As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at actress Claire Jeater. Claire will be playing the role of Madame de Libertat the wife of Bayon de Libertat, Master of the Breda Plantation in the on stage production of Black Spartacus.
Claire was part of the original team workshopping and recording Black Spartacus for radio.
Most recently Claire played Grace Kingsley in the thriller Fatal Encounter at the Gordon Craig Theatre Stevenage, Goneril in Phil Willmott’s “Lear” at the Union Theatre, Southwark and this time last year she was entertaining up to 800 people a night playing Frika the Goddess of Marriage in an ensemble production of “The Ring Cycle” at the Scoop, the free open-air theatre on the South Bank (nominated for an Offie for best ensemble).
She trained at Guildford School of Acting where she was chosen by the extraordinary director Leah Thys to play Olga in “Three Sisters” graduating in 1993. Her first job was playing Helena in Bedford Theatre Company’s beautiful open-air production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” shortly followed by a stint in panto as Dandini. She went on to play Laura in “The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband” directed by John Forgeham and the title role in “Candida”.
Lots of touring followed playing the wicked Miss Minchin in “A Little Princess”, Witch One in “The Witches” and Ladybird in a ten month tour of “James & the Giant Peach” both for Birmingham Stage. At the Canal Cafe and Edinburgh she received outstanding reviews for her portrayal of an alcoholic ex-Miss UK in the musical comedy “Everyone Loves Me”. When Claire lived in South East London she played Lady Macbeth at the Broadway Theatre Catford and joined Caribbean theatre company, Blue Mountain to play Desdemona in their tour of “The Perfect Blackman”, she also went to Dubai with UKTT to play Jacqueline in “Don’t Dress for Dinner” and understudied all the female roles in “Charley’s Aunt” directed by the late Mel Smith for Bath Theatre Royal.
Roles at the open-air lakeside theatre at Hever Castle include; Miss Gibson in “Daisy Pulls it Off”, Ruth in “Blithe Spirit”, Mary in “Caught in the Net”and Jackie in “Hayfever”.
Radio work includes the Empress Drusilla in “Not Tonight Caligula” directed by John Antrobus for Wireless Theatre and Madame Libertat in “Black Spartacus” directed by Joseph Charles for Thee Black Swan. Claire was a regular co-presenter with Henry Kelly on “Clubhouse” an audio magazine for blind golfers (Radio 5-Live)
Film credits include Margaret in “Caregiver” (Star Cinema), Vanessa in “Women & Babies” (Tailormade Films).
She can currently be seen in the advert break on “Long Lost Family” (ITV) towing a delightful 1960s caravan.
Tickets for Black Spartacus are available here
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