BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Things to do
People & Places
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Somerset


Related BBC Sites


Contact Us

Comedy, Dance and Theatre

James Laurenson
James Laurenson

Interview: James Laurenson

Helen Otter
Frome's James Laurenson has acted in countless TV, film and stage productions - Hustle, State of Play, The Bourne Identity and Pink Floyd's The Wall to name a few.

James starred in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure in The Peter Hall Season 2006 at the Theatre Royal Bath.

He spoke to BBC Somerset's Helen Otter in June 2006 - you can listen to the interview by clicking on this audio link:

audio Interview: James Laurenson >
Audio and Video links on this page require Realplayer

You can hear James talking about his roles in Waiting for Godot, and Measure for Measure.

Waiting for Godot (Nobby Clark)
Dobie as Estragon and Laurenson as Vladimir

You can also listen to James talking about his acting career, what it's like working with Sir Peter Hall, his favourite music, his most annoying trait (!), and also about how he came to live in Frome.

"Frome is a remarkable place.

"It's not like one of those little dormitory towns where people just come to on weekends.

"It's a proper market town, in which people live and work. I've been very happy here for several years."

James Laurenson in State of Play
James Laurenson in State of Play

On reprising his role as Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, James said: "This play is a remarkable piece of writing".

"It's about these two guys who are waiting for someone called Godot, who never comes.

"It's often done as a rather dour piece, but in actual fact Vladimir and Estragon (played by Alan Dobie) are like Laurel and Hardy, or Morecambe and Wise.

"They're a double act, and the play is very, very funny."

last updated: 31/10/06
Have Your Say
Have you seen Frome's James Laurenson on stage, or in any of his film and TV roles. What do you think of him?
Your name: 
Your comment: 
The BBC reserves the right to edit comments submitted.

John Decke
Have seen him on TV in different shows.I actually went to school with him in New Zealand.Would like to get in touch with him.can you advise contact details

I've seen James as Simier in Elizabeth R. What a captivating presence, such a fine actor.

Shirley Inch
I have seen James Laurenson in many roles but feel he is under used. I would like to see him in a good starring role deserved by his screen presence.

Go to the top of the page

Explore more of this section and the rest of the web:

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy