Reviews & TestimonialsReviews of Stephen Greif

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“Six Degrees of Separation”   Old Vic  Dir: David Grindley
"Stephen Greif beautifully embodies end -of -tether fatherhood …" Variety


Epitaph for George Dillon..   Harold Pinter  Theatre
"The spivvy producer brilliantly played by Stephen Greif  ….."The Guardian

"Stephen Greif is a play unto himself as a fast talking agent with a bizarre fondness for Adolf Hitler…." Herald Tribune.

"Stephen Greif… Splendid in his hearty , blinker- visioned assurance…" Review Gate.


His Girl Friday…..National Theatre  Dir: Jack O’Brien
"A glorious gallery of supporting performances …Look at Stephen Greif as the resident Hoodlum oozing cheap professional menace…." The Sunday Times.


Edmund…National Theatre   Dir: Edward Hall

"There are lightening sharp performances from Stephen Greif as a campy hotel clerk and a burly cop….."The Guardian


His Dark Materials….   National Theatre   Dir: Nick Hytner
"Stephen Greif is wonderfully authoritative as a Jesuitical Calvanist with an American accent – Thereby scoring three hits in one…". The Guardian

"Stephen Greif’s head cleric seething with aggressive malevolence…" Daily Telegraph 


Fallen Angels   Apollo Theatre  Dir: Michael Rudman

"Stephen Greif wittily plays the French Lover as a ambulatory shrug…" The Guardian

"The supporting cast are superb…There is scene stealing work from Stephen Greif as the gallic object of the womens desire…."Daily Telegraph

"The Excellent Stephen Greif…."Sunday Telegraph.

…"Greif is clearly relishing a role that allows him to sound like Sasha Distel while looking as if he stepped out of  The Sopranos…." Variety


The Light of the world to come    Dir  Derek Wax  Almeida Theatre
"Stephen Greif is hilarious as the flinty eyed hard nosed Don…."Evening  Standard


Death Of A Salesman….National Theatre  Dir Michael Rudman
"Stephen Greif in the scene in which he attempts to  convince his father of his worthlessness is magnificent….."Sunday Express

"Warren Mitchell superbly supported by Stephen Greif…. "Time Out

“Stephen Greif…. A performance of Momentous Power”  Mail

"Biff is given tremendous emotional depth by Stephen Greif…." Express

"Stephen Greif is completely faithful to the big Broadway gesture  Mr Miller wants to make…"Variety


View From The Bridge”  Derby Playhouse
   …"Greif plays Eddie with Majestic Command…." Guardian


“Saturday, Sunday, Monday”  National Theatre transfer to The West End.

"Stephen Greif as the preening accountant is an Acquisition to the Company.   ….."Guardian

…."Notably solid is Stephen Greif as the  accountant wrongly accused of adultery…"  Variety

…."The quiet dignity of Stephen Greif’s Neighbour wrongly accused of adultery is one of many affecting moments….. "The Observer.

…"A notable contribution from Stephen Greif…." Daily Telegraph



Blakes 7  BBC TV

"Stephen Greif….The best new villain TV has seen in years…"  Evening News


Spaghetti two step…YTV  Jack Rosenthal

"Stephen Greif…Cockney in the Kitchen, Italian in the restaurant was particularly entertaining….. "    The Guardian



Peter Lorre V Peter Lorre  BBC RADIO 4  Dir  Toby Swift

Stephen Greif’s Excellent portrayal in which he manages to capture the essence of the actors voice with all its hissing, menacing, sibilance, without ever slipping over into charicature” ...The Times

"Stephen Greif’s performance is nothing short of astonishing…He brought Lorre to Life…" Stephen Youngkin  Author of Lorre’s Biography, "The Lost One”



Bad Dog and all that Hollywood Hoo-Hah  by Martin Chatterton
"Stephen has done a fantastic job … I couldn’t have wished for a better or more sympathetic  reading…" Martin Chatterton

S.G.B. -- Copyright ©2004 AudioFile, Portland, Maine -- [Published: FEB/ MAR 04]


The Boy with the Magic Numbers  by Sally Gardner for which he won  BBC Audio books of America’s  "Excellence Award".

" Greif does a masterful job…terrific at  creating and bringing to life a wealth of Characters"

J.C.G. ©2006 AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Pub: APR/ MAY 06]


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Tango One…Stephen Leather

"Greif’s intelligent performance makes this a listening pleasure…" Audiofile
S.C.A. -- Copyright AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine -- This text refers to the Audio CD edition



“Stephen is an extraordinarily talented and serious actor .. “  
Arthur Miller

“It was the greatest imaginable happiness for us to see your triumphant performance for which please take our most glowing and thrilled congratulations” Sir  Laurence Olivier

"It is lovely to see you developing and coming into your own as an Actor"
Dame Joan Plowright.

"I would like to congratulate you on your very moving and powerful performance …I thought your big scene immensely touching and real…"
Sir John Gielgud

“… Congratulations for producing terrific work.  It’s a joy working with you”
Sir Kenneth Branagh

“I’m filled with admiration for everything you do.. “ Your performances are central to what makes the shows live”... 
Sir Nick Hytner, National Theatre.

"I think your performance as Harry Fenning in Citizen Smith manages to combine both charm and Villainy in a fine mix which I would not have thought possible so you have my fullest admiration" 
John Howard Davies - Head of Comedy, BBC TV

“Thanks for bringing  Isaak Babel” to life 
Mark Burman  BBC R3

"Thank you Stephen for your powerful and Rich reading in" The Amber Spyglass” It was a great pleasure to hear my words coming so brilliantly alive"
Philip Pullman

“Stephen Greif  is a greatly respected actor in Film , TV and Theatre…. "
Sky TV

“By sheer hard work, a most receptive willingness to learn and a very intelligent application of his gifts, he has developed almost unrecognizably in the last 18 months. The Honours he has won are proof enough of his fine achievement here and it only remains for me to wish him the great success he richly deserves.”
Hugh Cruttwell… RADA Principle



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