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Alex as the Duke of Windsor

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Evening Standard Review

Henry Hitchings of the Evening Standard gives the Bennett double bill four stars. Another good review for Alex:

"The material will be known to Bennett fans. It’s the presentation that feels fresh, and it is a tribute to the skill of Alex Jennings, who appears as the author in both pieces, that one often forgets it isn’t Bennett himself dispensing ironies from the stage.

Jennings has caught the particularity of Bennett’s delivery: the flatness and Eeyorish detachment, with its little flashes of wit. He even manages to look like him, evoking his misleadingly avuncular bearing and wry watchfulness."

Full review at the Evening Standard.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fayre of St James

On 29 November Alex attended the inaugural charity concert of the Fayre of St James, doing some of the readings at this carol concert. Penelope Wilton was the other reader, while James Morrison provided the music. Proceeds of the concert went to War Child.

Pictures of the events are up on the website of the Quintessentially Foundation.

More pictures are up on the Tatler website.

Guardian Bennett Review

The Guardian's Michael Billington is another critic to praise the Bennett pieces and Alex's performances. Four stars again.

"Alex Jennings plays Bennett to perfection: with his blond fringe and flat vowels, he not only looks and sounds like the original, but also, in the way he surveys the on-stage quartet with an appreciative envy, conveys the solitude of the compulsive non-joiner."

Full review at The Guardian.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bennett Reviews

Charles Spencer of the Telegraph gives the productions five stars. He praises Alex' performance:
"Jennings superbly captures Bennett’s mixed emotions, in which there lurks the guilt any writer feels about turning those he loves into subject matter."

Full review at The Telegraph.

Paul Taylor of the Independent gives the production four stars, with the part of Bennett being "uncannily well- played by Alex Jennings".

Full review at
The Independent.

Alexandra Coghlan at the also praises both the production and Alex' performance:
"Alex Jennings is uncanny as Bennett (it helps that he’s a dead ringer for him), complete with sloping shoulders, apologetic stance and of course the laconic burr of his Leeds accent."

Full review at The Arts Desk.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Cocktail Sticks Production Pictures

The National Theatre have now published the production pictures for Cocktail Sticks at National Theatre website,

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra, the first of James Runcie's The Granchester Mystery series featuring Sidney Chambers, a vicar with a neat side line in detection.

Working alongside his friend, Inspector Keating, Chambers finds people will tell him things they might not tell anyone else. While investigating the apparent suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, he discovers that being a detective, like that a clergyman, means you are never off duty.

Alex reads this week on BBC Radio 4 Extra, starting Monday at 06.30. For more information check BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Cocktail Sticks Rehearsal Pictures

The National Theatre put up rehearsal pictures for "Cocktail Sticks".

The picture shows Alex as Alan Bennett with Jeff Rawle and Gabrielle Lloyd as Bennetts parents.

More pictures at the NT website.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Hymn Production Gallery

The NT have published some pictures of Alex as Alan Bennett in Hymn. They are on the NT website.

The Alan Bennetts

The Telegraph has an interview with Alan Bennett at the National, which refers to the two productions Alex is working on. A nice picture of the two Alan Bennetts:

From the interview:

"Five minutes later, another Alan Bennett walks in. He is taller, blonder, more youthful. “Oh good, they’ve made you a bit more rumpled,” says the first Alan Bennett to his sort-of twin. “You looked very good coming through the door.”

The second Alan Bennett is the actor Alex Jennings, who is playing the playwright in two short memoirs staged at the National Theatre to complement his new play People. In one, Hymn, Bennett’s reminiscences are set to music for string quartet by his long-time collaborator George Fenton. In the other, Cocktail Sticks, Bennett looks back on his “ordinary” childhood, and the way it has affected his writing.

When Hymn was premiered at the Harrogate Festival in 2001, Bennett took to the stage himself. Watching an actor play him is odd. “I think 'do I talk like that?’” he says. “But I don’t think of Alex as me, I think of him as Alex, though that doesn’t imply shortcomings in his performance. I don’t think you can think of yourself as somebody else.”

Because Jennings is giving a performance rather than an impersonation, his demeanour and delivery are indeed not exactly like Bennett’s. The voice has the familiar Yorkshire cadence, but it is more forceful than the author’s, which in conversation at least rises and falls as thoughts form themselves; he has a habit of letting some sentences fade away into a little “mmm”."

The full interview is at The Telegraph.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Napoleon Rising

Alex plays the part of Talleyrand in Anthony Burgess' drama charting Napoleon Bonaparte's meteoric rise in the early years of the French revolution. The part of Napoleon will be played by Toby Jones, Jenny Jules is Josephine.

The play will be broadcast on Sunday 2 Dec 2012 at 20:30 on BBC Radio 3 and is part of the Radio 3 Napoleon season.

For more information check the BBC Website.

