Greg Hicks (Doctor of Letters)

Friday 23 January, 4pm

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"Leicester was the birthplace of my adventures in the glorious world of classical and contemporary theatre. In the last 40 years I have never performed here. To receive this award is a deep and resonant homecoming."


Greg Hicks was born in Leicester and educated at Stoneygate Preparatory School and Oakham School.  He undertook his theatrical training at the Rose Bruford College in Kent.  He has been a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company since 1976, when he was mentored by Sir Peter Hall.  His most recent performances with the RSC have included Julius Caesar (2001) as Brutus, The Merry Wives of Windsor (2002) as Dr Caius, Coriolanus (2002) as Coriolanus, Hamlet (2004) as Ghost/Player King/Gravedigger, Macbeth (2004) as Macbeth, Julius Caesar (2009) as Julius Caesar, The Winter's Tale (2009) as Leontes, King Lear (2010) as King Lear, Hamlet (2013) as Claudius/Ghost and All's Well That Ends Well (2013) as the King of France.  His prolific theatre career also includes Acastos (1980), The Romans in Britain (1980), The Orestia (1982) and Bacchai (2003) at the National Theatre.  His film and tv performances include Northanger Abbey (TV 1986), Fortunes of War (TV 1987), Bergerac (TV), Maigret (TV 1992), Marple: Sleeping Murder (TV 2006), Tantalus: Behind the Mask (2001), Waking the Dead (TV 2007), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), The Bible (TV 2013), Burton and Taylor (2013) and Son of God (2014). Other notable performance include Messiah at the Old Vic (2002) as Christ, Missing Persons: Four Tragedies and Roy Keane by Colin Teevan at the Jermyn Street Theatre (2006) as various characters, Tamburlaine at the Barbican (2005) as Tamburlaine, An Enemy of the People at the Arcola Theatre (2008) as Dr Thomas Stockmann and In Blood: The Bacchae at the Arcola Theatre (2009). He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in the category ‘Best Actor of 2003’ for his performance in Coriolanus performed by the RSC at the Old Vic, and was awarded the 2003 London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards (Drama) for Best Shakespearian Performance in the same role.

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