KATHRYN HUNTER Born in New York to Greek parents and raised as a Londoner speaking Modern Greek, French and Italian, Kathryn studied French and Drama at Bristol University and went to train at RADA with the inspirational Hugh Crutwell. Kathryn played Alan Ayckbourne farces in the UK Rep before joining dynamic Chattie Salaman in Common stock and training in Grotowski-based techniques. Another revolution followed when she joined Theatre de Complicité devising: Anything for a quite life, Help I am alive and Out of a House walked a Man. Other productions with Complicité include: Foe, The Winter’s Tale and Durenmatt’s The Visit, playing Clara Zachanassian. Favorite roles include King Lear with Helena Kaut Howsen, Richard III at Shakespeare’s Globe, Caryl Churchill’s Far Away directed by Peter Brook and The Skriker at the National Theatre, Mr. Ido with Hideki Noda, Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall with Annie Castledine and Marcello Magni. Kathryn has also directed Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman for the Royal Court; Brecht’s Mr. Puntilla and His Man Matti for the Almeida; Aristophanes’ The Birds for the National Theatre with Marcello Magni, aerialists and hand balancers; and The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare’s Globe with Marcello Magni. Kathryn is a big fan of Sally Potter with whom she collaborated on Orlando and Mike Leigh on All or Nothing. Most recently she defended Harry Potter as Mrs. Figg in The Order of the Phoenix.
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