First Word: Simon Callow interview

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  • 7 September 2010
First Word: Simon Callow interview

Shakespearian actor, luvvie and recently-outed Toblerone-eater

First record you ever bought
Brahms’ 2nd Symphony conducted by Bruno Walter.

First film you saw that really moved you
The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Last lie you told
Forgot I was meeting someone: said my laptop had been stolen.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Death in Venice.

Last time you cried
Last night during my show.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Time off work? What is that?

Last great meal you cooked
Very simple: poussin and baked sweet potato. Kind of perfection.

Last extravagant purchase you made
Two armchairs, one for each of my dogs.

First crush
Ian Klassen. I was nine; he was ten.

Last book you read
The Anatomy of Puck by Katharine Briggs.

First great piece of advice you were given
Don’t cross the road when there’s a car coming.

Last time you were star struck
When I did a concert with the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country

Last meal on earth – what would it be
Tournedos Rossini.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
As far as I’m aware there is no karaoke for Schubert Lieder.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
Last week to get tickets for Jansons’ concert at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh at the last minute.

First time you realised you were famous
When I walked into a restaurant I didn’t know and in which I hadn’t booked and they said, ‘Good evening Mr Callow.’

Last time someone criticised your work
Happens every day: professional hazard.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Insatiable, affable, workaholic.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
The armchairs: had to take the door off to get them in the house.

First concert you ever attended
Leonard Bernstein conducting Fifth Symphonies of Sibelius and Shostakovich.

Last time you bought someone flowers
Yesterday: 70 roses for a 70th birthday.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep

Shakespeare - The Man From Stratford, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Tue 21-Sat 25 Sep.

Shakespeare - The Man from Stratford

Simon Callow's spellbinding show exploring the life of the Bard through extracts from his own works.

Shakespeare - The Man From Stratford

  • 4 stars

Simon Callow stars in Jonathan Bate's comedy about the life of the Bard and a selection of the many characters he created. Directed by Tom Cairns.

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