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Actor

Steven
Berkoff

Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, London. After studying drama and mime in London and Paris, he entered a series of repertory companies and in 1968 formed the London Theatre Group. His plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and in many languages. Among the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial, Agamemnon (after Aeschylus) and Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. He has directed and toured productions of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (also playing the title role), Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Berkoff’s original stage plays include East, West, Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Decadence, Harry’s Christmas, Massage, Acapulco, Brighton Beach Scumbags and 6 Actors in Search of a Director. He has performed his trilogy of solo shows: One Man, Shakespeare’s Villains and Requiem for Ground Zero in venues all over the world. He directed and co-starred with Joan Collins in the film version of his play Decadence. He recently appeared in The Tourist with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie and David Fincher’s The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. Steven has had published a variety of books on the theatre such as the production journals: I am Hamlet, Meditations on Metamorphosis and Coriolanus in Deutschland. Faber has published Berkoff’s collected plays in three volumes, as well as The Secret Love Life of Ophelia. His most recent books include My Life in Food, a collection of paeans to food and comfort, You Remind Me of Marilyn Monroe charting personal thoughts, pains and passions in verse, his memoir Diary of a Juvenile Delinquent and Tales from an Actor’s Life, semi-fictional stories detailing this profession. His collection of One-Act Plays has recently been published by Methuen.