Hustle star signs up for grand tour

Robert Glenister .Pic Rebecca Naden/PA Wire
Robert Glenister .Pic Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Robert Glenister, the only actor to appear in every episode of the BBC’s drama series about benevolent conmen, Hustle, will join the musicians of Ensemble 360 at the Crucible Studio on May 9 to tell the story of the young Mendelssohn’s ‘Grand Tour’ to Austria and Italy.

At the Music in the Round May Festival event, the actor, who played Ash Morgan in the long-running series and Nicholas Blake in Spooks, replaces Simon Callow who is performing a one-man play in New York.

It is a return to Sheffield for Glenister who played the two parts of Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and then the title role in a fast and furious Hamlet at the Crucible in the 1990s. He has since taken leading roles at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and the country’s principal repertory theatres.

Of Hamlet he says: “We’d decided not to be overly contemplative in performance and try to bring the evening in at under two and three quarter hours. When Richard Briers had played Hamlet very fast he was described by one critic as like a demented typewriter. I now got a review saying I ran him a close second. I took it as a huge compliment!”

In A Prosperous Voyage, scripted by Music in the Round’s artistic director, Angus Smith, he narrates the story of the Grand Tour as an employee of the Mendelssohn family bank in Berlin detailed to sort out the 21-year-old prodigy’s travel and laundry arrangements and watch out for any romantic entanglements.

1As a curtain-raiser to the May Festival internationally-renowned composer and choir director John Rutter will be leading an informal vocal workshop day at Forge Valley School on Bank Holiday Monday. Designed to introduce singing enthusiasts of all ages to some of Rutter’s favourite choral pieces from across the centuries, it will be interspersed with a selection of his own works.