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October 2017: Read not Dead Shakespeare's Globe at Grays Inn: Philip Massinger's The Unnatural Combat
   I am Malefort Senior, Admiral of Marseilles, daughter-seducer, son-mutilator and wife-poisoner. A glorious part
   in a glorious play from the 1620s, directed by Philip Bird. Sunday 29/10: more details and how to book here


A
nd a rehearsed reading of Daniel Hill's franglais farce Give Me The Monet at the Arts Theatre
  
with John Sessions as Monet: fogs, spies, and Gilbert & Sullivan. Friday 20/10: contact me for an invitation
 
Summer 2017: with The Dolphin's Back company at Shakespeare's Globe,
   John Lyly's astrological sex comedy The Woman in the Moon

Spring 2017: A return to Chichester Festival Theatre for Sweet Bird of Youth
  
starring
Marcia Gay Harden and Brian J Smith. directed by Jonathan Kent

2014-2016 in the West End: at the Criterion in The 39 Steps, and at the Haymarket in
   Breakfast at Tiffany's
directed by Nikolai Foster with Pixie Lott as Holly

Love and peace to Michael Cronin, Tim Pigott-Smith, Christopher Morahan & Howard Davies - irreplaceable all

 

 

 
  October 2017
Theatre
On Friday 20th: a rehearsed reading of Daniel Hill's franglais farce Give Me The Monet at the Arts Theatre. Monet becomes embroiled in the Dreyfus Affair while coping with London fogs, mysterious spies, and Gilbert & Sullivan. With John Sessions, Sarah Alexander, Imogen Stubbs & Andrew Dunn. Drop me a line for an invitation.
And on Sunday 29th: A remarkable Read not Dead for Shakespeare's Globe at Grays Inn: Philip Massinger's The Unnatural Combat. I am Malefort Senior, Admiral of Marseilles, daughter-seducer, son-mutilator and wife-poisoner. A glorious part in a glorious play from the 1620s, directed by Philip Bird.
   
  August 2017
Voice
Recording audio book Air Force Blue by military historian Patrick Bishop, a history of the RAF through WW2. Produced by Alice Lee at ID Audio.    
  July-August 2017
Theatre
Joining James Wallace's The Dolphin's Back company at Shakespeare's Globe, giving my Jupiter in England's first great playwright John Lyly's astrological sex comedy from 1590, The Woman in the Moon, for a short run by candelight in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. This will be the first time in centuries a play by John Lyly will have been staged in a major theatre in a full production with professional actors. Click here for the website or here for Globe trailer and more or here for more on John Lyly ... Also performing in more Read not Dead readings and Research in Action workshops - exploring the plays of Marston, playing a ghost, a lothario, a usurping duke, a cynic based on Ben Jonson and Winifred the prostitute. Also looking at Restoration adaptations of Shakespeare in the 1670s, focussing on The Tempest with baroque musicians and singers, and the original music by Matthew Locke.

 
  April-June 2017
Theatre
Delighted to be returning to Chichester Festival Theatre for Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by Jonathan Kent. I am playing Dan Hatcher, Boss Finley's creature: "A whiff of something unpleasant lurks beneath his air of respectability; a ruthless, sweaty little man ... betraying an instinct for murder". How's that for a casting breakdown! Oscar & Tony Award-winning Marcia Gay Harden (Miller’s Crossing, Pollock, Mystic River) stars with Brian J. Smith (The Glass Menagerie on Broadway & in the West End 2017). A show and a company of which to be deeply proud. Production and rehearsal photographs

 
  February 2017
Television
Shooting pilot material for a new Rabbit Island Productions sitcom, It's All Lies, written and directed by Mark Bowsher - a media satire, in which I play Ben Hadlow, the foul-mouthed, washed-up schlocky movie director. Visit Rabbit Island's website here and follow on Facebook here.

