The Lyceum Theatre Company announced today that internationally renownEd Scottish actor Brian Cox, CBE has agreed to become its Honorary Patron in support of its future development and cementing his long history with the company.
Brian Cox’s links with The Lyceum go back to 1965 when he joined the theatre’s first Acting Company after completing his training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He went on to play leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, amongst others. The Dundee-born actor has retained a strong affection for the Lyceum and has returned to its stage, most recently playing the lead role in Uncle Varick in 2003.
Cox has a successful and prolific career on both stage and screen. Some of his most famous film appearances include Rob Roy, Braveheart, The Ring, X2, Troy, Adaptation and The Bourne Supremacy. He was the first actor to portray Hannibal Lector on film in Manhunter. He has appeared in numerous successful TV series, winning an Emmy Award and nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Hermann Göring in the television mini-series Nuremberg in 2001.
Brian Cox says:
“As one of Scotland’s largest producing companies, The Lyceum enriches lives and our culture. I feel passionately about engaging people with the performing arts, and will do all that I can to support the vital role The Lyceum plays in developing the talent of Scotland. We owe it to generations past, present and future to continue the great work that The Lyceum has been doing since 1883, and playing any part in supporting the development of the Company seems incredibly worthwhile.”
Mark Thomson, Artistic Director of The Lyceum says:
“I can't think of anyone I would rather be our founding patron than Brian Cox, he was the first person I thought of. As we approach the company's 50th anniversary we have someone who helped launch it and who has shown his belief in the company by returning several times, most recently playing the title role in Uncle Varick, John Byrne's adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vania. This despite a demanding career on international stages, radio, television and Hollywood. Most of all I know how seriously Brian takes his commitments, so evident in his work as patron of Scottish National Youth Theatre and as Rector of Dundee University. I'm delighted to have such a talented artist and man of integrity dedicating his time in support of The Lyceum.”
As Honorary Patron, Brian will spearhead individual philanthropy for The Lyceum which aims to establish a network of Patrons who recognise the value of The Lyceum's work and will support the aims of the Company by providing vital funds for talent development, producing and staging new work, and community outreach and participation through the Lyceum Creative Learning programmes.