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Steven Berkoff

Sue Lawley's castaway is writer and director Steven Berkoff.

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is actor, writer and director Steven Berkoff. Irreverent, energetic and compelling, his work has brought him an international reputation and his last West End production, Kvetch, was voted comedy of the year. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his love of drama and why it changed his life, his short spell in Hollywood playing archetypal villains and his time spent in Paris studying mime.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass
Book: A gardening book
Luxury: Piano

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40 minutes

Music Played

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  • Kecak Ganda Sari

    Kecak: Introduction

    • Kecak: A Balinese Music Drama.
    • Bridge.
  • Henry Blair & Ray Turner

    Sparky's Magic Piano

    • All Abroad/24 All Time Childrens Favourites.
    • EMI.
  • The Dave Brubeck Octet

    Fugue On Bop Themes

    • The Dave Brubeck Octet.
    • Fantasy.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major - 1st movement

    Soloist: Paul Tortelier

    • Cello Suites.
    • EMI.
  • Benjamin Britten

    I know a bank (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)

    Soloist: Alfred Deller Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream.
    • London.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Philip Glass


      Orchestra: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Eberhard Wachter

      • Soundtrack.
      • Antilles.
  • Richard Strauss

    Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll st? (from Salome)

    Soloist: Eberhard Wachter Orchestra: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Salome.
    • Decca.
  • Sir Laurence Olivier

    The Song Of Deborah

    • Let My People Go: Old Testament Readings.
    • HMV.
  • Book Choice

    • A gardening book

  • Luxury Choice

    • Piano


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Steven Berkoff


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