 
  January 2017
Theatre
Into the new year with a rehearsed reading at The Donmar for Rachel Izen & Guy Retallack: A Kind of Marriage by Charles Leipart, with Alex Jennings, Anna Cartaret, Rachel Tucker and Miles Richardson, tells the story of the triangular marriage of EM Forster. I play the manipulative ex-lover.  
  2017 Saying farewell to Michael, I am now looked after by Charlie Metcalf at MacFarlane Chard Associates  
  February-November 2016 Theatre Summer at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End and the rest of the year touring the UK & Ireland with Breakfast At Tiffany's. From Curve Theatre Leicester, directed by Nikolai Foster. Giving my man-child Nazi pervert Rusty Trawler and a predatory Manhattan publisher, with Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly and Victor McGuire as Joe Bell. Also featuring Georgia May Foote and Emily Atack as Hollies, amongst one the very loveliest companies of cast and crew I have known: the kind of group for which the word "company" is most apt. Many rehearsal and production photos on my Gallery page, plus you can watch the trailer here

 
  2016 An unbearably sad goodbye to Michael Cronin, my agent of sixteen years and best supporting friend you could ask for.
You went way too soon, Michael - we all loved you and owe you so much.
 
  2015
December
For the 200th anniversary celebrations of his birth at Westminster Abbey, I was very honoured to be asked to read Anthony Trollope's Farewell to Barchester, with a specially commissioned piece of cello music by Alex Woolf. Reading in Poet's Corner in a ceremony organised by the Trollope Society, who commissioned Lady Anna: All At Sea at the Park Theatre, before Joanna Trollope & other descendants of the great beard, Timothy West, the Duke of Kent, the Dean and the Bishop, and the great and the good from Lords to commoners. Slap-up feast at the House of Lords afterwards. One of those unusual and unlikely events in an actor's life!

 
  2015
September-November
Theatre

The Magna Carta Plays at Salisbury Playhouse: inspired by Magna Carta and marking its 800th anniversary. the world premiere of four richly imaginative and varied one-act plays by internationally renowned playwrights. directed by Gareth Machin. Thrilled and privileged to say, my fifth time working with Howard Brenton, giving my neo-baron Russian oligarch in his, plus a homicidal, entitled white landowner in Sally's, and a baron gluttonous for power and tuck in Anders' ... Just what was and is Magna Carta worth? "A provocative evening in which the best performance comes from Tim Frances as a bellowing, bull-necked Russian" Michael Billington. View the trailer here.
Ransomed
by Howard Brenton. A copy of the original Magna Carta has been stolen. Who is responsible and what price will the government to pay for its safe return? Who exactly are the barons now? Kingmakers by Anders Lustgarten. Ten years after Magna Carta, the barons' takeover isn’t going to plan. Broken promises and rebellion hang in the air. The barons' solution is to distract using the new teenage King - at the common man’s expense. Pink Gin by Sally Woodcock. With international investors poised to develop African land, the future looks bright. But why has it been raining for 97 days, and who is leading the angry mob outside?  We Sell Right by Timberlake Wertenbaker. In the future as global business continues to abuse its extraordinary power, where even words & phrases have commercial value, what will remain of the values we hold most dear?

 
  2015 Sept
Voice-Over
Enormous fun bellowing à la Brian Blessed for Computer Game Fable Legends with director Dan Morgan at Shepperton Studios. They provided a thermos of honey and lemon which was much appreciated.  
  2015
July-September
Theatre
In the 200th anniversary of his birth, playing Anthony Trollope in a new play by Craig Baxter, Lady Anna: All At Sea - directed by Colin Blumenau, with Caroline Langrishe and Antonia Kinlay - at the Park200 Theatre in London. Complete with fullsome Victorian beard, which inspired The Telegraph to call me his doppelganger and the whole "a beguiling theatrical soufflé". "It’s all overseen by a tour-de-force performance from Tim Frances" theartsdesk.com. "Tim Frances, energetically self-confident" Mark Lawson - further notices on my reviews page or visit The Production Exchange here

 

 












 


