Smiling, soft-spoken – a little wet – it’s an unshowy entrance. Interview by Tom Ough Antony Sher discusses his book Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries at the Cheltenham Literary Festival on Monday; cheltenhamfestivals.com Related Topics Listen to this episode of … If … Antony Sher talks about his experiences with the Royal Shakespeare Company and his roles as Lear in 2016, Falstaff in 2014, and Richard III in 1984. It’s the morning after the night before and Sir Antony Sher arrives in the aftermath of a mighty deluge for a scheduled interview at one of the Royal Shakespeare Company buildings in Stratford-upon-Avon. Sir Antony Sher, KBE (born 14 June 1949) is a British actor of South African origin, a two-time Laurence Olivier Award winner and four-time nominee, who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982 and toured in many roles, as well as appearing on film and TV, and working as a writer and theatre director. Antony Sher is a shade too controlled as the maddened king in Gregory Doran’s fluent production Published: 11 Sep 2016 King Lear review – more engaging than raging