Guy Masterson

Guy Masterson is British born actor, theatre director and Olivier Award winning producer based in London. After gaining a Joint Honours degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from Cardiff University in 1982, he emigrated to the USA and started acting in 1985 in Hollywood. In 1989 after 5 years as a professional, he returned to the UK where he attended LAMDA after which he formed his own theatre company, Guy Masterson Productions in 1992 to produce his first solo show - 'The Boy's Own Story' by Peter Flannery. After a 9 month stint in the West End with Cyrano de Bergerac, he created his second solo piece, Dylan Thomas' 'Under Milk Wood' in 1994. The show was an immediate hit and he has since given over 2000 performances all around the world. He followed this in 1995 with a solo adaptation of George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' which then became the most successful solo show in the English language. He was nominated for The Stage Best Actor award in 1998 with his 4th solo piece, 'A Soldier's Song' and he was awarded the prize in 2001 with his 5th solo work, 'Fern Hill & Other Dylan Thomas', he was nominated again in 2003 with 'Under Milk Wood' and again in 2011 with 'Shylock'. His He is globally regarded as one of the finest exponents of solo theatre and specifically of the works of Dylan Thomas. With the success of his solo and directing work he has had little time for mainstream TV and Film, dedicating his time to his theatre company with an emphasis towards the burgeoning solo-show genre in which he has become pre-eminent; Of the top-ten globally-successful solo-shows of the past two decades, Masterson was involved in 6 as performer, director or producer. This experience culminated in his production of the Olivier Award winning 'Morecambe' in 2010. He is now the most successful and award-winning independent theatre producer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival having presented over 125 shows in 26 consecutive seasons. He also holds the box-office record for theatre at EdFringe - which he first smashed with 2003 production of '12 Angry Men' starring comedians. Again in 2004 with 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' (starring Christian Slater and Mackenzie Crook) and then again in 2005 with 'The Odd Couple' (starring Bill Bailey and Alan Davies). His 2005 multi-award winning Australian production of '12 Angry Men' also holds the box office record for touring drama down under. He credits his love of theatre and literature to his uncle Richard (Burton) who introduced him to the poetry of Dylan Thomas in 1981 and he credits his love of cinema to the incredible influence of the three iconic stars, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and his father's cousin, Marcello Mastroianni - an extraordinary legacy. Patrons of his company include, Dame Maggie Smith, Lord Melvyn Bragg.

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Review: Myra

Uncomfortable confrontation with a murderess.