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Philip Franks

The Narrator (from 6 June 2016)


Philip Franks

Philip is delighted to be reprising the role which he played throughout 2013. 

He has played many leading roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well directed by Trevor Nunn and the title role in Hamlet directed by Roger Michell.

Other theatre work includes The Prince in Schippel the Plumber (Greenwich), Orphuls in The Europeans for the Wrestling School (Greenwich and tour), Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham and Old Vic), Jacques Roux in Marat/Sade (Royal National Theatre), Yvan in Art (Whitehall Theatre and tour), Lloyd in Noises Off (tour and Piccadilly Theatre), Alan Turing in Breaking the Code (Royal Theatre Northampton), Osborne in Journey’s End (Comedy Theatre and national tour), Sir Peter Teazle in School for Scandal (Salisbury Playhouse)  Dr Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (Colchester, Windsor and tour).Mr Winslow in The Winslow Boy  at Salisbury, and tours of Our Man in Havana, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes in which he played Dr. Watson and 66 Books – A Response to Numbers at the Bush Theatre (2011)

On television he is best known for Charlie in The Darling Buds of May (three series) and Sergeant Craddock in Heartbeat (four series). He also appeared in Martin Chuzzlewit (as Tom Pinch), Bleak House (as Richard), Pie in the Sky (as Giles Dutton), Patsy’s father in Absolutely Fabulous and My Dad’s the Prime Minister. Most recent appearances include Foyle’s War and Casualty.

Philip is also a director.  His productions include Kafka’s Dick and The Kiss of the Spider Woman (Nottingham Playhouse), The Cocktail Party (Edinburgh Festival) which won the Scotsman/Hamada Foundation Prize for the best production of 1997, Rebecca (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh), Hamlet (Greenwich and tour), Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible) The Duchess of Malfi (Greenwich and West End), Private Lives and The Heiress (Royal National Theatre), The White Devil (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith)., The Tempest (Liverpool Playhouse) and, again, The Duchess of Malfi (West Yorkshire Playhouse). In 2002 Philip directed the theatre sequences in the feature film Finding Neverland.  Philip was an Associate Director at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2007/9.   Nicholas Nickleby  which he co-directed with Jonathan Church, toured the UK, played at the Gielgud Theatre in London, then The Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto.  Other Productions for Chichester, include Twelfth Night (2007), The Cherry Orchard, Taking Sides and Collaboration (2008). Separate Tables  (2009) The Master Builder  (2010). Rattigan’s Nijinski and The Deep Blue Sea (2011) and A Marvellous Year For Plums  (2012)

Philip is also a regular voice on radio and recently directed Blithe Spirit  and An English Tragedy for BBC Radio 4.