Dreamer of the day

Joseph Fiennes in CFT's Ross Photo by Johan Persson

“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
― T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

It’s out – my Viva Brighton interview with the dashing and daring Joseph Fiennes, who plays T. E. Lawrence in Terrence Rattigan’s Ross playing at Chichester Theatre this month.

It’s hard not to be blinded by talent and beauty when speaking to Fiennes, but his firm admiration for the man they called Lawrence of Arabia detracts from any ulterior focus, and shines a spotlight on the most delicate of stories – that of Lawrence’s later life in the Air Force and subsequent breakdown.

“You feel Lawrence was prepped for this monumental time” Fiennes told me, referring to the years spent in Arabia. The same, I’m sure, can be said for himself.

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