According to the Daily Mail it was 13 years, I was so shocked when I read about myself, I thought it was about 5 years, but- 13 years have passed! And it was ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ with the Royal Shakespeare Company that was my last experience on stage but it’s not for want to trying and looking but it’s just so happen that this particular role in this play with this director in that theatre, the way that the theatre has been configured in the round, was just one of those things I couldn’t not do.

Richard Armitage talking about his being away from theatre for such a long time. (BBC Radio 2 interview - July 15, 2014)

It was one of those roles…when I met with Yael Farber, a director, she said “Why do you want to play this role?” and I said “Because I don’t know if I can do it” and I sort of still don’t know if I can do it. I think is a play that is elusive, is like- we call it “the slippery pig” just when you think you’ve got whole of it, it slides away from you.
It’s such a big play, it’s a 3 and half hour 4 act opera, that also the role is something which…you know, to take John Proctor into his own crucible, where by he goes to the gallows through choice to save his soul from damning himself as a liar in a community, is such a high point to take a human being to that it’s something that, I don’t know if I inspire to do that myself but I certainly inspired to be a man that could, you know, choose that.

Richard Armitage talking about how he feels playing a character such as John Proctor. (BBC Radio 2 interview - July 15, 2014)

Pardon the way that I stare

There’s nothing else to compare

The sight of you leaves me weak

There are no words left to speak

[part one] [part two]

At long last love have arrived

And I thank God I’m alive

You’re just too good to be true

Can’t take my eyes off you

(to be continued eheheh) [part one]

You’re just too good to be true


Can’t take my eyes off you


You’d be like Heaven to touch


I wanna hold you so much


(to be continued)

Richard Armitage: Love + Love + Laugh

In 1692, there was quite a specific outbreak of hysteria in the village of Salem, Massachusetts, where by women and men were been and cried out as witches and many of them went to trial and hunt and it was quite a specific time that Arthur Miller had picked up on because when he wrote it, in the 50s, he was going through something in America called McCarthyism which is the thing of communism pointing at people and artist and careers were ruined so he picked up onto this idea.
I play a character called John Proctor who in the original, well, in true life, was probably in his 60s but Miller makes him in his mid-40s and creates a center point of a relationship which has happened between Proctor and Abigail Williams and she’s crying out on his wife, to kill her so that she can take her place and that’s really the crux of Miller’s domestic story.

Richard Armitage talking about ‘The Crucible’ plot and his character, John Proctor. (BBC Radio 2 interview - July 15, 2014)

There’s a place for a bit of silliness in all our lives

Richard Armitage (BBC Radio 2 interview - July 15, 2014)