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Jonathan Nibbs

Who is Jonathan Nibbs?

Press photo of Jonathan Nibbs Jonathan Nibbs is an English character actor who trained during the 1970s at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He spent a number of years dedicatedly working in community and small-scale touring companies; perhaps most notably Orchard Theatre, based in Barnstaple, Devon, before years of repertory work at Clwyd, Chester, Harrogate, Hornchurch and elsewhere, during the early 1980s.

His periods of rep. work were interspersed with small television roles, a number of television commercials and many large (and small) roles for BBC Radios 3 and 4.

During the mid to late '80s Jonathan reduced his acting commitments to concentrate on building his own home and almost everything in it. This has led to his continuing employment as an artisan craftsman furniture-maker, carpenter, plumber, designer, manufacturer and installer of all things constructible for the household, during those periods when the entertainment business has not been as kind as it surely should have been.

Latterly - as is evidenced by his biography - Jonathan has been a founding and leading member of the highly acclaimed Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory theatre company in Bristol, after having previously worked with director Andrew Hilton and pioneering Bristol company Show of Strength.

Jonathan is a versatile musical performer, lending his talents in recent years to the setting of a new Guinness world record for ensemble spoons-playing. He is equally at home demonstrating his singing prowess - visit the Media page of this site for examples.

An interesting article by Professor George Brandt (ex Bristol University) - to be found in Volume 18, Issue 04 (November 2002) of the Cambridge Journals Online New Theatre Quarterly - draws particular attention to Jonathan's acting creativity as Snout, The Tinker, physically building a wall on stage - possibly a first in Shakespearian presentation - in Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory's Spring 2000 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This discussion is admittedly not the main thrust of the piece, but is a minor section in the whole devoted to the acclaimed development of the company; a worthy read in any event. A less expensive way to read about the wall-building alone is to land in the Reviews section of this website.

What's New?

Recordings from The Lacklustre Brothers gig at the Old Ham Tree are now available to download from - you guessed it - The Lacklustre Brothers page.

The last few years have seen several high profile musical comebacks by artists and groups from yesteryear. We've had Cream at the Royal Albert Hall, Led Zeppelin at Wembley and Rolf Harris at Glastonbury, to name but three. But now Stockton-on-Tees' finest sons, The Lacklustre Brothers - comprising Jonathan Nibbs and Mr John Bond - will be performing at The Old Ham Tree pub in Holt, Wiltshire on Tuesday 17th July. Doors from 7.30pm.

The Lacklustres have not performed together for almost 30 years. To mark this momentous occasion a series of original recordings made by the Brothers in the early 1980s have been pulled from the vaults, dusted off and placed on this very website. Point your browser to the Lacklustre Brothers page and listen in awe, and we hope to see some of you down at the Old Ham Tree in mid-July.

Jonathan is currently appearing in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol. Lyn Gardner, writing for The Guardian, suggests that

...if you want to see Shakespeare's play at its freshest and funniest, you should head straight to Bristol, where Andrew Hilton produces low-budget Shakespeare with a consistency that must make the RSC weep.

Jonathan is also taking part in rehearsals for SATTF's forthcoming production of The Tempest, which begins its run on Thursday 25th March.

Greetings to all.

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In acting news, Jonathan appeared in Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory's 2008 production of Hamlet, directed by Jonathan Miller. Earlier this year, he was involved in the same company's "Roman" season, appearing in both Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra - write-ups of these performances are included on this site's Reviews page.