Thanks again, Jen!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Boys From Brazil

BBC Radio 4 Extra will broadcast "The Boys From Brazil" again this week. For details check: BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Thanks to Jen!

Monday, October 29, 2012

London Evening Standard Drama Awards 2012

The longlist for the London Evening Standard Drama Awards has been published. Alex is one of the nominees for best actor for his part in Collaborators. Simon Russell Beale is nominated for the same play.

The shortlist will be announced on November 12 and the winners revealed at a ceremony presented by James Corden at the Savoy Hotel on November 25, when the recipients of five special awards will also be revealed.

For a full list of nominations see: London Evening Standard.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bajazet Reading

Alex will take part in a reading of Racine's Bajazet at the Donmar Warehouse on 31 October at 2.30 pm. Other readers are Hayley Atwell, James McAvoy and Ruth Negga.

Tickets can be booked at Donmar website.

Thanks Uli!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Strange Meeting

Scheduled to mark Armistice Day, BBC Radio 4 Extra will broadcast Peters Wolf's Play "Strange Meeting" on Thursday 8 November at 11.15 a.m.

The play is inspired by Wilfred Owen’s First World War poem and dramatises events leading up to Owen’s death on the eve of the Armistice. Alex is the Captain and Paul Rhys is Wilfred Owen.

What Love Sounds Like

What Love Sounds Like centres around the meeting of a blind man, Dom, and a deaf woman, Thea, in a faith-healer's waiting room. Dom has only recently gone blind and is at odds with the world and himself. Thea, using her computer voice generator, plies him with questions - particularly about an old, painful relationship which Dom is initially reluctant to talk about. As the play progresses we realise that all is not quite as it seems, and that this meeting may have profound consequences for them both. Alex Jennings and Juliet Stevenson star in a new play by award-winning playwright Peter Souter.

The production can be heard on BBC Radio 4 this Wednesday 24 October at 14.15.

Taken from the BBC Website.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Reading Gaol

From BBC Radio 4's Twitter feed: "Alex Jennings reads Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol 4.30pm today, on Poetry Please."

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Casino Royale

BBC Radio 4 Extra again broadcasts Alex reading the James Bond story "Casino Royale". There will be ten episodes starting this Monday. For times check BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Thanks to Jen!

New Tricks

I've added pictures and details of last Monday's episode of "New Tricks" to the AJ Archives.

Friday, September 28, 2012


More information on this Sunday's BBC Radio 3's broadcast of Collaborators is now available at Drama on 3. The play will be broadcast at 8.30 pm.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Tricks

Alex will appear in the next episode of "New Tricks" tomorrow night, 25 September at 9 p.m. on BBC One.

More information on the BBC Website.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Collaborators on radio

BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting a series of three plays in September which portray the ruthlessness and dilemmas of absolute rule. The first to be broadcast on 16 September is Marlowe's Tamburlaine. The series continues in subsequent weeks with Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart and Collaborators, the recent National Theatre success with Simon Russell Beale as Stalin and Alex Jennings as Bulgakov. The first play will be broadcast at 20.30. No date or time has been given yet for the Mary Stuart or Collaborators broadcast.

For more information see the radio 3 website.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Cry Babies

Kim Newman's "Cry Babies" will be broadcast again on BBC Radio 4 Extra, Wednesday 5 September at 11.15.

Details at BBC Radio 4 Extra

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back at the National

Alex will be joining the National Theatre again towards the end of the year. The company has two short pieces planned to accompany the new Alan Bennett play "People', both performed by Alex as Alan Bennett.

Performed alongside People at the Lyttelton will be Hymn (a 30-minute piece beginning November 22) and Cocktail Sticks a 60-minute piece beginning December 5), two recollections by Bennett. The pieces will be directed by Nicholas Hytner.

For more infomation: Theatermania and The National Theatre.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Lady Vanishes

Alex will play the professor in a new BBC One adaptation of The Lady Vanishes. Other parts will be played by Keeley Hawes, Tuppence Middleton, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Gemma Jones and Tom Hughes. The film will be shown on BBC One at Christmas. Filming starts in August in Budapest.

The production was announced by the BBC earlier this week. More information at BBC Press Centre.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The Truth

Alex reads this week's Book at Bedtime, "The Truth" by Michael Palin, for BBC Radio 4 daily at 22.45. There are 10 episodes, and they can be heard on the BBC iPlayer for a week after initial broadcast.

More at:
BBC Radio 4

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Damn His Blood

Alex reads Peter Moore's true tale of brutal murder in a remote English village on Midsummer's Day, 1806 as BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week this week. A shocking case of greed and revenge that gripped the nation.

The reading starts tomorrow, 25 June at 9.45 and there will be 5 programmes.

BBC Radio 4 Website

Thanks again to Jen!

