Stephen Greif played the Narrator in Austerlitz, Michael Butt's dramatisation of the award-winning novel by W.G. Sebald which was repeated on Sunday 24th November at BBC Radio 3.
In a station cafe in Antwerp, the Narrator meets Jacques Austerlitz, a quiet stranger who confides in him his unsettling story; how he had been sent from Czechoslovakia to England on a Kindertransport to escape the Nazis and placed with foster parents who erase all his knowledge of his identity...
As the Narrator, Stephen is actually playing the author himself, and says that this is a play that he is 'darned proud of'.
More information on the BBC website here: BBC Radio 3 Austerlitz
In the run-up to the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week from 11th-15th November 2013 was The Letters of John F. Kennedy by Martin W. Sandler. The book reveals the drama and tensions of American foreign policy, as well as Kennedy's wit and warmth when contacting friends and members of the public. Stephen appears in episodes 2, 3 and 4 - most notably providing the voice of Nikita Kruschev for the private correspondence that took place between the two world leaders.
Stephen plays the voice of the Narrator Sony's new game for the PS3, Puppeteer. Puppeteer follows the adventures of Kutaro, a boy hero whose puppet head has been eaten by the evil Moon Bear King. Armed with a pair of magic scissors, Kutaro snips his way through scenery and enemies on his quest to thwart the evil king, regain his head and save the stolen souls of other children. The game is uniquely presented as a puppet theatre, with levels sliding into place like stage scenery and an unseen crowd that gasps, laughs, and applauds throughout the tale. Released on 13th September, the game has had rave reviews, with Stephen receiving special mentions in at least two of them:
When the offscreen narrator, voiced with arch-Britishness by Stephen Greif, welcomes you to “the magical theatre of the strange and fantastic”, his adjectives are right on all three counts. And you rarely get magic that feels quite this immaculately handcrafted. Edge Online Review
Stephen Greif steals the show as Puppeteer's off-screen narrator, providing a level of enthusiasm and gravitas rarely seen (or heard) in video games. Gameinformer.com
You can view the game's launch trailer here: Puppeteer Trailer
Stephen's reading of MR James' classic spine tingler The Tractate Middoth and Charles Dickens' Mr Testator’s Visitation are now available for download from Audio Go here: More Chilling Ghost Stories.
Stephen played businessman Peter Russell in Episode 7 of the latest series of New Tricks, which was broadcast on BBC1 on 10th September 2013.
Stephen features in two important, recently released theatre books: A new definitive biography Olivier by Philip Ziegler and Stage Blood by Michael Blakemore which covers Blakemore's years at the National Theatre in the 1970s. Both are available from Amazon in hardcover and kindle editions.
Stephen appeared at a signing event in Glasgow on August 24th 2013.
He has also contributed to BBC Radio 4's book of the week Kennedy's Letters , in which he reads two of Khrushchev's letters to JFK. This will be aired in October.
Stephen has recorded five novels in the secret agent/detective series Dr Palfrey of Westminster by John Creasey. The titles are: The Plague of Silence, The House of the Bears, The Famine, The Flood and The Oasis. These are available for download from Amazon / Audible here: Audible
John Creasey was a prolific author, who wrote over 30 books in the Dr Palfrey series, as well as creating the characters Gideon of Scotland Yard and The Baron, who were the basis of the ITC series The Baron and the BBC's Gideon's Way.
The Dr Palfrey series of books started out as straight espionage thrillers and then grew more bizarre as they explored ecological and political threats that were making news headlines at the time.
Stephen narrated a 4-part BBC documentary series entitled The Rise of the Continents. It will have a worldwide broadcast and DVD release, and has already started airing in the USA on the Science Channel on 20th March.
Across the Earth, there are traces of a mysterious long-lost world. From seashells 8000 meters above sea-level to species that seem to have jumped thousands of miles of ocean there are tantalising clues to the existence of a land unlike anything we see today. This four part series investigates the clues that tell a story of a land that no longer exists. More information here: Rise of the Continents
Stephen plays the character Greg in the movie D is for Detroit. More information here: DIFD
Stephen's other recent voice work includes reading Eric Ambler’s Classic Thriller The Siege of the Villa Lipp for Audible/Amazon, which will be available for download this Autumn. He provided the voice-over for Rowntree's new Kit-Kat TV commercial.
To the delight of B7 fans, he reprised his role as Travis in Volume 4 of The Liberator Chronicles, which was released in May. In the opening story, Promises by Nigel Fair, Cally forces Blake’s enemy Travis to confront a secret from his past – a secret that involves them both…
More information here: Liberator Chronicles 4
Photograph of Stephen Greif by Bee Gilbert
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