Interview with Hubert Burton

The Misfortune of the English opens at the Orange Tree Theatre later this month. I spoke with actor Hubert Burton, who plays Harrison, to find out more.

How did you get into theatre?
I played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in a school production of Twelfth Night when I was fourteen and everyone seemed to find me funny and laugh at all the right bits. That made me feel good. Sometimes I really think it’s as simple as that. I guess I was also lucky to have a few incredibly inspiring teachers, in particular my English teacher, who gently pushed me in the right direction.

How would you describe your character?
Harrison is well turned out. I think he’s aiming to be head boy one day. But he also wants to get to the bottom of things and he’s obsessive in this endeavour.

What attracted you to this production?
The script felt incredibly immediate, fresh and brave. It really doesn’t pull any punches. I’d also done a job with Oscar Toeman, the director, a while back and so leapt at the opportunity to work with him again.

How are rehearsals going?
There’s a lot for us to figure out and it can feel intense but what a wonderful group of people to be going through that with. I feel very lucky.

How excited are you to be bringing The Misfortune of the English to the Orange Tree Theatre?
Hugely – it’s a wonderful place to work. 

What can audiences expect?
I’d say they should probably expect the unexpected!

The Misfortune of the English runs at the Orange Tree Theatre from 25 April to 28 May.

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