JANET SUZMAN plays ESCLARMONDE
South African born Janet Suzman is an acclaimed actress whose long career began with a decade at The Royal Shakespeare Company culminating in a memorable Cleopatra, and, more recently, directed a Hamlet from The Baxter in Cape Town and played Volumnia, both for The Complete Works Festival.
She has twice won The Evening Standard Award for stage work, and her film and TV include A Dry White Season, The Draughtsman's Contract, The Singing Detective , Fellini's The Boat Sails On, and Nicholas and Alexandra for which she was nominated for an Academy® Award and the Golden Globe® Award.
Janet is a founding Patron of the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, where she appeared in its opening production in 1976, The Death of Bessie Smith, directed by the late Artistic Director Barney Simon; and in 1987 she returned to direct her long-time colleague John Kani in Othello. She has transposed Good Person of Setzuan to Johannesburg, and wrote a response to The Cherry Orchard set in post-apartheid South Africa for The Birmingham Rep.
During 2010 she was involved in developing Dream of the Dog with Craig Higginson in which she also performed and directed Antony and Cleopatra at the Liverpool Playhouse. In October she can be seen in Solomon and Marion at the Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town.