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Desert Island Discs - Simon McBurney

Actor, writer and director Simon McBurney is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the actor, writer and director Simon McBurney.

It's 30 years since he set up the ground-breaking theatre company Complicite. It brought extraordinary physical deftness to the stage and its productions won every plaudit going - from an armful of Olivier awards to the Perrier prize for comedy.

His mainstream credits range from TV roles in the Vicar of Dibley and Rev, to screen credits for The Last King of Scotland and Harry Potter. On stage, he's directed Katie Holmes and Al Pacino to critical acclaim in New York.

Of his unconventional directing style, he admits: "Some people have said, it's a bit like going into the jungle with some mad explorer - who everybody knows doesn't have any idea where he's going - but somehow he gives people some sort of confidence to keep on going."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 9:00AM Fri, 20 Jul 2012
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 11:15AM Sun, 15 Jul 2012
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  • Duration 45 minutes

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