Singles and Doublets

Alex plays Simier in the radio drama "Singles and Doublets" on BBC Radio 3 tonight at 20.30. Celia Imrie plays Queen Elizabeth I. This radio play about "Elizabethan Real Tennis culminates in an epic match, poetry and death by strawberries and cream."

The tennis scenes were recorded at the Millennium Real Tennis Court, Middlesex University

The play was written by Martyn Wade.

BBC Radio 3 website

Thanks to Jen!

Friday, June 22, 2012

More Rêverie

The Rêverie with Lucy Parham will be repeated at London Guildhall on 25 October this year. For a full list of Parham's appearances and other shows, check her website: Lucy Parham Website. No more details are available at the moment.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rêverie: The life and loves of Claude Debussy

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy, one of the most prolific and innovative composers of the early 20th century, Rêverie is the fourth biographical programme of composers’ words and music to be compiled and scripted by concert pianist Lucy Parham. 

The narrative of Rêverie, which takes the form of a personal journal, follows him from his initial success with the Prix de Rome in 1885 to his untimely death in 1918. It is punctuated with solo piano works ranging from the ever-popular lyricism of Clair de Lune, Reverie, 1st Arabesque, and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair to such virtuosic showpieces as Jardins sous la pluie, the Etudes and L’isle joyeuse.


Critically acclaimed pianist Lucy Parham will be joined by Olivier Award winning actor Alex Jennings in this advance perfomance of Rêverie, before its Wigmore Hall debut.

This performance will take place on Wednesday 11th of July at 8 pm in The Wesley Chapel in Harrogate. 
For more information, please click here.

Tickets cost £18 and can be booked using this link.  BOOK HERE

Many thanks to Vicky for alerting us to this. 

Saturday, June 02, 2012

New Layout

Last week I, more or less inadvertently, changed the layout of the Diaries. A side-effect of this change is that it is now much easier to read the blog on mobile phones. Hope you like it.

Silk - Episode 3

Part three of Silk sees Alex appear as a judge:

Friday, June 01, 2012

South Bank Show: Nicholas Hytner

Last Sunday night Sky Arts showed a South Bank Show on Nicholas Hytner, the director Alex has collaborated with on many productions in the course of his career. A short scene from "Collaborator" was also shown.

For more information:

Sky Arts

BBC entertainment news

Electric Ink

The second series of this radio comedy will be repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Mondays at 9.30 am from this Monday, June 4.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Orlando Figes Platform

Alex will take part in a platform performance with Orlando Figes on 7 June at the National Theatre. There will be an interview with the historian and Alex will read from his letters with Jacqueline Defferary. For information about the performance and tickets check: NT Website Thanks to Penny and Ulrike!

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Alex will perform again with the Medici Quartet on 27 October at the Harrogate Royal Hall. They will perform Alan Bennetts Hymn. For more information and booking tickets check the Harrogate Theatres website at Harrogate Theatre

Friday, May 18, 2012

More Silk

Some more pictures from the first episode, provided by Penny!

The Conor Hawes Pictures

After Silk Alex also appeared in the first episode of the new series of Lewis. He played the reverend Conor Hawes. Some pictures from the episode:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Soul of Genius

This Wednesday, 16 May, ITV shows the first episode of the new series of Lewis. The episode is called "The Soul of Genius" with Alex playing the part of the reverend Conor Hawes. The episode is shown at 8 p.m.

Alan Cowdrey

Tomorrow night, 15 May, BBC One will start showing the new series of Silk, with Alex taking the part of Alan Cowdrey. There is a page on the BBC Silk Website for the character, not much information, but there is a picture. This will be a six-part series and Alex will appear in several episodes. The first episode is shown on 15 May at 9 p.m. on BBC One. Alan Cowdrey

Friday, May 04, 2012


The second series of "Silk" will start on BBC One on Tuesday 15 May at 9.00 pm. Alex will again take the role of Alan Cowdrey, the head of chambers. More information at the BBC website.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Collaborators in the Olivier

"Collaborators" has transferred to the Olivier, a reason for new reviews. The London Evening Standard's Fiona Mountford focusses mainly on the performance by Alex and Simon Russell Beale. She feels:
"Russell Beale is deliciously droll but it’s Jennings who steals the honours with his portrait of a touchingly conflicted and vulnerable man who slowly realises that his seeming salvation will be the thing that damns him."
Full review at: London Evening Standard

Sunday, April 22, 2012

More Radio

More Alex on the radio this week. BBC Radio 4 Extra will be broadcasting "Ashenden" again, starting on Monday 23 April. For times check BBC Radio 4 Extra website.. "Erskine May" will be broadcast on Wednesday 26 April, also by BBC Radio 4 Extra. For more information check: BBC Radio 4 Extra website. Thanks to Jen!

