Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance was born in 1960 in Ashford, Kent in England, in 1962 his family moved to the USA. During his time at school he starred in the majority of school productions including the title roles in Romeo & Juliet, and Hamlet.  Returning to the UK in 1978 he trained at RADA  and joined Glasgow Citizen's Theatre in 1980. He also joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982 where he performed in Stratford and London. 

In 1995 he was appointed as the first artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, a role he would hold for the next decade. During this period he would appear and direct in every season, with works from Shakespeare, his contemporaries as well as new plays written especially for the globe. 

2007 saw him perform at the Comedy Theatre (Now The Harold Pinter) in Boeing Boeing, which would then transfer to Broadway in 2008. For his role in Jerusalem at the Royal Court in 2009, he won the Best Actor Award from the Critic's Circle Theatre. This was followed in 2010 by a transfer to the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, for which he received the Oliver Award for Best Actor. A Broadway transfer followed in 2011 for which Rylance received the Tony Award for Best Actor.  Due to overwhelming success the production returned to the Apollo for a second sold out West End run. 

In 2012 he returned to Shakespeare's Globe for an all-male production of Twelfth Night alongside Stephen Fry, and taking the lead role in a production of Richard III. Both productions would then transfer to the West End at the Apollo Theatre

He collaborated with poet Louis Jenkins on the play Nice Fish, which he also starred in at the Guthrie Theater on Broadway in 2013.  

Taking the role of King Phillipe V in Farinelli and the King he performed at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe in 2015 a West End transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre followed that autumn.  

In 2015 he played Thomas Cromwell in the BBC's adaptation of Wolf Wall alongside Damien Lewis as King Henry VIII. He also appeared Bridge of Spies directed by Stephen Spielberg opposite Tom Hanks, for his role as Rudolf Abel he received the BAFTA and the Academy Award  for Best Supporting Actor. He would go onto to work with Spielberg again in his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG, and will also appear in his adaption of Ready Player One due for release in 2018. 

In Autumn 2016 he will return to the West End bringing his production of Nice Fish to the Harold Pinter Theatre from 15 November 2016 to 21 January 2017.

 


As King Phillpe V in Farinelli and the King at The Duke of York's Theatre 2015

 


As Richard III in Richard III at The Apollo Theatre 2012


As Olivia in Twelfth Night at The Apollo Theatre 2012


As Johnny "Rooster" Byron in Jerusalem at The Apollo Theatre in 2010

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
Nice Fish Ron Harold Pinter 2016 News
Farinelli and the King  Philippe V Duke of York's

2015

Review
Farinelli and the King  Philippe V Sam Wanamaker Playhouse 2015  
Richard III Richard III Apollo 2012 Review
Twelfth Night  Olivia Apollo 2012 Review
Richard III Richard III Shakespeare's Globe 2012  
Twelfth Night  Olivia Shakespeare's Globe 2012  
Jerusalem Johnny Apollo 2011  
Jerusalem Johnny Apollo  2010 Review
La Bete Valere Comedy (now Harold Pinter) 2010 Review
Endgame Hamm Duchess 2009 Review
Jerusalem Johnny Royal Court  2009 Review
Boeing Boeing Robert Comedy (now Harold Pinter) 2007 Review
Measure for Measure Vincentio Shakespeare's Globe

2005

 
The Storm Shakespeare's Globe 2005 Review
The Tempest

Prospero, 
Stephano,
Alonso

Shakespeare's Globe 2005 Review
Measure for Measure Vincentio Shakespeare's Globe 2004 Review
Richard II Richard II Shakespeare's Globe 2003 Review
Richard II Richard II Middle Temple Hall 2003  
Twelfth Night  Olivia Shakespeare's Globe 2003  
The Golden Ass   Shakespeare's Globe 2002 Review
Twelfth Night  Olivia Shakespeare's Globe 2002  
Twelfth Night  Olivia Middle Temple Hall 2002  
Life x 3 Henry Old Vic 2001 Review
Two Gentlemen of Verona Proteus Shakespeare's Globe 1996  
True West Austin,
Lee
Donmar Warehouse 1994  

 

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