John Kane

Biography: JOHN KANE
Actor/Writer/Teacher.
Thirty nine years ago John Kane first joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of nineteen and at the end of his first season became the youngest actor ever to be made an Associate Member of the company. He stayed with them for seven years playing parts of growing importance until 1972 when, after playing Puck in Peter Brook's legendary Midsummer Night's Dream at Stratford, London and Broadway, he left to take up a second career as a writer for television beginning with a play for Shelley Winters for London Weekend and two comedy series for BBC1 and BBC2. Since then he has alternated between acting and writing and a third career, that of lecturer and teacher of Drama. Apart from television, film and numerous West End roles, he has returned to the RSC for seven further seasons including the recent tour of America in Adrian Noble's production of the play in which he first came to prominence, Midsummer Night's Dream. Adrian Noble in
JOHN KANE
Actor/Writer/Teacher.

Thirty nine years ago John Kane first joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of nineteen and at the end of his first season became the youngest actor ever to be made an Associate Member of the company. He stayed with them for seven years playing parts of growing importance until 1972 when, after playing Puck in Peter Brook's legendary Midsummer Night's Dream at Stratford, London and Broadway, he left to take up a second career as a writer for television beginning with a play for Shelley Winters for London Weekend and two comedy series for BBC1 and BBC2.
Since then he has alternated between acting and writing and a third career, that of lecturer and teacher of Drama. Apart from television, film and numerous West End roles, he has returned to the RSC for seven further seasons including the recent tour of America in Adrian Noble's production of the play in which he first came to prominence, Midsummer Night's Dream. Adrian Noble in the March edition of Playbill wrote " John Kane's been in and out of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1965 - that's over thirty years. He has been in A Midsummer Night's Dream twice and those two performances are like bookends, punctuating 25 years of fantastic RSC stuff here in the States".
Through having been a member of ACTER for many years, he was asked in 1991 to act as the Director of Theatre Studies at Lafayette College, Easton, PA during which time, he taught four courses (Public Speaking, Introduction to Theatre, Exploring the Method and Acting and Improvisation). He also acted with his students in a production of Temptation by Vaclav Havel and directed Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, The Price by Arthur Miller and, the premiere of his own musical ADBC. In that same year, Swell Party his show based on Cole Porter's life and music played in London's West End and received an Olivier nomination while his play The Other Side of Paradise, a study of F.Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood and starring Keir Dullea played off-Broadway in New York.
His interest in America and the musical theatre made him the logical choice for writer of the RSC's adaptation of MGM's "Wizard of Oz" which is now the accepted version and is played almost continuously throughout America including a regular season at Madison Square Garden in New York. In 1997 in Los Angeles, he won the Cable Ace Best Screenplay Award for his film "Daisies in December" starring Joss Ackland and Jean Simmons. His latest musical project is "Moving On" a new anthology based on the music of Steven Sondheim which opened at the Bridewell Theatre in London in July 2000.
For Pepper's Ghost, a computer animation company he created a serial based on "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and in 2002 rejoined the RSC playing leading parts in Henry VI and Richard III. For the past five years, he has been Tutor of Drama for the Oxford Overseas Course based at St Peter's College. Most recently his musical tribute to Ethel Merman "Call Me Merman" played in London to rave notices and full houses.
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