Jonathan Miller: Call him a Renaissance Man at your peril


AN AUDIENCE WITH JONATHAN MILLER

The Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent, Canterbury

Thu 28th February 2013 – 7:30 pm

Jonathan Miller: Photograph by  Hattie Miles

Jonathan Miller: Photograph by Hattie Miles

The multi-faceted career of Jonathan Miller has long been a source of fascination to the media. Doctor, satirist, author, sculptor, TV producer, populariser of science and director of theatre, film and opera. There seems no end to his talents but call him a renaissance man at your peril.

Miller hates glib labels and points out that most people who call him a renaissance man have little or no knowledge of the Renaissance. He initially found fame way back in the early 1960s when, alongside fellow Oxbridge alumni Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett, he helped create the groundbreaking satirical revue Beyond the Fringe.

He thoroughly enjoyed himself for a while but Miller being Miller, soon moved on to other things and of course there was his medical training to consider.So it is that, at 78, Jonathan Miller enjoys a reputation as both a leading theatre director and an eminent neuropsychologist – he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians  and a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He is currently directing a highly acclaimed revival of Githa Sowerbury’s “lost” 1912 play Rutherford and Son which is touring the UK until 1st June. Based loosely on the Sowerbury  family’s own glassworks on Tyneside, the play was originally staged at The Royal Court. Highly critical of the exploitative system of capitalism that drove industry and striking an early blow for feminism, it was controversial stuff.  Almost inevitably it was soon forgotten – airbrushed from theatre history for decades. Thanks partly to Jonathan Miller, it is now back.

Tomorrow evening’s An Audience With Jonathan Miller will find him at The Gulbenkian Theatre at the  University of Kent in Canterbury. A chance to hear the good Dr Miller talk about his fascinating life and career and ask him questions during a Q&A session.

Further info at http://www.kent.ac.uk/gulbenkian/