Q&A podcast: How did Julian Clary feel about having Le Grand Mort written for him?

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There was a moment I’ll never forget from the Q&A I hosted after Wednesday night’s performance of Stephen Clark‘s Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studios. Julian Clary, who is, of course, best known as a much-loved comedian and cabaret artist, had commented that it wasn’t really up to him whether he did more straight acting roles.

In the case of Le Grand Mort, Clary could hardly say no – Stephen Clark, who passed away a year ago – wrote this psychologically tense two-hander especially for him. The highest compliment for any actor. An audience member raised his hand to pay him another: Clary really should do more acting, he said, because, as his performance demonstrated, he’s a great actor. That compliment came from someone who should know: a great actor himself, David Morrissey, who next treads the boards in Julius Caesar for Nicholas Hytner at the soon-to-open Bridge Theatre.

I didn’t want to embarrass Morrissey by outing him to the audience last night, but you can hear his praise in the podcast – and I hope he won’t mind me identifying him here. (Also in the audience last night: another acting legend, Hayley Mills, who kindly permitted me and my cousin Tracey to grab a photo with her in true fangirl fashion.)

In Le Grand Mort, Clary plays Michael who, in his super-stylish and sterile kitchen, is preparing a dinner for two. When his young guest Tim arrives, dangerous, and potentially deadly, mind games ensue. (And James Nelson-Joyce strips off to see how well he compares to the relief sculpture of Leonardo’s perfect Vitruvian man on the wall – answer, quite well!)

In an at turns hysterically funny and extremely touching post-show discussion, we talked about the legacy (and still-tangible presence) of Stephen Clark as well as speaking in verse while cooking, onstage nudity, willy socks, life and death and much more.

Have a listen to the full unedited podcast below. See TerriPaddock.com for video, Q&A photos and live-tweeting…

Le Grand Mort continues at Trafalgar Studios 2 until 28 October 2017.

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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