IN 1984, WHEN TWO VETERANS OF THE STAGE AND SCREEN, Sir Anthony Quayle and Roy Kinnear, came together in a prestigious London theatre for the launch of a new theatrical company, they took the time to pass on their experiences and wisdom to those in the acting profession coming up behind them. Over thirty years later, we revisit the theatre and ask what relevance their advice still has for actors today.
STAGE DIRECTION features exclusive radio interviews recorded with Anthony and Roy at the Albery Theatre, London in 1984. They were appearing in The Clandestine Marriage, the inaugural production of Anthony’s Compass Theatre Company. During the interviews, they reflect on their careers and offer advice to those thinking of following them into the world’s most precarious profession. Technical issues at the time meant that the interviews were never broadcast in full, but following recent digital restoration they are now being heard for the first time.
The film goes behind the scenes of the Noel Coward Theatre, formerly the Albery Theatre, to pay tribute to two of Britain’s greatest performers and re-examine their hard-won advice. Delfont-Mackintosh gave extensive access to the venue and archivist, Rosy Runciman offers an introduction to the theatre’s astonishing history.
Actress, Jenny Quayle, Anthony’s daughter provides unique personal insights, while Lauren Lyle and Luke Pierre, recent graduates from the National Youth Theatre, discuss their own personal experiences.
Rebecca Hodgson, Head of Drama and Peter Hunt, Head of Casting with Lime Pictures, (Hollyoaks, Channel 4, Evermoor Chronicles, Disney Channel, Free Rein, Netflix) provide an industry context that shows that despite a vastly changed technology landscape, Anthony’s and Roy’s advice is just as meaningful today.
Actors, irrespective of their age, will be taken by Anthony’s and Roy’s experiences and will be encouraged by the film’s contemporary interpretation of their advice, particularly as it shows that despite significant changes brought on by the digital revolution, the fundamentals of establishing yourself as an actor remain fairly-constant.