Simon McBurney

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Simon Montagu McBurney, OBE (born 25 August 1957) is an English actor, writer and director. He is the founder and artistic director of Théâtre de Complicité in England, now called Complicite.


[edit] Early life

McBurney was born in Cambridge, UK. His father, Charles McBurney, was an American archaeologist and academic. Charles McBurney was the grandson of the American surgeon Charles McBurney (who was credited with describing McBurney's point). His mother, Anne Francis Edmondstone (née Charles), was a British secretary of English, Scots, and Irish ancestry; his parents were distant cousins who met during World War II.[1][2] McBurney studied English literature at Cambridge University. After his father died, he went to France and trained for the theatre at the Jacques Lecoq Institute in Paris.

[edit] Career

McBurney is a founder and artistic director of the UK-based theatre company Complicite, which performs throughout the world. He directed their productions of Street of Crocodiles (1992), The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol (1994), Mnemonic (1999) and The Elephant Vanishes (2003).

A Disappearing Number was a devised piece conceived and directed by McBurney, taking as its inspiration the story of the collaboration between two of the 20th century's most remarkable pure mathematicians, Srinivasa Ramanujan, a poor Brahmin from South India and Cambridge don GH Hardy.[3] It played at the Barbican in Autumn 2008 and toured internationally. In February 2009 McBurney directed the Complicite production Shun-kin, based on two texts by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. It was produced in London and Tokyo in 2010.

On a freelance basis, McBurney directed the following: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and All My Sons (2008) (both in New York), and live comedy shows, including Lenny Henry's So Much Things To Say and French and Saunders Live in 2000.

McBurney is an established screen actor: he played the recurring role of Cecil the Choirmaster in The Vicar of Dibley, CIA computer whiz Garland in Body of Lies, Dr. Atticus Noyle in The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Stone in The Last King of Scotland, the metrosexual husband Aaron in Friends with Money, Fra Pavel in The Golden Compass, and Charles James Fox in The Duchess. He also wrote the story and was an executive producer for Mr. Bean's Holiday.

He stars in the BBC comedy series Rev., where he plays Archdeacon Robert.

He provides the voice of Kreacher in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a two-part film that is being released in 2010 and 2011.

[edit] Legacy and honors

[edit] References

  1. Anarchy in the UK | Review | Guardian Unlimited Books
  2. "The rhino now standing on platform two", The Guardian, Unlimited Arts
  3. Productions – Complicite
  4. Template:London Gazette

[edit] External links