Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon spoke to Samuel Valentine about starring as the title role in the UK tour of Don Carlos. 

Samuel Valentine_Don Carlos

Thanks so much for talking to me. Could you explain a bit more about the background to the story of Don Carlos?Don Carlos is set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, which shares qualities with many of the tyrannical states of the modern world. I am playing Prince Carlos heir to the throne of the Spain. The play begins eight months after I have returned from University, only to have found that Elizabeth – the woman I am in love with – is now married to my father, King Phillip.

What was it about the story that made you want to be involved with the production? It’s an intense story of love and politics and Carlos is trapped right in the middle of it.

 How would you describe your character Don Carlos?  Carlos is passionate, temperamental, intense…and lots more.

What are you most looking forward to about performing the show for audiences? This is a modern and stylised take on this play – I’m looking forward to seeing how that is received.

  What do you think audiences can take away from the story in 2018?  So much. It seems to me a lot of countries in the world are getting more right wing, some extremely so. This play is set in a fascist state, where anything you say that challenges the status quo could get you killed.

What were your first impressions of Don Carlos when you first read the script?   This is going to be a great challenge.

What can audiences expect from the production? The best and the worst of humanity.

By Emma Clarendon

Don Carlos will play at the Northcott Theatre (11th – 20th October) and NST City (23rd October-3rd November) before visiting the Rose Theatre in Kingston from the 6th to the 17th November. For more information visit: https://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on/don-carlos