Join Adrian on ‘depraved journey’
October 26, 2007
‘A depraved journey of lust/lunacy and murder’ – I quote from the press release – doesn’t sound like a recipe for laughs.
But actor Adrian Schiller insists The Changeling, which brings him to Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre next week has its funny side.
In this Jacobean shocker he plays De Flores the deformed servant of heroine Beatrice-Joanna who lures him into her plot to dispose of an unwanted bridegroom.
This scary lady is played by newcomer Anna Koval in Stephen Unwin’s production for English Touring Theatre.
It’s part of his last season with the company which he founded in the 1990s.
Adrian told me that he was often cast as baddies – “but De Flores is a really interesting guy”.
He added cheerfully: “The play is full of appalling things but no one seems surprised by them!”
He was last at Guildford in the title role in Moliere’s comedy Tartuffe.
He recently returned from Budapest where he starred in a film version of Good, CP Taylor’s play about a 1930s’ intellectual caught up in the rise of Nazism.
His last stage job was as Cassius in Julius Caesar and of the Shakespearean roles he has not yet played Iago (in Othello) is top of his wish list.
Adrian is a keen poker player.
The Changeling has performances from Tuesday to Saturday. For tickets call 01483 440 000.