INTERVIEW: Somerset actor Jethro Skinner on stage with Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance (From Bridgwater Mercury)
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INTERVIEW: Somerset actor Jethro Skinner on stage with Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance
12:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in What's On
ACTOR Jethro Skinner is a Somerset boy done good.
This year he’s been treading the boards of the Globe Theatre and the West End with Olivier, Tony and BAFTA-winning Mark Rylance in Richard III, and with national treasure Stephen Fry in Twelfth Night.
Now, 15 years into his eclectic acting career, the Street Strode College and youth theatre alumnus is fulfilling the dream – going to Broadway.
“It’s such a perfect story, this job,” says Jethro, speaking to the Mercury.
“I was told a week and a half before the opening I was ‘in’ the project, leapfrogging the usual London process, was on the Globe and the West End, and we’re now going to Broadway in October. It’s the most wonderful experience ever, really.”
Working with the theatrical might of Mark Rylance, Shakespeare’s fabled, scheming Richard, has been the “best thing ever”, says Jethro.
“If you’d asked my ego, I do think that probably what I would have wanted to do is be a bit like Mark Rylance ... whenever I have a strange acting conundrum, rather than ask, ‘what would Jesus do?’ I ask, ‘What would Mark do?
“In Richard III I’m one of three people in Richard’s fold, which means I get to spend two to three hours on stage with him, which is without doubt one of the best things about it.”
Stephen Fry, meanwhile, has said “it’s the happiest time of his life … he didn’t have to ‘be’ Stephen Fry,” says Jethro.
Glastonbury-born Skinner felt very lucky to get his acting foundation at Strode.
“We had a well-respected and wellstocked out beautiful theatre, so I just felt incredibly privileged,” he says.
Perseverance is his advice to young actors. “And adapting to having no money, being culturally rich but cash low. I bicycle everywhere, play guitar, I have two kids ... I feel very lucky.”