Pete goes it alone in Scaramouche Jones
April 26, 2002
This is because he had such a good time filming in the university city recently for the TV series The Sins.
He is touring in Justin Butcher’s solo marathon in which he plays an old clown looking back over his long life.
It was premiered at last year’s Dublin Festival and though it is not Pete’s first one-man venture he says that Scaramouche is ‘a real Everyman character’.
He told me: “I think Justin wrote it with himself in mind but I was knocked out by it and despite the demands it makes on you it takes you along with it.”
Pete added: “Being on your own on stage has its downside when you are touring but with material like this you don’t mind.”
Although best known for his screen roles Pete has recently been getting back to his stage roots, first as Macbeth and then as the monstrous patriarch Max in Pinter’s The Homecoming.
Doing Macbeth reminded him of his early days with the Royal Shakespeare Company when he played Macduff and Banquo in ‘the Scottish plays’, as superstitious actors call it.
Has he any more Shakespearean ambitions? “Well, I suppose Lear is always lying in wait,” he said.
Recently seen in the film The Shipping News, which took him to Canada’s Nova Scotia, Pete also completed a movie in Toronto called Between Strangers in which he played the husband of screen legend Sophia Loren – “and got paid for it, too!” he laughed.
P Pete’s Oxford performances are from Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm (Friday at 8pm) with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets from £8.50 are bookable on (01865) 305305.
Scaramouche Jones also visits Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in June.