Antony Sher

Sir Antony Sher, KBE was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1949. In 1968 Sher completed his compulsory military service following which he studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1982. Sher has established himself as a writer, actor and theatre director, being nominated for four Olivier awards, winning two and winning a Drama Desk Award.

At the RSC he started playing the title role in Tatuffe and later the Fool in King Lear. It was his 1984 performance of Richard III that got him recognised, winning the Laurence Olivier Award. Notable lead roles Sher has performed include; Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Henry IV, Tamburlaine.  In 1997 Sher received his second Laurence Olivier Award for his performance in Stanley. Other notable performances include his touring role of Prospero in The Tempest, his leading role in Travelling Light at the Royal National Theatre as William Voigt in The Captain of Kopenick at the Olivier Theatre. More recently he has played Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman with the RSC at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Sher has also appeared in various television and film roles, namely in The Wind in the Willows (1996), The Winter’ Tale (1999), the title role in Macbeth (2001), The Hobbit: The Desolated of Smaug (2013) and Mrs Brown (1997) where he won the Evening Standard British Film Award for the Peter Sellers Award for Comedy.  In television he has appeared in The History Man (1981) playing Howard Kirk, The Company and The Shadow Line, amongst others. In 2008 Sher was nominated for Best Actor in the British Academy Television Awards for his role in Primo (2008), it was this role that he also won a Drama Desk Award. Other awards include his 1997 win of Best Actor in a Play at the Theatre Award UK for his role in Titus Andronicus and his Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his performance in Shakespeare in Love.

In 2016 he returns to the London theatre world with his title performance in King Lear RSC at The Barbican Centre. The show is set to run from 15 November 2016 until 23 December 2016.

as Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV at the Barbican 2015

as William Voigt in The Captain of Kopenick at the Olivier in 2013
as Sir John Falstaff in The Captain of Kopenick at the Olivier 2013

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
King Lear RSC King Lear Barbican 2016 News
Henry IV, Part One Sir John Falstaff Barbican 2015 Review
Henry IV, Part Two Sir John Falstaff Barbican 2015 Review
Death of a Salesman Willy Loman Noel Coward 2015 Review
The Captain of Kopenick William Voigt Olivier 2013 Review
Broken Glass Philip Gellburg Vaudeville 2011 Review
Kean Kean Apollo 2007 Review
Othello Iago Trafalgar Studios 2004 Review
Malcontent Giovanni Altofronto/ Malevole Gielgud 2002  
Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano Lyric Theatre 1998 Review
Richard III Richard III   1984  


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