Mark Rylance stars in Nice Fish
Direct from a sold out season in New York, Academy and Bafta Award-winner Mark Rylance returns to the West End to perform in Nice Fish at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
A comic play written by Rylance and Louis Jenkins and directed by Claire van Kampen, Nice Fish is an ice fishing expedition where the ordinary and extraordinary collide.
Over a long and distinguished career Mark Rylance has moved with grace and lots of eccentric style from accomplished actor, writer, director and artistic director to veritable national treasure.
Rylance’s amazing performance as Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem proved nothing short of a theatrical revelation, with audiences and critics queuing up to praise him and awards ceremonies falling over themselves to hand over their honours (Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle awards included). His small, low-profile project of David Hirson’s comedy La Bete alongside Frasier’s David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley in London and Broadway proved a resounding hit.
Other recent acting success for Rylance includes Claire van Kampen’s critically-acclaimed play Farinelli and the King (Sam Wanamaker playhouse/Duke of York’s theatre), Samuel Beckett’s Endgame (Duchess Theatre) and his Tony award-winning role in Boeing-Boeing (West End/ Broadway).
Rylance was Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for ten years and his work as an actor included the title roles in Henry V and Hamlet as well as Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Olivia in Twelfth Night.
Other work includes a number of RSC and the National Theatre productions as well as roles at the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court. In the West End he played Benedict in Much Ado about Nothing directed by Matthew Warchus, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Film and TV work includes The BFG, Bridge of Spies for which he won the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor, Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl, Prospero’s Books and The Government Inspector for which he won the BAFTA Best Actor Award for his role as David Kelly.
Nice Fish runs from 12 November 2016 until 21 January 2017 at the Harold Pinter Theatre.