Michael Berkeley's guest is the South African-born actress Dame Janet Suzman, who has lived in London since 1959. She began her distinguished stage career with the RSC, where she has played many of the Shakespearean heroines, including Portia, Ophelia, Kate, Beatrice, Celia, Rosalind, and a much-acclaimed Cleopatra. She has also appeared on stage in plays by Ibsen, Chekhov, Marlowe, Racine and Brecht, as well as in contemporary drama by Pinter, Harwood and others, and in TV dramas such as Dennis Potter's 'The Singing Detective'. In 1971 she appeared as the Empress Alexandra in the film 'Nicholas and Alexandra', and was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA and the Golden Globe. Other major film appearances have included 'A Day in the Death of Joe Egg', opposite Alan Bates, Frieda Lawrence in 'Priest of Love', and Peter Greenaway's 'The Draughtsman's Contract'. She is a great lover of the Baroque period, reflected in her music choices for Private Passions.