Simon Russell Beale on Shakespearean Soliloquys

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The actor described his technique in 2014, when he was playing King Lear in the National Theatre’s production of the great play.

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The South Bank Show Originals go out every Thursday at 9.30pm on Sky Arts HD.

We’ll be showing re-worked classic episodes of the most high profile arts documentary series in the world alongside brand new episodes of the programme. Choosing from over 750 titles in the archive. we’ll show 30 episodes each year, featuring new interviews and comments.

Presented, edited, and written by Melvyn Bragg, The South Bank Show has made one of the most significant contributions to arts broadcasting over the last thirty years, profiling the worlds most renowned performers, artists, actors, writers, and musicians.

The South Bank Show launched in 1978 with Paul McCartney as the opening subject. The show has famously sought to bring both audiences a mix of popular culture as well as high culture.

Over the course of thirty three years this attitude has characterised the show and who it focused on, featuring artists from Sir Laurence Olivier to k.d lang, Norman Mailer to Pavarotti, The Smiths to David Hockney, and David Lean, Rudolf Nureyev, and Harold Pinter.

Since arriving on Sky Arts in 2012, the South Bank Show has been as contemporaneous as ever, covering everything from the world of grime music with Dizzee Rascal and his mentor Wiley, to contemporary ballet, following Tamara Rojo in her first months as Artistic Director of the English National Ballet. The show has more recently profiled Tim Minchin, Alison Balsom, Pat Barker, David Hare, Nicola Benedetti, Nicholas Hytner, and Alfie Boe.

The South Bank Show Originals will join The South Bank Show itself and The South Bank Sky Arts Awards on Sky Arts, now in their 16th year.