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Simon Russell Beale

 
Date Of Birth:
January 12, 1961 (61)
Birth Place:
Penang, MALAYSIA
Bio:
Simon Russell Beale's theatre career began with plays at the Traverse and Lyceum Theatres in Edinburgh. His first London appearance was in William Gaskill's Royal Court production of Women Beware Women. For the National Theatre: Timon of Athens, Collaborators (in the Cottesloe and Olivier ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: January 12, 1961 (61)

Birth Place: Penang, MALAYSIA

Bio:
Simon Russell Beale's theatre career began with plays at the Traverse and Lyceum Theatres in Edinburgh. His first London appearance was in William Gaskill's Royal Court production of Women Beware Women. For the National Theatre: Timon of Athens, Collaborators (in the Cottesloe and Olivier ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [West End]
2022
JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2021
Henry Lehman
  [Off-Broadway]
Park Avenue Armory North American Premiere, 2019
Performer
  [West End]
Original West End Production, 2018
Performer
  [London]
Bent, LGBT+, London, National Theatre, George Mackey, Simon Russell Beale, 2017
Performer
  [West End]
2013
Roote
  [West End]
National Theatre Production, 2011
Joseph Stalin
  [West End]
London Revival, 2010
Sydney Bruhl
  [West End]
London Production, 2006
King Arthur [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
King Arthur [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2004
George
  [West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1999
Performer

Photos

Simon Russell Beale (John Gabriel Borkman) Photo

Simon Russell Beale (John Gabriel Borkman)

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09/27/2022
Clare Higgins (Gunhild Borkman), Lia Williams (Ella Rentheim) and Simon Russell Beale Photo

Clare Higgins (Gunhild Borkman), Lia Williams (Ella Rentheim) and Simon Russell Beale (John Gabriel Borkman)

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Date:
09/27/2022
Simon Russell Beale (John Gabriel Borkman) and Sebastian De Souza (Erhart Borkman), C Photo

Simon Russell Beale (John Gabriel Borkman) and Sebastian De Souza (Erhart Borkman), Clare Higgins (Gunhild Borkman) and Lia Williams (Ella Rentheim)

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Date:
09/27/2022
Simon Russell Beale (John Gabriel Borkman) Photo

Simon Russell Beale (John Gabriel Borkman)

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Date:
09/27/2022
Lia Williams (Ella Rentheim) and Simon Russell Beale (John Gabriel Borkman) Photo

Lia Williams (Ella Rentheim) and Simon Russell Beale (John Gabriel Borkman)

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Date:
09/27/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [West End]
2022
JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2021
Henry Lehman

  [Off-Broadway]
Park Avenue Armory North American Premiere, 2019
Performer

  [West End]
Original West End Production, 2018
Performer

  [London]
Bent, LGBT+, London, National Theatre, George Mackey, Simon Russell Beale, 2017
Performer

  [West End]
2013
Roote

  [West End]
National Theatre Production, 2011
Joseph Stalin

  [West End]
London Revival, 2010
Sydney Bruhl

  [West End]
London Production, 2006
King Arthur [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
King Arthur [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2004
George

  [West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1999
Performer

Simon Russell Beale Biography

Simon Russell Beale's theatre career began with plays at the Traverse and Lyceum Theatres in Edinburgh. His first London appearance was in William Gaskill's Royal Court production of Women Beware Women.

For the National Theatre: Timon of Athens, Collaborators (in the Cottesloe and Olivier theatres), London Assurance, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, The Life of Galileo, The Alchemist, Jumpers (also West End and New York, where he was nominated for a 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor), Humble Boy (also West End), the title role in Hamlet (2000 Evening Standard Best Actor, Critics' Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance and the Boston Critics' Association Outstanding Actor in a Large Company), Battle Royal, Candide (2000 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical), Summerfolk, Money, Othello, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Volpone (1996 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor).

For the RSC, Simon Russell Beale has performaed in : The Tempest, King Lear, Ghosts, the title roles in Richard III and Edward II, The Seagull, Troilus and Cressida, The Man of Mode and Restoration.

West End: Death Trap
Other theatre: Bluebird, The Winter's Tale, The Cherry Orchard, Monty Python's Spamalot, The Philanthropist (2005 Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Best Actor), Uncle Vanya, Twelfth Night (both winning him 2002 Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and Olivier Awards for Best Actor and Drama Desk award nominations in the US. For Uncle Vanya: Village Voice Obie for Best Actor), Julius Caesar, Macbeth and The Duchess of Malfi.