 
  2015
April-June
Theatre
Back at Shakespeare's Globe for a series of Read Not Dead rehearsed readings and various workshops in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse around performing the early-modern repertoire indoors, amongst others. Working with Blanche McIntyre, James Wallace, Martin Hodgson and Philip Bird. Also preparing Premier Cru Classé, a farcical re-telling of the 1976 Judgement of Paris wine-tasting, with David Bark-Jones, Roger Ringrose and Paul Kemp, directed by Chris Larkin.  
  July 2014 to
April 2015
Theatre
As Man Two in the West End in The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre. Nine wonderful months with Alix Dunmore, Richard Galazka and Daniel Tuite, re-directed by James Farrell, and working with the great and joyous Patrick Barlow. Whether it made me stronger, I can't say, but for sure it didn't kill me! Very proud to have done it.  
  2014
April-June
Television
Filming David Walliams' Big School for the BBC (Series 2 Episode 4 - first shown in September 2014) playing ill-intentioned Ofsted inspector, Mr Grey, with DW, Frances de la Tour, Sylvestra la Touzel and Steve Speirs (photo right), again directed by Matt Lipsey & produced by Jo Sargent (more info here)  
  2014 April-June
Theatre
Workshops at Shakespeare's Globe on playwright John Lyly and on performing indoors in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, directed by James Wallace & Philip Bird. Another with Philip Bird in September on staging in the new indoor Playhouse - a teasing joy to play Leontes in A Winter's Tale on that amazing stage.. Plus, a rehearsed reading of Steve Gooch's Asking Rembrandt about Rembrandt's relationship with his patron Jan Six (me), playing opposite Oliver Ford Davies, directed by Jonny Kemp.  
  2014
January-April
Theatre
On tour with English Touring Theatre & Shakespeare's Globe in Howard Brenton's Eternal Love (née In Extremis) directed by John Dove. Re-uniting much of the same creative team & company as 2012's hit tour of Anne Boleyn, as well as being my fourth time working with Howard Brenton. Simply put, one of the most joyful and rewarding jobs of all.  More info here  
  2013 December
Theatre
The great privilege of playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, directed by Guy Retallack at the new Bridge House Theatre in South London. Very special to get to play that astonishing writing.  
  2013 November
Television
Filming David Walliams' Gangsta Granny for the BBC directed by Matt Lipsey (Little Britain, Big School, Saxondale, Psychoville), produced by Jo Sargent (French & Saunders, Two Pints of Lager, Jam & Jerusalem, Miranda, Absolutely Fabulous), with Julia McKenzie, Joanna Lumley, Miranda Hart & Rob Brydon, Chasing the delightful Julia McKenzie through a hospital, persuaded that an 11-year-old boy is 52. Shown on BBC1 on Boxing Day 2013.  
  2013
June-September
Theatre

An idyllic summer at The Open Air Theatre Regent's Park playing another juicy Nazi, the Gauleiter Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh. My first foray into the West End musical, and what a joy it was: the most commercially successful show in The Park's history, the first ever to extend its run, garnering four- and five-star reviews, plus winning Best Musical Revival at the What'sOnStage Awards and being nominated for same at the Oliviers. May it live again somehow. Click for more on the OAT 2013 season website or see the full trailer on YouTube here

 
  2013
March
Theatre
Back to the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds with Colin Blumenau, reading the latest in a long series of undeservedly neglected Georgian plays. It is the most fascinating and often hugley rewarding exercise, resurrecting these plays after more than two centuries of unjust lack of recognition. We have performed some true gems from the C18th here by the likes of Elizabeth Inchbald, Thomas Holcroft, Douglas Jerrold - and this 1730 one by Henry Fielding, of Tom Jones and Bow Street Runner fame. I am reading the title role in Rape Upon Rape or The Justice Caught In His Own Trap, which tells of the come-uppance of the venal, lustful and irredeemably villainous Justice Squeezum in a penetrating satire of corruption. This was the play that inspired the musical Lock Up Your Daughters.  
  2013
January
Theatre
The latest in Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's ongoing Read Not Dead series of Elizabethan & Jacobean revivals as rehearsed readings, directed by Philip Bird: Two Maids of More-Clacke by Robert Armin. I played the leading character, Sir William Vergir, in this revelatory mix of Shakespearean pastiche, low comedy, revenge and psychological cunning. Ayckbourn for the 16th Century. Armin was Shakespeare's leading clown and here shows a performer's instincts and knowledge of how to make a captivating story with modern characters and depth, as well as a wicked delight in lampooning his boss, sing onstage. This one so deserved its time in the light again after 400 years - and merits a lot more attention.  








