About JanetJanet Suzman’s stellar acting career encompasses work classical and modern, some of it comprising leading roles with the RSC, and some in the West End.
Her first film was Nicholas and Alexandra for which she received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. She has twice won the Evening Standard Best Actress Award for a Chekhov and a Fugard. Her birth in South Africa has meant a continued connection to that country and her debut as a director was a ground-breaking production of Othello at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, in 1987.
In 2011 she directed Kim Cattrall in Cleopatra for Liverpool Playhouse and then for Chichester Festival Theatre. Of all Shakespeare’s plays, Antony and Cleopatra has remained the one she is most fascinated and puzzled by as the woman’s role is so exceptional, and she has written about it in her book Not Hamlet - which Ian McKellen once kindly described as ‘a wonder’. She has given text classes at The Actors Centre and Central School of Speech & Drama and is vice-President of LAMDA.
Janet is an Honorary Life Fellow of The Shakespeare Institute and was made a DBE in 2011.