Ballet
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


TV
American Experience, Dunkirk, The Young Visiters, Great Historians: Gibbon, A Dance to the Music of Time (1997 Royal Television Society Best Actor and BAFTA Best Actor), Persuasion and The Mushroom Pickers. He is the presenter of BBC Four's Sacred Music.


Films
My Week with Marilyn, The Deep Blue Sea, The Gathering, Alice in Wonderland, An Ideal Husband, The Temptation of Franz Schubert and Hamlet.


Radio
Extensive recording credits, including The Complete George Smiley, War and Peace; Oscar in The Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Sisterhood, Waiting for Godot, Art and A Dance to the Music of Time.


Narrations

Several books, three roles for the Shakespeare CD Series, and a 10-part television series on The National Trust. Also a 10-part series on The National Trust and presenter of Sacred Victoria, Symphony and Sacred Music.


Concerts

First Night of the Proms, Ivan The Terrible, Artaxerxes, Façade, Music and Poetry: Auden and Britten, The Firebrand of Florence and Stravinksy Promenade.


Simon Russell Beale is an associate of the National and Almeida theatres, and an associate artist of the RSC. In 2003 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the Arts.

Simon Russell Beale Awards and Nominations

 
Drama League Awards - 2022 - Distinguished Performance Awards
Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy
 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Gold Star
Simon Russell Beale, The Lehman Trilogy
 
Evening Standard Awards - 2015 - Best Actor
Simon Russell BealeTemple
 
Drama League Awards - 2012 - Distinguished Performance Award
Simon Russell BealeBluebird
 
Evening Standard Awards - 2012 - Best Actor Gold Star
Simon Russell Beale, Collaborators
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Simon Russell Beale, The Winter's Tale
 
Evening Standard Awards - 2005 - Best Actor Gold Star
Simon Russell BealeThe Philanthropist
 
Evening Standard Awards - 2005 - Best Actor Gold Star
Simon Russell BealeThe Philanthropist
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Simon Russell Beale, Jumpers
 
Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Simon Russell Beale, Jumpers
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Actor - Play Gold Star
Simon Russell Beale, Uncle Vanya
 
Obie Awards - 2003 - Performance Gold Star
Simon Russell Beale, Uncle Vanya
 
Olivier Awards - 2003 - Best Actor Gold Star
Simon Russell BealeUncle Vanya
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Featured Actor - Play Gold Star
Simon Russell Beale, Twelfth Night
 
Evening Standard Awards - 2002 - Best Actor Gold Star
Simon Russell BealeUncle Vanya
 
Evening Standard Awards - 2002 - Best Actor Gold Star
Simon Russell BealeTwelfth Night
 
Olivier Awards - 2002 - Best Actor
Simon Russell BealeHumble Boy
 
Olivier Awards - 2001 - Best Actor
Simon Russell BealeHamlet
 
Evening Standard Awards - 2000 - Best Actor Gold Star
Simon Russell BealeHamlet
 
Olivier Awards - 2000 - Best Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Simon Russell Beale, Candide
 
Olivier Awards - 1998 - Best Actor
Simon Russell BealeOthello
 
Olivier Awards - 1992 - Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Simon Russell BealeTroilus And Cressida, RSC
 
Olivier Awards - 1990 - Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role
Simon Russell BealeMan Of Mode, Restoration, Playing With Trains and Some Americans Abroad
 
Tony Awards - 1985 - Best Musical
Richard Kagan, Leader of the Pack

Simon Russell Beale News

Photos: First Look at JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Bridge Theatre Photo Photos: First Look at JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Bridge Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Sep 27, 2022

John Gabriel Borkman had its first performance at the Bridge Theatre on 24 September 2022, with opening night on 29 September 2022 and the final performance will take place on 26 November 2022. Check out photos here!

Simon Russell Beale and Eben Figueiredo Will Return to the Bridge Theatre in A CHRIST Photo Simon Russell Beale and Eben Figueiredo Will Return to the Bridge Theatre in A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Stephi Wild - Sep 22, 2022

Simon Russell Beale and Eben Figueiredo will return to the Bridge Theatre in Nicholas Hytner's production of A Christmas Carol for four weeks only this December.