 




 
  2012
August-November
Theatre

On tour with Northern Broadsides in Debbie McAndrew's new adaptation of Gogol's A Government Inspector, directed by Conrad Nelson. "Frank, played with creeping malevolence by Tim Frances" The Independent. "Tim Frances ... is entirely transformed, giving a wonderful, assured performance" British Theatre Guide click here to see the trailer on YouTube

 
  2012 Summer
Theatre

At the Lilian Bayliss Studio at Sadlers Wells revisiting my Adolf Hitler in 1936, the story behind the Nazi Olympics, directed by Jenny Lee. "Tim Frances' Hitler is fascinating." Time Out. "Tim Frances' portrayal of Adolf Hitler was uncannily warm yet chilling." The News Line. "Hitler, played by Tim Frances as less a psychopathic monster and more a ruthless CEO ..." BroadwayWorld.com

 
  2012
February-May
Theatre
On tour with Shakespeare's Globe & English Touring Theatre playing fugitive translator of the Bible William Tyndale in Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn, directed by John Dove. Conspiring with the exiled William Tyndale, Queen Anne plots to make England Protestant – forever. Thrilled to say this is my third outing with the wonderful Howard Brenton in just four years. And we won Best Touring Production 2012 at The TMA Awards.  
  2011
August-October

Theatre
After months dogged by illness and injury, I was delighted to go to West Yorkshire Playhouse to play Kent to Tim Pigott-Smith's King Lear, directed by Ian Brown. "Tim Frances plays the loyal thug Kent with brooding menace and energy." The Independent. view our rehearsal photos here / view our production photos here  
  2011 July
Theatre
My first time in The Globe Theatre's ongoing Read Not Dead series of Elizabethan & Jacobean revivals as rehearsed readings, directed by James Wallace - playing Herod in The Tragedy of Herod & Antipater, a rousing, intense study of the corruption of power. Just goes to show these plays may not be masterpieces but they deserve dusting off and putting on their feet after so long.  
  Nov 2010 -
Jan 2011
Theatre

I was Captain Hook in Peter Pan for Qdos Entertainment at The Cliffs Pavilion Southend - with Bradley Walsh as Smee and directed by Bob Thomson. "Tim Frances is a commanding and very funny Captain Hook" The Stage

 
  2010 May-September
Theatre
At Chichester Festival & Liverpool Everyman Theatres in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, adapted by Howard Brenton and directed by Christopher Morahan. I played devious boss, Mayor Sweater and struggling worker & Socialist convert, Fred Harlow. Robert Tressell’s classic novel brings to life the tragic-comedy of a group of working men and their families as they struggle for survival on the underside of Edwardian England.  
  2010
March-April
Theatre

With Attic Theatre at The Arcola Theatre London, playing Adolf Hitler in 1936, a new play by Tom McNab directed by Jenny Lee. A thrilling take on the events that led to the Olympics in Berlin in 1936. In 1933 Hitler's position in Germany was precarious: hosting the Games would provide valuable propaganda for the Nazis and strengthen his hold on power. Hitler's treatment of Jewish athletes was clearly unacceptable. Should there be a boycott - would it destroy the Olympic movement, who would gain? It all rested on a few influential men and a battle of ethics versus greed. "Tim Frances' Hitler is fascinating" Time Out

 
  2010 Theatre Dracula - in a new version by Lars Saabye Christensen, is being given a rehearsed reading at The Jermyn Street Theatre. I am reading Renfield. This was a massive commercial and critical hit in Norway, and Katarina Gellin's translation is its first outing in the UK. It is a brand new take on the old tale and contains some genuine surprises - Not what you expect! Here's hoping it gets a further life here.  
  2009-2010 Christmas
Theatre
Christmas is twelve weeks long and features 86 performances - oh my! - of Oliver Twist at The Octagon Theatre Bolton. This is a new version by Deborah McAndrew, with music by Conrad Nelson. I played Bill Sikes and Mr Bumble, along with a lot of piano and double bass. Christmas playing one of the slimiest and one of the most disturbed characters in Dickens - marvellous!
"... it is Tim Frances who most dominates proceedings ... as the arch hypocrite Mr Bumble ... and as Bill Sikes, the Reggie Kray of his day, terrifying London’s underworld" The Stage. "Most notably Tim Frances, as both Mr Bumble and the terrifying Bill Sykes" Manchester City Life.




