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Jonathan Pryce

Sue Lawley's castaway is actor Jonathan Pryce.

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is actor Jonathan Pryce. Since the early 1970s, he has taken on many guises and received many plaudits. He was called the new Brando when he appeared on Broadway, and his Shakespearian roles - Hamlet and Macbeth - elicited comparisons with the late Lord Olivier. Most recently, he has diversified from classical roles, feature films and television plays to take a new path with an all-singing, award-winning performance in the West End's biggest hit of the year - Miss Saigon. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his accidental entry into the acting world and the pitfalls and pleasures of his profession.

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

Favourite track: Cello Quintet In C by Franz Schubert
Book: Short Stories by Bernard MacLaverty
Luxury: Endless supply of rum punch

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 25 May 1990 09:05

Music Played

  • J.J. Cale

    Don't Cry Sister

    • Special Edition.
    • Mercury.
  • Mabel Mercer

    Jenny Rebecca

    • Mabel Mercer & Bobby Short At Town Hall.
    • Atlantic.
  • Charlie Parker's Reboppers

    Blue In Green

    • Kind Of Blue.
    • CBS.
  • Cavan O’Connor

    I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen

    • I'm Just A Vagabond.
    • Decca.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    With A Song In My Heart

    • The Incomparable Ella.
    • Polydor.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quintet in C major

      • Schubert; String Quartet / Beethoven: Sonata No 1.
      • Philips.
  • Penguin Cafe Orchestra

    Bean Fields

    • Signs Of Life.
    • EG.
  • Keith Jarrett

    The Köln Concert - Opening

    • Keith Jarrett: The Koln Concert.
    • ECM.
  • Book Choice

    • Short Stories - Bernard MacLaverty

  • Luxury Choice

    • Endless supply of rum punch


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Pryce


  • Sun 20 May 1990 12:15
  • Fri 25 May 1990 09:05

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