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Greg Doran

Michael Berkeley's guest is actor Greg Doran. His musical choices include the folk song Blow the Wind Southerly, Duke Ellington, a song by Cervantes and a Vivaldi concerto.

Greg Doran is one of those lucky people who seem to have found his perfect place in life. From the age of 13, when his mother first took him to the theatre in Stratford, Shakespeare's been his passion; as a boy he dedicated himself to seeing every single Shakespeare play - sometimes managing to watch three Macbeths in a day.

So - what better job than Artistic Director of our great national Shakespeare company, a role he took on 18 months ago. His production of Richard II with David Tennant in the lead opens on 10 October, and he's directing Henry IV next year with his partner Anthony Sher playing Falstaff.

Doran doesn't come from a theatrical background - his father ran a nuclear power station. But his passion for music began early, thanks to a concert in the local village hall in Lancashire. A friend of his mother's, Mrs Sidebottom, got up on stage and sang 'Blow the Wind Southerly'. And young Greg was hooked. That haunting folk song begins his choice of music - sung in this case by Kathleen Ferrier. Other choices include Duke Ellington, a song by Cervantes, and a Vivaldi Concerto which changed Doran's life when he heard it in Paris. It was a low point - a love affair had ended, his ambition to be an actor was foundering. And the music spoke to him, and gave him a new direction.

In Private Passions, he talks to Michael Berkeley about his passion for Shakespeare, and about his relationship with Antony Sher. Its foundations are a shared life in theatre, but also a love of food: when Anthony's depressed, Greg cooks for him the comfort food he ate as a child in South Africa. He's even learned how to make a special lamb stew - and he gives us the recipe: "I believe there is a Jewish saying that food is love. For me, tomato bredie is an expression of love."

First broadcast in October 2013.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich habe genug (Cantata no.82)

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: Bath Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich habe genug (Cantata no.82)

    Singer: Janet Baker. Orchestra: Bath Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Yehudi Menuhin.
  • Trad.

    Blow the Wind Southerly

    Singer: Kathleen Ferrier.
  • Paul Englishby

    Sigh no more, Ladies (Much Ado about Nothing)

    Singer: Julian Jensen. Ensemble: Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Paul Englishby

    Sigh no more, Ladies (Much Ado about Nothing)

    Singer: Julian Jensen. Ensemble: Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Trad.

    The Click Song

    Singer: Miriam Makeba.
  • Trad.

    The Click Song

    Singer: Miriam Makeba.
  • Trad.

    Esashi Oiwake

    Performer: Jonathan Rees. Performer: Andrew Brown. Performer: Joji Hirota. Performer: Caroline Dale. Performer: Steve Morris. Performer: Mary Scully.
  • Trad.

    Esashi Oiwake

    Performer: Jonathan Rees. Performer: Andrew Brown. Performer: Joji Hirota. Performer: Caroline Dale. Performer: Steve Morris. Performer: Mary Scully.
  • Anon.

    Marinero Soy de Amor

    Conductor: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Singer: Ferran Savall.
  • Anon.

    Marinero Soy de Amor

    Conductor: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Singer: Ferran Savall.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in C for Sopranino Recorder, RV443 (1st & 2nd mvts)

    Conductor: Claudio Scimone. Orchestra: I Solisti Veneti. Performer: Michala Petri.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in C for Sopranino Recorder, RV443 (1st & 2nd mvts)

    Conductor: Claudio Scimone. Orchestra: I Solisti Veneti. Performer: Michala Petri.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    False Friend: Banquet Theme (Timon of Athens)

    Conductor: Stanley Silverman. Performer: Christophe Chiasson.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    False Friend: Banquet Theme (Timon of Athens)

    Conductor: Stanley Silverman. Performer: Christophe Chiasson.
  • Trad.

    Blow the Wind Southerly

    Singer: Kathleen Ferrier.

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