Florian Zeller to Write, Direct & Co-Produce THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Series Adaption Photo Florian Zeller to Write, Direct & Co-Produce THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Series Adaption
by Michael Major - Sep 15, 2022

Florian Zeller will make his television debut as the writer, director, and co-producer of the upcoming series adaption of The Lehman Trilogy. Florian Zeller is most known for his trilogy of plays, The Father, The Son, and The Mother. Later this year, a film adaption of The Son will be released starring Hugh Jackman.

Casting Announced Joining Simon Russell Beale in JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Bridge T Photo Casting Announced Joining Simon Russell Beale in JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at the Bridge Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Aug 22, 2022

​​​​​​​Joining Simon Russell Beale in the title role, Clare Higgins as Gunhild Borkman and Lia Williams as Ella Rentheim, are Sebastian De Souza as Erhart Borkman, Daisy Ou as Frida Foldal, Laila Rouass as Fanny Wilton and Michael Simkins as Wilhelm Foldal who complete the cast for Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman, in a new version by Lucinda Coxon at the Bridge Theatre.

Dates and Venue Announced for ORLANDO Starring Emma Corrin Photo Dates and Venue Announced for ORLANDO Starring Emma Corrin
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Aug 19, 2022

The Michael Grandage Company announced that their production of Orlando opens at the Garrick Theatre on 5 December 2022, with previews from 25 November, and runs until 25 February 2023. 

Michael Grandage Will Direct Emma Corrin in Neil Bartlett's New Version of Virginia W Photo Michael Grandage Will Direct Emma Corrin in Neil Bartlett's New Version of Virginia Woolf's Novel ORLANDO
by Stephi Wild - Jul 29, 2022

The Michael Grandage Company has announced that Emma Corrin will return to the London stage as the title role in Orlando, from the novel by Virginia Woolf in a new version by Neil Bartlett. Michael Grandage directs, reuniting him with Corrin, following their recent collaboration on the feature film My Policeman for Amazon.

Casting Update Announced For JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at The Bridge Theatre Starring Simo Photo Casting Update Announced For JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN at The Bridge Theatre Starring Simon Russell Beale
by Stephi Wild - Jun 24, 2022

Simon Russell Beale plays the title role in Henrik Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman, in a new version by Lucinda Coxon. Joining him are Clare Higgins as Gunhild Borkman and Lia Williams as Ella Rentheim. 

Review: KING LEAR, Shakespeare's Globe Photo Review: KING LEAR, Shakespeare's Globe
by Cindy Marcolina - Jun 18, 2022

Many great performers tackle Lear every year. From Laurence Olivier and Michael Gambon to Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale, it’s become somewhat of a tradition for dramatic actors to take on one of Shakespeare’s biggest challenges once their hair starts to grey. Less often, a female actor comes onto the scene to huge acclaim. Glenda Jackson did so last in a starred performance on Broadway in 2019, but Kathryn Hunter is taking the wretched crown back after her first stint as the destitute monarch 25 years ago.

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Will Return to the West End in January 2023 Photo THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Will Return to the West End in January 2023
by Stephi Wild - Jun 14, 2022

The Lehman Trilogy is set to return to the West End in January 2023 following its success at the Tony Awards.

Photos: Inside the 75th Annual Tony Awards Photo Photos: Inside the 75th Annual Tony Awards
by Michael Major - Jun 13, 2022

Last night, the 75th Annual Tony Awards were hosted by Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose. The evening included appearances by Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster, Patti LuPone, Jennifer Hudson, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Erivo, and more. Check out photos from inside the event now!

Simon Russell Beale Videos

VIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of THE LEHMAN TRILOGY on Broadway VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Opening Night of THE LEHMAN TRILOGY on Broadway
by Team BWW - Oct 15, 2021

Last night, the five-time Olivier Award® nominated epic play, The Lehman Trilogy, (finally) celebrated its triumphant Opening Night at the Nederlander Theatre. Starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Adrian Lester (in his Broadway debut), The Lehman Trilogy returns to Broadway after playing only three preview performances in March 2020.

VIDEO: The Stars of THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Talk Broadway Return on MORNING JOE VideoVIDEO: The Stars of THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Talk Broadway Return on MORNING JOE
by Michael Major - Oct 13, 2021

The Lehman Trilogy stars Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Adrian Lester appeared on The Morning Joe to discuss their return to Broadway, working with Sam Mendes, and more.

Video Exclusive: First Look At National Theatre Live THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD II VideoVideo Exclusive: First Look At National Theatre Live THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD II
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 1, 2019

The Tragedy of King Richard II is currently being broadcast live to cinemas from the Almeida Theatre in London as part of National Theatre Live. See an exclusive clip from the film below!

VIDEO: Watch the Season Three Trailer of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED Featuring Helen Hunt,  VideoVIDEO: Watch the Season Three Trailer of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED Featuring Helen Hunt, F. Murray Abraham, Brian Cox and More
by Stage Tube - Sep 17, 2018

The fascinating history behind Shakespeare's greatest plays continues with a third series of Shakespeare Uncovered, premiering Fridays, October 12-26 on PBS (check local listings) and streaming the following day at pbs.org/shakespeareuncovered and on PBS apps. The ambitious series concludes with celebrated new hosts Helen Hunt, F. Murray Abraham, Romola Garai, Brian Cox, Simon Russell Beale and Sir Antony Sher, who seamlessly weave their personal passions with history, biography, iconic performances and new analysis to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare's famous works. The final season investigates “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Measure for Measure,” “Julius Caesar,” “The Winter's Tale” and “Richard III.” 

VIDEO: Watch the New Trailer for Michael Grandage Company's RED VideoVIDEO: Watch the New Trailer for Michael Grandage Company's RED
by Stage Tube - Feb 16, 2018

Based on the original Donmar Warehouse production, this new production of Red by John Logan is the first ever UK revival since Grandage originated the premiere at the Donmar in 2009. The production went on to win six Tony Awards including Best Play.

VIDEO: Showtime Returns to the Darkness with PENNY DREADFUL Season 3 Trailer
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 8, 2016

SHOWTIME has released a haunting new trailer with new footage of its hit drama series PENNY DREADFUL, ahead of the much-anticipated third season premiere on Sunday, May 1

VIDEO: Showtime Reveals Key Art & Trailer for New Season of PENNY DREADFUL
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 25, 2016

SHOWTIME has released the poster art and official trailer for the third season of its hit drama series PENNY DREADFUL, which premieres onSunday, May 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on-air, on demand and over the internet.

VIDEO: Showtime Reveals First Look at Season Three of PENNY DREADFUL
by - Jan 13, 2016

Showtime has released a first look at PENNY DREADFUL season three. The network announced yesterday that the new season will premiere on Sunday, May 1st at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Patti LuPone is Unrecognizable in PENNY DREADFUL Guest Role!
by Caryn Robbins - May 14, 2015

Two-time Tony Award® winner, Patti LuPone (American Horror Story, Life Goes On, Evita, Gypsy), captivates this week's episode of PENNY DREADFUL in a special guest appearance on Sunday, May 17 at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - PBS's THE HOLLOW CROWN, Premiering Tonight
by TV News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

The second of Shakespeare's four history chronicle plays comprising 'The Hollow Crown' airs tonight, September 27 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN's 'Great Performances' on PBS stations (check local listings). Watch a preview below!


Simon Russell Beale Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Simon Russell Beale been in?
Simon Russell Beale has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Simon Russell Beale been in?
Simon Russell Beale has appeared on London's West End in 6 shows.

What was Simon Russell Beale's first West End show?
Simon Russell Beale's first West End show was Candide which opened in 1999

What awards has Simon Russell Beale been nominated for?
Distinguished Performance Awards (Drama League Awards) for The Lehman Trilogy , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Lehman Trilogy , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Lehman Trilogy , Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for Temple , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Bluebird , Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for Collaborators , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Winter's Tale , Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for The Philanthropist , Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for The Philanthropist , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Jumpers , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Jumpers , Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Uncle Vanya , Performance (Obie Awards) for Uncle Vanya , Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for Uncle Vanya , Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Twelfth Night , Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for Uncle Vanya , Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for Twelfth Night , Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for Humble Boy , Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for Hamlet , Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for Hamlet , Best Actor in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Candide , Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for Othello , Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Olivier Awards) for Troilus And Cressida, RSC Outstanding Performance of the Year in a Supporting Role (Olivier Awards) for Man Of Mode, Restoration, Playing With Trains and Some Americans Abroad and Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Leader of the Pack .

What awards has Simon Russell Beale won?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Lehman Trilogy, Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for Collaborators, Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for The Philanthropist, Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for The Philanthropist, Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Uncle Vanya, Performance (Obie Awards) for Uncle Vanya, Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for Uncle Vanya, Outstanding Featured Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Twelfth Night, Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for Uncle Vanya, Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for Twelfth Night Best Actor (Evening Standard Awards) for Hamletand Best Actor in a Musical (Olivier Awards) for Candide .