Sinéad Cusack


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Queen & Country Dir: John Boorman
Eliza Graves Dir: Brad Anderson
Wrath of the Titans Dir: Jonathan Liebesman
Cracks Dir: Jordan Scott
Eastern Promises Dir: David Cronenberg
Tiger's Tail Dir: John Boorman
V for Vendetta Dir: James McTeigue
Mathilde Dir: Nina Mimica
I Capture The Castle Dir: Tim Fywell
The Nephew Dir: Eugene Brady
My Mother Frank Dir: Mark Lamprell
Passion In Mind Dir: Alain Berliner
Stealing Beauty Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci
The Flemish Board Dir: Jim McBride
The Sparrow Dir: Franco Zefferelli
The Cement Garden Dir: Andrew Birkin
Bad Behaviour Dir: Les Blair
Waterland Dir: Stephen Gyllenhall
David Copperfield Dir: Delbert Mann
Cyrano De Bergerac Dir: Terry Hands
Venus Peter Dir: Ian Sellers
The Last Remake of Beau Geste Dir: Marty Feldman
Revenge Dir: Sidney Hayes
Hoffman Dir: Alvin Rakoff
Tamlin Dir: Roddy McDowell
Alfred The Great Dir: Clive Donner


Tree Manchester International Festival & The Young Vic
Dir: Kwame Kwei-Armah
King Lear Duke of York's Theatre
Dir: Jonathan Mumby
Stitchers  Jermyn Street Theatre
Dir: Gabt Dellal 
King Lear  Chichester Festival Theatre
Dir: Jonathan Mumby
Splendour Dir: Rob Hastie
Donmar Warehouse
Our Few & Evil Days Dir: Mark O'Rowe
Abbey Theatre
Other Desert Cities Dir: Lindsay Posner
Old Vic Theatre
Juno & The Paycock Dir: Howard Davies
Abbey Theatre & National Theatre, London
The Birds Dir: Conor McPherson
Gate Theatre, Dublin
The Bridge Project
The Cherry Orchard
A Winter's Tale
Dir: Sam Mendes
Brooklyn Academy of Music & The Old Vic
Rock & Roll Dir: Trevor Nunn
The Royal Court
The Mercy Seat Dir: Michael Attenborough
Anthony & Cleopatra Dir: Michael Attenborough
Royal Shakespeare Company
Lie Of The Mind Dir: Wilson Milam
Donmar Warehouse
Our Lady Of Sligo Dir: Max Stafford Clark
Irish Repertory, Broadway & RNT
The Tower Dir: Howard Davies
The Almeida
The Faith Healer Dir: Joe Dowling
Royal Court
Map Of The Heart Dir: Peter Wood
Globe Theatre
The Three Sisters Dir: Adrian Noble
Gate Theatre, Dublin & Royal Court
Aristocrats Dir: Robin Lefevre
Hampstead Theatre
Macbeth Dir: Adrian Noble
Royal Shakespeare Company
Cyrano De Bergerac Dir: Terry Hands
Royal Shakespeare Company
Much Ado About Nothing Dir: Terry Hands
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Taming Of The Shrew Dir: Barry Kyle
Royal Shakespeare Company
Peer Gynt Dir: Ron Daniels
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Custom Of The Country Dir: David Jones
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Merchant Of Venice Dir: John Barton
Royal Shakespeare Company
Richard III Dir: Terry Hands
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Maids Tragedy Dir: Barry Kyle
Royal Shakespeare Company
As you Like It Dir: Terry Hands
Royal Shakespeare Company
Measure For Measure Dir: Barry Kyle
Royal Shakespeare Company
Children Of The Sun Dir: Terry Hands
Royal Shakespeare Company
Wild Oats Dir: Clifford Williams
Royal Shakespeare Company
Arms & The Man Oxford Company
Othello Dir: Philip Grout
Ludlow Festival


