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Mark Rylance

Kirsty Young interviews actor Mark Rylance, known for his award-winning Shakespearean stage roles and portrayal of Thomas Cromwell in the television adaptation of Wolf Hall.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the actor, Mark Rylance.

Born in Kent and brought up in America where his father was a teacher, Mark played Hamlet for the first time while he was still at school. Since then he has become particularly well known for his acclaimed and award-winning Shakespearean stage roles. He won an Olivier and a Tony award for his portrayal of Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in Jez Butterworth's 'Jerusalem' onstage in both Britain and the United States. He has also appeared in a number of film roles, was the first artistic director of The Globe Theatre - a post he held for a decade - and his portrayal of Thomas Cromwell in the BBC Television adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall has now brought him to a wider audience.

Producer: Isabel Sargent.

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45 minutes

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Fri 20 Feb 2015 09:00

Music Played

  • Coleman Hawkins

    Body and Soul

    • Body and Soul.
    • Bluebird.
  • Henry Purcell

    Tis I that have warmed ye’ from King Arthur

    Performer: Les Arts Florissants. Performer: William Christie. Performer: Susannah Waters.
    • King Arthur.
    • Erato.
  • Kronos Quartet

    They are There

    • Black Angels.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
  • Nina Simone

    Just like Tom Thumb's Blues

    • 16 TOP Tracks.
    • RCA.
  • Justin Hinds & The Dominoes

    Once a Man Twice a Child

    • Early Recordings.
    • Gorgon.
  • Claire van Kampen

    Music from the soundtrack of Days and Nights

    • Days and Nights soundtrack.
    • Unknown.
  • Andy Irvine and Paul Brady

    Arthur McBride

    • Plains of Kildare.
    • Mulligan.
  • CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Quartet Number 16 in F sharp – 2nd movement

      Performer: Busch Quartet.
      • Beethoven: the Late String Quartets..
      • EMI.
  • BOOK CHOICE

    Rumi: The Big Red Book: The Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love and Friendship

  • LUXURY ITEM

    A stand up bass

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Mark Rylance
Producer Isabel Sargent

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