Sir Antony Sher is to display his own art exhibition at the Sheffield Crucible called The Audience starting Monday 22 February.
This exhibition will be featured in lower foyer of the Crucible and is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture. Richard III, Macbeth, Shylock, Leontes, Iago, Prospero, Tamburlaine in Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great, and Domitian Caesar in Massinger’s The Roman Actor. Also film and television roles, like Disraeli in Mrs Brown and Howard Kirk in The History Man.
Born in 1949 in Cape Town, South Africa, Antony Sher started drawing and painting as a young child. In adolescence he discovered acting, and subsequently came to London to train at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. While he developed his careers as both an actor and author, he also continued to work as an artist, doing illustrations for his novels and theatre journals; publishing a book of his paintings and drawings, Characters, in 1989; and holding exhibitions at the Barbican Centre (1985), the National Theatre (1996), the London Jewish Cultural Centre (2007), and the National Theatre again (2009) to celebrate his 60th birthday.
Portraits of many of Sher’s renowned performances are featured in this exhibition; the title roles in Stanley (by Pam Gems) and Primo (his own adaptation of Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man), which he played at the National and on Broadway; and also his great line of classical roles at the RSC.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is The Audience, which Sher painted during 2008-2009. An autobiographical piece featuring some of the people who have influenced his life, from famous figures to family members, it was created to coincide with the new edition of his memoir, Beside Myself.
Antony Sher is currently playing Dr. Stockmann in Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People at Sheffield Crucible Theatre, the production runs until March 20.
Source: Sheffield Theatre’s website