchy into a matriarchy, Justin Audibert breaks down why he chose to gender reverse The Taming of the Shrew for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and what effects the decision has had on the actors and audience alike.

BWW Interview: Jasper Britton Talks WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Photo BWW Interview: Jasper Britton Talks WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
by Rona Kelly - Mar 2, 2019

Witness for the Prosecution announced that it would be extending its run at London County Hall this week, with court now in session until March 2020. Jasper Britton shares what it's like to play this venue and with these immersed audiences.

Photo Flash: First Look at the New Cast of WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Photo Photo Flash: First Look at the New Cast of WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
by Stephi Wild - Nov 28, 2018

Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions today release the first images featuring the new cast of Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie, now in its second year in the spectacular Chamber space inside London's County Hall. The new company's first performance was on Tuesday 20 November and brand new production photography can be seen below!

Jasper Britton Videos

BWW TV: First Look at Dominic Cooper in THE LIBERTINE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 15, 2016

Dominic Cooper stars in Stephen Jeffreys' sexually charged masterpiece THE LIBERTINE this autumn. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson, the play will have a limited run from 31 August to 17 September at Bath Theatre Royal as part of the theatre's 2016 summer season, prior to a West End engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 22 September to 3 December with opening night for press on 27 September.

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch a Scene from Royal Shakespeare Company's HENRY IV PART 2; Hits US Cinemas on 7/5!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 2, 2014

Earlier this year, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry IV Part 2 was filmed for 'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,' the RSC program that screens the world's greatest classical theatre company from Shakespeare's home town around the world through a continued partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment. It can be seen in US cinemas from July 5 - August 4, 2014 BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you an exclusive clip below!

STAGE TUBE: Watch the Trailer for RSC's HENRY IV Parts I & II, Screening in the U.S. July-Aug 2014
by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2014

Below, watch the trailer for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry IV Part I & II! Henry IV Part I can currently be seen in cinemas across the U.S. through July 3. Henry IV Part II can be seen from July 5 - August 4. They were filmed for 'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,' the RSC program that screens the world's greatest classical theatre company from Shakespeare's home town around the world through a continued partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment.

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch a Scene from Royal Shakespeare Company's HENRY IV PART 1; Hits US Cinemas on 6/3!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 30, 2014

Earlier this year, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Henry IV Part I was filmed for 'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,' the RSC program that screens the world's greatest classical theatre company from Shakespeare's home town around the world through a continued partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment. It can be seen in US cinemas from June 3 - July 3. BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you an exclusive clip of the Tavern Scene in Act IV. Check out the full scene below!


Jasper Britton Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Jasper Britton been in?
Jasper Britton has not appeared on Broadway.

How many West End shows has Jasper Britton been in?
Jasper Britton has appeared on London's West End in 3 shows.

What was Jasper Britton's first West End show?
Jasper Britton's first West End show was The Libertine which opened in 2016

What awards has Jasper Britton been nominated for?
Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Taming of the Shrew .