Olivier and Tony Winner Mark Rylance announced as LIFT Patron

by Jonathan May on May 23, 2013

We are delighted that Olivier, Tony and BAFTA Award winning actor, director and writer Mark Rylance is LIFT's new patron.







The award winning actor and former artistic director of Globe Theatre said about LIFT:

I love the old stories of a time when the Thames was an international port and the people of London would rush to see a great ship carrying an inestimable cargo of spice, textiles, or other exotic commodities. LIFT festivals have always been such an event for me and for my friends who work in the Theatre. LIFT has always provided something original and liberating, a different form, a new beat, and we have spoken about the work for many months, if not years, as we devise our own new pieces. I feel LIFT has done more to influence the growth and adventure of English Theatre than any other organization we have. It would be a boring Thames without their beautiful ships.


LIFT's Artistic Director Mark Ball said:

We're thrilled that Mark, the leading stage actor of his generation, has joined LIFT as a Patron. Both LIFT and Mark share a love of storytelling, a deep sense of curiosity about the world around us and a passion for doing things differently.

As we plan our next pan-London festival, set to take London by storm in June 2014, we're continuing to cement relationships with companies and to develop new relationships in 2013 with a number of projects this summer including supporting Belarus Free Theatre present their latest show Trash Cuisine at the Young Vic, producing the international hit Madame Plaza by Morocco's Company O for Shubbak Festival, and co-presenting Imagine the Great Transition; a day of talks and artistic responses to climate change with Artsadmin in association with nef (new economics foundation).

Main photo by Rebecca Reid