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Jane Asher: Young actors ‘snooty’ about jobs on offer

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Stage and TV stalwart Jane Asher has accused young performers of being “snooty” about the work they choose to do early on in their careers.

The actor, who was speaking to The Stage at the launch for forthcoming musical An American in Paris, said emerging performers “should do anything” to get their name out there.

“A lot of young people I have met who are starting out are kind of snooty and say they will only do something like the Royal Shakespeare Company, and you say ‘No you won’t, you will do adverts, radio, anything to get your name around’,” she said.

The actor also admitted that she always worried what her next job would be, and described the industry as “painful and horrible”.

“It never gets easier. Every job I do, I think: ‘Is this the last job I will ever do?’ Of course I worry about it… it’s not often you know what your job is after the next one,” she said.

Asher also claimed that funding for the arts should be protected.

“You can see for someone who doesn’t believe [in the arts] that if you have starving children or poverty, theatre is irrelevant and it’s hard to put the case for it without sounding like you don’t understand,” she said.

But she added: “If you go to a country where it is not happening, there is some huge soul missing – reading a good book or seeing a play makes you think about life or gives you a wonderful time.”

Asher will play Madame Baurel in the musical, which is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. It runs at the Dominion Theatre from March 2017.

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