There's certainly more to him than being Boycie from Only Fools and Horses - he's performed in many other iconic places including Broadway and Regent Park's Open Air Theatre. We spoke to John to find out more...
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre: How are you feeling about being part of SFS again John?
John Challis: Terrified and excited at the same time!
SGT: What made you want to be involved with SFS again?
JC: I played Malvolio in Twelfth Night and found it a rewarding experience, it is out of my comfort zone and I think I have got away with it! Jacques is a role I have always wanted to attempt, and to be part of such a talented company is a real treat.
SGT: Tell us a little bit more about Jacques...
JC: Jacques is a "melancholic" in Elizabethan terms, possibly a "neurotic" in today's terms. He sees himself as a satirist - "cleansing the foul infested world" with his wit.
SGT: What do you think Jacques brings to the play?
JC: As a malcontent he brings a counter point to the romantic musical comedy of the story with his intellectualizing and sardonic observations.
SGT: Do you believe in love at first sight like Celia and Oliver?
JC: Certainly, but one hopes it will last!
SGT: And finally, what do you think the audience will enjoy most about this year's production and setting?
JC: It's got everything - wonderful original music, romance, comedy and at times a slightly dark side. Also it is set around the summer of love in the 60s so perhaps a fair amount of nostalgia!
You can see John Challis in As You Like It at Stafford Castle from Sunday 29th June until Saturday 12th July.
|John Challis as Jacques with Tom Radford as Orlando|