I cannot believe that anyone has not heard of both Stephen Fry and Edwin Moses!! At lunchtime on 6th August Stephen Fry speaks to Edwin Moses live on stage at the Criterion Theatre.
Edwin Moses is a former American track and field athlete born in 1955 who went on to win Olympic golds at the 1976 and 1984 Olympics in the 400m hurdles. For a remarkable nine years, nine months and nine days, he remained invincible in the 400 metres hurdles, being unbeaten in 122 consecutive races (107 finals). Bounding over the 10 three-foot obstacles, he took an unprecedented 13 steps in between the hurdles instead of the usual 14. His unforgettable style remains the ultimate demonstration of power, speed, and elegance.
In addition to his running, Moses was also an innovative reformer in the areas of Olympic eligibility and drug testing. In 2000, he was elected the first Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, an international service organization of world-class athletes.
Edwin Moses, an Olympic Champion, sports administrator, diplomat and businessman, is one of the most respected and recognised athletes of our time. His website talks about The Man, The Icon and The Leader. Edwin Moses is “currently inspiring individuals to achieve personal excellence by harnessing their power of performance, primarily in a corporate context, using the techniques which enabled me to remain unbeaten in the 400m hurdles for 9 years, 9 months and 9 days”. Phenomenal!
Stephen Fry probably needs no introduction at all. He was born in 1957 and attended a large number of educational establishments, including Cambridge University where he met Hugh Laurie, a life long friend and comedy partner.
TV shows inlcude Alfresco, three series of Blackadder, four series of A Bit of Fry and Laurie, four series of Jeeves and Wooster, Kingdom, QI and documentaries such as Planet Word, Stephen Fry on Wagner, Last Chance to See, Fry in America, Manic Depression, HIV and Me and many, many others.
Whilst we primarily think of Stephen Fry on TV he made his film debut in The Good Father in 1985 and has made regular film appearances since then including Kenneth Branagh’s Peter’s Friends, and as Oscar Wilde in Wilde. On stage he has performed in Forty Years On, Look Look, the Common Pursuit and Cell Mates and returns to the West End on 2nd November 2012 to play Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Apollo Theatre, London.
Not content with being a TV, film and stage actor Stephen Fry is also a very well published author. His work includes novels, an autobiography, and a book on poetry form. He also “reads” audio book versions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.
I am certain that this interview will be insightful, inspirational, funny, touching and unbelievably entertaining.