Ray Fearon: My Favourite Places
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Ray Fearon is one of the UK’s top actors. Classically trained, he’s an Associate Artist at the RSC but has also enjoyed TV success in Eastenders, Coronation St, Waking the Dead, Silk and Prime Suspect, as well as film credits with Hamlet and Harry Potter & the Philospher’s Stone. He’s currently starring in the RSC’s Julius Caesar at Aylesbury Waterside (19 – 22 Sept) after its acclaimed West End run.
1. Wimbledon common
I love the countryside so even in London I like to surround myself with greenery. I grew up in Harlesden where there wasn’t so much grass so I make the most of it now. I live literally opposite Wimbledon common – I’ve just come back from a jog there this minute. I’m getting on a bit now so I like peace and quiet. I’m lying down in the grounds of my apartment talking to you. I’m on the grass, the sun is shining, I love it.
2. Lincoln college, Oxford
My first job out of drama school was actually with the Oxford Stage Company but I can’t remember much from that time. I was back last year though to do a talk for American students through the RSC at Lincoln College (above). The grounds were stunning – the lawns were cut so fantastic it looked like Wimbledon’s centre court. We had dinner there and it was a brilliant evening. All the colleges are beautiful though, it’s a magical place really.
3. The Lygon Arms, Broadway
I spent years in Stratford because I was with the RSC there so I’d go out to some lovely towns around the area. Cromwell used to hang out at the Lygon Arms – I always liked that idea, probably because I’m really into my history and architecture. I used to eat there quite a bit. I was pretty keen on Chipping Camden too.
4. Groucho Club, London
I don’t tend to go out that much these days, especially while I’m in Julius Caesar because it’s such a demanding show. You have to be very disciplined to rest your voice – no shouting in smoky places, it’s a total no-no. But I like the Groucho occasionally with friends –I suppose quite a lot of people in my industry hang out there. You can have a good meal or drink or read of the papers, and it’s useful when I’m in central London for castings.
5. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
I always love going to different towns and theatres. I don’t know Buckinghamshire much at all, but the Waterside has a reputation as a really fantastic new theatre, so I’m looking forward to treading the boards and seeing a bit of the area next week.