Simon Callow to be presented with Stage award

Simon Callow. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Simon Callow will receive The Stage award for outstanding contribution to British theatre at the UK Theatre Awards later this month.

Born in London in 1949, Callow trained at the Drama Centre and made his professional stage debut at the Edinburgh festival in 1973. His career has seen him appear extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, at the Royal Court, in the West End and in productions all over UK. He is about to embark on a nationwide tour of Chin-Chin with Felicity Kendal.

He has performed in a number of one-man plays including The Importance of Being Oscar, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, Being Shakespeare, and earlier this year, Inside Wagner’s Head at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio and The Man Jesus at the Lyric Belfast.

He has directed more than 30 productions, including Carmen Jones, the West End and Broadway productions of Shirley Valentine and Single Spies at the National Theatre, as well many operas, most recently The Magic Flute at Holland Park in 2008.

Callow will be presented with his award - which is given jointly by The Stage and the Theatrical Management Association, on October 20 at London’s Guildhall, when the winners of the other UK Theatre Awards will also be announced. Previous winners of The Stage special award have include Peter Hall and Timothy West.

Rachel Tackley, president of the TMA, said: “I am delighted that the TMA has recognised the prolific work of Simon, who has had a vital and lasting influence on theatre stages all over the country and been a great ambassador for British Theatre during a long and illustrious career.”

For a full interview with Callow, see this week's print edition of The Stage, or subscribe to the digital edition of the newspaper here.