31 March, 2013


Those of you in the UK, or who subscribe to The Sunday Times online, can read Bryan Appleyard’s interview with Edward in Culture this Easter Sunday – ‘Lear and yet so far’.

There is also an appreciation of My Perfect Mind by Kathleen Riley at Vulpes Libris.

07 March, 2013


View from Hope Street.
Photo by EP
My Perfect Mind opened at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre on Tuesday night. Among the latest reviews are two that award this funny, moving and very special piece five stars.

What came out of all the heartbreak, physiotherapy and intense work Mr. Petherbridge had to overcome was this stunning and incredibly beautiful production that in the case with all great works, left the audience laughing with the two actors but also more importantly empathising, a rare treat for any play to deliver in such great quantity. …The moment when the audience realises that Mr. Petherbridge has put himself through physical and emotional pain barriers in recreating this towering monument to his life and the words of King Lear and it all boils down to one focused hand gesture, a piece of theatre that in the end meant everything and proved everything. My Perfect Mind is not just incredible, powerful and life affirming, it is the fitting testament to human endeavour and the ability to come back from the brink of uncertainty. Liverpool Sound and Vision (Read full review)

Audiences in Unity Theatre were truly privileged as they were treated to a delightful evening, entertained by distinguished actor Edward Petherbridge. Throughout the night, wonderfully captivating recitals of scenes from the great Shakespearean tragedy King Lear were woven into depictions of key moments from Edward’s life, as well as other antics found along the way. … A truly enjoyable play, humorous in all the right places, with an uplifting feeling of hope and resilience at its heart. Liverpool Student Media (Read full review)

And new from Whatsonstage:

Mr Petherbridge is an actor of wit and elegance; a raised eyebrow can convey so much. He has obviously taken to heart his dancing teacher’s advice of ‘economy and selection’. Paul Hunter plays every other role with such great comic skill. 

My Perfect Mind will occasionally make you laugh out loud, smile, chuckle and in some of Lear’s final minutes may make you cry. What a moving Lear Mr Petherbridge would be. It is good to have him back on stage.

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Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
Photo by EP

02 March, 2013


The audiobook of Edward’s Slim Chances is now available to download at CD Baby. Price: US $15.99 (£9.99).

You can also order the four-CD set (complete with illustrated booklet) direct from Edward’s website. Price: £14.99 plus postage.

Those of you with tickets to see Edward’s latest show My Perfect Mind, will have the chance to purchase copies of his CD and book (the latter at a specially discounted theatregoer’s price) in Liverpool, Salisbury and at London’s Young Vic Theatre.

STOPPARD’s original Guildenstern, a heartbreaking Newman Noggs and a definitive Lord Peter Wimsey, Edward Petherbridge is one of Britain’s finest and most highly respected actors. In a distinguished career spanning more than half a century he has proved equally at home in Greek tragedy and French farce, in Shakespeare and Chekhov, Moliere and O’Neill, Beckett and Bennett, Coward and Kurt Weill.

This limited-edition five-hour compilation features a glorious selection of prose and verse from Petherbridge’s book, Slim Chances and Unscheduled Appearances (published 2011), as well as new, never-before-published material. It includes snatches of the original music from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (NT, 1967) and Nicholas Nickleby (RSC, 1980), and Petherbridge singing a number from the Broadway musical Coco and two songs by Noël Coward, with Jason Carr at the piano. The final CD brings us right up to date as Petherbridge prepares to play King Lear in an imaginative two-man exploration with Paul Hunter, My Perfect Mind, which opens early in 2013.

Those who haven’t met Petherbridge or seen his work will sense, in his words here, what they are missing. Ian McKellen

The passages on the National under Olivier are priceless. Michael Coveney

Edward Petherbridge has produced a charming and insightful narrative, full of humour, theatrical lore and honesty. A must for anyone interested in 20th-century theatre. A. L. Kennedy