Friday, April 20, 2012

That's Mine, This Is Yours

This Thursday 26th April, at 14.15, BBC Radio 4 will repeat Peter Souter's romantic comedy "That's Mine, This is Yours". Alex stars with Tamsin Greig.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Olivier for Collaborators

Collaborators was named best new play at the Olivier award ceremony last night. Writer John Hodge accepted the award thanking the two main actors, Alex and Simon Russell Beale. The production moves from the Cottesloe to the Olivier Theatre later this month.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Tchaikovsky in Abu Dhabi

Alex appeared in the Royal Opera House production of "Beloved Friend" by Ronald Harwood in Abu Dhabi. The production was part of the Abu Dhabi Classics festival. The production was based on the letters of Tchaikovsky and Nadezhda von Meck. Alex narrated the story with Simon Russell Beale and Harriet Walter reading out the letters. Tchaikovsky's music was performed by a Royal Opera House quintet, including a Swan Lake pas de deux, gracefully danced by Royal Ballet duo Roberta Marquez and Valeri Hristov. Baritone Vasily Ladyuk and soprano Hibla Gerzmava performed some of Tchaikovsky’s songs from Six Romances and Eugene Onegin.

For more information check: Khaleej Times Online or Emirates 24/7.

Monday, March 05, 2012

OffWestEnd Theatre Awards 2012

Alex presented a couple of awards at the Offie Awards last month.  These awards are for independent and fringe performances across London.

You can find more photos of the winners and the presenters at the OffWestEnd website.

In addition, there are video clips of the entire awards ceremony and you can see Alex present the awards for Best New Musical and Best Musical Production.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Alex Portraits

There are 5 amazing photographic portraits of Alex on Flickr. You can find them on Lewis K. Bush's photostream.  Please do have a look.
I don't have permission to show them here, but if by any chance the photographer is reading, please answer my flickrmail, thank you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dicken's in London - Woman's Hour Drama

Alex played Charles Dickens in two of the Woman's Hour Dramas last week, in the 'The Sparkler of Albion' and 'The Uncommercial Traveller'.  Hurry, as there's only a day or two to catch them on the iPlayer.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

We'll Take Manhattan - BBC4

This programme will be repeated on BBC 4 on Sunday 12th February at 9pm and on the BBC HD channel on Wednesday the 15th February.

This is a drama which tells the story of David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton, of a wild week, their love affair, terrible fights with their fashion editor - and how two young people with no such intention happened to change the world of fashion forever.

Alex plays John Parsons at Vogue magazine.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Being Human on BBC America

Being Human will be broadcast on BBC America starting on February the 25th. 

Many thanks to Lori from Florida for this information.

Being Human - Episode One

Alex made an appearance in last nights episode of Being Human and here are a few screencaps for you. I hope you all like the uniform.

Note: if you click on the pictures, they will become nice and big.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Being Human - Sunday February 5th on BBC3

Casting news:  Alex will be playing the Head of a Vampire Coven in the new series of Being Human.  It starts this Sunday (5th of February) at 9pm on BBC3 and will follow shortly on the iPlayer.

Nicholas Nickleby - BBC Radio 4 Extra

Alex will be in the radio reading of Nicholas Nickleby which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on weekdays at 2pm.  It should also follow shortly on the iPlayer.

When his father dies, Nicholas Nickleby is forced by his cold-hearted uncle to seek his fortune in the world, away from his loving mother and sister. From the schoolroom cruelty of Dotheboys Hall to treading the boards with flamboyant travelling player Mr Crummles, Nicholas has some remarkable adventures – but all the while, his wicked uncle’s scheming continues. Oliver Milburn, Alex Jennings, Janine Duvitski and Alex Jennings star. Adapted by Mike Walker from Charles Dickens's novel, directed by Jeremy Mortimer and broadcast first in 1999.

Alex is obviously so good they listed him twice! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Being Human - Trailer

Alex will be playing Griffin in the new series of Being Human which is coming very soon to BBC Three.

Again, according to the trailer and the above publicity photo, he appears to be playing a police officer; admittedly, he does fill the uniform very well.

The trailer for the series can be found on the BBC website and on YouTube.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dickens in London

Antony Sher, Samuel Barnett and Alex Jennings all play Dickens in a five-part adaptation of his journalistic works from February 6-10 at 10.45 on BBC Radio 4.

Monday, January 09, 2012

New Year News

Alex will have a guest role in the new series of BBC 3 series 'Being Human'; the series begins broadcasting soon.

In other news, IMDB has Alex listed as appearing in at least two new episodes of 'Silk', an episode of 'Lewis' and will be in a new film by Iain Softley called 'Trap For Cinderella'.

If you prefer the radio, Alex is reading the last five episodes of 'Cousin Bette' on Radio 4 in the 'Book At Bedtime Slot' this week and can also be caught reading 'The Old Curiosity Shop' on Radio 4 Extra or on the iPlayer.