The Crown

The Crown
22 April to 27 June at the Bridge Theatre

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Leopard

Tomorrow, New Year's Day, Alex reads the first part of 'The Leopard' on BBC Radio 4.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Dear Elizabeth

Alex will appear in "Dear Elizabeth" at the Gate Theatre in January/February. The play is based on the letters of Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. The parts will be played by different actors each night, the exact date(s) of Alex appearing have not been published.

More information at: London Theatre

Monday, November 19, 2018

Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Alex attended the Awards at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane last night:

More information and videos at: Evening Standard.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Reverie in Galway

Alex will appear with Lucy Parham in Reverie in Galway next week, 7 November. He was interviewed about the concert and some of his other work by the Galway Advertiser.

More information on the concert and tickets at Music for Galway.

Friday, October 05, 2018


No dates set yet, but Alex is due to return to the National Theatre next year, appearing with Lindsay Duncan in the world premiere of Simon Woods’ debut play Hansard, directed by NT Associate Simon Godwin.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Gold Digger

Alex has joined the cast of new BBC series Gold Digger. The six-part series about a woman falling in love with a much younger man and the effect it has on her already damaged family. Julia Ormond plays the lead, Alex is her ex-husband.

More at Broadway World.

War Requiem

Alex will take part in a performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem by The Bach Choir on October 3rd at Westminster Cathedral.

For more information and tickets see Broadway World.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

High Praise - With spoilers

The Telegraph has an article on Alex with a great many compliments:

"Lady In The Van director Nicholas Hytner, with whom Jennings has a longtime collaborative relationship, ranks Jennings among the pre-eminent actors of his generation and has hailed him as “a John Gielgud for the 21st century”.

With his greying curls, care-worn features and subversive twinkle, Jennings has a face that lends itself perfectly to period roles. He has also inhabited other real-life figures, including former US president George Bush Nazi architect Albert Speer, Dad’s Army actor John Le Mesurier and composer Benjamin Britten. He has said the key to playing such roles is to act, not impersonate becaue the characters “mustn’t become Spitting Image puppets”."


"Whether it’s on-stage or in supporting screen roles, Alex Jennings has spent more than three decades being consistently brilliant."

I can't quote more, the articles has spoilers of Unforgotten. If you still want to watch that and not know what happens, don't read this now!!

Full article (with Unforgotten spoilers) at The Telegraph.

Look At You Now

There is an exhibition on in the foyer of the National Theatre with pictures of actors and other theatre makers as children and adults in similar poses. Alex is there, of course. (Couldn't get a picture without those reflections, unfortunately).

The exhibition is free, more information at National Theatre website.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Frielfest Confession

A confession from Alex on his performance at Frielfest to Mark Lawson at the Guardian:

"And Friel, who spent two years as a young man studying for the priesthood before an eventual retreat from Catholicism, might have enjoyed the fact that Jennings became surely the first person to have spoken the F-word four times in that parish hall. The actor told me afterwards that he had also committed a mild acting sin; the text specifies that Teddy drinks pale ale while reminiscing and, for the first time, the actor supped real alcohol while acting, an experiment he does not plan to repeat, but which did not diminish his characteristic precision and intelligence."

Full piece on the performance at The Guardian.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Review at WhatsOnStage.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Culture Fix

Alex talks about his cultural life in The Times. You can only read if you register but it's an interesting read. His favourite books, films, productions, music. I'm particularly pleased he picked "Nicholas Nickleby" as his favourite play, I've always loved that and loved Roger Rees in that. For the Cabin Pressure fans there is "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" apparently a big influence on Alex's acting...

I also liked this one:

"The play that I walked out of at the interval
One I was in. It was Present Laughter at the National and it was before the interval. The safety curtain got stuck, so we never really got going. Everyone went home and the theatre was shut for something like three days."

He can't have been very lucky with this production, when I met him after a performance he had hurt his foot on stage and had to be hurried off..

Friday, August 03, 2018


Alex, Imelda Staunton and Spotlight nominees and winners talk about preparing a monologue.

Article at Spotlight.

Thursday, August 02, 2018


Alex appeared at the Pickering Parish Church for a poetry reading last Saturday night.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

More Unforgotten

Alex talks about The Crown and Unforgotten, playing royals and more on Radio Times.

Sunday, July 22, 2018


Alex attended the opening night of Alan Bennett's new play Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre this week.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sunday Brunch

Alex appeared on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch last Sunday with Kevin McNally to talk about 'Unforgotten'.

