Simon McBurney


Simon McBurney (1957) is a British actor, director and writer. In 1983, McBurney co-founded the theatre company Complicite – 'a nomadic family', in his own words – with Annabel Arden and Marcello Magni. Complicite's work is strongly influenced by the ideas of Jacques Lecoq, (1921–1999), one of the pioneers of mime and physical theatre. They create a strongly visual style of theatre, with visceral, poetic and surrealist images supporting the text. Their productions often involve complex use of technology, such as projection and cameras. By integrating text, music, image and action, the company strive to create surprising, disruptive theatre. After winning the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1985 for A Minute Too Late, Complicite have gone on to collect more than fifty prestigious prizes. McBurney has also been involved in various other projects outside of Complicite, including writer and art historian John Berger's The Vertical Line, French and Saunders Live and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring Al Pacino. As an actor, McBurney has played in nearly fifty feature films, including The Last King of Scotland, The Theory of Everything and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, as well as in TV series Rev, The Borgias and Utopia. McBurney made his Holland Festival debut with A Disappearing Number (2007), about the search for infinity by two of the 20th century's most famous mathematicians: Srinivasa Ramanujan and G.H. Hardy. He returned with A Dog's Heart (2010) , The Master and Margarita (2012) and The Encounter (2016).