 
  2009
August-September Theatre

Delighting in my continuing relationship with Colin Blumenau (TMA Manager of the Year 2009 - Huzzah!) and the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds - now taking on Hogarthian proportions in one of Thomas Holcroft's final and finest works of political satire from the 1790s - He's Much To Blame. The caricatures of English 18th Century society stalk the stage, among them yours truly as the very eccentric and highly questionable Doctor Von  Gostermans. "The best fun is had with a German physician, played beautifully by Tim Frances." Quentin Letts in The Daily Mail

 
  2009 June-July Television Filming the BBC's new drama, Land Girls - playing stern, by-the-book Group Captain Langford; directed by Paul Gibson - showing in September  
  2009 Kalisher Trust This Summer sees my third adventure for the Kalisher Trust Charity fund-raising event. Directed by Guy Retallack, we have performed at Middle Temple Hall the trial from Pickwick Papers, TV scripts by AP Herbert, & a cabaret of readings frivolous and tragic on The Law through the ages. Luminaries performing include Martin Shaw, Richard Griffiths, Timothy West & Prunella Scales, Jeremy Irons & Sinead Cusack, Patrick Malahide, Simon Russell Beale, Nick le Prevost, Maggie Steed and Daniel Hill.
There are more photos appear on my Photo Gallery page and you can read more on the Trust you can find out more about the Kalisher Trust here
 
  2009
June-July
Theatre
At RADA, for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Directors' Course. Keziah Serreau directs Woyzeck at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, London. Students use professional actors for their final full show. I am playing the Captain, the Drum Major & the Showman

 

 
  2009 Film At long long last, the weird and sinister saga of 3 Men In A Restaurant - then called Deadwood - and now officially That Deadwood Feeling - is complete. The movie is intact and in good health and is OUT ON DVD - Huzzah! An eight year story in itself, all told in DVD extras. Don't miss it - a black tale of charlatan movie producers. I am an actor, Max, who falls victim. Produced by The Electric Theatre Company, with Dexter Fletcher, Jack Davenport, Angus Deayton & a tour de force by David Soul and directed by Simon Ubsdell. Find it at Amazon / YouTube Promo / YouTube Trailer  
  2009 Theatre More Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Restoring the Repertoire readings ... In May: Cato by Joseph Addison - my first goody for the Theatre Royal, playing the title role of Cato, the man who dared to stand up against the tyranny Julius Caesar. And in June: Thomas Holcroft's Duplicity, playing Sir Hornet, a bull-headed, matchmaking uncle. Both readings directed by Abigail Anderson. Plus readings from Shakespeare in How Does Your Garden Grow, Mr Shakespeare? - a fundraising event with Garden Historian, Caroline Holmes.  
  2009
Febrary-March
Television
February-March Re-united with director Nick Copus for the BBC's new adaptation of the sci-fi classic The Day of the Triffids, playing the narrow-minded Colonel defending London from the wrong enemy. Due for transmission on the August Bank Holiday weekend 2009.  
  2009
February-June
Theatre
Back at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds for their first season of plays for a long time. Giving my Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (directed by Abigail Anderson) & Philip in Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking (directed by Colin Blumenau).
"Tim Frances's Philip is a great bully of a businessman with lovely vague moments of indecision and funk..." East Anglian Daily Times. "...the true star is the middle-aged Philip, whose sarcasm and ability to imply more than he’s saying bring the whole play to life." Bury Free Press
"Tim Frances presents a Sir Toby Belch with a hard edge as he clings on to the last remnants of fading gentility" Whatsonstage.com. "The odd sinister side from Frances makes it clear Sir Toby is ultimately a selfish drunken sot who has no qualms about making his friend look a fool, go bankrupt or get hurt." Basingstoke Gazette



 
  2009 February Theatre Another Theatre Royal BSE Restoring the Repertoire reading, this time of A Trip to Bath by Francis Sheridan to be directed by Colin Blumenau  
  2008 December Theatre Returning to the Theatre Royal BSE  for Restoring the Repertoire, their ongoing series of rehearsed readings of 18th & 19th Century plays: The Times by Elizabeth Griffiths  
  2008
August to October
Theatre

I am at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, as Sir William Dorillon in Wives As They Were & Maids As They Are by Elizabeth Inchbald. Dangerous flirtation and reckless spending whirl a young woman towards disaster in Regency London full of predatory bachelors and jealous husbands. Authentic Georgian theatre first performed in 1797, directed by Colin Blumenau. "A superb performance comes from Tim Frances as Sir William around who the play revolves. Urbane, high-principled, occasionally touchingly tender, he runs the gamut" The Stage. "Tim Frances as Maria's colonialist backwoodsman of a father" Michael Billington in The Guardian.

 




 

 
2008
January to August

Theatre

I am at the Royal National Theatre to do Howard Brenton's new play about Macmillan, Never So Good. Directed by Howard Davies and starring Jeremy Irons along with Anna Chancellor, Clive Francis, Anna Cartaret & Ian McNeice. I am play Macmillan's Catholic mentor, Ronald Knox.

