Who’s Upstairs: Jacques Theron

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 12.16.41 PMJacques Theron will be playing Laertes in the upcoming reading of The House of O at Alexander Upstairs on the 3rd of April.

Home town?
I grew up living in four different provinces but I spent the most time in Stellenbosch, so that’s the closest I have to a home town.

Tell us a little more about your show?
It’s a reconstruction of Hamlet by Shakespeare and it’s presented as a play within a play. I portray the role of Laertes, son of Polonius.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
I’m starring in an Afrikaans series called “Boland Moorde” and then Koos Roets’ new film that we’re shooting in Klaarstroom.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
My dream is to do a multi-cam American sitcom with a live studio audience.

How did you get into theatre?
I was on the student council in primary school and we decided to put on a play for the rest of the school. I was immediately hooked.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I’d invite Captain Robert Bartlett (an Arctic explorer) and Walter Cronkite (an American broadcast journalist). I will serve them rib-eye on the braai with asparagus, creamed spinach, brie and garlic bread.

Favourite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
High tea at the Cape Grace Hotel.

What excites you about theatre?
The fact that it’s live. There’s no room for error and the audiences’ reaction (positive or negative) is instant.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
When to speak and when to say nothing. I still find it difficult sometimes to stay quiet when I should be.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Nicola Hanekom (a phenomenal actress, writer and director) and Albert Pretorius (in my opinion the best actor of my generation).