We are delighted to announce that Simon Russell Beale has agreed to become Patron of the London Symphony Chorus. Simon is an actor at the top of his profession with a strong musical background and his biography follows.
Simon was born in Penang, Malalysia. He became a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral, then went to Clifton College before going to Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, where he received a First in English. Simon was made a CBE in The Queen’s 2003 Birthday Honours List for his services to the arts. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. He holds honorary doctorates from Warwick University and City University, London. He is an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
Theatre includes: for the RSC, Konstantin in The Seagull, Ariel in The Tempest, Edgar in King Lear, Oswald in Ghosts, Edward II and Richard II. NT: Iago in Othello, Mosca in Volpone, Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Alfred Evelyn in Money, Hamlet (Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Awards), the lead in Humble Boy (also West End), George in Jumpers (also West End and Broadway), Candide (Olivier Award), Face in The Alchemist, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Undershaft in Major Barbara, Edward in A Slight Ache, Sir Harcourt Courtly in London Assurance. Also, Vanya in Uncle Vanya and Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York – Olivier and Evening Standard Awards as well as a Village Voice Obie) and King Arthur in Spamalot (Broadway and West End). Simon was part of Sam Mendes’s first British/American theatre company, the Bridge Project, and appeared in A Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on an international tour, at the old Vic and finally at Epidaurus, throughout 2009. Most recently Simon has been playing Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Television includes: A Dance to the Music of Time (Royal Television Society and BAFTA Awards), Persuasion, The Young Visitors, Dunkirk and Spooks. He has also presented two series and a Christmas Special of Sacred Music for BBC4.
Radio includes: George Smiley in The Complete Smiley (BBC Radio 4).