  2008 Film As yet, no news of Deadwood, a black tale of charlatan movie producers. I am the actor, Max, who falls victim. Starring Dexter Fletcher, Jack Davenport & David Soul, directed by Simon Ubsdell. Filmed in 2001, what has happened since to the film is a story in itself.  
  2007 Theatre Playing the Wizard of Osz and Professor Marvel in The Wizard of Oz at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Directed by Gill Robertson. Five-star reviews and packed houses - Merry Christmas!  
  2007 Theatre At the New Vic Theatre Stoke to play Jack Horsfall in The Glee Club by Richard Cameron, directed by Theresa Heskins.  A moving and earthy celebration of the now lost world of miners and mining communities. "It's strongly acted ... and superlatively sung." The Guardian
  November 2006
Television
Showing BBC2 November 2006: Simon Schama's The Power of Art - The Death of Marat, directed by Clare Beavan. I played Danton ("Let the public see my head: it's well worth the trouble"), champion thunderer of the French Revolution.  Glorious original thundering speeches rousing the people, unrecognisable make-up and another great wig!  
  Summer 2006
Theatre
At Alan Ayckbourn's Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough doing 2 two-handed plays, to be directed by Tamara Harvey ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"). In The Prodigal Son by Anthony Fletcher, I play an ageing Bobby Fischer, once World Chess Champion, now fixing cable TV. Volatile, paranoid and irascible, he meets a young chess prodigy and his mind goes back to his lunatic battles with the Soviet hero Boris Spassky. And in Purvis by Nick Warburton, I am Mr Purvis, the new Church Health & Safety Officer, a bumbling innocent who proves a menace to life, limb and the Vicar's wife.  
  September 2005 -
April 2006
Theatre
A sell-out (virtually) hit: Bill Kenwright's production of Robert Bolt's classic A Man For All Seasons tours the UK from October, winding up at the Haymarket Theatre in London's West End from Christmas to April 2006. Starring Martin Shaw as Sir Thomas More, with Paul Shelley, Alison Fiske & Clive Carter, directed by Michael Rudman. I play Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. "Tim Frances' cold Cranmer" Sunday Telegraph. "Tim Frances plays [Cranmer] as an austere figure, viewing the decline of a sometime colleague with an air of resigned detachment and relative powerlessness." Church Times.  
  July 2005
Television
Filming for the BBC: The Power of Art - The Death of Marat, Simon Schama's major new series telling the stories behind iconic paintings, directed by Clare Beavan. I am playing Danton ("Let the public see my head: it's well worth the trouble"), champion thunderer & darling of the French Revolution. One-time court painter David becomes the image consultant of the Reign of Terror, sanctifying the monster Marat in one of the great images of martyrdom and revolutionary spin.  
  March - May 2005
Theatre
Back at Salisbury Playhouse for William Nicholson's (Shadowlands, Gladiator) elegantly sad Map of the Heart, with Mark McGann (my Inspector on the tour of "An Inspector Calls"), directed by Fiona Laird. After a "derailment on the train of life", post-breakdown Bernard tries to console his sister whose life is falling apart. Can we really take responsibility for another's happiness?
"Judith Scott's Ruth & Tim Frances as brother Bernard ... are careful and detailed performances. They make a shared history" ReviewsGate.com
 
  Dec 2004 -
Feb 2005
Theatre
Femme Fatale by Phil Wilmott - at The Warehouse Theatre Croydon. A new musical pastiche of Film Noir and '40s B-movies like The Fly. Private dicks, sultry women and serial-killing spider freaks. I am giving my Raymond Chandler, my slimeball Noir villain, and my archetypal Hollywood Nazi scientist.  Directed by Ted Craig with music by Stefan Bednarczyk
"Tim Frances is superb as the fast-talking, ruthless Irwin and equally good as the henchman Manfred" The Stage. "an aura of evil" Croydon Advertiser. "Tim Frances has a great gravelly voice, perfect for hard-boiled narrating" The Independent on Sunday.
 
