Award-winning South African actor, Paul Herzberg, is back on the London arrange in Strindberg’s Women
One of South Africa’s best fares, Cape Town on-screen character and dramatist Paul Herzberg, is playing the lead in Strindberg’s Women, which has quite recently opened at Jermyn Street Theater, London W1.
The night incorporates two short plays by August Strindberg (1849-1912), The Stronger and Storm, and Herzberg plays a daintily camouflaged representation of Strindberg.
“I first saw a Strindberg play, his most famous one, Miss Julie, at Capab with, I think, Roger Dwyer and Lois Butlin,” says Herzberg. “Years later, this role is definitely the biggest challenge I have ever faced as an actor, like King Lear in one hour, with massive emotional shifts in a study of love, marriage, sexuality and the war of wills between men and women.”
Born in Cape Town where he studied acting at the University of Cape Town and scriptwriting at the Pretoria Teknikon, Paul Herzberg has done loads of theatre in the UK from the National Theatre and RSC, to the Almeida and Park Theatre, TV and British and American films (including Cry Freedom, My Week with Marilyn). He is also an award-winning writer and his latest (biographical) play, The Dead Wait, about a soldier on the Angolan border, won awards and has played worldwide.
“The director of these Strindberg plays, Jake Murray, first saw me when he was a kid at the Royal Exchange in Manchester,” continues Herzberg. “Much later he directed me in my play The Dead Wait, then Romeo and Juliet. I was Capulet with Andrew Garfield as Romeo and Gugu Mbatha Raw as Juliet. He is a Strindberg aficionado and has always wanted me for this role but it has taken a long time to reach fruition.”
“The producer Andy Jordan and I first worked together on Athol Fugard’s People Are Living There in the late 70s and he went on to direct The Dead Wait on BBC Radio 4 so there’s a double link to South Africa with the team on this show.”
Strindberg’s Women runs from 2 to 26 November.
Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street
London SW1Y 6ST
For tickets call the box Office: 020 7287 2875