April 01, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union College will present actor Brian Bedford on Tuesday, January 23 at 8 p.m. in Rodman Playhouse as part of the Eckler-Wolf Lecture Series.

Bedford made his acting debut with the Stratford Festival of Canada in 1975 and has played numerous leading parts including Tartuffe, Richard III and Macbeth. His directing credits include The Winter's Tale, Waiting for Godot, Equus, Titus Andronicus, Cariolanus and Racine's Phaedra.

Studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Bedford's classmates included Peter O'Toole, Albert Finney and Alan Bates. Playing Hamlet at the Liverpool Repertory Company led him to highly successful performances in London's West End and at Stratford-upon-Avon, where he worked with Sir John Gielgud and Peter Brook, among others.

Earning five Tony nominations for his work on Broadway, Bedford won the Tony Award for his performance in The School for Wives. Other awards include the Obie and New York Drama Desk Awards for his role in The Knack, a Drama Desk award for Two Shakespearean Actors and the L.A. Drama Critics Award for Equus.

Bedford's television appearances include episodes of Frasier, More Tales of the City, Cheers, Nixon, Scarlett, Murder She Wrote and Grand Prix. He also supplied the voice for the title character in Disney's Robin Hood.

The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, his one-man Shakespearean evening, has taken him around the world and now to Mount Union College.

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