  2004 Rest in peace Sebastian Graham-Jones - a tremendous man, terrific director and superb company.  
  September 2004
Television
Terrific working again with director Nick Copus  - on the futuristic drugs thriller, What If Drugs Were Legal for the BBC. In 2017, most drugs are legal, supervised by Ofdrug, whose Commissioner I play. What would happen if... The opposed cultures of licensed and street drugs clash and a political scandal threatens in this dramatised discussion of the profit-mongering ramifications of legalisation. Starring Christopher Fulford and showing 12th January 2005.  
  Autumn - Winter 2004
Television
Look out for Bad Girls (last in the series, 23rd August ITV1), My Dad's the Prime Minister (Sept BBC1) and Holby City (5th October BBC1). Later on, What If Drugs Were Legal (BBC December).  
  August-September 2004 Theatre After 18 months, a return to the theatre - Proving Mr Jennings will be at the Courtyard Theatre in London through September. Directed by Guy Retallack with Daniel Hill as Mr Jennings. Conducting the "war on terrorism" (how do you make war on a noun? - thank you Michael Moore), the government turns on its own revolting middle class. I am Colonel Loveday, the intelligence officer who is single-mindedly convinced the eponymous Jennings is a terrorist however much real life disagrees. "Tim Frances gives a virtuoso performance as the infuriatingly calm and patronising Colonel Loveday. Avoiding the temptation to over-labour laughs, he delivers the most absurd lines with a deadpan seriousness and conviction which accentuate the humour" - Theatreworld Magazine.  
  July 2004 Television Just been asked to reprise my funeral cock-up Vicar in Holby City for the BBC. Last time, a funeral; this time, a christening. Directed by Rob Evans. Currently scheduled for 5th October 2004 on BBC1.  
  June 2004 Television Filming the first episode of the new series of My Dad's the Prime Minister for the BBC playing a lippy photographer after that perfect pic of the PM (Robert Bathurst). Directed by Juliet May, produced by old pal Matthew Francis, and written by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman.  
  April-June 2004 Theatre A series of workshops for future projects - a new Soul musical directed by Clarke Peters; and for Bill Kenwright Ltd, a new musical from the team behind "Stepping Out" and a rehearsed reading of a new play by Trevor Baxter, "Appetite", both directed by Guy Retallack.  
  April 2004 Radio Just recorded She Fell Among Thieves for BBC Radio, from the novel by Dornford Yates, adapted by Micheline Wandor, & produced by Chris Wallis. A wonderful old-fashioned Buchan-esque British thriller where two very classy gentlemen save innocent young ladies and Empire alike from the evil clutches of Vanity Fair (Honor Blackman). Where honour, good manners and fair play count as much as a successful mission, where the spies drive a Rolls, and victory is celebrated over a decent Claret at the Club. In case you were wondering (as if), I am one of the classy chaps, the other played by Nicholas Boulton. Damn fine larks. Airs on BBC Radio 4: The Saturday Play - on 15th May 2004 at 2.30pm.  
  March 2004 Television Shooting Bad Girls for Shed Productions/ITV. Det Sgt Ledwell is a grumpy copper who has far better things to do than talk an escaped female con off a tall building. Shock therapy for my fear of heights. (Never got over that rope bridge in Jungle Book.) Directed by Jim Loach and showing on ITV1 late August as the last of the 2004 season. Click on the photo (right) for full size screen-captures (with Charlotte Lucas).  
  December 2003 Television The new series of the BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. I am Asst Commissioner Hillier, the new Guv'nor, resurrected from Elizabeth George's books - possibly the first charming & personable cop-show boss in the history of television. A lovely job, re-united with Sharon Small (The Nun, Greenwich Studio Theatre), and meeting Nat Parker for the first time since the National Youth Theatre in 1980. A joy being directed by Sebastian Graham-Jones. Airs on BBC1 in March 2004.  
  September 2003 Television Shooting Cromwell for the BBC, directed by Andrew Thompson & starring Jim Carter. The story of Cromwell's political & religious agonies and the compromises he had to make. I am playing John Lilburne, (founder of the Levellers, the first libertarians/socialists) religious moderate & political zealot: Cromwell's conscience, Tony Benn to his Tony Blair. Showing as part of the BBC's Charles II season and due to air on BBC1 in November 2003.  
  March 2003 Film Shooting Panther Walk, a short film written by Noah Charney, directed by Barney Powell and exec produced by Robert Powell. Four gangsters meet before an unknown hit, mulling over everything from gun size to The Tao of Pooh. I am playing Jugger - jaded, philosophical and tired: his heart is no longer in the game, he has no choice but to continue.  
  January 2003 Fresh from the joys of Pantomime - Sleeping Beauty was one of The Observer's choices of the season. Holby City screens on January 14th.  
  November 2002 -
January 2003
Theatre
Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Theatre Northampton.
I am giving my Lord Chancellor (aka Elsie ... LC, geddit?), running from the start of December to 18th January 2003. Under the new regime of Rupert Goold, directed by Simon Godwin. Larks a-plenty! Photo right shows idiot father and son - with Tom Edden.
 
