Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Izzard Takes Time out for the Standard's Theatre Awards

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Izzard Takes Time out for the Standard's Theatre Awards

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Byline: ANNABEL FREYBERG

MULTIFACETED actor and comedian Eddie Izzard is taking a break from rehearsals for the West End stage to present the Best Comedy award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2001 next Monday lunchtime at the Savoy Hotel.

He is about to appear in the revival of Peter Nichols's coruscating tragicomedy A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (taking over from Clive Owen), which transfers to the Comedy Theatre on 5 December. He will play the role of Bri, the young father struggling to come to terms with caring for his seriously brain-damaged daughter.

He said: "It's a great opportunity for me. I feel that I'm in a good position to be tackling a role that involves both black humour and drama.

"I've been to the ES awards once before and it was a good experience because it doesn't take itself too seriously."

Playwright Peter Nichols will also attend the awards, along with the play's other stars - Victoria Hamilton and Prunella Scales, who will present the Patricia Rothermere Award.

Bri is just one of the extraordinary roles Izzard has taken on recently, and there are three more arriving on the big screen in 2002.

First is his appearance as Charlie Chaplin in The Cat's Meow, a tale of scandal and intrigue in Twenties Hollywood, directed by Peter Bogdanovich (it also features Joanna Lumley as novelist Elinor Glyn). Early reports refer to Izzard's "smooth, magnetic impersonation" of Chaplin.

During the summer he took part in a film version of a celebrated stage play, A Revenger's Tragedy, directed by Alex Cox, which transposes Thomas Middleton's 17th century piece to post-apocalyptic Merseyside.

Izzard stars as Lussurioso alongside Derek Jacobi, Christopher Eccleston and Sophie Dahl. He also has a starring (drag) role with Matt LeBlanc in All The Queen's Men, a comedy about a team of undercover agents sent to infiltrate a female Enigma factory. …

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