Coming from an academic family: do your own parents still remark on what you do, or have they become used to it by now? Have they ever tried to convert you to their side?
“I’d make an appalling academic. I have the attention span of a gnat. I think they quite like it when I play a role that they consider to be rather worthy of the profession, a role where calling yourself an actor isn’t an apology. It will inevitably be something Shakespearian that they consider superior as long as I don’t bugger it up. When I just prance around in Mamma Mia! or something like that, I’m not sure how they reconcile themselves with the son they produced.” - Colin Firth
It was 40 years ago today. A little rock n’ roll musical written by out-of-work actor, Richard O’Brien, premiered at the 63-seat theatre, The Royal Court Theatre upstairs. Young actors Tim Curry, Julie Covington, Chris Malcom, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Rayner Bourton, Nell Campbell & Paddy O’Hagan made up the original cast. 15 months later, filming began for the film version of the hit musical which would become the longest running theatrical release of all time and the greatest and most well known cult film in history.