North Sea Connection Dir: Paul Murphy
MotherFatherSon Dir: James Kent & Charles Sturridge
Moving On La Productions
Call The Midwife Dir: Various
Neal Street Productions
Marcella Dir: Charles Martin
Jekyll & Hyde Dir: Colin Teague / Robert Quinn
37 Days Dir: Justin Hardy
Poirot "Dead Man's Folly" Dir: Tom Vaughan
Midsomer Murders Dir Nick Laughland
Camelot Dir: Jeremy Podeswa
The Deep Dir: Jim O'Hanlon
A Room With A View Dir: Nicholas Renton
Home Again Dir: Ed Bye
The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Dir: Philla Ware
Summer Solstice Dir: Giles Foster
Dad Dir: Sarah Harding
North & South Dir: Brian Percival
Winter Solstice Dir: Martyn Friend
Have Your Cake & Eat It Dir: Paul Seed
Mirad A Boy From Bosnia Dir: Jeremy Irons
Oliver's Travels Dir: Giles Foster
Tales From Hollywood Dir: Howard Davies
God On The Rocks Dir: Ros Cramer
Twelfth Night Dir: John Gorries
The Henhouse Dir: Danny Boyle
Scoop Dir: Gavin Miller
Romance: the Black Knight Dir: Waris Hussein
Trilby Dir: BBC
Loves Labours Lost Dir: Basil Coleman
Shadow of a Gunman Dir: Alvin Rakoff
Playboy Of The Western World Dir: Alan Bridges


Rock & Roll
Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a play
Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Actress

Our Lady of Sligo
Oliver Award nomination for Best Actress
Evening Standard Award for Best Actress
Critics Circle Award for Best Actress

Much Ado About Nothing
Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a play

As You Like It
Clarence Award for Best Newcomer



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★★★★☆Jonathan Munby’s dazzling production charts that trajectory with thoughtful clarity and fierce velocity. SINÉAD CUSACK’S intelligent, loyal Kent is a court bureaucrat who disguises herself as brawling yob by dint of tucking her long hair into a woolly hat and adopting an Irish accent.
Whats On Stage – Sarah Crompton

★★★★☆McKellen’s work is towering, poignant and fearsome as it marks Lear’s faltering imperiousness, punctuated by sudden piercing shafts of clarity and self-awareness. He’s surrounded by acting of considerable calibre too, not least from SINÉAD CUSACK as a loyal Kent.
Evening Standard – Fiona Mountford

★★★★☆ SINÉAD CUSACK as the quietly galvanising Kent and Danny Webb’s Gloucester, capturing the terrible trajectory from all-knowing cynic to mutilated victim, continue to be terrific.
The Telegraph – Ben Lawrence

★★★★★Munby’s cast is littered with terrific performances. SINÉAD CUSACK’S Kent is proud and humble in her loyalty to Lear.
-London Theatre – Will Longman


“The four actors are memorably distinctive. Sinéad Cusack’s Micheleine is a totally plausible portrait of a woman who seeks to cover the disintegration of power through retreat into romantic memory.” - Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Her bitchy grande dame manner cracking under the strain of the waiting game, Sinead Cusack’s brilliant Imelda Marcos-like First Lady dispenses shots of chilli vodka and tries to bluff it out that there’s nothing amiss in her husband’s protracted absence, while biliously sniping with her supposed best friend.” - Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Cusack expertly captures the air of a first lady, all surface calm and turmoil buried underneath. In short, splendid.” - Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)



“The rest of the cast, all British, are also excellent, particularly Cusack, who dispenses cruel barbs like harpoons, but maintains real gravitas, credible as a humble Jewish girl who reinvented herself as a formidable Wasp through sheer bludgeoning force of will.” - Andrzej Lukowski (Timeout)

“Sinead Cusack startles with the cold gravity she brings to the matriarch; I don’t think I’ve ever seen this brilliant actress better.” - Mark Shenton (The Stage)

“The evening, however, belongs to Cusack, who is on cracking form as Polly; true, she has the best lines but she makes a monstrous character human, funny and affecting.” - Veronica Lee (The Arts Desk)

“In her fear of weakness, Brooke is a lot like her mother Polly who is brilliantly portrayed here by Sinead Cusack.  Launching the character’s reactionary zingers, “It’s all or nothing with your generation.  Either vegans or meth addicts or both at the same time…” with lethal comic timing, Cusack lets you see the Nancy Reagan-esque will-power and ferocious control that have gone into the manufacture of Polly’s immaculate facade.” - Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“We expect and get great things from Cusack.” - Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Sinéad Cusack plays the mother with an icy clarity and ferocious control that put me in mind of Nancy Reagan” - Charles Spencer (The Daily Telegraph)

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