Andrew Jarvis

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Biography

Fifty years a professional actor

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Theatre:

Repertory Seasons at the Phoenix Theatre Leicester, Castle Theatre Farnham, Leeds Playhouse, Ipswich Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Haymarket Theatre Leicester, Birmingham Rep, Stephen Joseph Theatre-in-the-Round Scarborough, Harrogate Theatre, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds.

Ten years with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, London (Aldwych, Donmar Warehouse Theatre and Barbican Theatre) and on tour in the UK and Australia: Henry IV Parts 1&2, Henry V, Richard III, Love’s Labours Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Winter’s Tale, Antony and Cleopatra, The Accrington Pals, Our Friends In The North, The Twin Rivals, The Witch Of Edmonton, Money, Camille.

Six years with the English Shakespeare Company in London (Aldwych and Old Vic Theatres) and on UK and World Tours: The Henrys (Henry IV Parts 1&2, Henry V), The Wars Of The Roses (Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1&2, Henry V, Henry VI Parts 1&2, Richard III), Coriolanus, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor 1987 for the title role in Richard III.

Two seasons with the Royal National Theatre: The Alchemist, The Merry Wives Of Windsor.

West End: Becket (Haymarket Theatre), St. Joan (Strand Theatre), The Henrys, The Wars Of The Roses, Hamlet (The Old Vic), The Winter’s Tale, Coriolanus (Aldwych Theatre), Son Of Man (Roundhouse ), Title Role in Macbeth (Bridewell Theatre), Elrond and Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Arthur Kipps in The Woman In Black, (Fortune Theatre), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tempest (Haymarket Theatre), Thark (Park Theatre), No Man’s Land (Wyndhams Theatre).

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Most recently: Elrond and Gandalf in The Lord Of The Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London: 2007-2008), Arthur Kipps in The Woman In Black (Fortune Theatre, London: 2008-2009), Polonius in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Trevor Nunn Company – Theatre Royal Haymarket: 2011), Gonzalo in The Tempest (Trevor Nunn Company – Theatre Royal Haymarket: 2011), Duncan in Macbeth (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: 2012), Death in Thark (Park Theatre, London: 2013), General Waverley in White Christmas (West Yorkshire Playhouse – 2014), Understudy to Sir Ian McKellen (Spooner) and Sir Patrick Stewart (Hirst) in No Man’s Land (Wyndhams Theatre, London: 2016).

Founder and Artistic Director of The Andrew Jarvis Theatre Company (1997).

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Television: Emmerdale Farm, Flambards, The Bronte Connection, The Two Of Us, New Tricks, Gunpowder, Doctors, EastEnders.

Film: The Dragons of Camelot (Merlin), Chosen, Peterloo (Mike Leigh).

Radio: Many plays for BBC Radio 4.

CD, Video and DVD: The Wars Of The Roses, Hamlet.

Audio Books: Faded Glory by David Essex (2017).

Directing: Timon of Athens – The Andrew Jarvis Theatre Company at the Brix Theatre London (1997), Romeo and Juliet – The Lakewood Playhouse, Seattle, USA (2003), King Lear – Pepperdine University, USA (2003).

Most recently: The Double Bass – Mercury Theatre Colchester and New End Theatre London (2011).

Many Productions and Projects in Drama Schools – Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The London Centre for Theatre Studies, Birmingham Theatre School, The British and American Drama Academy, Pepperdine University USA, East 15 Acting School.

Actor Training: Freelance Teacher and Director for 20 years: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The London Centre for Theatre Studies, Birmingham Theatre School, The British and American Drama Academy, Pepperdine University USA, East 15 Acting School, Manchester Metropolitan University - School of Theatre.

Visiting Professor of Shakespeare: Pepperdine University California, USA (January – June 2003).

Most recently: Head of Postgraduate Acting Courses at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (2004 – 2007).

Course Director: “Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon”; “Shakespeare at the Globe” - (Annually: 2000 – 2011) - The Association For Cultural Exchange.

Shakespeare Workshops: One Day and Two Day – with Amateur Theatre Companies across the UK. One Day Courses with visiting International Groups in London.

Organisations: Member of the Board of Trustees – Rose Bruford Memorial Trust. Equity Steering Committee – Shakespeare 2012 Celebration, Member of the Board of Trustees - British Shakespeare Association – Chair of the Fellowship Committee, President – The Sunday Shakespeare Society, Honorary Patron – Brownsea Open Air Theatre.

Publications: “In the Beginning Was The Word” – Article in Teaching Shakespeare: Journal of the British Shakespeare Association (2011). “The ‘Marxism’ of Michael Bogdanov”: Co-Authored with Emeritus Professor John Drakakis – Shakespeare: Journal of the British Shakespeare Association (2018).

Conferences: Organiser and Leader of a Two Day Presentation/Workshop: “Shakespeare: the Scholar/Practitioner Nexus” - The University of Balamand, North Lebanon (2008), Keynote Speaker: “Shakespeare and Emotion” – The Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association – University of Western Australia: Perth (2012) , Plenary Speaker: “On Page and Stage: Shakespeare 1590-1890” – The University of Bangor (2012)”Reading the First Folio as a Blueprint for the Actor” - British Shakespeare Association Conference – University of Stirling (2014), “Richard Redressed: Richard III, the English Shakespeare Company and Cultural Materialism”- Richard III: Histories – Transformations – Afterlives. De Montfort University Leicester (2015).

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