Anna, a friend of Kate’s from 20 years before, comes to visit; as she starts reminiscing, lines of conflict are drawn and no one’s recollections can be trusted.
I’m unemployed less now, but generally after I’ve done a really big and important job in my career, that’s when I’ve not worked for a long time.
It was back in March 2008 that he completed the Broadway run of Tom Stoppard’s Rock’n’Roll, having picked up Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard awards during its eight-month run in London for his portrayal of the rock-music-loving Czech academic Jan (he was later also nominated for a Tony Award).
To Sewell, that period in his life had felt like a new beginning: before taking on the role in 2006, he had separated from his wife; he had also stopped drinking and smoking. When I meet him on a Friday at the end of November after his first week of rehearsals, Sewell, 45, is the image of ebullience.
'After the first day of rehearsal I came home with a feeling in my gut, as if someone had said something mean, but I hadn’t worked out what it was.’ Spending time in Sewell’s company produces quite the opposite of this feeling.
He is sparky and garrulous, with charm that matches his handsomeness and a rich masculine laugh that bubbles up with pleasing frequency.