Dominic Mafham

Dominic Mafham joined the RSC in 1990 after graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Most notable was his performance as Young Spencer, the lover of Edward II in Gerard Murphy’s acclaimed production with Simon Russell Beale in the title role. Other credits included Simon in A Jovial Crew, a production that caused controversy at the time as, although it was the last play to be performed in London before the theatre closures in 1641, the text used in the 1992 RSC production was over 50% new. The additions were added by the playwright Stephen Jeffreys. The songs were written by Ian Dury. The production was the first RSC production to be directed by Max Stafford Clark. Sir Peter Hall made a return to the RSC that season to direct Alls Well That Ends Well with Richard Johnson, Barbara Jefford and Toby Stephens amongst the cast, in a crystalline production. Mafham played one of the Lords Dumaine – the other played by Adrian Lukis. Mafham also took the part of Petruchio in The Taming Of The Shrew for six performances over the new year period in 1992.

Subsequently Mafham has acheived success in television and film including the BBC adaptation of Our Mutual Friend – playing Mortimer Lightwood; Daniel Pascoe in Paula Milne‘s award winning Channel Four drama ’The Fragile Heart’; George Boleyn in Ray Winstone’s Henry VIII as well as over forty other productions.

On the stage he appeared in Peter Moffat‘s ’Nabokov’s Gloves’ at the Hampstead Theatre; ‘Four Knights In Knaresborough’ at The West Yorkshire Playhouse; and as Vershinin in Checkhov‘s ’Three Sisters’ with Imogen Stubbs, on a national tour. Mafham was the youngest actor to have played the part on the professional stage in the UK.

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