Somewhere along the line they had an Alan Bennett competition:

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Old Vic Bicentenary

Alex attended the Old Vic Bicentenary Ball on May 13.

Embed from Getty Images

Pictures of the event are at Getty Images.

Embed from Getty Images

Just the pictures of Alex are at this Getty Images page.

Saturday, July 14, 2018


There will be two performances of Alan Bennett's Hymn at the Ryedale Festival on 23 July. Alex will appear with the Heath Quartet and the Carducci Quartet. The performances will take place at Birdsall House.

More information and tickets on the Festival website.


The new series of Unforgotten, featuring Alex as Dr Tim Finch, will be shown from this Sunday, 15 July, on ITV.

Alex describes his character on the BT website.

More on Alex and other cast members at Radio Times

More on the series at Radio Times.

And a longer interview with Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar at Whatsontv

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Faith Healer at Frielfest

Alex will be appearing as Teddy in a special production of Faith Healer by Brian Friel at the Frielfest in Donegal. There will be three performances over the weekend of 10 August. Tamsin Greig will play Grace.

More information and tickets at the festival website.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Unforgotten Trailer

The first footage of the series that is to be broadcast in July!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

John Barton

Alex was one of the readers at the memorial service for John Barton in the Swan Theatre in Stratford on 27 May. John Barton directed Alex in Peer Gynt in 1994.

More Bessell

Monday, May 21, 2018

Tea with Alex and Some People?

A Very English Scandal - Reviews

The reviews are in!

Praise for Alex in the Guardian:

"Alex Jennings, brilliant as a devotee with a shadow on his soul"

"The era’s moves to legalise homosexuality and the European and immigration concerns playing out in the background give the broader moment resonance, but it is the superlative work from Jennings, Whishaw and above all Grant’s tour de force that holds it together, humanises and makes sense of it all. Bravo et encore. Bunnies can and will go to the Baftas, I’m sure."

Full review at The Guardian.

Metro has this interesting one:

"A special mention to Alex Jennings who, while in familiar territory, is unmatched in the art of smarmy delivery."

Read more in: Metro.

The Telegraph also gives the show a good revie:

"The opening scene, featuring symbolically raw and succulent steak tartare, introduced a brace of Liberal MPs slyly at ease with saucy-postcard sexuality. (The other one was Peter Bessell, played with spiffing joie de vivre by Alex Jennings). Theirs was a world in which proud new labels – “gay” – rubbed up against furtive old euphemisms: “musical”, “on the spear side”."

Full review at Telegraph.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

About Peter Bessell

And the BBC guide to the characters is at BBC One.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Old Vic 200

Alex is one of the ambassadors for the Old Vic 200 celebrations. He is in good company, looking at the list on the Old Vic website.

He talked about the Old Vic when talking about his earliest theatre visits when he was interviewed with Nancy Carroll for the NT 50 celebrations. The interview is still available:


He also appeared in "The Liar" at the Old Vic.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

A Very English Scandal

"A Very English Scandal" will be broadcast by the BBC from 9 pm 20 May , and there will be three episodes. Alex plays the part of Peter Bessell. The series is based on a gay sex scandal involving Jeremy Thorpe, a liberal politician.

The trailer is available now on

More information at BBC Media Centre.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


Alex will perform Reverie, on the life of Debussy, with Lucy Parham at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday October 28.

More information at Bury Free Press.

Samling Masterclass

On February 24 Alex gave a masterclass at the Sage in Gateshead together with mezzo soprano Ann Murray and vocal coach Caroline Dowdle.

More information at Samling Masterclass.

There are some pictures on the programme's Facebook Page.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Holt Festival

Alex is due to appear with Lucy Parham in the Rachmaninoff programme "Elรจgie" on July 22.

More information at the Festival website.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Alex is joining the cast of ITV detective drama "Unforgotten". The third series of this drama has just started filming. Alex will be one of four friends, all suspects in the case. The other suspects are Neil Morrissey, Kevin McNally and James Fleet.

More information at or ITV.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Julius Caesar

Alex attended the opening night of The Bridge Theatre's production of Julius Caesar on 30 January. The Bridge posted pictures of the event on Facebook:

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Charity Gala

Alex will appear at the Love Gala charity event at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds for the Every Heart Matters appeal on 25 March. It is to be a gala evening of cabaret, comedy, West End Show routines and celebrity guests. Tickets are available now and include a pre-show reception starting at 6.30pm. There will also be some tickets available for a post-show reception on stage where you will be able to meet the performers.

Here you find tickets for the show.

And here for the reception.