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Hello...

...I'm John Banks - welcome to my website.

The majority of my working life has been spent in the theatre with companies including
York Theatre Royal, Cheltenham Everyman, Sheffield Crucible, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange and the National Theatre in London.

Television work includes Emmerdale, Coronation Street, and 'Allo, Allo!'. I have also worked on a number of radio drama and comedy productions with the BBC.

Since March 2009, I have enjoyed playing a huge variety of characters in numerous audio-drama stories for Big Finish Productions and Games Workshop, for whom I have performed in over 200 audio dramas*, details of which can be found in the postings below.


There are also details listed here of the more than 90 audio books* I've recorded since March 2013,
including the unabridged New Revised Standard Version of The Bible, for companies including RNIB, audible.co.uk, Hachette, W.F. Howes, Little Brown Group, Penguin Random House, Games Workshop, Fantom Films & Ladbroke Audio.

(*figures at May 2017)

I hope you find something of interest here and come back soon for further updates.


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Games Workshop

Games Workshop

Assassin's Creed

The War Doctor

The War Doctor
December 2015

The Harrowing - short story

Resurrection

Resurrection
Warhammer 40,000

The Carrion Throne

The Carrion Throne
Warhammer 40,000

The Long Night - short story

Catherine, David & me as Gully......

Catherine, David & me as Gully......
May 2016

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Avengers: Series II


 ...bit of a boring post title in some ways, but definitely not a boring post - I hope! So where to start this month? For the past several weeks, I've been too busy to post anything and have been restricted to the occasional tweet instead. Why so busy? Well, I've been doing a season of weekly rep, rehearsing initially in Nottingham and then transferring to the Theatre Royal in Windsor. My three plays are now done, although the company have two further plays to perform.


I had roles in The Ghost Train, The Shadow of The Ghost and Fatal Encounter. The first two plays had me playing small/medium roles, but in Fatal Encounter, I played the lead, 'Howard Mansfield', around whom the story unfolds. That means I'm on stage in all but one short scene for a two hour play. That's ok and not unprecedented; the tricky part of Fatal Encounter was that during the designated 'rehearsal' week, which actually amounted to two and a half days, I also had eight performances of The Shadow of The Ghost. Consequently, I had quite a stressful time simply trying to learn the almost 700 lines the character speaks.

I won't elaborate on the 'actor's nightmare' scenario of appearing in an unfamiliar play, suffice it to say that after a weekend of line cramming, virtually no sleep and with the fantastic support of my fellow players, we all got through it, tired but in one piece. Amazingly, the show went very well and the audiences we had in Windsor seemed to love it. I'm mightily relieved that all that effort paid off in the end, although I'm not anxious to repeat such a contracted rehearsal process; the phrase 'bitten off more than I could chew' frequently came to mind and if Bach's Rescue Remedy could have been taken intravenously, I would have done it without hesitation!

Moving on; I'm very excited (yes I am!) that the second series of The Avengers is out this month from Big Finish. The Avengers is one of my all time favourite television shows; I think I saw it at the perfect time and age for it to have had a huge impact and I'm now toying with the idea of buying the 50th Anniversary DVD collection - 39 DVD's in total! Needless to say, I was thrilled to have taken part in the first Big Finish audio series and equally delighted to have roles in this latest release. As I remember, I'm doing something in all four episodes although my principal role is in The Radioactive Man. Now, if you look on the Big Finish web site, as I often do, you may notice that I'm not included in the cast list. Rather than suspecting some kind of fiendish plot to erase me from history, I can only put it down to 'an oversight' - never mind eh? So, here are the details to which I've inserted myself where appropriate...


Steed and Dr Keel return to action in these four recreations of classic lost episodes.