 

October 2002
Television

Holby CIty Episode entitled Me and My Gal, shooting for the BBC end of October for transmission 14th January 2003 on BBC1. I am playing a Vicar (who has no name, so I have christened him Father Malcolm) who whilst conducting a sombre funeral makes a terrible faux pas. Directed by Jim Doyle.  
 

June 2002 Television

The Bill UK Screening June 6th on ITV1. Directed by Susan Tully.
See January 2002 below.
 

March – April 2002
Television

East Enders (the Little Mo trial), I played Henry, the unemotional scientific passive-aggressive type on the jury, whose cool and cunning analysis helped bring a guilty verdict (and an eight stretch) for Little Mo. First showing in the UK on BBC1, 15th to 19th April. Directed by Dearbhla Walsh, later of Shameless fame.  

March 2002 Television

Scar Stories, The true story of a Wellington bomber crash in WW2 with yours truly as the pilot - apparently it was my fault! Working again with director Nick Copus. Shown in the UK on BBC1 in late March 2002.  

March 2002 Television

Doctors  UK Screening March 27th on BBC1. Directed by Jon Boyce.
See January 2002 below.
 

January 2002 Television

Doctors, The Bill, filmed January 2002, episodes of Doctors for the BBC, (director Jon Boyce), playing a charmer of a college lecturer who harbours a guilty secret (and a dose), and The Bill (director Susan Tully) for Thames TV (ITV1), playing a bank manager in an armed hold-up. Watch this page for transmission dates.  

January 2002 Television

Lexx filmed May-June 2001 in Canada, directed by Carl Harvey for DZ4 Productions & Silver Light. The episode is called A Midsummer’s Nightmare, and I am playing Puck – in a very loose (in all senses of the word) pastiche of Shakespeare, where Puck is trying to arrange Oberon’s wedding to anybody except Titania, and preferably to Stanley Tweedle (Brian Downey). Worldwide broadcast Autumn/Winter 2001-2, (Sci-Fi Channel in USA). In UK, scheduled for Sci-Fi Channel on 24th January 2002, with a terrestrial screening to be confirmed on Channel 5 I hope at some point - so check back for an update.  

January 2002 Television

Search for BBC Worldwide, directed by Dirk Campbell. I am playing an Australian news anchor. Shot in July 2002, broadcast Feb-March 2002.  

December 2001
Television

Othello, Andrew Davies’ acclaimed modern take on the Shakespeare play, set around the post-MacPherson Report London Metropolitan Police, starring Christopher Eccleston, Eamonn Walker & Keeley Hawes and directed by Geoffrey Sax for London Weekend Television. Shown in the UK on ITV1, 23rd December 2001. Shot February 2001.  
November 2001 Film Filming 3 Men In A Restaurant - now called Deadwood - a black tale of charlatan movie producers. I am an actor, Max, who falls victim. Produced by The Electric Theatre Company, with Dexter Fletcher, Jack Davenport, Angus Deayton & David Soul and directed by Simon Ubsdell. UK Cinema release is still something of a mystery, so please check back here for further information.  

Autumn 2001 Television

To Hell & Back for the BBC, playing a man who beats and abuses his wife, a true story told from the point of view of their little girl. Director Nick Copus. Shot in March 2001 and screened in the UK on BBC1 in Autumn 2002.  
January-June 2001 Television Filming Othello, To Hell & Back  and LexxSee above.  
December 2000
Theatre
A very fond farewell to over a year playing Gerald Croft in An Inspector Calls, directed by Stephen Daldry & Julian Webber - 5 months touring the UK and 9 months at The Garrick Theatre in London's West End. But I have a little model phone box and my comedy shoes to remember it by. With Bryan Murray, Mark McGann, Marjorie Yates, Denis Lill, Helen Franklin, Sophie Arnold, Ryan McCluskey and Jack Tarlton.