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2010 Event Media Release - Stephen Fry

    Stephen Fry

Talking exclusively at Sydney Opera House  

26 July 2010

In an exclusive engagement, Sydney Opera House presents British actor, writer and raconteur, Stephen Fry on Tuesday 27 July, Concert Hall.     

In his first and only Australian appearance, Fry will discuss travel, art, TV, madness with a tactful avoidance of cricket. With his usual admirable, rhetorical technique, sparkling wit and rich tones, this perfect English gentleman will entertain and enthral Sydney audiences during his 90minute talk.

A true polymath and the epitome of a Renaissance Man, Stephen John Fry is a national treasure in his native land of England. A writer, presenter, social commentator, satirist, actor and TV personality, and in his own words (‘Lord of Dance, Prince of Swimwear and Blogger’), Fry's diverse interests and enthusiasms have seen him become one of a small handful of global cultural figures who have a significant presence in every form of media; radio, TV, film, print, online and even on PlayStation 3.  

Currently seen on ABC in the BBC quiz show, QI, Fry also presented the highly entertaining television series, Stephen Fry in America, which saw him travel across all 50 states in a London cab. 

Playing Oscar Wilde in the film, Wilde, Fry was widely acclaimed for the nuance, empathy and depth he bought to the role, resulting in a BAFTA award and Golden Globe Best Actor nomination.

A prolific writer, Fry has written a series of novels, small screen plays and an autobiography, Moab Is My Washpot. An avid tweeter, he often, inadvertently, causes host websites to crash due to the traffic generated by the large volume of his followers.

Like Wilde, Fry’s quotes are pertinent, sharp and egregious, such as:   

"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."

"If I had a large amount of money I should certainly found a hospital for those whose grip upon the world is so tenuous that they can be severely offended by words and phrases and yet remain all unoffended by the injustice, violence and oppression that howls daily about our ears." 

Old Professors never die, they just lose their faculties.

A distinguished member of the British Humanist Association and declared bi-polar sufferer, Fry will delight with his combination of vast knowledge, searing insight, verbal articulation all wrapped up in his charming sense of whimsy and absurdity.

Season Details                                                                                         

Date: 27 July, 2010                                                                                    

Tickets: from $50. Duration: 90mins                                                       

Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or                            

Media Contact:
Claire Vince, Senior Publicist
02 9250 7825 / 0401 711 531


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