1: Ashes of Roses
Written by Peter Ling and Sheilah Ward, adapted by John Dorney
Carol goes undercover at a hairdressing salon, which appears to be at the centre of an arson ring.
Guest cast: Terry Molloy, Rachel Atkins

2: Please Don’t Feed the Animals
Written by Dennis Spoooner, adapted by John Dorney
Steed takes on blackmailers who are extorting secrets from government officials.
Guest cast: Martin Hutson, Richard Hope, Alisdair Simpson


3: The Radioactive Man
Written by Fred Edge, adapted by John Dorney
Someone is at loose in London, unwittingly carrying a radioactive isotope.
Guest cast: John Banks, Phil Mulryne, Beth Chalmers, Richard Franklin

4: Dance With Death
Written by Peter Ling and Sheilah Ward, adapted by John Dorney
Dr Keel is framed for murder, and Steed investigates a dance school.
Guest cast: Gemma Whelan, Dan Starkey, Jacqueline King

  Adapted by John Dorney
Directed by Ken Bentley 

Anthony Howell (Dr Keel), Julian Wadham (John Steed), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Carol Wilson),  
Terry Molloy, Rachel Atkins, Martin Hutson, Richard Hope, Alisdair Simpson, Phil Mulryne, Beth Chalmers, John Banks, Richard Franklin, Gemma Whelan, Dan Starkey, Jacqueline King

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I'm delighted that the first series of Survivors has been so well received and that a further two series have been commissioned; whether or not I'll be involved as Daniel Connor remains to be seen. Before going up to Nottingham for the Thriller Season part two, I'm back in the studio with Big Finish for some ongoing work and a new series, which I'm very much looking forward to. As ever, details must remain secret for the time being but all will be revealed as soon as possible.

...all for now, more soon!

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Reviews & comments:

The Malazan Empire

Over 7 books recorded since December, John Banks has had to create unique voices for 583 characters. Quite amazing!

Neil Gardner - producer

Mervyn Stone: The Axeman Cometh


John Banks is a voice genius...

Nev Fountain - writer

Mervyn Stone... played by the note-perfect John Banks.

Matt Hills - Reviews in Time and Space

Dr. Who: The Sleeping City

I also must draw attention to John Banks who is an exceptional voice artist and in this one story performs more characters that I can count. ... it is listening to episodes like this one that really do let his talents shine through.

Tony Jones - Red Rocket Rising

Highlander:

...playing several parts, was the brilliant Big Finish regular John Banks - it was as if there were about 40 different actors in the other booth.

James Moran - writer

I went for the best of the best and brought in voice artiste extraordinaire John Banks.

Paul Spragg - producer

Vienna:

...also features the mind - bogglingly versatile and reliable John Banks

Jonathan Morris - writer

Dead Funny:

The acting is first rate… wonderfully played by John Banks as Richard – his impersonation of Eric Morecambe is worth the admission money alone.

Beverly Greenberg: Bolton Evening News

A Spy Like No Other:

This is the best audio book ever.

The Cult Den

Mr. Happiness:

This early and unfamiliar play by David Mamet is a character study of a 1930s radio counsellor, dispensing suave advice to his devoted listeners. John Banks brings out the wry comedy of this – comedy quite unappreciated by the character – with a clever range of gesture and vocal tone.

Jeremy Kingston: The Times


All My Sons:

This is a beautifully crafted piece ...and it affords a wonderful opportunity for John Readman* to do his All-American Boy act as Chris Keller. This most polished and well observed performance as the blighted son of a blighted father must rank as one of his finest accomplishments yet. ( * see Profile)

The Stage

The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes

Kudos should also go to John Banks. Lestrade can be a thankless part, but Banks rose to the challenge, playing a pivotal role in this decades long arc.

Raissa Devereux - SciFiPulse

The Judgement of Sherlock Holmes

John Banks is multi-tasking, both as the superb Lestrade and also the villainous and no doubt moustache twirling Sebastian Moran. They sound completely different and I bow to his talent.

Sue Davies - SFcrowsnest


Further reviews and comments are included with specific postings throughout the site.