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Desmond Barrit

Desmond Barrit is a Laurence Olivier Award winning British actor, best known for his stage work. He has performed at and with most of the major UK theatres and companies. Productions with the RSC include King Lear (as Gloucester), Comedy of Errors (as Antipholus), Twelfth Night (as Malvolio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Bottom), and as Falstaff in Henry IV parts I and II and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2006 and 2012).... Read more >>

Desmond Barrit

Desmond Barrit Overview

Desmond Barrit is a Laurence Olivier Award winning British actor, best known for his stage work. He has performed at and with most of the major UK theatres and companies. He has performed at highly prestigious playhouses such as The Old Vic and the Donmar Warehouse, and in West End venues such as Her Majesty’s Theatre and Apollo Theatre, as well as repeatedly with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.

After working under Michael Grandage’s direction in Accidental Death of an Anarchist at the Donmar, he followed this up with work under the equally prestigious director Nicholas Hytner on the RSC’s production of The Tempest. Other productions with the RSC include King Lear (as Gloucester), Comedy of Errors (as Antipholus), Twelfth Night (as Malvolio), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Bottom), and as Falstaff in Henry IV parts I and II and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2006 and 2012). Barritt has performed at the National Theatre under Hytner’s direction repeatedly: in The Wind in the Willows (as Toad), Stuff Happens, The History Boys (2005), and Habit of Art (2010). Recently, he has also performed at Theatre Royal Norwich, Bath Theatre Royal, and at the Apollo Theatre in London as the Wizard in the musical Wicked.

In television, he has appeared in quite a few classic adaptations, including Oliver Twist (1999), A Christmas Carol (1999), Madame Bovary (2000) and Northanger Abbey (2006). Barritt has also performed in Poirot (1991), in Midsomer Murders in 2002 and 2007, and most recently in Zip and Hollow in 2008.

In 2011, he also worked with the National Opera, performing as Frosch in Die Fledermaus.
 

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