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|Sher Unsure Of New Identity
- Actor turns to playwriting
ANTONY SHER stars in his playwriting debut. I.D. opens September 4 at the Almeida Theatre as part of the theatre's new season to celebrate their recent UKP4 million refurbishment.
Sher plays the role of Demetrious Tsafendas in his tale of politics and deception. The play concerns Tsafendas' crafty disguise to gate crash parliament as a messenger in order to assassinate the Prime Minister Hendrick Verwoerd. Like Trevor Nunn, whose Almeida production of The Lady From The Sea marks a new era away from the National Theatre, Sher's stint at the Almeida signifies a career shift from acting to writing.
As a writer Sher takes inspiration from Dutch writer Henk van Woerden's biography of madman Tsafendas, A Mouthful of Glass. As an actor the South African draws on a wealth of experience with the RSC and the National, having just completed the RSC's Jacobean season in the West End. If I.D. goes well Sher could find himself following in the footsteps of all round impresario Steven Berkoff.