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Simon Robson

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Simon Robson studied Politics and Philosophy at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and Acting at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and
has worked extensively with many of the country’s top theatre companies including Shared Experience, Method and Madness, Hampstead Theatre,
Bristol Old Vic and the Manchester Royal Exchange theatre and appeared in the West End as Lord Darlington in Lady Windermere’s Fan, (Haymarket
Theatre) and A Busy Day by Fanny Burney (Lyric Theatre.) He was in the original cast for Shared Experience’s Mill on the Floss, and was in the inaugural
company of Mike Alfred’s Method and Madness company. At the Royal Exchange he has been Almaviva in the Marriage of Figaro, Tesman in Hedda
Gabler, Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband and Billings in The Happiest Days of Your Life, for which he was nominated for a MEN award. He was Edward
Heath in Tim Luscombe’s The Schumann Plan and played the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac at Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre. His most recent acting
roles have included Prospero in The Tempest (Singapore Repertory Theatre), Elyot in Private Lives and Professor Higgins in Pygmalion (Royal Exchange
Theatre).

As a writer his first play The Ghost Train Tattoo was premiered at the Royal Exchange in 2001, and his collection of short stories The Separate Heart
was published in 2004 and short-listed for the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His first novel Catch appeared in 2010. Both
are published by Jonathan Cape. Since then he has adapted Purcell’s The Indian Queen for Les Arts Florissants and written the narration for Carolyn Samson’s
Marie Fel concerts with Ex Cathedra.

In 2016 he performed a concert of Shakespeare songs and speeches with Anne-Sofie von Otter and Julius Drake for the Oxford Lieder Festival, and was
the Narrator in Purcells’ King Arthur for the Early Music Group Vox Luminis at the Aldeburgh Festival, reprised last winter in Belgium and Holland. He is at present working on a second novel.

Last updated: Jul 2019