Profile: Mark Rylance
As Farinelli And The King continues performances at the Duke of York’s Theatre it’s time to look at the career of its star Mark Rylance, considered by many to be one of the best actors working in the modern theatre scene.
His performances in shows like Jerusalem and La Bete have ensured a wide fan base and critical acclaim, whilst his television roles have brought his talents to an even bigger audience. But where did Mark Rylance come from and what shows have shaped his career? Let’s take a look.
Rylance was born in Kent in 1960 and spent his early years in the United States where he attended school and caught the acting bug by appearing in Shakespearean productions as a student. He eventually returned to the UK to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and he would go on to be a major force on the stage, with many performances with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.
Shakespeare has been a big part of his acting work, with performances in the likes of The Tempest, Hamlet, Henry V, As You Like It and Macbeth, amongst others. He also appeared in Much Ado About Nothing in 1993 and earned a Laurence Olivier Award for his efforts – one of many awards he has earned throughout his career.
Over the years he has also appeared in the likes of Boeing Boeing and Jerusalem, both of which also earned him a lot of attention. Jerusalem, for example, attracted a lot of attention on both sides of the Atlantic. Jez Butterworth’s play sees Rylance play Johnny Byron, who is known around the local community and everyone wants to get their hands on him. It played at the West End’s Apollo Theatre and also ran on Broadway and in San Francisco to rave reviews.
Since then he has continued to wow, continuing with productions like La Bete and Richard III before beginning performances in Farinelli And The King at the Duke of York’s Theatre in mid-September. It looks at the life of the famous Castrato and his relationship with Rylance’s King of Spain in the 18th century.
The production continues at the Duke of York’s Theatre and is currently booking to Saturday 5th December 2015.