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        WORDPLAY Fifteen illuminating and informative questions

             by Richard Braine

             Richard’s guest this month:  Nick Raggett

 

 

Nick is an enormously experienced actor. He’s been a familiar face on television for over 30 years. His credits include Holby City (many different characters), Casualty, The Missing, Doctors, My Hero, The Sins, Inspector Morse and five series of Pie in the Sky with the late, great, Richard Griffiths.  His stage credits are varied and extensive and include: New Vic Stoke, Unicorn, Young Vic, Watford and UK Tours of ‘As You Like it’ and ‘The Hobbit’. He is one of those brilliant actors equally at home with Comedy or Drama. His turn as Henry in the UK premiere of ‘Sexy Laundry’ at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick is much to be anticipated.

1.When did you first Act? And what was it?

I did ‘Kes’ in the National Youth Theatre. I didn’t play Kes (that’s the Kestrel). I played the boy.

 

2.What or who was your greatest inspiration?

Tony Hancock. Genius.

 

3.What professional training have you had? Do you think it was relevant?

None. But I think if I had gone to RADA I might have played James Bond.

 

4.What has been your favourite part/play/production etc?

Buttons at Watford. Can’t beat a bit of Panto.

 

5.What has been the most wonderful thing you’ve seen on the pub theatre circuit?

‘Liza, Liza, Liza’. This was a brilliant play about Liza Minnelli, written by Richard Harris, and staged at the Tabard Theatre a couple of years ago. And I’m now lucky enough to be playing opposite the leading lady of that production (Felicity Duncan).

 

6.Pub theatre is having something of a renaissance. Why do think this is?

Easy one. It’s affordable. Plenty of money left for a pint.

 

7.Where would you like to be in ten years time?

Retired.

 

8.Tell us something about yourself that nobody else would know?

I have a cat with six toes.

 

9.What is the song that most moves you?

The Hokey Cockey.

 

10.Musical, comedy, drama? What would you choose?

Comedy.

 

11.The crime you would carry out if you could get away with it?

To play Hamlet at the National.

 

12.The happiest moment of your life?

Being offered this play.

 

13.The saddest moment of your life?

Starting rehearsals of this play.

 

14.What historical figures would you invite to a dinner party?

Caesar. You have to see the play to understand that.

 

15.How would you like to be remembered?

With a gold statue in Leicester Square.

 

 

Nick is Henry in ‘Sexy Laundry’ by Michele Riml. This is being produced at the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick from 31st October to 25th November 2018.  Box Office http://tabardtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/sexy-laundry/

 

Interviewer Richard Braine is actor of stage and screen, director and playwright.  You can see him next in the television series Holby City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

@October 2018 London Pub Theatres Magazine

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