Jack Fox is currently starring alongside his father, James Fox, in Dear Lupin at the Apollo Theatre. The play transferred to the West End earlier this month following a UK tour.
Written by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer, Dear Lupin, Letters to a Wayward Son has been adapted for the stage by Michael Simkins. The piece sees journalist and author Roger Mortimer’s brilliantly hilarious, often touching and always generous letters to his unruly son Charlie vividly brought to life.
Having previously appeared in The Picture of Dorian Gray at Riverside Studios, Dear Lupin marks Jack’s West End debut. His television credits include Our Zoo, Mr Selfridge, Dracula, Privates, Fresh Meat, Lewis and Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant, whilst Jack’s film work includes London Underground, The Messenger, Blood Moon, Kids in Love and Theeb.
I recently spoke to Jack about why he was so moved the first time he read the play, what it was like to step into the rehearsal room with his father and how he feels after performing such an emotionally draining role each night…
Dear Lupin is an almighty play! What made you want to take it on?
Well my Dad was approached to do it before I was, he was given an offer from the producer. I went to see my agent about another project and, being the clever man that he is, as I was walking out the door he said, “You should have a read of this” and I read it on the train. I cried and laughed, it must have looked like I was having a nervous breakdown [laughs]. It just blew me away because of how funny and well written it was, and also the relationship is such a wonderful thing.