An Actor's Life: Richard Glaves

An Actor's Life: Richard Glaves

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Oh What A Lovely War's Richard Glaves on his favourite role to date and why people should come and see the show.

What has been the highlight of the Oh What A Lovely War tour?

Working with a fantastic group of actors and backstage team.

If you weren’t an actor what would you be and why?

I quite like the idea of being an archaeologist.  I think it would be fascinating trying to piece together what people’s lives were like from a few artefacts dug up from the ground.

What has been your favourite role to date?

One of the most challenging and rewarding roles was in an Alan Bennett play called Enjoy where I played a very mysterious character called Ms Craig - a man dressed as a woman who is almost completely silent for the first half of the play before it turns out he/she is actually the long-lost son in disguise! 

What has been the funniest moment on tour so far?

In Torquay, we were invited to the Cavendish Hotel (of Channel 4’s The Hotel fame) after the show.  The whole company spent the rest of the night dancing like mad things to an entertainer called Wayne Champagne.  It was great fun.

Why should people come and see Oh What A Lovely War?

Firstly, because you will have a great night out.  Also, it’s a brilliant way to learn about the First World War as well as seeing a play which changed the face of British theatre when it was first created.  Sadly, the central message of the piece is as relevant today as it was in 1964:  “The War Game is continuous.  And any number can play”.  What’s extraordinary about the show is that such a serious message is presented in such a fun, musical, entertaining way.

Oh What a Lovely War runs at London's Theatre Royal Stratford East from 29 January to 7 February 2015, and then tours to Richmond, Malvern, Manchester, Cambridge, Bath, Torquay, Guildford, Coventry, Brighton, Leicester, Aylesbury and Birmingham, where the tour concludes on 9 May 2015.