Mark Rylance is an Oscar, BAFTA, Tony and Olivier award-winning actor.
Mark Rylance will star in the West End transfer of Dr Semmelweis, reprising his acclaimed title role, first seen at Bristol Old Vic theatre in 2022.
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.
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Mark recently returned to his multi-award winning performance as Johnny Rooster in Jez Butterworth’s acclaimed play Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre, alongside Mackenzie Crook reprising the role of Ginger.
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 acting success for Rylance includes Claire van Kampen’s critically-acclaimed play Farinelli and the King (Sam Wanamaker playhouse/Duke of York’s theatre), Nice Fish (Harold Pinter 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 Trial of the Chicago 7, Ready Player One, 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.