Walter van Dyk
WALTER VAN DYK trained as an actor with Uta Hagen at the HB Studios in New York, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and studied singing at Trinity College of Music, London, England.
London West End theatre includes: The Wigsmaster in the Olivier Award and London Evening Standard Award nominated Enter the Guardsman (Donmar Warehouse), Duke of Milan in Two Gentlemen of Verona, George Ketteridge in the Olivier Award Nominated production of High Society, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park). Other theatre in the UK: Dante Gabriel Rossetti in Possessed (Royal National Theatre Studio/Greenwich Theatre Showcase), Vlok in The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs (Salisbury Playhouse), Duke Senior and Duke Frederick in As You Like It (Arundel Festival Theatre/Orange Tree Theatre) Oscar Wilde in A Charmed Life, Tiger Brown in The Threepenny Opera (Richmond Theatre, London and Theatre Royal Brighton), Lucio in Measure for Measure and Banquo in Macbeth (UK Tour), Prince Karl Lichnowsky in Waiting for Beethoven at the Florestan Festival of Peasmarsh, East Sussex, the UK Premiere of Mischa Spoliansky's Send for Mr. Plim (Battersea Arts Centre, London), Pirelli in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (Theatr Clywd), Heilbutt in What Now Little Man? (Greenwich Theatre, London), Gaston in the Olivier Award nominated production of MTL’s La Traviata ( Grand Opera House Belfast and Edinburgh Festival Theatre), and Tamino in The Magic Flute (MTL), Isutzu and Dreaming of the Bones (Place Theatre, London), Pacific Overtures (Leicester Haymarket), Henry the VIII A Man for All Seasons (Richmond Theatre, London), Article Five (King's Head, London), Anton Bruckner in Te Deum (Oxford) ) Oh! Coward (Duke of Cambridge, London), She Loves Me (Perth Theatre, Scotland), Don Perlimplin in The Love of Don Perlimplin for Belisa in the Garden (Old Red Lion, London), The Clink (Paines Plough/Riverside Studios, London).
Theatre in Europe: Torvald in A Doll's House and The Spanish Brabanter (Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam), Narrator and Fred in A Christmas Carol (English Theatre Company, Stockholm), Fagin in Oliver Twist (TNT World Tour), Banquo in Macbeth (TNT World Tour).
Theatre in the U.S.A: Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Happy End, As You Like It (American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Mass.) Sebastian in Twelfth Night (Publick Theatre, Boston), Hastings in She Stoops to Conquer, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Simon in Hay Fever (Elizabethan Companie).
TV and Film includes: Love Hurts (BBC), Framed (ITV), (lead role) Can't Stop me Dreaming (BBC Screenplay on Two), Birds of a Feather (BBC), The Detectives (BBC), London's Burning (ITV), Incognito (Warner Bros.), Abbot's Approach (Long Island Bridie Films) A Midsummer Night's Dream (WGBH-TV, Boston) The Basil Brush Show (BBC). Radio for BBC Radio Four includes A Bit of Berlin, The Cinderella Service, Postcards from No Man's Land.
Recent Narration work includes Tolstoy’s A Kreutzer Sonata and Janacek’s Letters with the Dante Quartet including a performance at the Dante Summer Music Festival last June in Cornwall. The Seafarer by Sally Beamish at IMS Prussia Cove. A UK tour of his Van Dyk & Company production of Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale playing the Narrator with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra with performances at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Cheltenham International Music Festival which will be repeated this November 2007 at Wiltons Music Hall. In August 2005 he sang the role of King George III in Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King at the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Amherst, Massachusetts. The World Premiere, and US tour of Sindbad by Harold Metzler with the The Peabody Trio. Alan J. Kernis's The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine with The Peabody Trio in Chicago, San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado. Walter gave the UK premiere of Viktor Ullmann's The Love and the Lay of Cornet Christoph Rilke at London’s Wigmore Hall performing in a double bill with Prunella Scales, and at Music for Salem in NY. Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon for the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont, Music for Salem in NY and for Steven Isserlis at IMS Prussia Cove, Cornwall in the UK. His Van Dyk & Company show O Moon of Alabama: A Kurt Weill Cabaret also tours the UK and played at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park in London with Liza Sadovy and recently had a performance in the 2006 Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Shannon Festival. Walter also performed H.K. Gruber’s Frankenstein with Collage New Music in Boston, Massachusetts. This December Walter performs in the Spitalsfield Festival with the Dante Quartet performing T.S. Eliot’s The Four Quartets. Walter is also the son of Dutch composer Rudi Martinus van Dijk.