More stills have been added to The Misanthrope album here including new ones from the play’s official site (thanks to Ann for the headsup).
The first Press Night reviews:
From The Independent:
…Thea Sharrock’s excellent, platinum-cast revival of this 1996 contemporary update by Martin Crimp of Molière’s great satire … Played by a brilliantly tetchy and (to just the right degree) faintly ridiculous Damian Lewis (think fashionable Etonian hunk rendered all the more dogmatic by a tiny worm of self-doubt), the misanthropic Alceste is transformed into a terminally disgruntled playwright in Crimp’s adaptation.
Read the rest here
From the Guardian:
Damian Lewis has the right mix of righteous anger and comic absurdity as Alceste. There’s a tell-tale moment when, having inveighed against the human race, he is asked about his paradoxical passion for Jennifer. “She’s young and vulnerable,” says Lewis in the gooey, forgiving tones of the besotted intellectual. And, although he finally sees through Jennifer’s fickleness, he never lets us forget that sex is often the idealist’s achilles heel.
Read the rest here
Other press items:
A preview in Shortlist Magazine describes Damian as “contender for smoothest man” 😀 and in “top form”. Click here for the scan. (Again, courtesy of Kaz.)
The Guardian has a very useful “bluffer’s guide to the plot.”
More early fan reaction: Great blog review of the play here with notes on how friendly Damian was afterwards when they met him and got his autograph!
There’s also a short blurb here in the comments area of the This is London preview.
Metro.co.uk has a pretty picture to go along with their new interview with Damian Lewis:
He’s just got back from two years in the US filming NBC show Life, in which he played a policeman newly released from prison after serving 12 years for a murder he didn’t commit. He’s the latest British actor to make it big in America but he found the experience culturally dislocating.
‘I enjoyed it enormously but it was never my intention to be an LA TV actor jumping from one show to the next. It’s a luxurious living but it’s also rather deadening.’
And so he and his family (he has two small children with the actress Helen McCrory) swapped sunshine for the rain and now Lewis is about to appear in an updated Martin Crimp version (opposite Knightley) of Molière’s 17th-century satire The Misanthrope.
‘I just called up a bunch of people and asked whether anyone wanted to do a play with me,’ he says, which sounds both sweet and staggering.
Is that really how actors get work? He laughs awkwardly.
‘No no, not really. But you have to seek variety, particularly if you want to do theatre, which is the thing that drives me and which is somehow lacking when I’m doing these other things.’
Read the rest of the interview here.
- Click here at the livejournal apple grass icons for a gorgeous and detailed picspam of Charlie’s various outfits, minus tie, in Life. 💡
He’s swapped cracking the United States to star with
Keira Knightley in her West End debut, but that’s Life for actor
Gallery updates: Thank to Kaz for uploading scans from The Sunday Times Magazine (Dec 13th).
Click here for a scan from The Times Playlist (Dec 5th). The Playlist interview with Damian Lewis has this cute anecdote:
In terms of learning the lines, the rhymes are a blessing and a curse. Can you improvise a rhyme if you lose your way? Actually my first job was a Moliere, School for Wives, with Ian McDiarmid. I dried twice. The words had gone, so I had to bluff my way, just making sure I rhymed the end of each line. I’ll never forget the sight if Ian, so hot in his costume that steam was coming off his face, convulsing when he realised what I was doing.
Click here to listen online to “Immortality at Last”, the last episode of Number 10, the BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play with Damian Lewis as Simon Laity. Download it in mp3 format here from our Multimedia section. (Thanks again to Kaz!) Damian appears in all but episode no. 2.